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1 Dead in Attic

After Katrina
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
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1 Dead in Attic is a collection of stories by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Celebrated as a local treasure and heaped with national praise, Rose provides a roller-coaster ride of observation, commentary, emotion, tragedy, and even humor - in a way that only he could find in a devastated wasteland.

They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of survivors and believers, stories of hope and despair. And stories about refrigerators.

1 Dead in Attic freeze-frames New Orleans, caught between an old era and a new, during its most desperate time, as it struggles out of the floodwaters and wills itself back to life.

©2005, 2007 Times-Picayune Publishing Corp. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 02-27-15

Still Makes Me Hurt

I got involved with animal rescue after Katrina hit, was a nutcase by the time Rita swept through (even though I hadn't been there yet, but the images, my imagination, the extent of my caring about the horror were enough), and had full blown PTSD by the time I came back after two weeks in New Orleans helping out when the state was kicking out all out-of-state rescues. The place, ALL of those parishes, are dear to me. I HAD to get this book because the title: 1 Dead in Attic was pretty much something you saw everywhere (along with 4 dogs DOA, 3 cats DOA in Bathroom, things like that.)
I still grieve.
But I felt like I was given a little piece of "home," if you will, when I listened to Chris Rose's book. It's a series of his articles, all the happenings, all his thoughts, things that went on after Katrina, for over a year, the horror, the heartache, the struggles and triumphs. The depression and sense of loss. The rebirth (sometimes with meds needed).
I guess this might not be everybody's cup of tea. Katrina no longer holds the nation's attention, but it's a wonderful book in its own right, a touching one worthy of a listen.
And Bronson Pinchot? He has just grown into one of the most fearless narrators I've ever had the pleasure of listening to! Anger, exasperation, humor, tenderness, robotic depression, gentle love, all tones and expressions seem so easy for him to convey.
Wow to this book.
Simply:
Wow

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Choopatoolas? Mutarry?

Would it have been so hard to find someone who can at least pronounce the street names? Someone who could at least fake some semblance of one of the many New Orleans accents! A gross disservice to a fabulous book!

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  • Reggie
  • BRATTLEBORO, VT, United States
  • 06-17-17

Bronson Pinchot is a Revelation

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I concur with all the accolades written about this book. My purpose in submitting this review is to share a deep appreciation for Bronson Pinchot's narration. There are several narrators working today that inspire me to take a chance with a book of which I may not have heard. Bronson Pinchot just got added to that very short list.

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Excellent

Excellent with the exception of the reader's pronunciation of streets, cities and neighborhoods. A great book overall!

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  • Tara
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • 02-03-19

Missed opportunity

Chris Rose's column from post-Katrina New Orleans is witty, heartbreaking and beautifully written. And if you've ever heard Rose speak, you can hear his very distinct voice when reading 1 Dead in Attic. The Audible version unfortunately does not have the author narrating his own work, and honestly it's not the same book without him... I took a music history tour with Rose last year when I was visiting NOLA and thought Rose was an incredible showman. Sharp, rambunctious and passionate, Rose embodied an overly-animated Anthony Bourdain. Not having Rose narrate his own words was truly a missed opportunity...

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A stark perspective of the aftermath of Katrina<br />

I've read just about everything there is about Katrina, this is the best personal account.

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insightful

a great book for anyone who got all of their Katrina news from watching television. This will set you straight on the facts from the viewpoints of those who lived it.

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  • Dw
  • 07-25-19

Audible book of the year (IMHO)

Multifaceted, powerful first-hand account of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the citizens of New Orleans. Absorbing, nuanced and insightful. The writing is lean, passionate and carries emotional weight. Excellent narration. Highly recommended. As a British reader, I also loved the evocative descriptions of the city and the character of its people. Morally uplifting.