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Alone

Lost Overboard in the Indian Ocean
Narrated by: Byron Mondahl
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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Summary

If you were terrified by Open Water or The Shallows or suffered along with Aron Ralston through his ordeal in 127 Hours, you will find this true story of Brett Archibald’s ordeal, lost overboard in the Indian Ocean, absolutely extraordinary. 

In April 2013 a global breaking news story surfaced on social media and in the world press and rapidly gathered momentum. A South African man had fallen overboard in the night during a storm in remote Indonesian waters, without anyone else on board realising. Eight hours later a frantic search was underway. 

The incident caught the world's attention as people were instantly transported into the terror of the moment - imagine being left alone, 100 kilometres out to sea in the middle of a storm, watching your friends sail into the distance.... 

Had he been dealt a fraction more bad luck, Brett would have died immediately. According to experts, he should have died within 10 to 14 hours. But he chose not to die. Instead, for 28 and a half hours Brett Archibald endured the ocean, the elements, the creatures of the deep and his own inner demons. 

Alone: Lost Overboard in the Indian Ocean is the incredible but true story of what it takes to defy needle-in-a-haystack odds and survive what should have been certain death. Outdoor savvy, astonishing imagination, mental toughness, a refusal to give up hope and a canny rescuer with an unbelievable background ultimately saw him through. Most of all this is a story of the power of the human spirit that defies rational explanation. 

©2016 Brett Archibald (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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Good story but way too long winded

Been better if it was half as long with less about the 'feelings and family anguish(padding) and just kept to the search and rescue.

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Gripping

Unputdownable. An inspiring true story of triumph of the human spirit against all the odds. I loved it.

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If you read or listen to only one book this year make it this one

What a book, what an experience. Must read/listen to. Great insight to a horrific experience

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It will help you sleep

Monotonous, repetitive and sleep inducing!
When he started talking about God, the irony apparently being lost on our protagonist, I had a chuckle and reflected that a drowning man really does clench at straws. Luckily I found some paint on my wall to watch dry.....
Positively there's a man that, unlike most of us, has realised how precious life is. From that perspective why not make a few pounds?

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Gripping

This book evokes a whole range of emotions if you let yourself imagine what you would do in this situation. It's a story of despair, of loss, of courage, of determination, of faith and ultimately achieving the impossible. Following the whole journey hour by hour gives you some insight into this ordeal and how Brett survived. Well written and well read.

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Brilliant read

Great book which kept me hooked. Usually hard to please but this was a worthy choice for a Mr Fussy, who struggles to find gripping reads, but is well pleased when he does and this kept me engrossed all the way through it. Remarkable account and highly Recommendo.

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Good book, good narrator. Defo worth the credit.

Gripping for the most part. Not many would have survived this (not spoiling the story) extraordinary ordeal. This Brett bloke is unusually tough, though - I'm not much of a swimmer, so this is all my nightmares rolled into one story. Astonishing really.

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Inspirational

Truly inspirational! Great story. I didn’t like the narrator much but I am not that keen on the South African accent.

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Could not put it down. Fantastic

This is the first book I could just not put down. gripping story of absolute courage and determination. fantastic

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An amazing book, mind blowing!

A true story of one mans fight to survive alone in the ocean. From the start I was hooked...I couldn’t wait to listen each day!
Superbly written and narrated perfectly, I felt like I was there with him. So emotive and truly awe inspiring, this book has humbled me.
An absolute must read! What an inspirational human being Brett Archibald is.

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  • 24-01-18

One of the best books I’ve ever read!

At first I found it difficult to understand the audio but the story was so intriguing. So inspiring!!!

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  • 14-02-20

great book

what a story ! I had not heard about this when it happened. So glad I listened to it. Amazing ! Great story and very enjoyable narrator .