Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story

  • by James Patterson Smith
  • Narrated by Claton Butcher
  • 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This book presents the fullest account yet written of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Rooted in a wealth of oral histories, it tells the dramatic but underreported story of a people who confronted the unprecedented devastation of sixty five thousand homes when the eye wall and powerful northeast quadrant of the hurricane swept a record thirty-foot storm surge across a seventy-five-mile stretch of unprotected Mississippi towns and cities. James Patterson Smith takes us through life and death accounts of storm day, August 29, 2005, and the precarious days of food and water shortages that followed. Along the way the narrative treats us to inspiring episodes of neighborly compassion and creative responses to the greatest natural disaster in American history.
The heroes of this saga are the local people and local officials. In often moving accounts, the book addresses the Mississippi Gulf Coast's long struggle to remove a record-setting volume of debris and get on with the rebuilding of homes, schools, jobs, and public infrastructure. Along the way readers are offered insights into the politics of recovery funding and the bureaucratic bungling and hubris that afflicted the storm response and complicated and delayed the work of recovery. Still, there are ample accounts of things done well, and a moving chapter gives us a feel for the psychological, spiritual, and material impact of the eight hundred thousand people from across the nation who gave of themselves as volunteers in the Mississippi recovery effort.
The book is published by University Press of Mississippi


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Customer Reviews

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Great content but poorly narrated

What made the experience of listening to Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story the most enjoyable?

My husband volunteered in Hattiesburg, MS, so we knew how widespread the damage was, but the focus with Katrina is always on New Orleans. I was happy to see good coverage of other areas affected by this disaster.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Claton Butcher?

Someone who does more than read the words off the page with an occasional lilt thrown in for variety.

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- Cathy P.


This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?


Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson Smith again?

Probably Not

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Claton Butcher?

Anyone with inflection in there voice

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

This books reader does not help the story any....he has the most monitone voice ever...I found myself tuning him out, thus tunning out the story. I have no plans of listening to this reader ever again.

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- Bridget Wensell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2013
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks