Book pak BBC Audiobooks America/ Sound Library 2001
CS ISBN 0792725115 $54.95 Six cassettes
CD ISBN 0792799267 $79.95 Eight CDs
The USS INDIANAPOLIS, a WWII cruiser, was sunk by a Japanese submarine a few days before the war ended; the Navy took four days to discover the loss. Grover Gardner's clear and well-paced narration melts into the vivid images he portrays while recounting, without excitement, the death throes of the ship, the smell of burned flesh in fuel oil, the eating of survivors by sharks, and the madness of dehydration. Gardner's somber portrayal of the captain's suicide in the opening chapter sets the mood for a true story of military tragedy, survival, heroism, and courage, stained by the government's refusal to blame itself for the sinking. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 02]
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