Trade Ed. Random House Audio 1999
CD ISBN 9780739340363 $19.95 Five CDs
DD ISBN 9780739333082 $14.98
Erik Larson’s exemplary research and skillful writing, and Edward Herrmann’s careful and somehow dispassionately compassionate reading, make this audiobook about the 1900 Galveston hurricane gripping and, at times, disorienting. Before Galveston turned into Atlantis, Herrmann intones, “It was a time when the hubris of men led them to believe that they could disregard even nature itself.” Though published in 2000, the book has eerie parallels with recent events--a dysfunctional federal agency, a once-in-a millennium storm. The incredible details, especially the storm’s unimaginable aftermath (how does a city dispose of 8,000 bodies?) are the stuff nightmares are made of. R.W.S. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 05/ JAN 06]
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