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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
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a story!

  • By Samuel Shurtleff on 12-11-18

A LOT of (unnecessary) tangential information

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Would not recommend due to much off-topic material that doesn't add to what should be the central theme (and the title) of the book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Still struggling to get there - and might never....

What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

Excellent presentation.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Sailor of Austria

  • The Otto Prohaska Novels, Book 1
  • By: John Biggins
  • Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In the spring of 1915, a young Austro-Czech naval lieutenant Ottokar Prohaska finds himself posted to the minuscule Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Submarine Service in the Adriatic port of Pola. In some trepidation at first, because he has no experience whatever of submarines, his fears are soon set at rest when he discovers that nobody else has either: least of all his superiors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • CNO Reading List -- GREAT Choice

  • By Masonic Kindler on 08-17-17

CNO Reading List -- GREAT Choice

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Quite different than what I had expected but well worth the investment of time. Naval history from a period and place rarely covered. A few choice leadership lessons along the way. Senior sailors should listen to this book. I am glad I didn't try to read it just based on the huge number of foreign terms.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful