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This is a really interesting, very engaging story about a major event I had never heard of. I've read a lot of Bacon's work. I'm a University of Michigan fan, and he covers the school's athletics pretty extensively. While this book has one very minor connecting thread to Michigan, Bacon's reputation lead me to give it a shot. I'm really glad I did.
He tells the story of this horrific event by telling the stories of several people directly affected by it, and involved in the recovery efforts. It's a great way to really humanize it and make the whole ordeal feel very real. It's less about the number of tons of explosives, and more about the people.
Johnny Heller does an excellent job reading this. He smoothly slips into a flawless French accent when pronouncing the many French words and names, which really makes things flow nicely. He bring proper seriousness to a serious topic, but keeps the light moments light. A great pairing or reader and author here.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Halifax Explosion to be better than the print version?
Not a huge fan of this narrator. Came across very monotone after hours of listening.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
More inflection during the story. I know it’s a historical story, but it would give it more life.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
An unlikely friendship begins with tragedy.
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