438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

Days An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews On N

  • Title: 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
  • Author: Jonathan Franklin
  • ISBN: 9781442396029
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Audiobook
  • 438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews.On November 17, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two day fishing trip A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea The st438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews.On November 17, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two day fishing trip A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea The storm picked up and blasted him west When he washed ashore on January 29, 2014, he had arrived in the Marshall Islands, 9,000 miles away equivalent to traveling from New York to Moscow round trip.For fourteen months, Alvarenga survived constant shark attacks He learned to catch fish with his bare hands He built a fish net from a pair of empty plastic bottles Taking apart the outboard motor, he fashioned a huge fishhook Using fish vertebrae as needles, he stitched together his own clothes.He considered suicide on multiple occasions including offering himself up to a pack of sharks But Alvarenga never failed to invent an alternative reality He imagined a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to toss him up on a remote palm studded island, where he was saved by a local couple living alone in their own Pacific Island paradise.Based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and interviews with his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to health, this is an epic tale of survival, an all true version of the fictional Life of Pi With illustrations, maps, and photographs throughout, 438 Days is a study of the resilience, will, ingenuity, and determination required for one man to survive fourteen months, lost at sea.

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    1. This is a stunning story. How does a hard-partying, spendthrift illegal immigrant (into Mexico!) who sells his catch for subsistence level pay and has no ambitions actually have the wherewithal to survive so long drifting at sea both physically and mentally? Earlier this year I read Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea. I doubted that 438 Days would be as good because I identified with Steve Callahan who had been shipwrecked off the Canaries while attempting a passage to the Caribbean. I've sail [...]

    2. I am a sucker for survival stories, especially those set at sea. Have no idea why. Perhaps it's for the visceral, vicarious thrill of experiencing these terrifying events unfold from the safety and comfort of my reading chair. Which probably makes me an asshole, but let's be clear -- it's not the SUFFERING I get off on, but the grittiness and ingenuity required of the survivors to live through the ordeal so that we can all learn from it in some profound way (there is a part of me that uses these [...]

    3. What a remarkable story! I've heard about people being found after days and even weeks at sea but never have I heard the story of José Salvador Alvarenga, a man who was adrift in the ocean for 438 days. Where was this news story??? Where was I???Initially, 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea was to serve as a filler book for me between library holds. I didn't even intend to finish it. But once I started, I was glued and let's just say that my TBR list was quickly put on pau [...]

    4. FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY-EIGHT DAYS! That’s how long José Salvador Alvarenga was stranded at sea. Without a working motor or even any oars, he found himself adrift in his small boat, fighting for his life and sanity as the ocean’s currents carried him, mostly at a snail’s pace, over 6000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. As the author points out, that’s almost the equivalent of a baby crawling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, except for the baby could probably do it faster. Starting out I was [...]

    5. I received an advance copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I not only appreciate the incredible story told, a story that has much to tell anyone who has ever felt themselves facing seemingly insurmountable odds (which is pretty much everyone), but also the tremendous research which creates the basis for the tale, and the heartfelt sympathy and respect that Mr. Franklin gave to Salvador Alvarenga, our protagonist. This story is a feast for the mind as well as the [...]

    6. The true story of 438 days in the Pacific Ocean - in a small dingy.Both Salvador Alvarenga, experienced fisherman, and Ezequiel Cordoba, twenty-two year old apprentice, left Costa Azul, Mexico to do a days fishing. Many would not go out that day due to a coming storm, but Alvarenga knew he could make it out and back before the worst of the storm hit. That was not to be. They drifted across the Pacific Ocean, surviving by eating raw turtles and birds. One man died of extreme hunger from his lack [...]

    7. This review was done by KissinBlueKarenThis biography was amazing. It is the type of non fiction that makes me feel good about being alive. In 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea, we meet a man named Salvador Alvarenga and see his unbelievable will to live against all odds. Somehow, I never heard about this man. I can’t believe this happened in my lifetime and I missed the news about it.Salvador Alvarenga survived 438 days adrift in a small fishing boat. He had no food, no [...]

    8. There are stories of survival and then there is this story of simply refusing to die. Salvador Alvarenga will forever be the man to tough for the sun to fry and for tough circumstances to thwart.438 days at sea. 118 days with a companion. Are you kidding me? How many could survive that isolation on land with a healthy stock of food and water? Now let's trade your water for urine and your food for raw fish and birds. Let's see how long you manage to survive.Not only is this story gut wrenching, f [...]

    9. “Don’t think about death, if you think you are going to die, you will die…everything will work out…don’t give up hope, remain calm”.A long-lasting storm of five days overcame fisherman Salvador Alvarenga’s small boat, stalling his engine and tossing all of his navigational equipment, tools, food and water overboard. For months he drifted thousands of miles in solitude in a huge silent ocean, surviving additional storms, a blinding sun, circling sharks and agonizing hunger. There we [...]

    10. Absolutely enthralling MIND BLOWING!!!! A jaw dropping true account of an ocean-drift survival story. My first Top-Pick for 2016.438 Days adrift. Can you imagine drifting tens of thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean - from Mexico to the Marshall Islands in an old wooden Panga; your motor is fried; there are no sails; no oars; no radio. Nothing but you and an endless, relentless horizon Well written and researched. The author, Jonathan Franklin, spent over a year interviewing Jose Salvador [...]

    11. Es ist der erstaunliche Überlebenskampf des Fischers Salvador Alvarenga 438 Tage auf See, in denen er nach einem Sturm vor der mexikanischen Küste erst 10.750 Kilometer westlich wieder Land erreicht. -Jonathan Franklin versteht jenes Abenteuer mit Bravour zu erzählen. Das Buch glänzt geradezu mit einem klar und logisch strukturierten Aufbau. Er weiß, was die Leserschaft interessiert und stillt ihre Neugier, ohne Pietät und Takt gegenüber Alvarenga einzubüßen. Seine Erzählweise ist span [...]

    12. Stranded at sea for 438 days-that's crazy! Seriously! More than a year drifting in the Pacific Ocean. Castaway, Alveranga, reminds me of Zamperini in Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Why do some people endure great peril and suffering while others succumb? Survival and Marine experts weigh in throughout the book and give insight into the misadventure, but it's Alveranga's dogged determination and vivid recollections which make this a riveting read.

    13. The harrowing adventure of Salvador Alvarenga, Mexican fisherman, who left Costa Azul one morning for a quick fishing trip. Fourteen months later, he washed up on the shores of the Marshall Islands. His story will inspire you and, in his own words, "Be strong. Think positive. Think about the future of your life, that life is beautiful. There are challenges and punishment in life but they can be overcom."

    14. What a story, I found this fascinating and compelling. The story telling is maybe a bit dry, but that's more because its from a journalist that interviewed Salvador, not from his prospective. I will be sharing this book with others and I enjoyed it very much. I received this as a part of a giveaway.

    15. Not a book I would have chosen, but so glad I read it. Touching, fascinating and ultimately uplifting. If it had been fiction it would have seemed too unbelievable!

    16. This is an Amazing story of survival. One November 17, 2012 Salvador Alvarenga age 36 and Ezequiel Cordoba age 22 left Costa Azul Mexico in a 25 foot small boat to fish. A storm blew in and pushed the small boat out into the Pacific Ocean. On January 29, 2014 Alvarenga drifted ashore on Ebon, the southern tip of the Marshall Island chain, almost 7000 miles from where he started. Salvador drifted on the ocean current for 438 days. Garbage drifted by some of which he ate and other he found use for [...]

    17. Experienced fisherman Salvador Alvarenga was lost off the coast of Mexico on 17 November 2012, and while many of his colleagues and friends were in disbelief about his disappearance, none could have imagined he would survive 438 days at sea and drift all the way to the Marshall Islands.438 Days - An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea is a story of extreme survival, at times awe-inspiring and full of hope but also full of desperation, depression and grief.If you want to know what Salvado [...]

    18. I loved this book! I have always admired someone who lives life so fully and with such passion and I, too, love but also deeply fear the sea. Alvarenga lived a very full life; being a "Sharker" was incredibly hard work fraught with danger and he mixed in quite a free styling party life, too. I saw God's hand throughout this book; testing an amazing man and shaping him into a better man and father.This was beautifully written and filled with a rich abundance of facts and folklore about the sea.

    19. Review for audiobook ~ 4 stars story ♫ 4 stars narration. I enjoyed this story of survival against all odds. Very enjoyable. The narration by George Newbern was well done 4 stars.

    20. I can't help but compare this book with Unbroken. Unbroken is an undoubtedly 5 star book. This one is maybe a hair short. Possibly because this story is still being written. The protagonist is still under construction. Undaunted is an incredible story of survival and faith. It is a story of forgiveness and of a changed heart and soul in spite of incredible suffering. This book is about never giving up, no matter how bleak it looks. Never, ever give up.I haven't been able to stop talking about th [...]

    21. The story of Salvador Alvarenga is truly amazing. He set out on a two-day fishing trip and wound up adrift for over a year. His account of dealing with hunger, the sun, the thirst, the loneliness is just jaw-dropping. I found myself cringing on more than one occasion when he describes how he had to hunt and prepare his food. For me, this is a nightmare situation: being out on the water alone. The vast swath that is the Pacific. Alvarenga is truly a survivor for how he dealt with his situation. T [...]

    22. This book is a nonfiction biography about a man who was stranded at sea for 438 days. He left Mexico for a quick fishing trip with a friend and washed ashore on the Marshall Islands 14 months later. That is crazy. Since this was a biography, it dealt primarily with the what happened to this man, Salvador Alvarenga, as reported to the author, during his ordeal and what steps he took to stay alive. There was some emotion and despair mentioned but not a lot. I thought it would be encompass that as [...]

    23. Fascinating story of a man lost at sea who survives over one year floating. His emotional, physical and mental survival are equally interesting. I particularly loved his continuous desire for tortillas. A great telling of a harrowing survival story.

    24. Review originally posted 19 June 2016 at Falling Letters.Since readingIn the Heart of the Sea, I've been interested in reading more stories about 19th century sea exploration and survival tales. 438 Days describes one man's survival lost at sea for over a year. This story, however, differs from the historical stories in which I might find interest. The lost seaman is an El Salvadorian living in Mexico. Salvador Alvarenga became lost after a storm in November 2013. I'm astonished that, in spite o [...]

    25. An amazing true story of survival. I found this book so interesting and totally absorbing. Very well researched and written in a way that made this a page-turner. I also found the additional facts about the psychology behind the success of such survivors very interesting.

    26. This is an extraordinary true survival story about a man lost at sea for 438 days. Franklin does a sound job at capturing Salvador Alvarenga’s experience as well as the essence of his character.I highly recommend this book for 3 main reasons.1.) It’s a highly engaging storyYou don’t want to put this book down because you are constantly contemplating Salvador’s next challenge and his ingenuitive solution. This would make a great fiction book but the fact that this is a tale of true events [...]

    27. This was an amazing story. I couldn't help myself, I kept Googling the story to try to imagine what was going on, right down to a search string of "Real Sea Monsters." It really was that engaging. Additionally it has a weepy emotional ending. A great number of my books do not offer a happy ending. I don't usually expect one. But this, was wonderful.

    28. Loved this - it was a story of survival but it had extra facts added in by experts to explain why certain survival skills were effective - if you enjoy memoirs, you will most likely enjoy this!!

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