American Fire

  • by Monica Hesse
  • Narrated by Tanya Eby
  • 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shocked by a five-month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to 67 counts of arson. But Charlie wasn't lighting fires alone: he had an accomplice - his girlfriend, Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants, who had already been decimated by a punishing economy before they were terrified by a string of fires they could not explain.
Incorporating this drama into the long-overlooked history of arson in the United States, American Fire re-creates the anguished nights that this quiet county spent lit up in flames, mesmerizingly evoking a microcosm of rural America - a land half gutted before the fires even began.

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Great book. Bad narrator.

I am from the Eastern Shore about 45 minutes from where these fires took place. The author's account is accurate and well-written! However, the audible version is terrible. The narrator sounds like a robot or Siri, and it is very hard to get used to!! Why the author selected a narrator this bad is hard for me to grasp?? Read the book because the narrator mispronounces towns and other local points of reference which I found annoying. It is well written, and worth the read!!
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- loralu

Truth is always stranger than fiction

If you didn't know this was a true story, you'd think it was a very unlikely piece of fiction. Very interesting tale presented in an interesting way.
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- Eileen Votava

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2017
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC