Abandoned Ship: An Intimate Account of the Costa Concordia Shipwreck

  • Title: Abandoned Ship: An Intimate Account of the Costa Concordia Shipwreck
  • Author: Benji Smith
  • ISBN: 9781481285933
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • Abandoned Ship An Intimate Account of the Costa Concordia Shipwreck On January the Costa Concordia a thousand foot long luxury cruise ship twice the size of the Titanic ventured into shallow water and smashed into the rocks of a tiny island off the coast of
    On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia a thousand foot long luxury cruise ship, twice the size of the Titanic ventured into shallow water and smashed into the rocks of a tiny island off the coast of Italy, throwing the four thousand passengers and crew members into a state of chaos The captain and officers all abandoned ship, leaving the few remaining castaways to fOn January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia a thousand foot long luxury cruise ship, twice the size of the Titanic ventured into shallow water and smashed into the rocks of a tiny island off the coast of Italy, throwing the four thousand passengers and crew members into a state of chaos The captain and officers all abandoned ship, leaving the few remaining castaways to fend for themselves as the boat toppled onto its side and water flooded into the passenger decks.In the wee hours of the night, newlyweds Benji Smith and Emily Lau feared for their lives, desparate and terrified after a malfunctioning lifeboat left them stranded on the sinking ship By this point, the other lifeboats had all gone They had been left behind.This thoughtful memoir hailed by The Daily Telegraph as a compelling, minute by minute account of the chaotic evacuation tells the remarkable story of the couple s harrowing escape, as they clung to a rope and rapelled down the hull of the doomed vessel.But the astonishing story continues, as they find themselves stranded in Rome and ignored by the United States Embassy With only the clothes on their backs, they relied upon the kindness of strangers to help them find food and shelter, clothing and medical attention And finally a ticket home.But even then, in the safety of their own home, they would find their sleep haunted by nightmares and their days crippled by anxiety and insecurity And even as they struggled to overcome PTSD, they would simultaneously find themselves in a battle with the news media to even have their story told.Praised by Newsweek The Daily Beast for its honest reflection and frightening detail , this gripping, triumphant story is ultimately a spiritual tale, the story of a pair of survivors who find hope and meaning in the aftermath of a tragedy.

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    1. A captivating, heartfelt memoir of the tragic events on the night of January 13, 2012. Written from first hand experience, Benji and his wife were aboard the Costa Concordia as it hit land and began it's descent into the sea. He displays how the staff was untrained and not knowledgeable about the emergency procedures. Benji, his wife Emily, their family, and many other people were stranded on this cruise ship after the life rafts were deployed. Being stuck on a rope for hours worrying about whet [...]

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    2. I won this book from GoodReads. thank you. I'm not sure how to react to a book like this. As with any well-written book, I felt like I was there.I read what I expected to find here, the play by play of the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship , and how 2 brave passengers, Benji Smith, and his new wife, Emily, physically survived being abandoned by the boat's captain, officers, and crew. They were misinformed, mistreated, misguided, and abandoned in so many more situations than just that si [...]

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    3. This horrifically confirms what I already thought about discount cruise ships--they're the perfect storm of badly trained staff, unaccountable crew, bad procedures and lurking disasters, all under a flag that prevents you from ever getting satisfaction or redress. This is an inside account of the Costa Concordia travesty, and Smith is well aware that if he'd been with infirm people, or children, or just a little less lucky, things could have been even worse. All the organizations who are suppose [...]

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    4. This book is a compelling first-hand account of the Costa Concordia disaster. I bought this book and read it from cover to cover in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Benji Smith tells the story of how he and his wife escaped the sinking ship and were abandoned by nearly everyone they hope would help them. The story is a very personal journey, an exploration of some of the highs and lows of humanity in response to this tragedy, and some of the lessons we might learn from it. The author' [...]

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    5. The author spends too much time grinding axes. There is about 10-15% of this book that is about the events, and the rest is the author describing how wonderful he and his wife are, amd how un-wonderful everyone else in the world is. And throws in some self-satisfied atheism for good measure.

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    6. This book told the story of Benji and Emily's experiences when their honeymoon cruise turned into a disaster when the ship crashed on rocks and sank. It seems they were more upset by the lack of help they received from both the Hong Kong and US embassies than by the actual experience itself. The boat sank on a holiday weekend, and people at the embassies didn't want to be disturbed or bothered by helping their fellow countrymen. In contrast to the professionals (embassy personnel, police, cruise [...]

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    7. I won this book from a giveway on .I remember hearing about the crash of the Costa Concordia and thinking about what it would possibly be like to go through something so traumatic. I was very excited to read this account since it would put me right in the middle of it. I also received the CD Isle of Lucidity by Emily Lau, music based on the shipwreck. It is a lovely CD and goes well with the book. I recommend listening to them together, as I did.Abandoned Ship: An Intimate Account of the Costa C [...]

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    8. When I read books I want them to have meaning. I want them to affect me. I want to feel something.At first, and I will be the first to admit, I didn't know what Benji Smith was doing with this work. I thought to myself, "why is he talking about the waitress? Why so much time talking about the musician? Why a chapter about his kids and former religion?" I kept reading anyway because I knew this story was about a shipwreck.And it was. The actual shipwreck was only a part of the story. If you are r [...]

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    9. I remember when the Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy. I remember seeing the picture of the liner laying on its side in the water. I remember being stunned that a ship that size would sink in today's world. But as I am not an avid news watcher, I never paid that much attention to the details of the disaster. I heard vague reports of either alcohol or drug use by the captain or the helmsmanor whoever drives one of those cruise liners. I won this book in a First Reads giveaway and had it [...]

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    10. I'm not quite sure how best to say this, but I think everyone should read this book - it's a memorial for those that died, it's a beautiful story, but I think most importantly that it really just deserves to be read. People need to know, to understand, to prevent. Or, at the very least, to be aware of the kind of apathy and indifference that is out there. The kind we don't see when we don't need to see its polar opposite.Dammit, I've been reading the last half of this book for the last 2 hours s [...]

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    11. I understand why some people who are looking for a nautical novel/ship wreck review would find this book disappointing; this book is much more than just a ship wreck story. It is a well-written memoir about a very personal journey following a traumatic experience. Benji Smith, the writer, offers an insider view to the complicated and fascinating world of adventure, misfortune, and finding meaning amidst all these chaos. This is the essential story without the media hype. He even discussed severa [...]

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    12. Thank you and Benji Smith for the gift of this book which I received in a First Reads giveaway. This memoir by Benji Smith details the harrowing experience that he and his new bride, Emily Lau, endured when the cruiseship Costa Concordia wrecked off the coast of Italy on January 13, 2012. While there has been lots of information about this shipwreck in the news over the past year, Smith presents a very eye-opening, firsthand account of what went on before, during and after the wreck. He recoun [...]

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    13. Riveting account of the tragic sequence of events at the time of the sinking of the cruise ship, Costa Concordia. I remember hearing and feeling shocked about the news on the media at the time so when I saw this book I wanted to read about the personal experiences of those involved. It was particularly traumatic for the author and his family, because they were included among the hundreds who were left behind when some of the life boats either failed, or couldn't be used because the crew had not [...]

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    14. Ok- I do not usually write a review on a book that I did not finish, but this is an exception. This book deeply saddened me. I do understand that this man went through a horrible ordeal, but I found the book to be just a bitter diatribe on how he is angry at everyone. I was saddened at the many opportunities that he had to help others on the ship and he seemed to just let them fend for themselves. I was even more saddened about his spiritual journey. He openly admits his lack of a need for God. [...]

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    15. looking forward to reading this y take it on my next cruise !! update A compelling and fascinating account of a dreadful tradgedy.Benji certainly made the events come alive for me & although some of his writing could have done with editing I can understand why he wrote the book the way he did .Overall it was enjoyable reading & yes Benji the cats did kill the mice !

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    16. This book is a first person account of the sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy on January 13, 2012. Very well written and captivating. I almost felt like I was there. The author and his wife were on their fourth day on the ship. They were on their honeymoon. This book not only covers the shipwreck but also the complete lack of assistance given them by the U.S. and Chinese embassies (the author's wife is from Hong Kong) in the aftermath of the disaster. They had no money, no pas [...]

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    17. This was another BookBub book. I download these books for free (or next to free) for times when I need something to read and can't get to the library. These are books that would not usually cross my radar and in the case of this book, there is probably a good reason people are not talking about it!It is an account of the author's terrible experience as a passenger on the Costa Concordia and the events that happened to him and the other passengers in its aftermath. The events are worthing knowing [...]

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    18. having cruised many times, I was interested in learning more about the Concordia accident. I liked this book, but by the end, felt that the author had made his point too many times. Once they made it off the ship, no one wanted to help the survivors. yes, individuals helped them, but the cruise line, the US govt and the Italian govt all came up short. This was drilled into my head over and over. But overall, I'd recommend the book, especially if you've cruised or plan to.

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    19. Great book Thoughtfully written about an amazing tragedy.I remember reading and hearing on the news about the cruise ship that sank And as I began to read this book I thought "what more is there to learn?" There is so much more!!! Mr. Smith tells such a complete and amazing story. It certainly makes you realize the world is not out there waiting to help you out You are your own destiny. Thank you Benji & Emily for sharing your story!

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    20. Well, I grew up with Benji so this was pretty interesting to read! The story is harrowing and I'm sorry people had to live through it. The information about the Embassies and police not helping them was incredibly frustrating. However, I do wish the book had photos, a little less Mormon-bashing, and a bit fewer f-words.

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    21. This event was a terrible tragedy. I was disgusted by the reponse of our embassy. However I did not enjoy reading this book. The author is so negative about everything from Italy to the mormon church it was stressful reading about the event and everything else through his negative perspective.

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    22. I thought that although the experience of the ship wreck was very interesting, I thought that there was too much repetition and too many irrelevant side stories. I also didn't connect well with the characters and I thought that the ending was too drawn out.

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    23. Most people remember watching the half submerged cruise ship Costa Concordia as it lay on its side after the captain went off course to take the ship closer to a small island. The captain ran the ship aground and 32 lives were lost in the partial sinking. The book Abandoned Ship by Benji Smith is the story of the events leading up to the tragedy and the terrible circumstances some of the survivors found themselves in once they were rescued from the ship.Benji and his wife Emily were on their hon [...]

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    24. If you want to read a book that shows a couple doing their best to "work" the system, along with the unassuming people who tried to help them, this is it.To capsulize the story, Benji and wife are treated to a Mediterranean cruise by her elderly aunt and uncle. Nothing quite pleases them about the cruise, other than their ability to throw clothing and bath towels on the floor of their stateroom, so their room steward could pick them up. The ship, after being driven into shallow waters by the cap [...]

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    25. For years, I have read accounts of the Titanic because I am fascinated about what happened - how it all went wrong and people’s behavior (both good and bad) in the situation. But it is an event that happened ages ago and I never stopped to think about how the survivors fared in the minutes, days, weeks, months, etc. after the shipwreck. This memoir about the Costa Concordia shipwreck experience shares with us what the survivors went through. Their lives are turned totally upside down and they [...]

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    26. Take a peek at what our readers had to sayAlila "Smith includes far too much detail and repeats the wrongs done to them again and again, to the point that I lost all feelings of sympathy for their plight." Grade: D-Rochelle "Benji decided he would write this story himself. And he did so capturing the intensity of the moments as they fought for their lives on the ships, and the exasperation and desperation as they fought their ways home." Grade: B+Ninian "I think that writing this novel so soon a [...]

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    27. Well This book was AMAZING!!!! There is so much in it that I didn't know because the media just wanted sensationalist stories and not the harsh truth, which Benji and Emily (yup, we're on a first name basis now) tried, multiple times, to get out there. Into the world and stuff.Beyond that, this is a well written book, and really, everyone (in the US and China at least) should read it to learn about how our government(s) failed the survivors of that shipwreck. And the Carnival Cruise liner, and t [...]

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    28. This self-published book by the author depicts his personal account of the Costa Concordia shipwreck in 2012. His writing leaves much to be desired. What could have been an exciting narrative depicting escape from a shipwreck, became a trial to finish. The whole story was done in a flat short chapter style with remarks like - "Dear Reader" and who types THE END in a novel today? I just read a newspaper account of the sentencing of the first round of officers brought to trial from the ship and th [...]

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    29. This book was a disappointment,the sinking of the Costa Concordia was a tragedy and there is no doubt that for those involved it would have been incredibly traumatic experience.Unfortunately Benji's account focused on the lack of support they received from their respective embassies,the cruise line and even the media in the days after the sinking.His interactions with various media outlets come across as attention grabbing. He networked with other survivors, and I feel that it was a pity that he [...]

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    30. Very interesting book about the experience on the Costa Concordia. It covers from planning the trip to dealing with the stress after the incident. I've sailed several cruises and never had the experiences they did (before the sinking). The book brings to light several issues that many people probably didn't think of, such as the hassel of trying to get a new passport or dealing with the press. While it's not the most moving book I've ever read, there were times I couldn't put it down. Benji did [...]

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