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The Deep Dark

Disaster and Redemption in America's Richest Silver Mine
Narrated by: Gary Roelofs
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
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For nearly a century, Kellogg, Idaho, was home to America's richest silver mine, Sunshine Mine. Mining there, as everywhere, was not an easy life, but regardless of the risk, there was something about being underground, the lure of hitting a deep vein of silver. The promise of good money and the intense bonds of friendship brought men back year after year. Mining is about being a man and a fighter in a job where tomorrow always brings the hope of a big score.

On May 2, 1972, 174 miners entered Sunshine Mine on their daily quest for silver. Aboveground, safety engineer Bob Launhardt sat in his office, filing his usual mountain of federal and state paperwork. From his office window he could see the air shafts that fed fresh air into the mine, more than a mile below the surface. The air shafts usually emitted only tiny coughs of exhaust; unlike dangerously combustible coal mines, Sunshine was a fireproof hardrock mine, nothing but cold, dripping wet stone. There were many safety concerns at Sunshine, but fire wasn't one of them. The men and the company swore the mine was unburnable, so when thick black smoke began pouring from one of the air shafts, Launhardt was as amazed as he was alarmed.

When the alarm sounded, less than half of the dayshift was able to return to the surface. The others were trapped underground, too deep in the mine to escape. Scores of miners died almost immediately, frozen in place as they drilled, ate lunch, napped, or chatted. No one knew what was burning or where the smoke had come from. But in one of the deepest corners of the mine, Ron Flory and Tom Wilkinson were left alone and in total darkness, surviving off a trickle of fresh air from a borehole.

The miners' families waited and prayed, while Launhardt, reeling from the shock of losing so many men on his watch, refused to close up the mine or give up the search until he could be sure that no one was left underground.

©2014 Gregg Olsen (P)2014 Gregg Olsen

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Not the same narrator

The story is excellently told by Gregg Olsen. Powerful!

The narrator is not the same as the original audible recording (I still have a copy of that recording). This guy stinks.

I am extremely upset that when I downloaded this from audible, the original narrator version that I purchased is not this one. I would like to request a refund or the ability to download my original purchase.

Not a bright thing to do audible.

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Miner's Life

I live about an hour away from the Sunshine mine. I was young when it happened and don't remember much about it. The story was very good but really sad. What those miners went through because of NO Regulations, greed, and extremely poor administration. I had learned so much about mining, miners, and their families. A great book for a book club to discuss!

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