Deep Down Dark

  • by Héctor Tobar
  • Narrated by Henry Leyva
  • 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The exclusive, official story of the survival, faith, and family of Chile’s 33 trapped miners. When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. Across the globe, we sat riveted to television and computer screens as journalists flocked to the Atacama desert. While we saw what transpired above ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, the story of the miners’ experiences below the Earth’s surface - and the lives that led them there - hasn’t been heard until now.
In Deep Down Dark, a master work by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Héctor Tobar gains exclusive access to the miners and their stories. The result is a miraculous and emotionally textured account of the 33 men who came to think of the San José mine as a kind of coffin, as a “cave” inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer while the world watched from above. It offers an understanding of the families and personal histories that brought "los 33" to the mine, and the mystical and spiritual elements that surrounded working in such a dangerous place.


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Would you consider the audio edition of Deep Down Dark to be better than the print version?

Yes- narration enriched the story-telling and brought the characters to life more than reading from the printed page could invoke. Pacing and pitch were perfect.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Deep Down Dark?

Many, many- was brought to tears several times. Although the story is well known, the author introduced many different layers of contemplation.

Have you listened to any of Henry Leyva’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I will definitely look for them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes- listened in every spare moment. May listen again.

Any additional comments?

For those who liked "Unbroken", this is much, much better. The story is incredibly rich, on many levels. Author does a miraculous job of interweaving personal stories of 33 miners, their families, and the rescuers. Insightful and profound without straying from the real events and statements of the participants. One of the best "literary non-fiction" books I have ever read- on par with John Krakauer's "Into Thin Air".

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- Deborah

Factual Telling: How Trauma/Fame Affected Miners

This was a worthwhile listen, although I found it not as "emotional" and "riveting" as did others. The facts about how the mine collapse happened are very interesting and somewhat chilling. The telling about life underground was eye-opening; especially how individuals behaved, led, sulked, fought and survived despite the conditions and odds. The details about collaboration on the rescue efforts were amazing and of course, the ways in which families dealt with the possibility of either death or rescue of their miner(s) equally good.

More importantly, I found the details on the aftermath of the collapse/rescue even more interesting. What happens when poor blue collar workers undergo extreme stress/trauma and then are thrust into the world stage where they must negotiate greedy relatives, unethical press, and mental issues that simply won't go away? That is the part of the story I found most interesting and those individual stories are what has stayed with me.

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- Paula "Enjoying one good listen after the next!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio