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  • An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
  • By: Jonathan Franklin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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438 Days

By: Jonathan Franklin
Narrated by: George Newbern
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The incredible true survival story of one man's record-breaking fourteen months lost at sea.

On 17th November, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and carried him West, deeper into the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Alvarenga would not touch solid ground again for fourteen months. When he was washed ashore on January 30th, 2014, he had drifted over 9,000 miles.

Three dozen cruise ships and container vessels passed nearby. Not one stopped for the stranded fisherman. He considered suicide on multiple occasions – including offering himself up to a pack of circling sharks. But Alvarenga developed a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to spit him up onto a remote palm-studded island. Crawling ashore, he was saved by a local couple living in their own private castaway paradise.

Based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to normality, 438 Days by Jonathan Franklin is an epic tale of survival and one man's incredible story of beating the ultimate odds.

©2015 Jonathan Franklin (P)2022 Simon & Schuster

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Great survival story

A great listen. Well written. Amazing survival story against the odds and a harrowing listen at times

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Well read and detailed account

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The author’s pace and flow of the “lost at sea timeline” kept me engaged and always looking to return as soon as I could. The narrator does a very commendable job; he is authoritative, but also reads with subtle animation and charm. I think that’s a big advantage for a story like this. Time well spent, would recommend.

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pretty good

Overall, it is pretty good. I enjoyed the narrator and the tale was very interesting.

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The title caught my attention

Thriller of a book. It is an amazing experience. A must read. A man’s battle against most severe circumstances.

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