The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

  • by Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by Kat Marlowe
  • 1 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"[I]t does not seem to have affected anyone with a sense of final destruction, with any foreboding of irreparable disaster. Everyone is talking of it this afternoon, and no one is in the least degree dismayed. I have talked and listened in two clubs, watched people in cars and in the street, and one man is glad that Chinatown will be cleared out for good; another's chief solicitude is for Millet's 'Man with the Hoe'. 'They'll cut it out of the frame', he says, a little anxiously. 'Sure.' But there is no doubt anywhere that San Francisco can be rebuilt, larger, better, and soon. Just as there would be none at all if all this New York that has so obsessed me with its limitless bigness was itself a blazing ruin. I believe these people would more than half like the situation." - H.G. Wells
On the morning of April 18, 1906, most of the residents of the city of San Francisco were sound asleep when the ground started to shake. But what started as fairly soft tremors turned into a violent shaking in all directions. The roar of the earthquake unquestionably woke up residents, at least those fortunate enough not to be immediately swallowed by the cracks opening up in the ground. The earthquake lasted about a minute, but it had enough destructive force to divert the course of entire rivers and level much of the ninth-largest city in America at the time.
Unfortunately for San Franciscans, the worst was yet to come. During the earthquake, the city's gas mains and water mains were ruptured, which had the effects of starting a number of fires and preventing the residents from being equipped to fight them.


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The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

Would you consider the audio edition of The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 to be better than the print version?

I never read the print version BUT I totally believe this audio version would be better Kat Marlow kept my interest

Who was your favorite character and why?

was not a favorite

What about Kat Marlowe’s performance did you like?

this is a documentary and she was able to hold my interest where I do not think reading would have

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it was interesting some of the things that we as people did no spoilers

Any additional comments?

I am going to read the next 1889 because listening to this one one peeked my interest

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- Rosemary

Hard to listen to

So many unnecessary details about street locations, couldn't make it past 30 minutes. They should paraphrase some of the accounts
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- SKM Chicago

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2015
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors