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33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners is the riveting and authoritative account of the 2010 San José mine rescue in Chile-after one of the longest human entrapments in history. With his coveted "Rescue Pass," Franklin was permitted access far past the police perimeter. It would be seventeen long days before the miners were discove...more
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Published February 14th 2011 by Penguin Group (USA) (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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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’...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
Roberta
A really good book by an award-winning American journalist living in Chile. It reads like an adventure story, and even though you know the ending, the detailed diary of the daily lives of the 33 miners and their inventive above-ground assistants and rescuers was engrossing. How did the miners make it they were asked. "Humor and democracy," was their shift leader's answer. The book describes the rescue as "anti-911, an event that showcased human charity, brotherhood and the concept of a Global vi...more
Carolyn
It was fascinating to read a book in which the incident was so fresh in my mind. This happened less than a year ago! I was interested in each view of this horrible event, as the chapters changed from a perspective of the miners, to the rescuers, to the waiting families. I was most intrigued by how these men immediately organized themselves when they became trapped, and how the personalities of each man helped or hindered the group as a whole. As I read the pages of the triumphant rescue I could...more
Trish
Fascinating story. Since we don't watch much TV, I knew little more than the basic story line of these events. The fact that the men survived is miraculous and I enjoyed learning more about it. It was neat to see how the whole world came together to help with the rescue.

I was irritated with the author's fixation on the men's sexual frustration -- and the insinuation that men couldn't be expected to be celibate during the duration of their ordeal. I know it was a long time and they were under EXT...more
Amy
Brutal, but in a good way if that's possible; this is the story of the 33 Chilean miners and what they went through from the time the mine collapsed and through their rescue.

In order to fully understand what these miners suffered, the reader must endure (at least a little) the hardships experienced by these men. Franklin (author) does an excellent job of describing these hardships.

An insightful story and a "behind the scenes" look at what really took place during this event -- as you read, you w...more
Pat Herndon
This is a gut-wrenching true account of the experiences and the rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days. It speaks to the spirit of hope, love, determination, perseverance, cooperation and ingenuity. The epilogue is a great essay on the power of goodness and cooperation that persist in a challenging modern world.
Tony Talbot
A little dry in places and repetitive in others - at one point Franklin tells us about the netting to catch fallling rocks from the ceiling of the mine four times in three pages, and repeatedly talks about the poor safety record of the mine and the slipshod procedures there. At times it felt like padding.

But it's the dignity of the miners that carries the book, the resilience of the human spirit in the face of death that pushes you on to the conclusion, even when you know what that conclusion is...more
Sarah Krenzke
I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars for this book. It was a fascinating read but I think the author could have done a much better job - seriously irritated by him many times!
Rick Barcenas
Very good true life drama, fills in the blanks for what you didn't see on CNN.
Kay
Very interesting story of the miners. Would like to know how this has affected them the years after.
Excellent read!
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