Sole Survivor: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Narrated By: Johanna Ward

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2005

Duration: 6 hours 44 minutes


On November 23, 1942, German U-Boats torpedoed the British ship Benlomond. It sank in the Atlantic in two minutes. The sole survivor was a second steward named Poon Lim who, with no knowledge of the sea, managed to stay alive for 133 days on a small wooden raft. Based on three years of interviews, Sole Survivor reconstructs Poon’s remarkable ordeal. We learn of a ship’s crew that saw him but refused to pick him up; his ingenious ways of trapping water and catching fish (later used in US Navy training films); and his arrival at land, only to find it an impenetrable jungle. When he was finally rescued at the mouth of the Amazon River, Poon was hailed as the “World’s Champion Survivor.” He still holds the Guinness World Record for survival at sea. His story is an amazing tale of a young man’s fortitude in the face of overwhelming odds.


  • Tom

    This book offers the reader a remarkable journey. The book was finished in 1999 and according to the author's preface it was 20 some years in the making. He considers it his best work. This is a book that will resonate in my mind for years to come. Well researched, well written, well read. I highly recomend it.

  • Russell Long

    Can be slow at times. I found it interesting because of how poorly the guy acted, I mean he let fate handle almost up until the end. Only then did he start acting with a survivalist mindset. Only slightly recommend.

  • cadillac willie

    kinda slow but the author and narrator do a very good job of keeping the listener going on further. Very remarkable story of survival!

  • Anonymous

    A great story on survival. If you like survival tails you will like this one. A bit slow to get going but it kept my interest.

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