In the tradition of 102 Minutes and Columbine, the definitive audiobook on the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, written by reporters from The Boston Globe and published to coincide with the first anniversary of the tragedy.
Long Mile Home will tell the gripping story of the tragic, surreal, and ultimately inspiring week of April 15, 2013: the preparations of the bombers; the glory of the race; the extraordinary emergency response to the explosions; the massive deployment of city, state, and federal law enforcement personnel; and the nation’s and the world’s emotional and humanitarian response before, during, and after the apprehension of the suspects.
The authors, both journalists at The Boston Globe, are backed by that paper’s deep, relentless, and widely praised coverage of the event. Through the eyes of seven principal characters including the bombers, the wounded, a victim, a cop, and a doctor, Helman and Russell will trace the distinct paths that brought them together. With an unprecedented level of detail and insight, the audiobook will offer revelations, insights, and powerful stories of heroism and humanity.
Long Mile Home will also highlight the bravery, resourcefulness, and resiliency of the Boston community. It will portray the city on its worst day but also at its best.
©2014 Scott Helman (P)2014 Penguin Audio
The book itself was ok. There was a lot of misinformation on some of the details which could have been avoided with a little bit of research/fact checking.
One of the most irritating things about listening to this book was the mispronunciation of victim's names (it literally hurt my ears to listen to him say Marc Fucarile's name), names of places/towns and other people's names. Do the authors not listen to the book after its recorded? I would think they would strive to at least pronounce the victim's names correctly so as not to seem unintelligent.
I wouldn't recommend this to a friend based on the misinformation and aggravating, avoidable mispronunciation.
The whole thing was moving, but I live in Boston and the feelings about that day are still raw. It was an excellent book about the day, but again I have some bias because the story is close to home - literally.
If you lived in Boston during the bombing you probably aren't going to learn anything new. You were able to get a sense of the day through the eyes of a marathon worker, first responder, and victim. It is gripping and brought me right back to the horror of the time as a resident of the city wondering where are they? Will another bomb go off? What it was like to "shelter in place" that day, and how even when it was lifted I felt far from safe. Just how glued to the TV I was for a week.
I think for someone who doesn't live in this city, you will get a great perspective of the day and the days following. You will see why we say we are "Boston Strong".
I also strongly recommend "Stronger" by victim Jeff Bauman. I can't rate it on audio, but it was a good read.
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.
Long Mile Home (LMH) is a faithful retelling of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. LMH offers a comprehensive and concise story of all of the events associated with the bombing. If you followed the events of the Boston bombing through the Boston Globe or NYT, LMH has very little additional information to offer. There are no added insights into the motivations or behaviors of the bombers beyond those identified by CNN. The authors do spend a good deal of time focuses on the first responders and personal stories of bombing victims. However, there is nothing revealing or new LMT offers to the reader.
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