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Alone

Orphaned on the Ocean
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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Summary

A tanker steaming through the deep Northwest Providence Channel of the Bahamas comes across a shocking sight: a lone dinghy carrying Captain Julian Harvey and the body of a young girl. They are all that remain of the ketch Bluebelle, a handsome 60-foot sailing yacht chartered by the Duperrault family of Green Bay, Wisconsin. But their happy family vacation went terribly wrong when, according to Harvey, a violent and unexpected squall smashed the giant main mast, killed Harvey's wife and the others, and sank the boat. Harvey found the child floating dead and, as far as he knows, he is the only survivor. Or is he?

Four days later, just as Captain Harvey is testifying at a Coast Guard hearing about the tragic accident, amazing news of another survivor arrives. Eleven-year-old Terry Jo Duperrault has been found barely alive on a flimsy cork-and-canvas float with no food or water. Harvey takes the news calmly, finishes his testimony, and leaves...to commit bloody suicide.

This is the chillingly detailed inside story of what really happened during that trip and the decades-long courage of the sole survivor of a murderous crime.

©2010 Richard Logan and Tere Duperrault Fassbender (P)2010 Tantor

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"A genuinely harrowing, wrenching and deeply memorable account of survival against all odds." (Ron Franscell, best-selling author of The Darkest Night)

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This has to be the best book I have ever read. I was there every step of the way with Tete and her family and with Tete more so since the tragity on the sailing boat! Tete seems to be a lovely person and her children and grandchildren are very lucky to have such a loving mum and grandmother. Thank you Here you have given me a lot to take with me and I have told everyone "Alone is a must". Take care with yr family and enjoy the rest of your retirement without the "elephant"! Sharon McCafferty

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such an interesting story, so unbelievable what she went through but there was a lot of repetition so I would lose interest and stop listening and end up missing a new part of the story. I would still recommend everyone listening to her story

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read like a fact sheet

the narrator read like a list of facts could of been so much better

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Gave up after one hour. Lots of dates and times and no story. Just facts. So boring which is a shame as its a facinating story. The narrator has a very monotonous voice which didnt help

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Wow!!!

What a story, utterly shocking what she went through and not just for the 4 days alone on the raft but for all the years later. well written, well narrated.

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  • leelee8888
  • 30-11-16

I have really avoided this book for years and I'm sorry I did....

This book was extremely "disturbing" and "intriguing " I cannot believe the inner strength this girl endured. It's a horrifying and deeply disturbing memoir , written about Terry Jo Dupperault (age 11 ), with the participation of her psychologist Richard Logan. This book details the 1961 incident that left her (Terri Jo) stranded for 4 days ,alone on a raft in the middle of the Atlantic, and tragically taking the lives of her entire family as well as family friend that were on the family's boat, "The Blubell". This all talks place on the off the Coast of Miami Florida and more specifically , the Islands of The Bahamas. Very quick read and very interesting. The story will stick with you long after your finished.

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  • Charlotte
  • 19-03-18

Inspiring Heartbreaking & Incredible

I absolutely love this book! A story I hope will never be forgotten! Her brave story made me weep, laugh, and beam with pride for how much she has over come!! 💗

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  • themabrys
  • 14-02-18

A Lesson In Resilience

While the book left me with more questions than answers, it became apparent the the intention was to tell the reader a story of strength, hope, resilience and survival. By the end, I was impressed and amazed by Terre’s life and her lessons and legacy.

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  • Chris
  • 22-04-17

Cool story, crappy storytelling

Amazing story about what she lived through. However, the book was very disorganized and self indulgent by the author. Not easy to finish. Also way too many acknowledgements and the epilogue was far too long. Overall, go ahead and read the Wikipedia page instead

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  • Kathy
  • 29-06-10

Interesting...

t started out as a family vacation on the high seas, nearly 50 years ago, and ended with the tragic loss of an entire family — except for one little girl. Alone recounts her incredible tale of survival. I thought the book was very interesting and well written.

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  • Marsies
  • 25-07-19

Where there is a will there is a Tere.

Inspiring and gripping tale. Let your elephant be heard! Superbly read by Heller. thankyou Tere!

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  • Paula D
  • 11-07-19

Glad I listened to this book!

Tragic story, but what an awesome ending to this woman's life! she is amazing to have withstood all she did.

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  • Jack
  • 07-01-19

boring

A dissapointment. Instead of an account about her experience on the ocean a long description of her whole life.

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  • big marc
  • 19-11-18

Wonderfully written and narrated. Thank<br />you

This book about Mrs. Fassbender is a fascinating story of a young survivor In many aspects of life and she is alive to tell the story. As she mentioned. In this story she could have been strung out on drugs or other thing trying to found happiness but she Maintains thru bad marriges and heartache, there was and is a purpose for het survival....I wish her all the blessings and peace she desires and needs I het life

Thank you for sharing your story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-18

Nice and to the point.

It was a good story and I quite enjoyed it. But this isn't a long book with a lot of details of the crime. A lot hasn't been answered. So it was good and quick. Just the thing for a long weekend. But nothing too incredibly exciting.