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Would you listen to When The Dancing Stopped again? Why?
If I run out of books, which I doubt, I would listen again. There is a lot of information in this book and I'm sure I missed some important things.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked the stories of the people whose lives were changed because of this tragedy. The young purser, the high school girl on her first trip and the men in the radio room.
The fire and death of the Captain were extremely interesting and the author goes to great lengths to explain them without much speculation. That is why I like true crime books.
What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?
He is a good narrator for true stories that make them sound like potboilers and film noir. I enjoyed his work.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I was very angry that the person most likely responsible for the crime was never prosecuted for it but happy that he is dead and gone now. However, had he been caught, several people he hurt later would have been much better off.
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What made the experience of listening to When The Dancing Stopped the most enjoyable?
The story of the Morro Castle disaster (of which I heretofore knew nothing) was an amazing true American tale. Why was this not a part of American History class? We all know about the Titanic, but how many of us know about the Morro Castle tragedy? This is an excellent story, told very well by the author.
What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?
The narrator did a very good job with diction and annunciation, but I found that, listening to the book over a car audio system, his vocal intonations of the characters' quotes and spoken passages were not on the same listening level as the reading of the passages. As a result, I often had to adjust the sound levels; after a while, this became a bit of a chore, and detracted from the overall listening experience.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, in fact I would often try to listen to it in "snippets", doing chores, cooking, etc. (while I usually listen to audio books while driving to work).
Any additional comments?
This was an excellent tale, and very well written. The narrator did a good job, but, perhaps, the technical production needs to be "tweaked" so the listening levels are more fluid. Overall, a very worthwhile purchase!
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