• Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds

  • The Tragedy and Triumph of ASA Flight 529
  • By: Gary M. Pomerantz
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-19-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In August 1995, twenty-six passengers and a crew of three board a commuter plane in Atlanta headed for Gulfport, Mississippi. Shortly after takeoff they hear an explosion, and some see a mangled engine lodged against the wing. From that moment, nine minutes and twenty seconds elapse until the crippled plane crashes in a west Georgia hayfield. Gary Pomerantz takes listeners deep into the hearts and minds of the people aboard, each of whom prepares in his or her own way for what may come. Ultimately, nineteen people survive both the crash and its devastating aftermath, all of them profoundly affected by what they have seen and, more important, what they have done to help themselves and others.
This psychologically illuminating real-life drama about ordinary people and how they behave in extraordinary circumstances is surprisingly optimistic. In telling the remarkable stories of these twenty-nine men and women, Gary Pomerantz has written one of the most compelling books in recent memory. Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds speaks as powerfully about our capacity to care for others as it does about the strength of our will to live. This rich and rewarding audiobook will linger in your mind long after you finish listening.
©2001 Gary Pomerantz. All rights reserved (P)2001 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"It's Pomerantz's sharp writing and reporting that make the book so riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
"A powerful story." (Library Journal)
"Boyd Gaines does a lot to improve the text. Using different voices for quotes and appropriately changing the pitch and tone of his narration, he creates an audiobook ideal for readers more interested in fact than fiction....a gripping and satisfying drama." (AudioFile)
"Journalist Pomerantz reports the facts of the accident, sometimes in gruesome detail, but he also brings these people and their families to life on the page." (Booklist)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Don on 02-25-05

First Rate Drama

On a hot August afternoon in 1995, ASA 529 on a routine flight from Atlanta to Gulfport, Mississippi came to a skiddering, metal grinding stop in an Alabama hayfield. Moments later, it burst into flames and the lives of its 29 passengers and crew changed forever. Incredibly, most aboard survived though some were horribly burned, others suffering life threatening injuries. In this excellent docudrama presentation, writer Gary Pomarantz takes us into the personal lives of passanger and crew, both prior to the flight and in the days, months and years afterword. We meet the technician at Hamilton Standard who worked on the prop, the failure of which lead to the crash. The pilot, first officer, cabin attendant and most of the passengers become well known and their fates make for riveting listening. Though not a fan of abridgements, I found this one did not leave me wonting for facts obviously deleted from the orginal text. Narration by Boyd Gaines was excellent.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By abricru on 03-28-18

A gripping account of ASA 529 plane crash

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend 9 Minutes, 20 Seconds to anyone who enjoys this genre - non-fiction - aviation accidents - true life drama etc.

What other book might you compare Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds to and why?

Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America’s Deadliest Rock Concert
Similar in that it recounts the events before, during, and after a tragedy, along with survivor and victim stories.

Which scene was your favorite?

The emotional scene in the ambulance between the co-pilot and the lady EMT brought me to tears.

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

Several, but the co-pilot reminding the EMT of her son stands out the most to me. Also, the encounter between Kevin B. and the girl in the flowered dress struck a chord.

Any additional comments?

Online, I was able to find the the seating chart with pictures of the victims included in the book. This was very helpful in keeping all the passengers straight and visualizing how things occurred during the accident.

When details were necessary, the author was able to explain the technical aspects of the crash in a way that I could understand. It was not boring to me. The narrator did a good job .However, being from the Atlanta area myself, I found the southern accent to be a little over the top, and cringed every time he said, "Bi-LOCKS- i" Just an observation :)

While the book does have many inspiring moments, I was left feeling sad and
somewhat depressed at the end. I should have kept in mind that a story about a fatal plane crash can't be expected to have all happy endings.


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