The Longest Night

  • by Helen Engelhardt
  • Narrated by Helen Engelhardt
  • 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

More than 20 years ago, Pan Am 103 exploded over Scotland, killing 270 people. The Longest Night - A Personal History of Pan Am 103 begins with the author's learning that her husband was killed in the terrorist bombing over Lockerbie on December 21, 1988.However, The Longest Night is more than one woman's journey. It weaves conversations with friends, family, and people in Lockerbie and London into an engaging audio experience.The Longest Night is based upon Helen Engelhardt's memoir of the same name. It was directed by award winning audio book producer Jeffrey Hedquist. Recording and Sound Design by David Shinn.

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What the Critics Say

"The Longest Night is situated in an entirely original place where memoir meets documentary, and the result is powerful....full of insights on love and grief...the listening experience is effortless.I think that The Longest Night makes a unique contribution to the literature of memoir in audio." (Charles Potter, Grammy Award-winning audiobook director/producer)

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We, the public, knew only half the story.

A very different perspective of a devastating event from the 20th century. Our author gives us a very personal perspective of how this disaster affective her life and that of her son.
I really enjoyed this book in so much that I listened to it in one session however there were a few things that I scratched my head at. I never could understand why her son kept referring to his Father by his first name seeing that he was his birth Father. Perhaps I missed that explanation.
I really felt that having the phone ringing and hearing so many other voices added so much but I really must admit that I got very bored listening to the long memorial service and the absolutely 'nightmarish' singing! However as for the remaining 90% of the book is was a winner for me and I would highly recommend it.
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- Julia "British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart."

Ok story

While I feel for their loss, I got the feeling that Helen was very emotionally detached. She treats her son more like a friend than a child. I also was uneasy with the son using his father's first name all the time.

The book told me more about how the passengers and crew died. I knew the father of one of the flight attendants. I know there were many questions.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2009
  • Publisher: Midsummer Sound Company, LLC