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American Fire Audiobook

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

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Publisher's Summary

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, who had already been decimated by a punishing economy before they were terrified by a string of fires they could not explain.

Incorporating this drama into the long-overlooked history of arson in the United States, American Fire re-creates the anguished nights that this quiet county spent lit up in flames, mesmerizingly evoking a microcosm of rural America - a land half gutted before the fires even began.

©2017 Monica Hesse (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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    "As an Eastern Shore person, I was keen to"

    read this story as it unfolded in my neighborhood.

    The story is good and well researched and well-written. My only negatives were several misspelled place names and the butchering of place names the reader managed.

    Still, a good read.

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    I really liked the arc of the story- alternating between past and present until the two stories collide. The narrator speaks in a very choppy intonation that makes it hard to listen to, but worth the story if you can get passed the first few chapters and get used to it!

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    The narrator was the only bad thing about this audiobook. She sounded very much like a computer-generated voice. Her narration distracted from an otherwise good book.

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    Bryan Campbell Houston, TX United States 08-17-17
    Bryan Campbell Houston, TX United States 08-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    If you want to hear Siri read you a book, then this is the book for you! The story is good but the narration is hard to overcome.

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