As a resident of Scituate during the blizzard of '78, I loved Tougias' book. I knew both victims from Scituate, Mr. Hart, and little Amy. I met Amy's mother when she first moved to town. The book was accurate, and described the ocean during that storm about as well as could be. One would have to witness such sights and sounds for oneself to ever really know what it was like. Sadly, I am sorry I bought the audiobook. Narrators and actors who have to force a Bostonian accent would better serve their audience by forgoing the attempt. I tried to listen despite the annoyance of the narrators horrible and exagerated accent, but I had to shut the ipod off after hearing his mangling of the pronounciation of Scituate. As a south shore Bostonian, the massachusetts accent was like nails on a chalkboard. His pronounciation of Scituate was a downright insult. To the narrator I can only say, "for shame sir, for shame. The tale itself would have held the reader spellbound. Your use of this tale as a practice session for broadening your acting skills was a dismal failure."
If you're from the midwest, you might be able to listen to this for the story and not be annoyed. If you can read the book for yourself, I enthusiastically recommend it. Personally I believe that Mr. Barrett has ruined Mr. Tougias' meticulous research and fine story telling skills.
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