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Miracle on the Hudson Miracle on the Hudson

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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
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...more
Julie Davis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!

Told by the survivors. Great read.
Very quick and easy reading; seems very personal.
Good if you never want to fly again!
Very well done! Good Read.
I was able to relate to the extreamly cold temperature of the water the passengers felt, slipping off the wings into the Hudson. I learned how to swim in the Hudson. The River is Always COLD and the current is very STRONG! Miracle On The Hudson is a Great Read!
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