The Raft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen against the Sea

By Robert Trumbull
Read by Grover Gardner

4.47 Hours 12/01/1998 unabridged
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“The sinking of the plane was like a magician’s trick. It was there and then it was gone, and there was nothing left in our big, wet, darkening world but the three of us and a piece of rubber that was not yet a raft.” In 1942, three men on an antisubmarine patrol flight became lost and pitched into the Pacific. The plane sank beneath them, carrying most of the survival gear down with it. For thirty-four scorching days and shivering nights, they faced the ocean terrors on a four-by-eight-foot rubber raft. They had no water, food, compass, or paddles—only their will to survive. But by feats of super endurance, they made their way to the South Sea isle of Puka Puka, having meandered 1,200 miles.

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Summary

Summary

“The sinking of the plane was like a magician’s trick. It was there and then it was gone, and there was nothing left in our big, wet, darkening world but the three of us and a piece of rubber that was not yet a raft.”

In 1942, three men on an antisubmarine patrol flight became lost and pitched into the Pacific. The plane sank beneath them, carrying most of the survival gear down with it. For thirty-four scorching days and shivering nights, they faced the ocean terrors on a four-by-eight-foot rubber raft. They had no water, food, compass, or paddles—only their will to survive. But by feats of super endurance, they made their way to the South Sea isle of Puka Puka, having meandered 1,200 miles.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This story of three men adrift in the Pacific, with few resources except courage and indomitable human spirit, is not only inspiring reading but a tribute to the human species and its will to survive.” Captain John M. Waters, USCG (Ret.), author of Rescue at Sea
“[The story of] how these men maintained their sanity, their spirits, and the spark of life is a classic.” Chicago News
“Engaging…[Grover Gardner] lets events speak for themselves, without adding gratuitous melodrama. His qualities as a seasoned reader make for effortless listening.” AudioFile
“Listeners of any age will find this unbelievable gripping account of human resourcefulness and survival difficult to turn off…This tribute to human endurance is spellbinding.” Kliatt

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by Aaron 9/13/2017
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Masterfully narrated, gripping tale of survival

Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating this short, but amazing tale of human survival. The ordeal these three men endure is incredible. It's a true testament to the strength and courage of the indomitable human spirit. Once you start listening, you won't be able to stop!

Author

Author Bio: Robert Trumbull

Robert Trumbull was born in Chicago in 1912 and graduated from the University of Washington at Seattle. He worked as a reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser from 1933 to 1943 but began writing for the New York Times in 1941, serving during World War II as the Times’ war correspondent in the Pacific theater until 1945. The US Navy awarded him the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon for his wartime reports. After the war he continued writing for the Times, serving as a foreign correspondent, chief correspondent, and bureau chief in such places as Japan, the Philippines, South and Southeast Asia, Tokyo, China, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands, and Canada. As well as contributing articles on Asian and Pacific affairs to Encyclopedia Americana, Reader’s Digest, Saturday Review, and New York Times Magazine, he was the author of ten nonfiction books. For his The Scrutable East: A Correspondent’s Report on Southeast Asia, he won the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award in 1964, an award given yearly for best nonfiction book on international affairs.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 4.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English