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Publisher's Summary

On May 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with 57 passengers and a crew of six departed New York's JFK International Airport en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten. The flight ended four hours and 34 minutes later in the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It was, and remains, the only open-water ditching of a commercial jet. The subsequent rescue of survivors took nearly three hours and involved the coast guard, navy, and marines. This gripping account of that fateful day recounts what was happening inside the cabin, the cockpit, and the helicopters as the crews struggled against the weather and dwindling daylight to rescue the survivors who have only their life vests and a lone escape chute to keep them afloat.
©2008 Emilio Corsetti III (P)2016 Emilio Corsetti III
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5 out of 5 stars
By Audio Audits on 09-14-17

Unbelievable Misfortunes and Errors

If you ever wanted a textbook example of Murphy’s Law in full effect this book is it! The sheer magnitude of combined miscalculations, misfortune and errors are astonishing. It led to the ditching of ALM Flight 980 into the Caribbean sea, just 35 miles short of its diverted destination. The only commercial airline to date to crash land in open waters.

Author Emilio Corsetti painstakingly details not only the facts leading up to the mishap, but also paints us a picture of aviation life in the early 70’s as well as anecdotal snippets of American history during that time.

Fred Filbrich did an excellent job narrating this true story which clocks in at just under 8 hours. His voice works perfectly for this genre and I found his reading entertaining and engaging.

This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 07-28-17

Detailed book that reads like a fictional tale

I like to learn so I enjoy picking up nonfiction audiobooks from time to time. 35 Miles From Shore tells the true story of the “ditching and rescue of ALM Flight 980” along with the company and the pilots’ backstory leading up to that fateful day.

My best friend is really into planes — pretty much any kind of plane you can think of he likes from little prop planes to big fighter jets. So I picked this book up because I wanted to chat with him about it and maybe even recommend him a new book to listen to. I was right because 35 Miles From Shore was a really interesting, well researched, and incredibly told story.

You can tell that Emilio Corsetti III is a pilot too since there are details in this book that no normal human would know or understand. Thankfully Corsetti was able to write these things out in a way that a normal non-aviation person could understand.

Sure, if you’re not into planes (or scared of plane crashes) I would probably avoid this book. And obviously, if you’re not a non-fiction fan maybe steer clear. But, for a non-fiction book, there were parts of it that Corsetti was able to write like he was writing a fictional tale. Combine that with the overwhelming amount of knowledge that this book has — any aviation or airplane crash fans will find a gem in this story.

Corsetti weaves a tale full of detail, descriptions, and woe in the telling of the crash of ALM Flight 980.

The narration of 35 Miles From Shore was done by Fred Filbrich who I thought did a really nice job. He was able to walk me through a story with lots of detail and made it easy to listen to.

I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.

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5 out of 5 stars
By The i-MC on 04-02-18

'Especially for pilots- or seekers after the truth

Would you listen to 35 Miles from Shore again? Why?

I will, because as a pilot, there is a lot to learn from the event - and as human being, it is a really interesting account of an incredible drama unfolding.

What other book might you compare 35 Miles from Shore to, and why?

I was moved to buy Emilio's other audiobook, Scapegoat. Also excellent.

Which character – as performed by Fred Filbrich – was your favourite?

Fred narrates brilliantly - all of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The honesty in the writing.

Any additional comments?

Compelling read - or listen.

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