The Storm of the Century by Al Roker audiobook

The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900

By Al Roker
Read by Byron Wagner

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062364654

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781504625517

  • ISBN: 9781504625500

Runtime: 8.11 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice

In this gripping narrative history, Al Roker from NBC’s Today and the Weather Channel vividly examines the deadliest natural disaster in American history—a haunting and inspiring tale of tragedy, heroism, and resilience that is full of lessons for today’s new age of extreme weather.

On the afternoon of September 8, 1900, two-hundred-mile-per-hour winds and fifteen-foot waves slammed into Galveston, the booming port city on Texas’s Gulf Coast. By dawn the next day, the city that hours earlier had stood as a symbol of America’s growth and expansion was now gone. Shattered, grief-stricken survivors emerged to witness a level of destruction never before seen: Eight thousand corpses littered the streets and were buried under the massive wreckage. Rushing water had lifted buildings from their foundations, smashing them into pieces, while wind gusts had upended steel girders and trestles, driving them through house walls and into sidewalks. No race or class was spared its wrath. In less than twenty-four hours, a single storm had destroyed a major American metropolis—and awakened a nation to the terrifying power of nature.

Blending an unforgettable cast of characters, accessible weather science, and deep historical research into a sweeping and dramatic narrative, The Storm of the Century brings this legendary hurricane and its aftermath into fresh focus. No other natural disaster has ever matched the havoc caused by the awesome mix of winds, rain, and flooding that devastated Galveston and shocked a young, optimistic nation on the cusp of modernity. Exploring the impact of the tragedy on a rising country’s confidence—the trauma of the loss and the determination of the response—Al Roker illuminates the United States’s character at the dawn of the “American Century,” while also underlining the fact that no matter how mighty they may become, all nations must respect the ferocious potential of our natural environment.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating, multifaceted story.” USA Today
“Vivid details abound in Roker’s telling of the hurricane and its aftermath…[which] reads like a novel…Engrossing.” Chicago Tribune
“Gripping reading and a well-crafted cautionary tale…[Roker] brings important new energy, details, and meteorological insights to this retelling.” Dallas Morning News
“Personalize[s] the event…[and] uncovers more of the rescue and recovery effort…Roker’s new book is a fine effort.” San Antonio Express-News
“Reads like a blockbuster movie script.” Associated Press
“[A] vivid and absorbing account…spellbinding and informative.” Booklist
“Narrator Byron Wagner’s unrelenting tone is unnerving as he opens Al Roker’s account…Wagner’s voice relaxes as Roker then goes back to the days leading up to the hurricane, capturing the everyday rhythms of Galveston life…When the storm hits, Wagner gut-wrenchingly describes the experiences of being in a house that is collapsing and not knowing whether loved ones are still alive. Listeners will be fascinated, even as they shudder at the grim reality.” AudioFile
“Focusing on the human experience of the storm…Roker follows survivors before, during, and after the hurricane in order to elucidate what people on Galveston Island encountered as the storm raged through the city…Compelling work.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Al Roker

Author Bio: Al Roker

Al Roker is known to over thirty million viewers for his work on NBC’s Today, a role that has earned him ten Emmy Awards. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Stop This Car!: Adventures in Fatherhood. An accomplished cook, Roker also has two bestselling cookbooks to his credit. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two daughters, and a son.

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Author Bio: William Hogeland

Author Bio: William Hogeland

William Hogeland has published in numerous print and online periodicals, including the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, and Slate. He lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English