Zane and the Hurricane

  • by Rodman Philbrick
  • Narrated by Jerry Dixon
  • 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick presents a gripping yet poignant novel about a 12-year-old boy and his dog who become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. Zane Dupree is a charismatic 12-year-old boy of mixed race visiting a relative in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. Unexpectedly separated from all family, Zane and his dog experience the terror of Katrina's wind, rain, and horrific flooding.
Facing death, they are rescued from an attic air vent by a kind, elderly musician and a scrappy young girl - both African American. The chaos that ensues as storm water drowns the city, shelter and food vanish, and police contribute to a dangerous, frightening atmosphere, creates a page-turning tale that completely engrosses the listener.
Based on the facts of the worst hurricane disaster in U.S. history, Philbrick includes the lawlessness and lack of government support during the disaster as well as the generosity and courage of those who risked their lives and safety to help others. Here is an unforgettable novel of heroism in the face of truly challenging circumstances.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So well written & beautifully narrated!

Where does Zane and the Hurricane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Easily in the top 10! I listened to it in my walks and was saddened by its end, not ending.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zane and the Hurricane?

The scene in the garden district when they went in search of supplies only to encountered by an armed security company ready to shoot thinking Zane was a looter.

Have you listened to any of Jerry Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I would definitely like to see what else he's narrated. Brilliant performance!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Unfortunately, one has to work, do laundry and make dinner.

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- Joel

One of the best.

What made the experience of listening to Zane and the Hurricane the most enjoyable?

The performance captured the setting and characters perfectly. It was enjoyed as a storytelling experience without being too theatrical.

What does Jerry Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His vocalizations that conveyed heart of the characters with their feelings and thoughts.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

It helped the listener begin to understand how it felt to live through Katrina in a human way.

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- Schoolbelltracy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2014
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio