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33 Men

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  796 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
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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Gord Jones
Dec 14, 2014 Gord Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
V. Gingerich
Aug 06, 2012 V. Gingerich rated it really liked it
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
Feb 05, 2016 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I listened to the audiobook of this book. The narrater was interesting and engaging, but the story felt a bit stifled at times. While the realities of the true story was fascination and interesting, the book felt a little disjointed and was a little difficult to follow at times. I also feel the author was ridiculously obsessed with the sexual side of this story. In the middle of a chapter describing the realities the minors were experiencing, he'd randomly start talking about how sexually frustr ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Bridget rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Senza nulla togliere alla drammaticità degli eventi narrati, questo libro mi ha lasciato un po' perplessa. Franklin sembra indeciso se fare il freddo cronista o lasciarsi andare a romanzare certi eventi. Ne risulta uno stile che saltella tra i due opposti, e che non mi è piaciuto. Inoltre in più punti sembra che butti là degli spunti da approfondire più avanti, senza poi farlo. Mi ha lasciato se non altro il desiderio di leggere altro sull'argomento.
Apr 28, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Laurel Sherman
Mar 01, 2016 Laurel Sherman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The outstanding novel 33 Men by Jonathan Franklin follows the amazing survival of 33 miners trapped in the San Jose Mine in Copiapo, Chile. This nonfiction story shows the many struggles and and hardships that these men faced. I feel that this book opens many people's eyes about the harsh working conditions people still face today and have to endure just to have money to live. These men, including Luis Alberto Urzua Irribarren and Mario Gomez Heredia, underwent 69 days of starvation in the dark, ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This story was amazing and it was definitely a miracle that they were rescued. My disappointment was in how the author chose to tell the story. It seems like the authors journalistic instinct to report ALL info he learned won out over the desire to tell a cohesive, well-written story of the rescue. A lot of things he told about took away or added no value to the rescue story. Examples, a lot of focus on family drama up top (i.e a wife discovers a lover & their battles, media deals that the f ...more
Penny Murnane
What an incredible story. It's going to be released as a film in mid November this year; so I'm so glad I read it. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in that historic accident that could have ended so tragically if not for the foresight and clear-headed thinking of the president of Chile. He reached out worldwide for assistance to save the miners. This book chronicles every detail including the dripping water, notes which were passed daily to and from husbands and wives and girlfri ...more
Paula Yerke
This was the compelling story of the 33 men rescued from the Chilean mine disaster in 2010. To say that the story is miraculous is an understatement (if that is possible.)

There was much here not reported when the events were unfolding. For example, in watching the live rescue, there was a serious problem and rather than report on it the rescuers showed some old footage to make it look to the world as if all was proceeding as planned. A million reporters were there and they were all fooled!

My fa
Jun 28, 2015 Ted rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2016 Allison rated it really liked it
It's not necessary to say what an incredible story this was and is. I remember it happening, and how enraptured I was by the whole scene.

This book gives more detail on the personal side of the mining disaster. It delves into how the men lived, and some of their emotional and physical responses to being trapped below the surface of Earth for so long. I found all of the medical-speak and media decisions around how to handle the men quite interesting to learn about.

The 3rd quarter of the book dra
Aug 25, 2015 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Jonathan Franklin, an award winning American journalist who has lived in Chile for nearly 20 years, tells the story of the 2010 Chilean mining disaster that buried 33 men below thousands of tons of rock in desparate need of rescue. It took engineers 17 days to locate the men, who miraculously survived the initial mine collapse and then their dwindling supplies of food and water. Once discovered, the men waited anxiously for experts to drill a large enough tunnel to transport them above gr ...more
Miriam Murcutt
Jan 17, 2015 Miriam Murcutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2015 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2014 Catherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chile, gender, 2014, disaster
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
May 10, 2014 Olinda Gil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The story was such a big deal in the news and people's hearts. It was truly a miracle the men were found and rescued. The book provided some details and timeline of the event. Good overall and big picture write up.

Very little any direction of the story. No engineering, geology, political, emotional, or historical details about the miners, Chile, mining, location, or anything.
I know the author was on site, but I don't get the sight, smell, or emotional details that he must
Pauline Cardenas
I read this book as well as Deep Down Dark back to back, within about a two week period. Although similar in page length, Deep Down Dark used much smaller typeset and therefore gave a much more comprehensive picture. I felt 33 Men gave me a better perspective of the rescuers' story, whereas Deep Down Dark gave me a better perspective of the miners' experience. I enjoyed both books, but I if I had to pick one I would pick the more comprehensive Deep Down Dark. One thing I particularly liked about ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, chile
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
Paul Pessolano
Mar 11, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Krisanne Stewart
Jul 13, 2011 Krisanne Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Linda Lipko
Jan 12, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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

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
Jan 21, 2016 Adrienne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Apr 27, 2013 Toni Chanakas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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