1906: A Novel

  • by James Dalessandro
  • Narrated by Gigi Shane
  • 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this pause-resisting historical novel reveals recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Narrated by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Post-Victorian city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast, to the arrival of tenor Enrico Caruso and the Metropolitan Opera. Central to the story is the ongoing battle - fought even as the city burns - that pits incompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor. James Dalessandro weaves unforgettable characters and actual events into a compelling epic.


Audible Editor Reviews

"A riveting account of corruption, greed, and murder [set against] the great San Francisco Earthquake" (Dallas Morning News)


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Customer Reviews

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Corruption, Violence, Death. And That is Before

1906 wasn't quite what I was expecting. And that isn't a bad thing.

I'm a huge disaster film and novel fan and as an audiobook fan, there just aren't enough natural disaster books around. So when I see a new one I put it on my wishlist or buy it. 1906 I actually was fortunate enough to get as a free review copy from audiobookblast, which was doubly fantastic. However, this is not a disaster novel. And that is not a bad thing. The earthquake is nearly a footnote to the novel (coming well over 2/3rds of the way into the book), and the book is more a historic crime and corruption novel set at the time of the earthquake. And gee, what a lot of bad people were in authority in that time. The level of corruption and rampant crime was astounding and anger inducing. But the book about a group of very good people fighting against really bad odds, both before and after the earthquake. The one character though I did have trouble categorizing though was Kaitlyn (not sure of spelling) who I wouldn't categorize as either bad or good, more just a silly teen who would have made the entire situation better without her...

Gigi Shane did a wonderful job on the narration, and did male and female voices, and accents, fantastically. I do have one of ther book she has narrated in (one of Clive Barker's), but oddly her list of titles is small. I'd definitely recommend her as a narrator to listeners and authors.
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- Michael Oberhardt

Not crazy about the narration.

Did Gigi Shane do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Gigi did an OK job, but the problem is that there are way more male characters with dialogue than female characters with dialogue. All the male roles sounded too feminine. I understand that the producer didn't have much of a choice because the book was written in first person from a female character but, I would have insisted on a second male voice if I were Dalessandro.

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- steven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press