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30 review for Four Against the Wilderness: The True Story of a Father & His Three Teenage Children Shipwrecked Off the Coast of Alaska in Winter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Quinn

    I find it interesting that I grew up next door to Randy Wortman and never knew that there had been a book written about his ordeal until it was assigned to me in my freshman literature class in high school. Their struggle is a true depiction of the wildness of the Alaskan outdoors that we call our backyard.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Welch

    True story of a father and his three teenage children shipwrecked off the coast of Alaska in winter, 1981. It has a happy ending but it sure was painful to travel with this family. Not sure why I liked this book so much. I've had it on my library shelf for years. It's simply written and at times it's almost painful to observe the errors this man made in the care of his children, such as when he took them out into waters off the Alaska coastline in the middle of winter without an emergency radio. True story of a father and his three teenage children shipwrecked off the coast of Alaska in winter, 1981. It has a happy ending but it sure was painful to travel with this family. Not sure why I liked this book so much. I've had it on my library shelf for years. It's simply written and at times it's almost painful to observe the errors this man made in the care of his children, such as when he took them out into waters off the Alaska coastline in the middle of winter without an emergency radio. Nevertheless, the concern the family members show for each other throughout their ordeal, and their sheer will to survive as castaways made for a pretty compelling story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    When I was a kid, I saw a Made-for-TV movie called "Anything to Survive" and I don't know why but it fascinated me and my family. Years later we happened across it again on TV and were again reminded of the movie we liked more than any other TV movie we'd ever seen. After reading The Raft I was reminded of this movie and searched for it online and discovered that "Anything to Survive" was based on a book about the actual event. I'd had no idea it was based on a real story so I was pretty excited When I was a kid, I saw a Made-for-TV movie called "Anything to Survive" and I don't know why but it fascinated me and my family. Years later we happened across it again on TV and were again reminded of the movie we liked more than any other TV movie we'd ever seen. After reading The Raft I was reminded of this movie and searched for it online and discovered that "Anything to Survive" was based on a book about the actual event. I'd had no idea it was based on a real story so I was pretty excited to order the book and read the story that inspired the movie. The story follows Elmo and three of his children whom manage to survive against all odds when their ship wrecks in Alaska during one of the worst winters the area had seen. Elmo had been taking the children to the only orthodontist in the area and was en route back when a winter storm hit and they lost their boat in the storm despite all futile attempts to keep her afloat. After all miraculously make it to shore, they spend the next month attempting to find help and be rescued. I seem to gravitate towards survival stories and this is definitely one of the better ones I have read. I definitely recommend it to anyone whom has seen the movie or likes ship wreck or survival stories. What this family went through and survived is amazing!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mom

    Never go out in a boat in bad weather. The father drove me crazy. True story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Picked this up off a library book sale clearance rack based on the subtitle alone-- who needs subtlety! I appreciated how the author--a father stranded with his three children in the Alaskan wilderness--doesnt make himself out to be the hero. Each child's personality was well described; I felt like I knew each one of them by the end. Describes what the subtitle says it does, but with plenty of interesting internal struggles as well. Liked it a lot!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    Disaster, danger, calamity... why I am so drawn to these survival true stories? I think it is like looking at my worst nightmare (which is maybe not an alien monster although they are darn scary) but Mother Nature, the killer mama of sea & wind, ice and destruction! I want to test my brain and instincts to see if I could keep on fighting to live and conquer the ravaging force of nature at her worst. Of course I couldn’t...I would lay down and bawl like a baby! But could Elmo and his children? Fast Disaster, danger, calamity... why I am so drawn to these survival true stories? I think it is like looking at my worst nightmare (which is maybe not an alien monster although they are darn scary) but Mother Nature, the killer mama of sea & wind, ice and destruction! I want to test my brain and instincts to see if I could keep on fighting to live and conquer the ravaging force of nature at her worst. Of course I couldn’t...I would lay down and bawl like a baby! But could Elmo and his children? Fast amazing read, I had an old 1st edition copy that belonged to my dad, he loved this type of book as do I.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    I seem to be in the mood for survival stories lately and this one did not disappoint. An amazing story told told exceedingly well by a non-author, Elmo Wortman. Not only was their true life adventure gripping in its unfolding, but the family's unconventional lifestyle was intriguing. Highly recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    I loved this book when I read it years ago. It was exciting, suspenseful, and I really cared about the people as I was reading it. It’s the true story of a father and his 3 teenage children, residents of Alaska, who take their boat to get supplies and get stranded in the wilderness in the snow, and their efforts to survive. Written by the father.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This is a true story I NEVER want to live through. I read this YEARS ago because my dad wanted me to. It's about a family who goes out one day in Alaska, and have an accident. They end up spending several days in sub-zero temperatures, and them desperately trying to survive. Great story about the will and desire to live, and how far you will go stay alive.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Poppenk

    Riveting sea survival story. The fingernails on both my hands, as I recall, were bitten to the quick, figuratively speaking, during the description of the wreck at the beginning of the book. Then there wasn't enough wool by way of toques, socks, scarves and dry blankets to keep me warm for the rest of the story. It was, however, vastly pleasurable to vicariously wallow in the misery, despair and desperation that this family endured lost in a frozen wilderness as I curled up with the cat on my co Riveting sea survival story. The fingernails on both my hands, as I recall, were bitten to the quick, figuratively speaking, during the description of the wreck at the beginning of the book. Then there wasn't enough wool by way of toques, socks, scarves and dry blankets to keep me warm for the rest of the story. It was, however, vastly pleasurable to vicariously wallow in the misery, despair and desperation that this family endured lost in a frozen wilderness as I curled up with the cat on my cozy sofa beside a toasty fireplace eating a steaming-hot bowl of delicious homemade soup. A thoroughly chilled-to-the-bone one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Oscar Lilley

    "Almost Too Late" is an aptly named survival memoir.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Webster

    True life story of a family boat wreck and survival.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janice Sheufelt

    An amazing Alaska survival account

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joel Horn

    I read this book years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. For a long time I hated Elmo for what I thought he did wrong to his daughters but as I grew and understood life more I realized he did a masters job of just telling the story as it stood with all human failings. The children and him went through a really rough adventure that I am sure made them into stronger people. As a new author of a story in the same genre I can appreciate deeply the story he told.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I could not put this book down! Read it in one day. Was a super anxious, edge-of-your-seat read. Played into my darkest fears of being eaten up by the ocean.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marcel Gagnon

    excellent

  17. 4 out of 5

    Momo

    Amazing story. May be out of print which is too bad. This family lived one hard adventure

  18. 4 out of 5

    Armatstorage

    was amazing

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leila

    AMAZING - survival endeavors unparalleled - could NOT put it down once I began reading - dispells the theory 'survial of the fitest'.

  20. 4 out of 5

    M K

    Loved this book! Exciting to read, lots of adventure!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Keegan Johnson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  24. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Grant

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth Mueller

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

  27. 4 out of 5

    Macy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louise

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Crenshaw

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

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