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Ruthless river [electronic resource] : love and survival by raft on the Amazon's relentless Madre de Dios. Holly Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald, Holly. (Author). Marie, Jorjeana. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 9781524782917 (sound recording)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (8 audio files) : digital
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2017.

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General Note:
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie.
Summary, etc.:
A stunning debut; a Departures original publication. The ultimate survival story; a wild ride—the wildest—down a South American river in the thick of the Amazon Basin; a true and thrilling adventure of a young married couple who survive a plane crash only to later raft hundreds of miles across Peru and Bolivia, ending up in a channel to nowhere, a dead end so flooded there is literally no land to stand on. Their raft—a mere four logs—separates them from the piranha-and-caiman-infested water until they finally realize that there is no way out but to swim.
Holly FitzGerald and her husband, Fitz—married less than two years—set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival. On a small, soon-ravaged raft that quickly becomes their entire universe through dangerous waters alive with deadly animals and fish, their only choice: to continue on, despite the rush of insects swarming them by day, the sounds of encroaching predators at night. Without food or means of communication, with no one to hear their cries for help or on a search-and-rescue expedition to find them, the author and her husband make their way, fighting to conquer starvation and navigate the brute force of the river, their only hope for survival, in spite of hunger and weakening resolve, to somehow, miraculously hang on and find their way east to a large riverside town, before it is too late. . . .
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 April #1
    A plane crash into a South American penal colony, a missed boat, and some well-intentioned locals lead a young honeymooning couple well out of their depth in FitzGerald's detailed, high-stakes debut memoir of her true-life tale of survival in the Amazon, against desperate odds. In 1973, social-worker FitzGerald and her reporter husband had been married less than two years when a storm stranded their homemade raft in a dead-end channel off the Madre de Dios River in Bolivia. FitzGerald weaves in the stories from their past with palpable, evocative details of their daily struggles with starvation, strong currents, and despair, all while the couple's love, self-knowledge, and faith deepen. Personal photos taken by FitzGerald mix with rich detail about the towns, birds, bugs, and people along the couple's journey, immersing the reader in the wild jungle-river environment. Recommended for fans of survival narratives, coming-of-maturity stories, and travelogues from off the beaten path. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Nonfiction.
Biography & Autobiography.
Genre: Electronic books.

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