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3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It | [Sean Flynn]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Firefighters love the excitement of a "triple." But this was a different beast. Rollovers, flashovers, backdrafts, this one had it all. Once inside, they found themselves trapped in a snarling furnace of blazing orange heat as hot as a crematorium, with smoke so black and predatory they had to feel for their partners next to them. Swallowed deep in the building, with no way out, they struggled to survive an ill-fated ordeal that would push them to the very limits of loyalty and courage.

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.

©2002 Sean Flynn; (P)2002 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Nonfiction (Unabridged) 2003

"[Among] books appearing this year about fires and firefighting...the best of the lot is Sean Flynn's 3000 Degrees." (Newsweek)
"Gripping prose...With confident, deft description, Flynn brings to life this 3000-degree catastrophe with a crackling intensity." (Publishers Weekly)
"A miracle of reporting...This story has the emotional power of the best narrative art." (American Society of Magazine Editors

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    Jonathan 12-26-04
    Jonathan 12-26-04
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    "dont bother"

    As someone involved in this incident I can tell you that there is alot more to this fire and situation than what he writes. Its an ok book and probably a good read but the reader in this case is awful. The fake Worcester accent is both silly and embarassing and the fake radio transmissions make it like a tv show. Dont bother listening to this on. If anything buy the book and read it yourself.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Knox grean road, New Brunswick, Canada 02-20-13
    Eric Knox grean road, New Brunswick, Canada 02-20-13 Member Since 2012

    I value the scientific method, have some understanding of the size and age of the universe and I respect the methods and findings of science.

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    "Real heroes do not carry guns!"
    Where does 3000 Degrees rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books period!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the real deal.


    What about Richard Rohan’s performance did you like?

    I loved the radio voice chatter.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a perfect real story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Atwater, CA, USA 08-02-03
    Michael Atwater, CA, USA 08-02-03
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    "An excellent book"

    Flynn does an excellent job at capturing the humanity of the men who fought and died at the tragic event.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wm. Concrete, WA, United States 05-18-03
    Wm. Concrete, WA, United States 05-18-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Very good"

    This is a very good book with one exception.
    It is well writen and read, however because we like to listen as a family I was disapointed in the inclusion of foul language in many quotes from the firemen. Not because I don't think that many use foul language, but that it detracts form the enjoyment of the listening experiece for this family.

    9 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Portland, OR, USA 10-09-03
    Jo Portland, OR, USA 10-09-03
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    "not so interesting"

    For a book about a dramatic fire that cost some brave firefighters their lives, you'd think this would be more interesting. I found my mind wandering as I listened.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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