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  • Dark Tide

  • The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
  • By: Stephen Puleo
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters were playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like, "a roaring surf," one of them said later. Like, "a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence," said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window - "Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!" A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Pass it by Because You Don't Like Molasses!

  • By Matthew on 08-18-16

Excellent accounting of a true story

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

The author has blended the facts of the case with the human side of the story, not always the case in stories like this. Neither faction is over done nor neglected.

I am a great fan of Boston and visit at least once a year but never knew about this incident. Thank you for a great story.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,331
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,856
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,799

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Best I have read in a while

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

Excellent story and my favorite narrator, who unfortunately is now gone. Story moves quickly, detailed but not too much.

  • Schindler's List

  • By: Thomas Keneally
  • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

In the century's darkest time, one man became the most unlikely of heroes. German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler used his wealth and influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews who would have otherwise died in the concentration camp at Plaszow. Here is the story on which Steven Spielberg based his powerful motion picture. If you like this, try Ursula Hegi's Stones from a River.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged books just don't cut it!

  • By Dona on 11-13-11

Unabridged would be better

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-16

I would probably rate an unabridged version 5 star. Much was cut in the abridged.

  • When The Dancing Stopped

  • The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake
  • By: Brian Hicks
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

In the best-selling tradition of The Devil in the White City, award-winning author Brian Hicks tells the explosive story of the Morro Castle, the elegant luxury liner that burned off the coast of New Jersey on September 7, 1934. The captain died under mysterious circumstances seven hours before his ship caught fire off the New Jersey coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Real life murder mystery!

  • By Kristi R. on 09-06-13

Can we kill the exaggerated character voices ?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-15

They are really annoying, unnecessary, all sound the same and detract from the performance. Other than that, this is a great true crime story, one I had never heard of.