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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Dalessandro Narrator: Stephanie Brush Publisher: Books In Motion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Every disaster has a story - none more thrilling than this one. Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this tale of political corruption, vendettas, romance, rescue - and murder - is based on recently uncovered facts.

Told by Annalisa Passarelli, a feisty young reporter, the audiobook paints a vivid picture of the post-Victorian city, from the gilded ballrooms of Nob Hill to the seedy bars of the Barbary Coast; from the slave ships in the bay to the front row seats of Enrico Caruso's sold out performance.

At its center is an ongoing battle - fought even as the city burns - that pits incompetent and unscrupulous politicians against a coalition of honest police officers, newspaper editors, citizens, and a lone federal prosecutor. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jwtucker | 2/12/2014

    " Very visual and was hard to put down. Historically based for those who enjoy that kind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnny Galt | 1/31/2014

    " Read it in college. History of San Francisco class. Good historical fiction if you are into that stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 California | 1/26/2014

    " A great novel about San Francisco at that! The story is about the corruption that was taken place right before the big 1906 earthquake! I love it! It was very visual and soon to be film! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 1/26/2014

    " This was a great piece of historical fiction - makes me really want to see a museum exhibit on the devastation of the earthquake and fire so that I can really see what happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taressa | 1/24/2014

    " Although not a true story, it was historical fiction and I learned a great deal about the early history of San Fran- the 1906 earthquake, Chinese slave trade, and the corruption in the local city government...some things never seem to change... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 1/12/2014

    " I have a tough time with audio books read by women; is that terrible? It's just so distracting when they try to read for the male characters. So, with that and the interruptions in the story since it was an audio read for me, my opinion will be effected. Meh. It was an interesting historical novel as historical novels go. Some cliche characters, but it was well written. I would recommend it for people that appreciate the genre. It was a good book to listen to while driving, driving, driving... hundreds of miles. It helped pass the time more enjoyably. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaye Sivori | 1/9/2014

    " This book had a very interesting premise, 'The earthquake of San Francisco' but I felt it was written as an attempt for a hollywood movie. It did some good informative narrative as it described the horrific fires that continued for days and the rediculous attempt to stop it by dynamiting parts of the city???? - otherwise I thought the writing was not good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Choate | 1/8/2014

    " Told from a woman reporters view of the corruption in political San Francisco in 1906 and the earthquake and fire that leveled the town. I was hooked from the first chapter, excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 1/1/2014

    " Even though it was fictional, It does present a realistic view of San Francisco before the 1906 Earthquake "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 12/20/2013

    " This was a great read, best way to describe is a fictional novel set in historical fact. Most of the liberties with the story were taken to enable writing the novel. Most of the surrounding details are true to historical fact. Enjoyable and easy to read, hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/18/2013

    " As someone who has previous studied the 1906 earthquake for school papers etc it was fascinating to read a story behind the events.It really helped appreciate what happened even though this was fiction.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Buchanan | 12/16/2013

    " A little fiction mixed into a catastrophic event. Full of local flavor, historical details, and larger than life real characters. The story was more romanticized than I cared for, but at least the author had a dynamic and independent heroine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Nichols | 12/16/2013

    " Well written historical, crime novel set in San Francisco. Details little know facts about the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fire-storm. Most enjoyable! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 11/28/2013

    " I picked up this book from the description after hearing Brad Bird was going to direct the movie. It was largely a disappointment. The overall plot was interesting, but I didn't care for the way it was written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 10/30/2013

    " kept my interest! can't wait for the movie... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/19/2013

    " Really great historical fiction on San Francisco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanine | 9/27/2012

    " Another interesting and entertaining work of historical fiction. An in depth look at our 1906 Earthquake and the effect that civic corruption had on the enormity of losses from this event. The fictional story woven around it keeps it moving nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Snyder | 5/27/2012

    " Read this after reading Simon Winchester's A Crack at the Edge of the World. That book made this book even better, to know who the real characters were, and to know how accurate the book was. Gripping and fascinating look at a brief moment in time in a horrific disaster. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Johnson | 4/18/2012

    " I didn't not like the story. It just didn't hold my attention. After a couple hours of the audio book, I couldn't tell you much about anything. The characters and plot totally allude me. I think I'll just wait until the movie comes out on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe Jean | 5/27/2011

    " Great storytelling within a historical event that still fascinates many. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 5/11/2011

    " Great Book about the San Francisco at the turn of the century and what happened during the quake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 5/7/2011

    " I read this for a book group. A little over-dramatic, if that can be said of the 1906 earthquake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/11/2011

    " A little fiction mixed into a catastrophic event. Full of local flavor, historical details, and larger than life real characters. The story was more romanticized than I cared for, but at least the author had a dynamic and independent heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosie | 4/7/2011

    " lots of history
    though it is fiction, it told alot about political corruption right around the time of the big earthquake "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/22/2011

    " Loved it! Cleverly written. Lots of suspense. Excellent characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 1/5/2011

    " This was a great piece of historical fiction - makes me really want to see a museum exhibit on the devastation of the earthquake and fire so that I can really see what happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/17/2010

    " This was another free audiobook download from the library. The beginning was interesting but the second half seemed to drag on and on and on and on...am giving it a 3-. In fairness, however, I have to admit I'm not crazy about audio books; I seem to quickly tire of the reader's voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/2/2010

    " Really great historical fiction on San Francisco. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenajo | 8/7/2010

    " Loved this book. Annalisa Passarelli, one of the main character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 8/4/2010

    " kept my interest! can't wait for the movie... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 6/23/2010

    " Well written ficiotnalized account of San Fransico earthquake "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant | 6/8/2010

    " Read it in college. History of San Francisco class. Good historical fiction if you are into that stuff. "

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