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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,394 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Winchester Narrator: Simon Winchester Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D.C., went haywire. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims, one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere. Krakatoa gives us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant...One of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster.” 

    New York Times

  • “A real-life story bigger than any Hollywood blockbuster.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Masterful build-up of literary and geological tension.” 

    Economist (London)

  • “Krakatoa is a pleasure from beginning to end.” 

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “Winchester dramatically delivers...the book is absorbing.” 

    Daily News

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2003 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert Schwab | 2/17/2014

    " Winchester is an enthusiastic earth scientist who is also an excellent writer. I learned a lot about geology, history, and geography reading this book, and enjoyed the story immensely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise | 2/4/2014

    " Very detailed, maybe too detailed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Taarna | 1/19/2014

    " Informative yet an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gail | 1/17/2014

    " Another of Winchester's astonishing books about geology. His ability to draw in biology, evolution, botany, anthropology, and odd-lot obscure characters make this a book that will entertain you while in adds greatly to your knowledge of natural history. Highly recommended. "

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