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Miracle on the Hudson Miracle on the Hudson

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  165 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
In this heart-stopping tale, the passengers of the Hudson River crash landing evoke in compelling detail the terrifying explosion as both engines were destroyed, the violent landing on the river, and the thrill of their rescue from the wings and from rafts. Jay McDonald, a thirty-nine-year-old software developer, had survived brain-tumor surgery just two years earlier and ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 2009)
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Not sure why I decided to read this, since I'm insanely afraid of flying already! It was really interesting though to read about this amazing story from the passengers point of view. I read it really fast, I couldn't stop reading! It was really sad to read about the thoughts and emotions and actions of the passengers when they truly thought they were going to die. Made me think a lot. It was also interesting to read about all of the chaos and drama that occured AFTER they landed. I never thought ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike many of the other big events to happen in my lifetime, the crash of flight 1549 and rescue of the passengers occurred in just a few hours' time. Therefore, to write an entire book based on a flight that lasted less than half an hour takes talent, and it was essential to have the input of those who survived the flight in order to generate enough content. The multiple perspectives the author provided allowed readers to get to know the truth about what was going on, rather than just what mai ...more
Nov 07, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
William Prochnau & Laura Parker have definitely did their homework.....I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to every one.....The detail of the 3 minutes that the plan was in the air before it made a water landing was riveting and I was on the edge of my seat.....I can't imagine experiencing anything close to this......

A really good read...
Roz Warren

Five years ago, on January 15, 2009, Flight 1549 took off for Charlotte, North Carolina and, 3 minutes later, made an emergency landing in the Hudson River, with no serious harm to anyone but the geese who caused the problem. (They were liquefied into something called, in aviation jargon, snarge.)

Miracle on the Hudson, the subsequent book about this incident by William Prochnau and Laura Parker, focuses not on the uber-competence of Pilot “Sully” Sullenber
Julie Davis
Jan 12, 2010 Julie Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book, albeit a bit short for the price. This is offset by the genuine testimony. However, the book suddenly cuts off just when we want a resolution. Otherwise, it would be a five-star rating. Read my entire review here.

The publisher sez:
I will save you from your frustration and tell you that it was just the first five chapters – it is 12 chapters total. ;-) No worries – you will get the read the end!

It is not unheard of to publish advanced reader copies with only a few chapter
Jan 06, 2010 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was interesting, although not quite what I expected. The short amount of time that was involved was rather incredible. The whole flight from take-off to crash was less than 6 minutes. Can you imagine just doing a rather ordinary thing, like flying in a plane, then truly, truly believing you are going to die, and then not dying, all in the space of 6 minutes? Talk about emotional whiplash. My biggest complaint with this book was keeping everyone straight and it was sometimes hard to follow w ...more
Ed Homenick
For some reasons, plane crashes intrigue me. I have no idea why. I have flown over 100 times, although not at all in the last 14 years. This book gave you the sence of what it was like to be in a plane that was in trouble.
If you followed the media frenzy from 2009 when this flight landed (I didn't), this book might be overkill and you probably all ready know about the stories from the survivors' perspectives. But not having paid attention to any of the coverage at all, I really liked reading the play-by-play account. Even though I KNEW the plane crashed, everyone survived, etc., reading what thoughts everyone was having was a page-turner for me. I enjoyed it more than the book written by the pilot (Sullenberger), ...more
Mar 18, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This was a good book overall, but not a good book for me. It shared the stories from a good portion of the passengers on flight 1549 and I had trouble keeping track of who everyone was. I am a very detail oriented person and that didn't really help during this read. At one point, I was tempted to start the book over and keep a notepad with me so I could write down all their names and a little about them so I knew who was who when they were sharing their stories since it goes by point in time rat ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Dolores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good and fast read. The authors wrote in a journalistic style and the reactions of the passengers faced with the prospect of a nasty end was fascinating to me. Also revealing of American culture was an unspoken "women and children first" rule applied as the rescue boats picked up the survivors when it wasn't practical or even safe for some of the men. I was happy to have finished reading this just as all the hoopla of the first anniversary of the crash was all over TV and I recognized ...more
Pamela Van Arsdale
a very detailed, compelling look at this very short, miraculous flight.
Oct 04, 2014 Rima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book
John C
Aug 14, 2014 John C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book. Wasn't about the crash itself so much as what the passengers went through. The back of the plane had the worst experience and the front had the least issues. My son was on the flight (thankfully in the middle)and called me at work from the ferry. We knew he was safe before we knew he was in danger. His company flew he and a coworker home to Charlotte so he was able to sleep in his bed at home that night.
Jul 29, 2013 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The amazing story of the jet plane that crash-landed on the Hudson River in January 2009. What makes this particularly interesting is that it is put together from interviews with most of the passengers (all of whom survived the crash). I didn't realize that it all happened so quickly. The plane was only in the air for a few minutes, and all of the people aboard were rescued within 30 minutes of the crash. Only in New York, for real! I found it a quick and compelling read. Very skillfully compile ...more
Hilary Roberts
Jul 28, 2010 Hilary Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an enjoyable book to read. I liked how the book was written -- it went through the whole experience bit by bit, but it stopped at major points in the story to give background about various passengers and then explain how they were feeling at that point. Lots of time and energy went into researching and writing this book. Loved it!
Danny K.
Feb 29, 2012 Danny K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of the famous flight 1549 plane crash that ended up making an emergency landing in the Hudson river. I liked this book very much because the authurs were not only a compilation of the passengers but the authurs made sure to look at the crash from all the different points of views.
Very disjointed (due to trying to fit together many different passengers' accounts), and pretty impossible to keep track of all the people, but interesting to hear what it was like to be a passenger on that very short flight.
Jan 19, 2010 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of the plane crash into the Hudon River from the viewpoint of the passengers. The memories of the survivors of the crash are vivid and real. A much better book that the 1st one I read about this accident.
Jul 11, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm surprised. Usually books of this sort are not very good. This one was very good. I enjoyed it. Second by second account of what happened int he cabin of the plane as it hit the Hudson.
Mar 03, 2011 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story of survival. Not sure why I read this less than a month before getting on a plane, but it was a gift!
Mar 30, 2012 Rosie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading different perspectives of the events (my friend, Sheri, was one of the passengers).
Words cannot adequately describe my thoughts while reading this book. It is a must read for everyone!
Jul 25, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Told by the survivors. Great read.
Nov 19, 2009 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick and easy reading; seems very personal.
Apr 12, 2011 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good if you never want to fly again!
May 26, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well done! Good Read.
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