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The Last Train from Hiroshima Audiobook

The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back

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Publisher's Summary

Last Train from Hiroshima offers a "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. At the narrative's core are accounts, some eyewitness and some to still be substantiated, of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand - both Japanese civilians and American fliers in the air. Thirty people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasaki - where they arrived just in time to survive the second bomb. According to Pellegrino, one of them is the only person who experienced the full effects at ground zero both times. Pellegrino weaves spellbinding stories together within a narrative that challenges the "official report", showing what happened - and providing an explanation into the why.

Recently, there have been questions about the accuracy of some parts of this book. At this time, Audible will continue to make it available to our customers, but we wanted to make you aware of the issues.

A Note from Henry Holt and Company and Macmillan Books:

"It is with deep regret that Henry Holt and Company announces that we will no longer print, correct or ship copies of Charles Pellegrino's The Last Train from Hiroshima due to the discovery of dishonest sources of information for the book. It is easy to understand how even the most diligent author could be duped by a source, but we also understand that this opens that book to very detailed scrutiny. The author of any work of non-fiction must stand behind its content. We must rely on our authors to answer questions that may arise as to the accuracy of their work and reliability of their sources. Unfortunately, Mr. Pellegrino was not able to answer the additional questions that have arisen about his book to our satisfaction."

©2010 Charles Pellegrino (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Enormously painful to [hear], but absolutely essential to do so." (Kirkus)

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    Mary Scotia, NY, United States 03-01-10
    Mary Scotia, NY, United States 03-01-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Fake Characters, Dull Narrator"

    It turns out that a key character, Joseph Fuoco, was not even on the Hiroshima bombing run, so his eyewitness account is false. There is also suspicion that two other characters were made up by the author, whose own background has also been questioned. Publication has been halted and Henry Holt Co.'s publicist says purchasers of the book can get a refund. It's shocking that there was apparently no fact-checking. Aside from the fictional content, the narrator was quite dull.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    K. Reed Colorado USA 11-08-17
    K. Reed Colorado USA 11-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent first person history"

    .Should be required reading for every high school history class. Gripping narrative. Factual survival accounts.

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    Lisa 10-25-17
    Lisa 10-25-17
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    "Very insightful book"

    If I say i really enjoyed the book would that be wrong??
    It was very insightful and provided a perspective one probably did not know and certainly not anything that would be taught in the history books.
    Any world leader or military personal holding the keys to these bombs should be made to listen to this book.

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    Kate Walnut Creek, CA 10-19-17
    Kate Walnut Creek, CA 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awe Inspiring"

    This is by far one of the most incredible, horrific, I inspiring books I’ve ever read. I’ve never been more moved by personal account of a disaster before. I feel like a changed person after reading and I hope that more people read it and are inspired in the same way. It’s delicately written, poetic at times, and shockingly sad nearly all the way through. I could not more highly recommend this book.

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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 10-04-17
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 10-04-17 Member Since 2011
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    "fantastic, informative, highly recommend this book"

    This book is so much more than a dry history. It talks about the planes, individual people on the ground, and follows them for years. Much medical info included. And science. Outstanding book.

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    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 09-04-17
    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 09-04-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Hauntingly Appropriate For The Present Era"

    This book is well written and unemotionally read. It describes in nano-detail the horror of human aggression.

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    Rodney 09-03-17
    Rodney 09-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Unbelievable"

    This book is... unbelievable, as in I don't actually believe a lot of it. I've read (well listened) to everything available on Audible about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki and this book is like those if it was written by a Hollywood writer who wanted it to be "based on a true story" - it just has a lot of credibility issues when it comes to dramatizing events. The author extensively plays up scenes to try to let you know atomic bombs are bad (thanks Charlie, I had no idea) and is so over the top he just loses credibility. I will give him credit, he makes the story more dramatic, but I'm not sure I buy scenes like the ones with (basically) zombies wandering around - I'm pretty sure I'd have read about that before if it was even remotely true.

    Anyways it's a good "based on a true story" type of book so long as you actually have a background on everything so you can pick out what's real and what's heavily embellished.

    Because of the credibility concerns I'd give it 2/5 stars - it does have the roots of a true story and I'm sure most of the people in the book probably did exist, but the cartoonish aspects are pretty silly.

    The reader does a good job.

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    "Possibly the most important book for this generation to read"

    There is enlightenment in this book. It has been nearly three quarters of a century since the Atomic bomb was dropped. My greatest fear is that we have forgotten the magnitude of suffering and horror that was the result of that event, and in forgetting we are doomed to repeat it.
    Incredibly well written

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    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 06-05-15
    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful and frightening stuff!"

    I have always been fascinated by the bombings of these 2 cities, and the survivor stories. This collection of survivor accounts goes beyond the others that I've read. For me it shed new light on the destructive power of nuclear weapons. This is a type of subject that is profound in human suffering and man's inhumanity to man, like the holocaust. It's not a light read, nor will you take it lightly. Prepare yourself for these disturbing accounts, because somethings cannot be unheard.

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    Milton 11-25-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Study war more. Then wage none.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Humanity. Because we all suffer.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    All


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Study war more. Then wage none.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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