Sole Survivor

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Narrated By: Johanna Ward

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2005

Duration: 6 hours 39 minutes


On November 23, 1942, German U-boats torpedoed the British ship Benlomond, and 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. Sole Survivor, based on interviews with Poon, reconstructs his remarkable ordeal. 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.