"[I]t does not seem to have affected anyone with a sense of final destruction, with any foreboding of irreparable disaster. Everyone is talking of it this afternoon, and no one is in the least degree dismayed. I have talked and listened in two clubs, watched people in cars and in the street, and one man is glad that Chinatown will be cleared out for good; another's chief solicitude is for Millet's 'Man with the Hoe'. 'They'll cut it out of the frame', he says, a little anxiously. 'Sure.' But there is no doubt anywhere that San Francisco can be rebuilt, larger, better, and soon. Just as there would be none at all if all this New York that has so obsessed me with its limitless bigness was itself a blazing ruin. I believe these people would more than half like the situation." - H.G. Wells
On the morning of April 18, 1906, most of the residents of the city of San Francisco were sound asleep when the ground started to shake. But what started as fairly soft tremors turned into a violent shaking in all directions. The roar of the earthquake unquestionably woke up residents, at least those fortunate enough not to be immediately swallowed by the cracks opening up in the ground. The earthquake lasted about a minute, but it had enough destructive force to divert the course of entire rivers and level much of the ninth-largest city in America at the time.
Unfortunately for San Franciscans, the worst was yet to come. During the earthquake, the city's gas mains and water mains were ruptured, which had the effects of starting a number of fires and preventing the residents from being equipped to fight them.
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I never read the print version BUT I totally believe this audio version would be better Kat Marlow kept my interest
was not a favorite
this is a documentary and she was able to hold my interest where I do not think reading would have
it was interesting some of the things that we as people did no spoilers
I am going to read the next 1889 because listening to this one one peeked my interest
Probably worth the one hour it took.
More detailed information.
The relating of this issue could have been much better.
Parts were hard to follow with the different cadence of speach from that time but overall, very facinating.
I like that even with how long ago this occured, there are still several "eye witness" accounts.
People talked slightly different back then, Kat did wonderful with those differences in speech patterns.
Some of the choices the army were hard to listen to.
I admire the firefighters and the challenges they faced in fighting the fires resulting from the quake.
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I always enjoy Kat Marlowe's narrations. She speaks clearly and with passion. She makes a great storyteller.
This was the first time I listened to a documentary. I watch documentaries on television all the time, but I found listening about the earthquake very interesting. I actually learned quite a bit since I really didn't know too much at all. The narrator held my attention throughout which is something I probably wouldn't have been able to do reading the book on my own.
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