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Having had unparalleled access to the Chilean mine disaster, award-winning journalist Jonathan Franklin takes readers to the heart of a remarkable story of human endurance, survival, and historic heroism.33 Men is the groundbreaking, authoritative account of the Chilean mine disaster, one of the longest human entrapments in history. Rushing to the scene when the miners wer ...more
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Published February 14th 2011 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 2011)
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V. Gingerich
My breath comes slightly thicker whenever I think about 33 Men; lunches taste extra delicious and showers feel more luxurious, even days after finishing the book.

Thirty-three men buried beneath 2,300 feet of mountain for sixty-nine days, food running low and then out, 95 degrees Fahrenheit and almost 100% humidity: we all know the story. I remember reading about the mine collapse and then, weeks later, realizing in horror that those men were still under there, still alive. The celebrations when
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Bridget
I feel like I missed out on the whole "Los 33" Chilean Miner thing because the time period in which it took place happened to span exactly the time period in which we were moving our lives over to the UAE. So when the miners were rescued, it was kind of a "huh?" moment for me, rather than a huge big emotional deal. That made me sad, so I sought out this book. I thought it might be fantastic like Alive and Miracle in the Andes (and the situations are shockingly similar, even down to the length of ...more
Sandy
The writing style is choppy. The stage was not set, the story didn't flow. I was about 3/4 of the way through the book when I noticed a couple maps way in the front of the book. It would have been helpful to have those at least referenced in the text to help give understanding of the layout of the mine. I did learn some things that I hadn't heard on the news. How terribly humid and wet it was down there, the swimming pool, the smuggled drugs. Would have liked more photos from underground, more p ...more
Ted
I love survival tales. Shipwrecks, plane crashes, and journeys of exploration. Starvation, disease, and hardship. And most of all: isolation and despair. Yes, the great survival tales of yesteryear involved men who had no clue that anyone was working to rescue them. And for me, that's one of the things that made them great.

33 Men turns out to be a quite different story. The miners trapped deep underground in Chile were (after about two weeks of isolation) well aware that rescuers were working to
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Kristen
I remember hearing about the Chilean miners and watching them as they were rescued. There's a lot, though, that I either didn't know or had forgotten. The author does a great job of giving the story immediacy and ramps up the tension as the miners become trapped. I thought it was fascinating to see how the miners coped (or didn't cope) with their circumstances and how they ultimately joined together to survive. I was especially interested in the first 17 days before they were able to get supplie ...more
Miriam Murcutt
This book tells the story behind the story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 14 weeks, 2,300ft underground in a collapsed mine in Chile. It’s a quick, well-researched and informative read which flits between the miners’ personal experiences whilst trapped underground and those of the Chilean government and the rescue team up above them. In places it’s quite gripping, particularly as the rescue drilling progresses with many fits and starts, and then the rescue capsule is lowered down ...more
Jan
This true story about 33 men trapped for over two months deep in a Chilean mine read more like a documentary than a tale told, but still, the author imparted to the reader a vivid picture the life these miners unwittingly endured; I could almost feel the heat, the humidity, the hardness of the rocks, the darkness that these men had to deal with on a daily basis. Yet, I don't think one not in it can really understand the trauma of being trapped in such a way for so long. And, indeed, the men seem ...more
Catherine
At its heart, the story of the thirty-three men who survived 69 days trapped at the bottom of a Chilean mine is a compelling one - but that story is not particularly well told in this book. Franklin has a talent for bombast; it's easy to imagine a movie announcer annunciating the book's early pages. ("In a world gone mad . . . ") Is this the story of thirty-three men who worked together to overcome tremendous odds? Or is it the story of thirty-three men who splintered and formed cliques and didn ...more
Olinda Gil
O livro é supreendente porque o que aconteceu com estes homens foi surpreendente. Gostei do livro por isso, pela minha curiosidade em saber como foi.
Contudo, a nível de escrita o livro tinha muitas falhas. Percebi, do ponto de vista da construção do texto, a razão para que cada parágrafo tivesse onde estivesse. Havia partes demasiado perfeitas, como a introdução de pequenas histórias sobre a vida dos mineiros quando queria criar suspense na parte do texto que correspondia aos 16 dias em que eles
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Gord Jones
I remember in 2010 sitting on my couch in the safety and comfort of my home and watching the rescue of 33 miners in Chile being hauled out of a ground in a capsule, one by one from a mine after being trapped for 69 days underground after the mine collapsed. It was an engrossing story that I really got caught up in. When it comes to miracles, the rescue of these men certainly was one.

33 Men tells the story of the trapped miners, their families that waited, and the rescue efforts being made above.
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Melissa
Ok, for some reason, the Chilean Mine incident was never a blip on my radar. And I really don't know how I missed it. But this book was available as an audio book and I decided to check it out. Imagine my surprise when I learned that in 2010 there was a huge international incident involving 33 men and their plight in the mine.

But before I start on the story itself, I want to talk about the audiobook narrator. I don't normally like to talk about such things, as I like to rate the book on its own
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Paul Pessolano
It was not that long ago when we were all sitting around watching as 33 miners in Chile fought for their lives. A cave in at the San Jose copper mine had them trapped 2,300 feet below the earth's surface.

The mine they were working in was known as unsafe where no safety precautions were employed. The money was so good though that the miners, knowing of the danger, continued to work the mine, even after numerous accidents.

It was quickly determined that there was no way they could be reached in tim
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Melissa Loomis
The story of survival in an unimaginable world is a 5 out out of 5 story. Each of the 33 miners are remarkable. I was hoping that there would have been a more indepth recollection of what the miners had experienced, but I can understand now after reading Franklin's book why that might not ever surface.

I gave such a low rating because the book itself was just "ok". I felt it was pretty redundant, as I felt I was reading the same facts over and over again. There were only a few surprises that I ha
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Krisanne Stewart
These 33 men survived being buried alive for 69 days. Almost 10 weeks. I can't imagine. It took 17 days for the rescue workers to even find out if any of the men were alive. Can you imagine waiting 17 days to find out if your husband, son, nephew, or brother were alive? By day 15 many men were writing their good-bye notes, and they were down to eating just a mere 75 calories a day. Their food was gone, their drinking water contaminated, and the skinniest miner whose body had little to no fat res ...more
Stephanie
I am not claustrophobic (as far I as I know) but Mr. Franklin's account of these miners plight is enough to take the breath right from your chest and the reports from the miners themselves, is enough to make me question it even further!

For myself, I thought that I understood where these men were buried and under what amount of debree was above and on them. No, I had no idea. Mr. Franklin's puts these measurements in easy laymans terms, using buildings and objects that make it easy to visualize w
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Linda Lipko
Incredibly well written, this is truly just as the title indicates, a miraculous true story of 33 men trapped 2,300 feet below in the bowels of a copper and gold mine in a remote area in Chile. With over time, working in brutal conditions, a good month could net $2,000 of pay, and thus the men put life and limb in danger every second, hour and day.

Known for the many earthquakes and the terrible track record of poor safety in this mine, every time they entered, the men knew they were beating incr
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Kathleen Hagen
33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners, by Jonathan Franklin, narrated by Armando Valdez Kennedy, produced by Penguin Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Award-winning journalist Jonathan Franklin takes readers to the heart of a remarkable story. 33 Men recounts the Chilean mine disaster, one of the longest
human entrapments in history. Based on more than 110 interviews with the miners, their
families, and the rescue team, Franklin's narrative captures the
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Adrienne
On August 5, 2010, the San Jose copper mine in Chile collapsed with thirty-three men still inside. For the next seventeen days, Chilean government members, families, and rescue workers hoped against hope that they'd be able to reach the miners--at a depth of 2300 feet--and that when they did, someone might still be alive. Meanwhile, down in the mine, the men were struggling to survive on contaminated water and one bite of tuna fish or less every day. When a borehill was finally drilled and reach ...more
Toni Chanakas
Here is part of a blog post I wrote reviewing this book. It was difficult to read at times but I couldn't help but admire the heroism of these men. They never gave up hope. A lesson for all of us when things get tough.

As I read Jonathan Franklin’s “33 Men” I feel honored to have witnessed their heroic ascent out of a dangerous, alive mine that almost look 33 lives. What impressed me the most was their determination, faith and respect for each other to survive while the odds were against them. I’
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Dana
I just read the book 33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners by Jonathan Franklin.
This book has really made me think about the human cost of our way of living. Just reading about how horribly dangerous mining is has made me sad that we use products that may have caused other people to have died or been maimed in order to obtain the raw materials that they are made of. I look at my wedding ring and wonder if someone died so that I could have that gold. I
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Anna Phoenix
Nobody but the miners inside that collapsed cavern really knows what was going on in their minds and the unrecorded moments between them, but Jonathan Franklin has done his research. Leading with descriptions of the socio-economic status of the area, reasons leading to the mine's unstable conditions and why the miners, depicted from the start as the individuals they are, would continue to work there despite its dubious safety. Throughout the book, the author maintains the individuality of each o ...more
Mark
Nothing like the dry, facts-only, reporting found in newspapers, this reporter has brought these 33 miners and their rescuers to 3-D life. I'm glad to have made the trip.
This story has been amazing from "How did they know the miners were in trouble?" (They didn't. They worked from the shift staff-list and hoped to find some alive. Miraculously, all 33 survived.) to "How did they extract them from 3,200 ft. below the surface? Clue: they didn't try to clean out the collapsed mine tunnels. Totally
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Helen
I picked this more or less at random from the audio books on offer from the library as I was in a hurry to get a new title to listen to on the bus.
I remembered the rescue of the minors in 2010 - most people who heard about it will never forget. So it wasn't a case of wanting to know what happened. Like films about the Titanic: "Spoiler alert - the ship sinks!" - I knew how this story ended. But I enjoy biographies and real life stories, so I thought it was worth a go.
It was a fascinating account
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Julie
This book was very well-written (which is a huge deal for me). When Los 33 were stuck in the mine, I could almost FEEL the claustrophobia! Granted, I had to put this down a few times because of that. My point is, is that it was so descriptive, it was like being there with the miners. Their fight to live, to get rescued....wow. I am glad this tragedy was able to bring about mining reform in Chile. Not having a "B" plan for getting out in case the mine collapsed? Not cool.
Abby Goldsmith
I listened to the audiobook version, and it's fun with the accents. This starts out promising, as a tale of survival. But since it's a foregone conclusion, and the reader is told what will happen and how it will end, a lot of suspense was sapped out of it. It's a true story, but the author assumes that every reader will know that, or picked it up for that reason. If it was told with more suspense, it might be more likely to stand the test of time.

After the rescue, there was too much wrap-up, muc
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Vikki
someday, i imagine someone else will write a much more interesting book about this amazing story. BBC journalist jonathan franklin has succeeded at writing the first book about the chilean miner rescue, but i doubt very much it will be the best. for as emotionally riveting and technically complex as this story was, the book reads like a news report--just the facts, without art or embellishment, and without any deeper or larger imagining of what it all meant, beyond "seize the day." also conspicu ...more
Tanya
I was surprised by what I learned in this book. I hadn't really thought of the lives the men lived while underground for so many days and the details of them fascinated me; every time I do mention something unique about that time in their lives to someone else, I see it gives them pause also -- just never having considered something such as some of the men had to deal with alcohol or drug withdrawal or that the humidity was above 90% below and so they had to walk around in their underwear. I'm a ...more
Bethany
I read 33 Men in the fall, actually taught with the book at a community college in Michigan, and I am now re-reading it as I am teaching it again this summer. It is an organized account of a true and amazing event. The telling is factual, but also deals with the lives of the 33 miners trapped from August 2010 to October 2010 through interviews and background about their lives. The truly remarkable point is the worldwide effort that was put forth to first, keep them alive and then get them out. M ...more
Dana
There were so many times while reading this book where I thought, 'Wait, but what's happening with that other thing over there?' and at the same time thinking, 'You've told us this, like, 6 times.' The author was never able to get a good handle on how to manage all of his narrative threads.
Alison
On the cover of this book it states that it is an "unforgettable adventure story that will leave readers breathless". This is an overstatement for sure - it's clear the author is a journalist and investigative reporter because the story is straight forward and factual, above all else. I appreciate learning the story behind the rescue and was amazed at the technology, the manpower, the consideration of the psychological distress the trapped men were experiencing, the detailed efforts to alleviate ...more
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