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Publisher's Summary

Nines Lives is a multivoiced biography of a dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city, told through the lives of nine unforgettable characters and bracketed by two epic storms: Hurricane Betsy, which transformed New Orleans in the 1960s, and Hurricane Katrina, which nearly destroyed it. Dan Baum brings this kaleidoscopic portrait to life, showing us what was lost in the storm and what remains to be saved.
©2009 Dan Baum (P)2016 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Baum, an empathetic storyteller, has nearly perfectly distilled the events, providing readers with a sensuous portrait of a place.... Baum's chronicle leaves readers with a bittersweet understanding of what Americans lost during Hurricane Katrina." ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By EH on 11-05-17

Narration is distracting; story is great

I love this book, and the characters are portrayed beautifully. The narrator’s voice is distracting because he has a very “stagey” radio voice a la Kasey Kasem. Very disappointing they didn’t select someone who has one of the native accents from the region. A real lost opportunity.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sherrie Crandal on 05-28-18

I listened to it twice

I wanted to hear it again so I could keep the people straight in my heart. Amazing characters and good story.

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