Survivor Stories: Nonfiction
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After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival by Robin Gaby Fisher.
Read by Alec Volz. Reading time 6 hours 27 minutes.
Chronicles the recovery of two burn victims, roommates Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, who survived the January 2000 fire that was deliberately set at a Seton Hall University dorm in New Jersey. Traces the investigation into the blaze that killed three students and injured dozens. 2008.
Download After the Fire, DB68376
As the Towers Fell: Stories of Unshakable Faith on 9-11 by Lisa Chilson-Rose.
Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 4 hours 6 minutes.
The personal stories of twenty-four Christians who experienced the terrorist attacks on New York City on September 11, 2001. Some survived, others perished, and more assisted in the recovery efforts. According to their testimony or that of family and friends, all shared a close relationship with God. 2003.
Download As the Towers Fell, DB57739
The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice by Ales Kershaw
Read by Ray Foushee. Reading time 9 hours 29 minutes.
Journalist interviews survivors and townspeople of Bedford, Virginia, who lost twenty-two soldiers, originally from the local National Guard, who were the first troops at Omaha Beach on D-Day--June 6, 1944. Highlights life on the home front and the town's construction of the national D-Day Memorial in 2001. Violence. 2003.
Download The Bedford Boys, DB66325
The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe by William I. Hitchcock
Read by Peter Johnson. Reading time 18 hours 45 minutes.
History of the 1944-1945 liberation of war-torn Europe by the Allied forces in World War II. Uses civilians' and soldiers' documents to describe the violence and starvation; the establishment of U.N. relief; and the fate of displaced persons from Eastern Europe, including Jewish concentration-camp survivors. Violence and strong language. 2008.
Download The Bitter Road to Freedom, DB68821
Brain Injury Rewiring for Survivors: A Lifeline to New Connections by Carolyn E. Dolen
Read by Kerry Dukin.
A brain-injury survivor offers a guide to rehabilitation, or "rewiring," for others recovering from similar traumas. Discusses physical healing as well as cognitive, social, and emotional needs and challenges. Offers advice on assembling a health-care team. Companion to Brain Injury Rewiring for Loved Ones (DB71153). 2010.
Download Brain Injury Rewiring for Survivors, DB71152
Firehouse by David Halberstam
Read by L.J. Ganser. Reading time 5 hours 27 minutes.
Account of the New York City firefighters from Engine 40, Ladder 35, who responds to the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Of the thirteen men on duty only one survives. Bestseller. 2002.
Download Firehouse, DB54444
Heaven Is Real: Lessons on Earthly Joy--from the Man Who Spent Ninety Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 7 hours 34 minutes.
Testimonials from pastor Don Piper, who survived a near-fatal automobile accident described in Ninety Minutes in Heaven (RC 63761), and others who overcame physical and emotional difficulties by relying on God's love. Offers the hope that one can endure life's tragedies and grow from the experience. 2007.
Download Heaven is Real, DB65919
Hero of Bataan: the story of General Jonathan M. Wainwright by Duane P. Schultz
Read by Hal Tenny. Reading time 19 hours 41 minutes.
Biography of the American general left behind to fight a delaying action on Corregidor. Finally forced to surrender the Philippines to the Japanese in 1942, he survived three years as a prisoner of war to return home a hero. Also provides a sketch of the prewar U.S. Army and a capsule history of the fall of the Philippines.
Download Hero of Bataan, DB18025
A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca; the Extraordinary Tale of a Shipwrecked Spaniard Who Walked across America in the Sixteenth Century by Andres Resendez
Read by Suzanne Toren. Reading time 10 hours 49 minutes.
Historian profiles Alvar Nu?ez Cabeza de Vaca, who, with three others, survived a failed 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida. Describes the group's harrowing passage across the Gulf of Mexico, years of captivity in what later became Texas, and trek through the wilderness to the Pacific coast. Violence. 2007.
Download A Land So Strange, DB68086
Life Laid Bare: The Survivors in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld
Read by Lisette Lecat. Reading time 7 hours 46 minutes.
The author of Machete Season (RC 61987) presents fourteen Tutsi survivors' descriptions of the devastation that took place in their villages of Nyamata and N'tarama during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. A teenager recounts watching Hutus, including a pastor's son, cut off her mother's limbs. Violence. 2000.
Download Life Laid Bare, DB67066
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team Ten by Marcus Luttrell
Read by L.J. Ganser. Reading time 12 hours 46 minutes.
U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell recounts the 2005 maneuver he led against Al Qaeda operatives along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. Details the fierce mountain battle that led to the loss of Luttrell's three comrades and describes his own escape, capture, and rescue. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.
Download Lone Survivor, DB64802
Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope by Don Van Ryn
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 6 hours 22 minutes.
Two families describe relying on their faith following a 2006 traffic accident that left one of their college-student daughters in a coma and the other dead. They relate the shock of learning five weeks later that the surviving girl, thought to be Laura, was in fact Whitney. Bestseller. 2008.
Download Mistaken Identity, DB66537
No End save Victory: Perspectives on World War II; Essays by Robert Cowley
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 35 hours 20 minutes.
Historians and participants provide accounts of incidents from the war fought between 1939 and 1945. Includes the memoirs of Kanji Suzuki, a Japanese kamikaze pilot who survived a suicidal attack on an American ship. Articles were previously published in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. 2001.
Download No End Save Victory, DB51886
Survivors: True Tales of Endurance by John B. Letterman
Read by Dan Toohey. Reading time 21 hours 57 minutes.
Twenty-three writings selected by the editor as the most "exciting, moving, and inspiring pieces ever written about human courage and perseverance" from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries. Primarily firsthand accounts, they include the Essex whaling ship wreck, astronaut James Lovell's harrowing adventure aboard Apollo 13, and Senator John McCain's POW experiences. 2003.
Download Survivors, DB58169
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes--and Why by Amanda Ripley.
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time 9 hours 45 minutes.
Time magazine writer investigates the psychology of survival during disasters such as airline crashes, fires, hostage situations, and tsunamis. Reveals the traits that people demonstrate to help them escape. Includes interviews with subjects of the September 11, 2001, attacks; 2005's Hurricane Katrina; and the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting rampage. Some strong language. 2008.
Download The Unthinkable, DB67409
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 16 hours 32 minutes.
Author of Seabiscuit (RC 51968) details the life of Louis Zamperini (b. 1917), an Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, who survived a plane crash and forty-seven days adrift at sea only to become a POW in Japan. Relates Louis's later religious awakening under Billy Graham's ministry. Violence. Bestseller. 2010.
Download Unbroken, DB72129
We Survived: Fourteen Histories of the Hidden and Hunted in Nazi Germany by Eric H. Boehm
Read by Mark Ashby. Reading time 11 hours 33 minutes.
Compilation by a World War II veteran of firsthand accounts from some individuals who resisted Nazi injustice in the 1930s and 1940s. Depicts underground movements of lawbreakers, fugitives, prisoners, and deserters who risked their lives for freedom on the "inner front." 1949.
Download We Survived, DB57732