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When I Fell from the Sky: The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival

When I Fell from the Sky: The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous Survival [Kindle Edition]

Juliane Koepcke , Ross (translator) Benjamin
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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She did not leave the airplane, the airplane left her
Werner Herzog, director of Grizzly Man

Juliane Koepcke writes compellingly of the crash and her unusual childhood
Financial Times (DE)

Exhilaratingly written
Express (DE)

Her memoir is a gripping account of a harrowing adventure and an inspiring life
Publishers Weekly

Her account of the 11-day trek is enthralling. In shock and suffering from injuries, she made it to a river s edge without her eyeglasses, wearing just a minidress and one sandal. It was rainy season, so there was no fruit to eat. She was either freezing or boiling, set upon by bugs. She contended with stingrays, snakes, king vultures and caimans. Eventually, local woodcutters found her and mistook her for a water goddess. Brought to safety, she became an international icon of hope.
Maclean's Magazine


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On Christmas Eve 1971, the packed LANSA flight 508 from Lima to Pucallpa was struck by lightning and went down in dense jungle hundreds of miles from civilization. Of its 93 passengers, only one survived. Juliane Koepcke, the seventeen-year-old child of famous German zoologists. She'd been thrown from the plane two miles above the forest canopy, but had sustained only a broken collarbone and a cut on her leg. With incredible courage, instinct and ingenuity, she survived three weeks in the "green hell" of the Amazon - using the skills she'd learned in assisting her parents on their research trips into the jungle - before coming across a loggers hut, and, with it, safety. Now she tells her fascinating story for the first time, and in doing so tells us about her 'Gerald Durrell' childhood - with a menagerie of wild, exotic and sometimes dangerous pets - about how she learned to survive at her parents ecological station deep in the rainforest and about her present-day commitment to this wildlife as a biologist and dedicated environmentalist.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3816 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (22 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZU07FS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,587 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, but not for the obvious reasons 30 May 2012
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I found this book absolutely absorbing and very hard to put down, despite some shortcomings.

I bought it because I wanted to know how it was possible for someone to fall out of an aeroplane at 17,000 feet and survive. To know how it felt, one moment to be sitting in a plane, a teenager beside your mother, thinking about Christmas, and almost the next to find yourself alone on the ground, in dense rain forest, the sole survivor of a crash yet practically unhurt.

It never gave me a satisfactory answer to the first question, mainly because the disaster was never properly investigated from a technical point of view. A series of dignitaries, including a government minister, appear and quickly disappear, desperately keen to gloss over the fact that the airline was a shambles and the plane a flying deathtrap. Julianne herself does not appear to have become too engrossed in exactly how it happened. She throws out a suggestion that some commentator produced that because she was still strapped in to the end seat of an otherwise empty detached three-seat section, that part may have achieved the same kind of twirling 'flight' as a sycamore seed, slowing what should have been a headlong plunge to disaster -- but she doesn't say whether she believes it. Possibly it appeals to her as a naturalist.

Julianne does explain how she managed to survive, alone, as a 17-year-old, in the uninhabited rainforest. It was entirely due to having grown up as the only child of two naturalists, from her earliest days spending part of her year in a camp on the Amazon. This unusual upbringing made her physically very able and very attuned to her surroundings. But at the same time it made her unworldly and, though very bright, young for her years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not an easy read 5 Sep 2012
By MnM
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A lengthy and tedious read with a very small amount of information about the main topic of the book. For me it was more about the writers relationship with the Peruvian jungle and the setting up of a research station there rather than the event of a plane crash and the author's survival experience. Although interesting to read of the fauna and creatures in the jungle, that is not what inspired me to purchase the book and I skipped a lot of the content (which is something I very rarely do) as I found it repetitive and far too detailed. At times I felt like I was reading a text book rather than an account of a survival event and if like me that ia what you are expecting to read, like me you will be disappointed. If on the other hand you want to learn about what is involved in setting up and sustaining a research centre in a remote part of Peru and the associated ecological issues of that part of the world then it will be right up your street. Generally a disappointing purchase for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story 3 May 2012
By alun
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This is a really well crafted and written story about a remarkable lady who survived, as a teenager, an aeroplane crash in the Andes. It is much more than the reporting of the initial events and the trek back into civilization, giving you a real feel for life in the rainforest in Peru, the work being carried out there, and the consequences of what's gone on before. A thought provoker and a really interesting story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING 9 May 2012
By Anju
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This book was a very hard read but only becuase it contained alot of facts/figures and wealth of information not only about the plane crash but also about the rainforest, its plants and everthing that lives within it.
The book flicks between Juliana now and Juliana then at the time of the crash. At first I found this annoying as I had to keep switching to her various stories. However as the book continues, its clear this was the best way to write it.
I am sure that not only was it a miracle that Juliana survived in the first place but further to this she survived only becuase of her knowledge, skills and fearless attitude.
I have learnt so much from this book, some tips of how to survival in a jungle, knowlegde of new plants and creatures and a story of an inspiring lady and her love of the jungle. Her monther would have been so proud of her.
This is a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars when I fell from the sky 20 April 2014
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If this wasn't a true story, I would think it was ridiculous.... this is a miraculous story of a young woman's survival against all the odds. Not only did she survive a plane crash in which all other passengers died, including her mother. But she has also survived the trauma of life after the crash with little support from her father. A gripping and inspirational story which kept me glued to my kindle until the end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story told in a boring way 26 Jan 2014
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Book sounded great and very interesting, the actual experience that this lady went through is unbelievable and should make fascinating reading, but was in reality a boring book describing an amazing experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing story 17 Jan 2014
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This is a brilliant read. I looked forward to going to bed just to be able to have another half hour reading another chapter. I'm a philistine who doesn't read fiction. I like 'real life' stuff - and this really is unbelievable real life. As I said - amazing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Conservation story pretending not to be 10 July 2013
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The main problem with this book is that it is sold as a survival story about a woman who is in an aeroplane crash but the book barely mentions this. It is mostly a book about the authors conservation project in the Amazon. Her parents worked there which is how come she knew what to do in order to live when she landed there. It seems like she did not really want to talk about the accident, in which she loses her mother, and I can understand that, but I ended up feeling I had been misled into buying book about conservation under false pretences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Enjoyed this read
Amazing. Enjoyed this read.
Published 15 days ago by D. Andrew Burr
4.0 out of 5 stars A thriller, mixed with a story of confidence and hope
When I was nine years old I read Juliane's story in a women's magazine - it was world news back then - and was very impressed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Janine van der Sluis
3.0 out of 5 stars Book review
Many people alive at the time will remember Juliane's story. She writes well and honestly.My objection is that the book is sold through its title, but nearly all it book is either... Read more
Published 17 months ago by L. J. McQuillin
1.0 out of 5 stars When I Fell from the Sky
What an amazing story but sadly this was not reflected in the style of writing. This might have been due to the translation but it was repetitive, laborious and rather child like. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nicola Shimwell
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was disappointed in this book as there was only a small part which actually followed her journey out of the jungle and it dealt more with her life before and after. Read more
Published 18 months ago by hohum
4.0 out of 5 stars a true story
A friend recommended it and it was well worth reading. It wasn't a page turner and I left it a few times to read other books in between but was pleased I managed to finish it.
Published 19 months ago by savvy nana
4.0 out of 5 stars When I Fell From the Sky: The True Story of One Woman's Miraculous...
I bought this because I had read a brief excerpt in the Telegraph Magazine, I was hooked. There is more to the book than i had imagined which is good.
Published 19 months ago by Eveta Hubbardibus
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
There are 4 fascinating stories here: the early life of Juliane Koepcke's parents and in particular her father's epic journey to Peru immediately after the 2nd World War; Juliane's... Read more
Published 23 months ago by CMickell
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