• by Steve Olson
  • Narrated by Jonathan Yen
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, and ordinary people listened anxiously to rumblings in the long quiescent volcano Mount St. Helens. Still, when a massive explosion took the top off the mountain, no one was prepared. Fifty-seven people died, including newlywed logger John Killian (for years afterward, his father searched for him in the ash), scientist Dave Johnston, and celebrated local curmudgeon Harry Truman. The lives of many others were forever changed.
Steve Olson interweaves history, science, and vivid personal stories of the volcano's victims and survivors to portray the disaster as a multifaceted turning point. Powerful economic, political, and historical forces influenced who died when the volcano erupted, and their deaths marked the end of an era in the Pacific Northwest. The eruption of Mount St. Helens transformed volcanic science, the study of environmental resilience, and our perceptions of how to survive on an increasingly dangerous planet.


What the Critics Say

"Both [narrator Jonathan] Yen and the author truly shine in bringing to life the remarkable stories of those who witnessed the eruption at close range, some of whom survived to tell the tale." (AudioFile)


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Eruption by Steve Olson, Narrated by Jonathan Yen

The story of Eruption kept my interest even though the beginning chapter were off the story plot seemingly. The background chapters proved to be most interesting. The technical stuff was well explained, and the-deaths and recoveries were handled with respect. The end drew a well thought out conclusion, with a lot for the reader to think about in our own life.
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- Kareen R. Stipp

engaging story told quite well

This story has always intrigued me, and this book captures so many sides too it you feel as if you really understand the people, places, and the time of this event.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books