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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor; Library - Unabridged CD edition (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140014857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400148578
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,317,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A genuinely harrowing, wrenching and deeply memorable account of survival against all odds." ---Ron Franscell, bestselling author of The Darkest Night

About the Author

Tere Duperrault Fassbender is retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she built a career protecting the waterways and the near-shore areas from being overdeveloped and altered. Richard Logan, Ph.D., an expert in the psychology of solitary survival, is the author of Alone: A Fascinating Study of Those Who Have Survived Long, Solitary Ordeals.

Johnny Heller has won two prestigious Audie Awards, earned numerous Audie nominations, and was named one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine.

Jo Anna Perrin is an accomplished actor, having appeared in film and television, as well as on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally.

Customer Reviews

What an amazing story.
Jennifer A. Kurtenacker
I could hardly put this book down because of curiosity, suspense and the finality at the end.
Maryann C. Turley
The book is very disorganized, with the same ideas presented numerous times.
Nancy in Dallas

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Charles H. Manning on May 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I flew one of the aircraft, an Hu-16 Albatross in the search for the Bluebelle. Even after Julian Harvey was picked up, we had high hope of recovering others, so the search continued for three days, expanding northward to compensate for the flow of the Gulf Stream. When Tere Jo was picked up by the Greek freighter we were 45 miles away. Naturally, we were all elated but guilt persists to this day, that we may have flown over Tere but missed her in the choppy seas. I have always wondered how that brave young girl continued her life, and now we finally know ! Thanks, Tere Jo
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ireadabookaday VINE VOICE on June 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I had never heard of this incident and after reading a description of the book, looked forward to reading it.
I was quite disappointed. The book is very poorly written, and the real life incident and the real life survivor never come to life on the page. The writing is so dull and disorganized and without drama that reading this book is a chore, and Logan, despite being a psychologist, is unskilled at portraying Fassbender's state of mind at any point in the story.

The book has a very amateurish feel- the whole product feels thrown together. It is hard to say how much writing , if any, was done by Fassbender, but she deserved a more able coauthor. There is a unique story to be told here, but sadly this book fails at making it interesting.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By mugs on May 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
i loved this book. it is still with me, i can't stop thinking about it...can't fathom what Tere went through...and still goes through each day...Everyone should read this book! makes us all appreciate what we have and to not sweat the small stuff in life. i am a believer of God gives us only what we can handle, but wow, that was a lot for a little girl to handle...so remarkable.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nancy in Dallas on July 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As I read this book, I kept thinking how unfortunate it was that this powerful story did not unfold with true real-life drama and intrigue. It is flat. A more effective tool for the authors would have been to have alternated between the lives of Tere Jo and Julian Harvey until their destinies converged on that the fateful voyage. The book is very disorganized, with the same ideas presented numerous times. It is not well-edited: There are two paragraphs in a row that have nearly the same sentence and at one point the word "informed" is spelled "in formed". All of the above gives the book an amateur feel to it, which is a true disservice to Tere Duperrault and her gripping story. If they ever make a movie based on her story, this will most certainly be an instance where the movie is better than the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By inabuddinggrove on June 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The story has the makings of an epic. However the execution of it makes one think that the author was essentially very lazy. He seems to have cobbled together some news stories and photos with a few minimalist interviews with the survivor and gotten published, in book form, what is essentially a long magazine article. It is a huge disservice to Ms. Dupperault and she should have been advised either to expand it into a meaningful tale or put it on her shelf at home. It tells almost nothing of the real struggles of adjusting to her losses or how she coped and, apparently, thrived in later life. There is so much wanting here that it leaves one begging for more and feeling cheated at this tease of a book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Princess Buttercup on June 1, 2010
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Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean is a good, fast and engrossing read.

However, the story will leave you a bit unsatisfied. Partly due to the fact that the motive behind the killings can only be inferred, but also b/c the reveal of Terry Jo's "story" comes in the middle of the book, not the end.

If i could improve upon this book I would reorder the chapters and have the history of the crazy-eyed Captain and his dangerous past revealed before we hear Terry Jo's account of what really happened aboard the Bluebelle. I think it would make for a much more suspenseful and satisfying read.

Overall, it is still a good story of survival and I recommend the book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Sydnam on June 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book to read while on a flight home. What can I say except I was more than disappointed. I should have realized that being "written" by a clinical psychologist that it would read like a fact sheet on an incident without any emotion. When I read the part about Terry Jo walking up the companion stairway and finding her mother & brother dead in a pool of blood, I had to wonder just what she was experiencing. Readers want to KNOW the characters and get involved in the action and angst of the moment but there was no way that was possible with this "author" It makes you wonder what his editor or the publisher was thinking when they released this book. I certainly won't be purchasing any other books by this man. I wonder how many ways he can say BORING! The news story had far more emotion to it than this book mustered.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Book Guy on May 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is an inspiration to anyone out there that is struggling. The story of Tere's survival is second to none. The recovery process is unbelieveable. Her love of life and family should inspire us all. This is a must read, want to read and should read.
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