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Author: Robert K. Murray, Roger W. Brucker Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464298
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The sensationalism and hysteria of the attempt to rescue Floyd Collins from the cave where he was trapped in early 1925 generated America’s first true media spectacle and one of the seminal events of the century. The crowds that gathered outside Sand Cave in Kentucky turned the rescue site into a carnival. Collins’ situation was front-page news throughout the country, ranked the third largest news story between two World Wars. Hourly bulletins interrupted radio programs, and even Congress recessed to hear the latest word.

With a new epilogue revealing additional information about the Floyd Collins story that has come to light since the book was first published, Trapped! is both a tense adventure and a brilliant historical recreation of the past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The tension and confusion of the days of rescue attempts are made real.”

    Augusta Chronicle

  • “An exciting narrative account of Floyd Collins’ entrapment in a Kentucky cave in 1925 and the folklore that grew.”

    Journal of Southern History

  • “This gripping account of the 1925 entrapment of Floyd Collins in Sand Cave simultaneously thrills and terrifies any reader.”

    Kentucky Living

  • “At the opening of this real-life story, young Floyd Collins’ foot becomes trapped under a boulder in a cave he has undertaken to explore alone. Leaving us in suspense, time regresses to provide the dramatis personae and historical information that lead up to the cliff-hanging moment, which was one of the biggest news stories between the two World Wars. The return to 1925 finds Floyd still stuck, and efforts to free him don’t go well. Narrator Joe Barrett’s sandy voice alternates between his normal speech and the rural accent of central Kentucky, where the story takes place. Barrett amplifies the suspense by modulating his intensity in synchrony with the hero’s vicissitudes. He imitates Floyd’s pitiful cries for help and food as the boy drifts to the far edge of sanity. Floyd’s uncertain fate makes the true story difficult to pause. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “The story of Floyd Collins’ entrapment in a Kentucky cave makes for chilling and exciting reading.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 11/3/2013

    " Makes me panicky just to think about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 6/20/2013

    " I learned to never go cave exploring....... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 3/30/2013

    " Wow! I would so hate to be in Floyd's position. This book gave a good insight as to what he was going through, because the reporter who went down in the cave actually made contact with Floyd and related what happened while he was with Floyd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 2/27/2010

    " Currently reading this true account. So sad a story but very interesting. "

About the Author

Robert K. Murray is professor emeritus and former chairman of the department of history at Pennsylvania State University.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.