Trapped!: The Story of Floyd Collins

By Robert K. Murray and Roger W. Brucker
Read by Joe Barrett

11.97 Hours 11/01/2009 unabridged
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The sensationalism and hysteria of the attempt to rescue Floyd Collins from the cave where he was trapped in early 1925 generated America’s first true media spectacle and one of the seminal events of the century. The crowds that gathered outside Sand Cave in Kentucky turned the rescue site into a carnival. Collins’ situation was front-page news throughout the country, ranked the third largest news story between two World Wars. Hourly bulletins interrupted radio programs, and even Congress recessed to hear the latest word. With a new epilogue revealing additional information about the Floyd Collins story that has come to light since the book was first published, Trapped! is both a tense adventure and a brilliant historical recreation of the past.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

The sensationalism and hysteria of the attempt to rescue Floyd Collins from the cave where he was trapped in early 1925 generated America’s first true media spectacle and one of the seminal events of the century. The crowds that gathered outside Sand Cave in Kentucky turned the rescue site into a carnival. Collins’ situation was front-page news throughout the country, ranked the third largest news story between two World Wars. Hourly bulletins interrupted radio programs, and even Congress recessed to hear the latest word.

With a new epilogue revealing additional information about the Floyd Collins story that has come to light since the book was first published, Trapped! is both a tense adventure and a brilliant historical recreation of the past.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The tension and confusion of the days of rescue attempts are made real.” Augusta Chronicle
“An exciting narrative account of Floyd Collins’ entrapment in a Kentucky cave in 1925 and the folklore that grew.” Journal of Southern History
“This gripping account of the 1925 entrapment of Floyd Collins in Sand Cave simultaneously thrills and terrifies any reader.” Kentucky Living
“At the opening of this real-life story, young Floyd Collins’ foot becomes trapped under a boulder in a cave he has undertaken to explore alone. Leaving us in suspense, time regresses to provide the dramatis personae and historical information that lead up to the cliff-hanging moment, which was one of the biggest news stories between the two World Wars. The return to 1925 finds Floyd still stuck, and efforts to free him don’t go well. Narrator Joe Barrett’s sandy voice alternates between his normal speech and the rural accent of central Kentucky, where the story takes place. Barrett amplifies the suspense by modulating his intensity in synchrony with the hero’s vicissitudes. He imitates Floyd’s pitiful cries for help and food as the boy drifts to the far edge of sanity. Floyd’s uncertain fate makes the true story difficult to pause. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“The story of Floyd Collins’ entrapment in a Kentucky cave makes for chilling and exciting reading.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Robert K. Murray

Robert K. Murray is professor emeritus and former chairman of the department of history at Pennsylvania State University.

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Author Bio: Roger W. Brucker

Roger W. Brucker is an American cave explorer and author of books about caves. He helped create the Cave Research Foundation, which set new standards for cave exploration, and coauthored The Longest Cave about Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 11.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English