Poseidon Adventure

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Paul Gallico's classic novel, The Poseidon Adventure, is the exciting story of a luxury ocean liner that capsizes after it is struck by a colossal tidal wave, leaving its survivors to fend for themselves and find a way out. The blockbuster movie remake of this story is sure to make a huge splash and lure readers into this compelling and dramatic novel.

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Overview

Paul Gallico's classic novel, The Poseidon Adventure, is the exciting story of a luxury ocean liner that capsizes after it is struck by a colossal tidal wave, leaving its survivors to fend for themselves and find a way out. The blockbuster movie remake of this story is sure to make a huge splash and lure readers into this compelling and dramatic novel.

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While Baker ably keeps Gallico's potboiler afloat by providing distinct voices for a dozen different character, the audiobook starts taking on water thanks to some turgid and overripe dialogue from the source material that would sink even the best narrator. It turns out that Stirling Silliphant's screenplay for the 1972 disaster movie actually improved the original book by paring down the number of people fighting their way up to the bottom of the luxury liner's hull after a huge tidal wave capsizes the S.S. Poseidon. Fans of the movie might be surprised by some of the other differences, including the rape of one of the characters and the death of someone who survives the film. Baker is oddly cheerful while reading the passages where the tidal wave hits the ship and has a difficult time making former jock Reverend Scott sympathetic. But he's very effective playing the two most memorable couples: the ever-battling Linda and Mike Rogo and the warm and funny Belle and Manny Rosen. Kudos to Harper's helpful track listings on each disk. Simultaneous release with the Penguin reissue. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143037637
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/24/2006
  • Edition description: Movie Tie-In Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Gallico achieved national acclaim as a sportswriter and editor at the New York Daily News. He created the Golden Gloves amateur boxing competition and boxed with Jack Dempsey, swam against Johnny Weissmuller, golfed with Bobby Jones, and caught for Dizzy Dean. Gallico's first novel, The Snow Goose, has been continually in print since 1940 and a number of his stories and novels were adapted for the screen, the best-known being Lili and The Poseidon Adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    An Excellent Read

    If what you are seeking is one of the movies or the mini-series written out in the form of a book, save your energy and watch the movie again. This novel is not a spectacular special effects experience for those with short attention spans. It instead is a very deep and moving story throwing complex characters together in a disaster situation. The capsize of the ship becomes a metaphor for all the characters as their lives are turned upside down by what they experience during their climb to the ship¿s hull. As they move further away from the civilized aspects of the ship to which they are accustomed and into blown away and unfamiliar settings, they are forced (both physically and emotionally) to shed the outer facades of their humanity and behaviors to face and rely upon the raw, inner base persona that all humans learn to hide from the civilized world. All aspects of other characters¿ respective lives are turned as upside down as the ship they are in until it is only their singular drive to live that keeps them going. Gallico is expert in keeping some characters shrouded in mystery while slowly revealing the inner personalities and thoughts of other characters to allow the reader to feel emotions and experiences from those characters¿ unique perspectives. This is far more a human drama than a simple disaster/escape story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    My recommendation for a summer read!

    The new film Poseidon by Wolfgang Peterson in my opinion might be a classic in about 10-20 years, but the book will remain a classic forever. I loved the book as soon as I picked it up at my local bookstore, hot out of the stockroom. The beginning of the book starts out as the original film did, introducing the characters and building their development. Then when I got to the chapter of the capsizing, I found it quiet interesting and the most notible part of the book. In every disaster, either film or book, Humans always join together to discover their strengths, find their weaknesses, and work together to survive. This book very much defined it a little more than just humans joining together to survive. Paul Gallico wrote more incite in the passengers one by one which gave me more respect for the characters as well as accept the way they acted. If you are interested in a good book that entertains you as well as twinges your nerves, I recommend this book to you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2006

    A horrifying glimpse into the indifference of disaster.

    The book starts off with an even pace, strangers thrown together on an uneventful cruise turned miserable rough sea'd nightmare. And then during dinner a few days after Christmas, a rogue wave capsizes the liner, tossing them into a race for survival. After the ship turns over, the characters act like it's a little game. Young Susan and Pamela racing to the top of an overturned staircase,cheering for fat old Belle when they get her past the first obstacle, etc., and then, as if out of nowhere, the characters are asked to leave behind their love, grief, dignity, humanity, sense of security, reservations and inhibitions and forced to revert to their primal instinct to survive, even if that means losing all they have...... A phenomenal portrait of everday people in the direst of situations, 'The Poseidon Adventure' will leave you feeling the emotions of every character, and hoping the survivors overcome their losses and salvage what they have left for a better future. Tragic, poignant and enveloping, 'Poseidon' is a must read. P.S. Not like the original movie, NOTHING LIKE THE HORRENDOUS REMAKE.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    A reviewer

    No offense to Paul Gallico, but this was a terrible book. I got up to page 70 and I just had to put it down. The weird style of writing confused me and it sounded like the author was from the 17th century. Not very interesting and even picking up the book will be waste of your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    adventure death fear and love

    adventure death fear and love this is a book to read

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