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The Good -
The story is fascinating. I had never heard of this tragedy before finding this book while reviewing books narrated by Grover Gardner. The book held my interest from beginning to end and I think it was just the right length. That said, I like books more then 8 hours long because I feel I'm getting more for the money. So, I admit I'm biased in regard to length most of the time.
The Bad -
Nothing at all.
The Narration -
As I alluded to above Gardner is in my top five favorites so.....
The Overall -
If you like non-fiction, history and technical books like I do I would be shocked if you didn't find this book well worth the time. It will remain in my library for a future re-listen.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
calling it historical fiction
Has Dark Tide turned you off from other books in this genre?
What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Tide?
all scenes where the author purports to know what folks thought, especially the "thoughts" as people were dying.
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This book would more accurately be described as a historical book about Boston rather than a book about the molasses disaster. The molasses disaster features very little in this book and is hardly mentioned at all for the first three and a half hours.
What you are actually buying is a book that describes a turbulent time in history which features war, civil unrest, racism, terrorism and the race to manufacture arms (for which the molasses was required).
The book is written in the style of a story but it didn’t work for me because there are so many characters introduced during the first three and a half hours, and I found it so tedious, that by the time the disaster happened, I could not remember them. It would have been better written as an examination of the evidence, in my opinion.
My advice is that if you are only interested in the molasses disaster, you should go straight to part 9 and accept that there is only about an hour of listening to be had.