Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 13½ hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781427244505. $39.99; Playaway digital; digital download. SOC SCI
OrangeReviewStarWhen a Chilean mine collapsed in 2010, trapping 33 miners thousands of feet below ground, they were forced to reflect on their lives and hope for salvation while those on the surface attempted to rescue them. Weaving the stories of those trapped in the mountain with those working above to save them, this audiobook rhythmically moves above and below the ground over the 69 days of the miners' entombment. The men made a pact to share their story collectively, and this book clearly reflects the hours of interviews Tobar conducted as the many viewpoints of miners, officials, wives, and girlfriends are told in their own distinct voices and experiences. Narrator Henry Leyva does a wonderful job of relating these emotional stories with both subtlety and inflection.
VERDICT This lyrical account sculpts the tales of more than 33 people into a sensational piece of literature.
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