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Indianapolis

Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: History, Military
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New York Times Best Seller 

“Gripping…this yarn has it all.” (USA Today

“A wonderful book.” (Christian Science Monitor

“Enthralling.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

“A must-read.” (Booklist, starred review) 

A human drama unlike any other - the riveting and definitive full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history. 

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the Philippine Sea when she is sunk by two Japanese torpedoes. For the next five nights and four days, almost 300 miles from the nearest land, nearly 900 men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive. 

For the first time Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic tell the complete story of the ship, her crew, and their final mission to save one of their own in “a wonderful book…that features grievous mistakes, extraordinary courage, unimaginable horror, and a cover-up…as complete an account of this tragic tale as we are likely to have” (The Christian Science Monitor). It begins in 1932, when Indianapolis is christened and continues through World War II, when the ship embarks on her final world-changing mission: delivering the core of the atomic bomb to the Pacific for the strike on Hiroshima. 

“Simply outstanding…Indianapolis is a must-read…a tour de force of true human drama” (Booklist, starred review) that goes beyond the men’s rescue to chronicle the survivors’ 50-year fight for justice on behalf of their skipper, Captain Charles McVay III, who is wrongly court-martialed for the sinking. 

“Enthralling.... A gripping study of the greatest sea disaster in the history of the US Navy and its aftermath” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Indianapolis stands as both groundbreaking naval history and spellbinding narrative - and brings the ship and her heroic crew back to full, vivid, unforgettable life.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic (P)2018 Simon & Schuster
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  • tru britty
  • 13-07-2018

As good as In Harm's Way but different

Doug Stanton's history of the USS Indianapolis, In Harm's Way, is one of my favorite Audible reads.

So I was wondering if I should buy Sara Vladic and Lynn Vincent's Indianapolis. What else could there be to tell? And who could tell it better than Stanton?

This book is just as good as Stanton's but different. Whereas Stanton's has a tight focus on the sinking of the Indianapolis and the ordeal the surviving men suffered at the mercy of the ocean, the sun, thirst, injuries, sharks and each other, this new book takes a longer view of the ship's history, from Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Top Secret mission and disaster to the 2005 Senate hearing to exonerate Captain McVay and the 2017 discovery of the wreckage by Paul Allen.

Because this new book covers so much territory and so many players, including the Japanese sub commander who gave the order to sink the cruiser, the story moves more slowly than Stanton's. But it's an absorbing experience. It almost felt like three books wrapped into one.

There's the story of the USS Indianapolis as Germany fails and the Pacific War heats up. The ship played roles at Iwo and Okinawa, where it suffered damage.

Then there's the Top Secret mission to deliver a mysterious crate to Tinian. It's after this delivery that the cruiser is torpedoed and the men are flung into a midnight ocean thick with expelled ship oil. They get separated into far-flung groups that are for the most part unaware of each other because of the ten-foot waves that wall off their view. Then they linger in the ocean for four days without water and little to no food--and sharks.

The last story is a court drama as a victorious Navy, riding high after the fall of Japan, tries to cover up the greatest disaster in its history by laying the full blame on Captain McVay. The story picks up again decades later as the survivors try to clear their captain's name with the help of an adolescent boy.

I really loved the appendix where author Sara Vladic talks about how she got interested in the ship and then spent 17 years getting to know the survivors and interviewing them and writing their story.

The narrator John Bedford Lloyd does a fine job but I increased the playback speed to 1.5 and occasionally to 2 because he spoke too slowly for me.

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  • Ken
  • 16-08-2018

Phenomenal !!!

I've known many of the survivors. Thankful to hear their story printed with accurate details.

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  • Matt Perkins
  • 26-07-2018

Brilliant

This is a great account of the story on the USS Indianapolis from beginning to end and even covers the discovery of the wreck site. Having previously read “In Harms Way” this volume was just as great but felt like a different book. It’s definitely worth reading both books. The Narration was very well done and kept me entertained.

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  • David Sherman
  • 21-07-2018

More stars!

5 stars just ain’t enough!
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My thanks to the writers of this powerful story!

David Sherman
Proud Great Nephew
Jack Rosebery S1
USS Indianapolis CA 35
Still On Patrol

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  • Bradley C. Fields
  • 06-08-2018

The Story of Finding Truth

I found this story fascinating and very honest. I was appalled at the Navy for trying to cover up the mistakes that occurred with this disaster. To lay the blame on one Captain seemed crazy to me and the higher ups were attempting to protect themselves from the errors that were committed under their watch. Shame on them!!
This was a great book to listen to and hear the stories of the survivors of such a tragedy. I hope that something was learned from this book that all men and women are accountable no matter what their rank.
To the authors - thanks for your research and persevering to the end. I hope this becomes a movie.

BCF

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  • Matthew Ashmore
  • 05-08-2018

Amazing!

Amazing book. God bless these men , and the ones how have told their story.

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  • Linda Likes to Learn
  • 12-12-2018

A MONUMENTAL STORY OF SURVIVAL AND HOPE

This was one of the best 'military' books that I have ever read. The story of how the US Military, and US Government screwed up and essentially LOST these crewmen - FORGOT about them - thereby creating a situation where the crew had to survive in shark-filled waters - is absolutely believable. You become attached to the crew, the Captain, and the individuals who survived at 100 to 1 odds, having lost 60% of the crew to injury, exhaustion, dehydration...and the ever circling sharks. Then, also BELIEVABLY - the government tries to cover their _____ - and has the gall to courts martial the Captain for his gallant efforts to keep his crew alive. I was so intrigued that I searched for a documentary that was made about this book - written by the book's authors - and highly recommend that you follow up this read with the documentary. It took 10 years to research and bring to print - and is a story that needed to be finally told. Very highly recommended.

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  • William van Rijswijk
  • 16-08-2018

So much more!

The contents, story and story telling far surpass anything I could expect! I even watched the old movie again, and want to demand a remake. This story needs to be told again with these facts!

Buy, you will not be disappointed!

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  • Tad
  • 13-08-2018

Bravo Zulu

As a sailor, this story touched me deeply. A tragedy on multiple levels. Must read.

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  • Kim Baker
  • 06-08-2018

Inside Indianapolis

This book may be of interest to listeners of the Inside Jaws podcast. It is a comprehensive yet very accessible history of the last voyage and sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the aftermath of that event.

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