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  • American Fire

  • Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
  • By: Monica Hesse
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

Shocked by a five-month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to 67 counts of arson. But Charlie wasn't lighting fires alone: he had an accomplice - his girlfriend, Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting read

  • By Melissa M. on 05-16-18

Boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-18

How am author and reader can take an interesting story and make it tedious is remarkable

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