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A Crack in the Edge of the World Audiobook

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906

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Publisher's Summary

The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

In the early morning hours of April 18, 1906, San Francisco and a string of other towns were overcome by an earthquake registering 8.25 on the Richter scale, resulting from a rupture in the San Andreas fault. Lasting little more than a minute, the earthquake wrecked 490 blocks, toppled a total of 25,000 buildings, broke open gas mains, cut off electric power lines, and effectively destroyed the gold rush capital that had stood there for a half century.

Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities, as well as his unique understanding of geology, to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place. A Crack in the Edge of the World is the definitive account of the San Francisco earthquake and a fascinating exploration of a legendary event that changed the way we look at the planet on which we live.

©2005 Simon Winchester; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction (Unabridged)

"In this brawny page-turner, best-selling writer Winchester (Krakatoa, The Professor and the Madman) has crafted a magnificent testament to the power of planet Earth and the efforts of humankind to understand her." (Publishers Weekly)

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    nancy Panama City, FL, United States 08-26-07
    nancy Panama City, FL, United States 08-26-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Far too much detail, lacks emotion"

    Author has a tendency to go off on tangents many of which barely stay on point. Listening at times is very laborious as the author elaborates on whatever extraneous topic seems to pop into his head. When finished I’m sure you’ll be able to pick up an easy three credits at any university that offers a geology course as the depth of detail covering the evolution of volcanoes as well as tectonic plates is the equal of any text book you’ll find on the subject. There is no connection to any main characters that typically draw the reader into a book so they can truly experience the emotional magnitude of the event as it effects the character.

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    Tim Leesport, PA, USA 07-30-07
    Tim Leesport, PA, USA 07-30-07
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    "Skip this one"

    Monotone narrator plus a small amount of material on the actual SF earthquake (at least from the human interest perspective) equals BORING!

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    Dad of Three Year Old austin, texas 10-23-05
    Dad of Three Year Old austin, texas 10-23-05 Member Since 2015

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    Horrible and boring. I felt cheated.

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