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Debra

Andover, MA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sean Flynn
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    On December 3, 1999, the call crackled in to the men of the Worchester, Massachusetts Fire Department: a three-alarm warehouse blaze in a six-story windowless colossus of brick and mortar. What happened next - and how their lives and community were changed forever - offers an unprecedented look at these heroic men whose job it is to rush into burning buildings when everyone else just wants out.

    Raymond A. says: "Take an adventure into an inferno"
    "Good, but not great"
    Overall

    This is a high-energy tale about six fighters who die in a warehouse fire in Worcester, Mass. While it's hard to fault a writer for putting in too many details, this may be an exception. I think the details overpower this story -- almost as if the writer struggled to find enough material to stretch his story into 60,000 words. There's so much padding (and so many characters!), it's hard to focus on the six heroes and keep them straight. Occasionally, the dialogue seems silly and stilted.

    It's a light, interesting read, but oddly doesn't create the emotional build up you would expect. I shed more tears hearing the television accounts.

    Also, the wrong reader was chosen for this book. He fakes a Boston accent that ends up sounding more like a speech impediment. I've never heard anyone around here speak like that.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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