In Harm's Way

  • by Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by Mark Boyett
  • 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)
Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - History/Biography
A harrowing, adrenaline-charged account of America's worst naval disaster - and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived.
On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died.
The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered: How did the navy fail to realize the Indianapolis was missing? Why was the cruiser traveling unescorted in enemy waters? And, perhaps most amazing of all, how did these 317 men manage to survive?
Interweaving the stories of three survivors - the captain, the ship's doctor, and a young marine - journalist Doug Stanton has brought this astonishing human drama to life in a narrative that is at once immediate and timeless. The definitive account of a little-known chapter in World War II history, In Harm's Way is destined to become a classic tale of war, survival, and extraordinary courage.


What the Critics Say

"With a delivery like a seasoned storyteller, Mark Boyett makes this riveting story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis even more compelling. The combination of Boyett's reading and the author's straightforward style and heavy use of declarative sentences creates a presentation that will fully engage listeners." (AudioFile)


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A haunting riveting account of survival at sea

As the daughter of the 18 year old sole survivor of a torpedoed British merchantman in the North Atlantic in August 1939, I have finally reached an understanding of what my father lived through.

In this well-written, fast-paced account, we learn of the shocking failures in the operating rules of the US naval command in the Pacific theatre while also gaining insights into the context of the times which resulted in the USS Indianapolis disaster going unreported and unnoticed for four days, during which time more than 50% of the initial 800 survivors were lost - from injuries sustained as a result of the torpedo attack or abandoning ship, from exposure, fatigue, starvation and shark attacks.

But we learn something far more important - the resilience of the human spirit and the will to survive and how some have enough to share to help others survive who almost certainly would not have done.

The narrator also did an awesome job.

This audiobook will stay with me for a very long time.
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- Leonora


my great grandfather was on the Indianapolis when it sank. This book gave an amazing account of the horrors he went through.
Ever brave and stoic, his simple and happy nature never let on to the hardships these men faced.
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- Clarence Sparks

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios