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The Great Halifax Explosion
- A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism
- By: John U. Bacon
- Narrated by: Johnny Heller
- Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
From best-selling author John U. Bacon, a gripping narrative history of the largest manmade detonation prior to Hiroshima. On Monday, December 3, 1917, the French freighter SS Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn carrying the largest cache of explosives ever loaded onto a ship, including 2,300 tons of picric acid, an unstable, poisonous chemical more powerful than TNT.
Wow! What a story!
- By Samuel Shurtleff on 12-11-18
A very detailed account of an unfortunate event!
Before embarking on a road-trip to Halifax, I downloaded this audio book to listen to while driving from VA to NS. This book covered much more detail than I expected, though I found it to be very engaging none-the-less. It served well to help me learn more about this event that shaped the areas around where the explosion happened as well as relations between the US and Canada. Initially, I found the level of detail to be overwhelming, however, as I continued listening, I appreciated these interwoven storylines and data points. John U. Bacon went to great lengths to pull together a huge variety of information from many disciplines--and did so with a very obvious fondness and tenderness for the people whose lives were affected by this tragedy. Johnny Heller did a seamless job of narrating this book as well--and though I don't know French, I saw another reviewer pointed out that Heller's pronunciation and accent were accurate, which only allowed better focus on the book (meaning, not distracted by anything in the narration, as can happen sometimes.) I also agree with fellow reviewers who noted Heller's appropriate seriousness and light-heartedness at times throughout the book. It has been about 10 years since the last time I read a book of this length. Also about 10 years since I listened to a book of this length. It took me a while to get back into the rhythm of a book of this length, but it was well worth it for its richness in detail and human capabilities.
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