Extended Audio Sample

Download The Raft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen against the Sea Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Raft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen against the Sea Audiobook, by Robert Trumbull Click for printable size audiobook cover
4.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 5 4.29 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Trumbull Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504626170
Regular Price: $13.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

“The sinking of the plane was like a magician’s trick. It was there and then it was gone, and there was nothing left in our big, wet, darkening world but the three of us and a piece of rubber that was not yet a raft.”

In 1942, three men on an antisubmarine patrol flight became lost and pitched into the Pacific. The plane sank beneath them, carrying most of the survival gear down with it. For thirty-four scorching days and shivering nights, they faced the ocean terrors on a four-by-eight-foot rubber raft. They had no water, food, compass, or paddles—only their will to survive. But by feats of super endurance, they made their way to the South Sea isle of Puka Puka, having meandered 1,200 miles.

Download and start listening now!

1786

Quotes & Awards

  • “This story of three men adrift in the Pacific, with few resources except courage and indomitable human spirit, is not only inspiring reading but a tribute to the human species and its will to survive.”

    Captain John M. Waters, USCG (Ret.), author of Rescue at Sea

  • “[The story of] how these men maintained their sanity, their spirits, and the spark of life is a classic.”

    Chicago News

  • “Engaging…[Grover Gardner] lets events speak for themselves, without adding gratuitous melodrama. His qualities as a seasoned reader make for effortless listening.”

    AudioFile

  • “Listeners of any age will find this unbelievable gripping account of human resourcefulness and survival difficult to turn off…This tribute to human endurance is spellbinding.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 7/24/2013

    " To be honest, the writing is subpar. But, the story is unbelievable. I love a good survival story and this is one of the best I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/9/2013

    " I read the 1960's edition of three men adrift on a raft in the Pacific for 34 days during WWII. Very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Star Shining Forever | 12/13/2012

    " I put down "read" but we really listened to this in (unabridged!) audiobook version. Really amazing story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/4/2012

    " Actually listened to this as a recorded book. Good reader: L.J. Ganser. Great story. One of those about the "indomitable human spirit". Pretty much anyone would appreciate it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 10/3/2012

    " I just now re-read this amazing true story, taking place during WW2 -- 3 men on a raft in the South Pacific -- adrift with nothing but their indomitable spirit and ingenuity -- for 34 days! Days burnt by the tropical sun, no food or water, and ending with no clothes -- they made it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom Dunn | 6/16/2012

    " Bibliolife republication of 1942 paperback original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy Yerby | 5/25/2012

    " The Raft is an amazing true story of survival. Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynmo | 11/1/2011

    " Lacking, in that it is not a first-person tale. Still a good example of the genre. This one has been republished many times over the years with great pulp paperback covers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 9/26/2011

    " A very interesting book of survival and hardship. Not set in battle but their suggestions led to many changes in lifeboat regulations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom | 9/11/2011

    " Bibliolife republication of 1942 paperback original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 4/19/2011

    " To be honest, the writing is subpar. But, the story is unbelievable. I love a good survival story and this is one of the best I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 8/29/2010

    " The Raft is an amazing true story of survival. Read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 6/12/2010

    " A very interesting book of survival and hardship. Not set in battle but their suggestions led to many changes in lifeboat regulations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/26/2009

    " Actually listened to this as a recorded book. Good reader: L.J. Ganser. Great story. One of those about the "indomitable human spirit". Pretty much anyone would appreciate it. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

Robert Trumbull was born in Chicago in 1912 and educated at the University of Washington at Seattle. He worked as a reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser, and later wrote for the New York Times. The US Navy awarded him the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon for his wartime reports. After the war, he continued to work for the Times as a foreign correspondent, and in 1978 became the Pacific correspondent, operating out of his home in Honolulu. Trumbull won the Overseas Press Club Award in 1964 for his book The Scrutable East: A Correspondent’s Report of Southeast Asia.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.