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Author: Jenna Russell, Scott Helman Narrator: Jim Frangione Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9780698162433
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The full story of the Boston Marathon bombing, the hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, and a city's brave response to terror--drawing from Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the story in The Boston Globe.


When two bombs exploded at the densely crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, the whole world watched in shock as the story unfolded. First, the death toll and life-altering injuries. Next, the identification of the suspects—Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev—and the tense manhunt that brought Boston to a standstill. And, finally, the courageous and inspiring recovery of a wounded American city.

 Long Mile Home is the riveting tale of that tragic, surreal, and ultimately inspiring week. Boston Globe journalists Scott Helman and Jenna Russell tell the full story through the eyes of five principal characters—a police officer, a lost daughter, a determined survivor, a trauma surgeon, and the marathon director—tracing the paths that brought them to a tragic intersection with two murderous brothers on that infamous day in April. Including never-before-told stories, unexpected revelations, and unforgettable moments of heroism and humanity, Long Mile Home is both an absorbing, action-packed narrative and a lasting tribute to the bravery and resiliency of the Boston community.

With a New Afterword by the Authors

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting piece of journalism and an exceptional tribute to a great American city.”

    USA Today

  • “The account by two Boston Globe reporters, Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, succeeds in every way. It is a harrowing narrative of the events and a behind-the-scenes look at the public officials and everyday people forever changed by the attack. It is also a portrait of a major American city, its psyche, and the distance runners who consider the race a sacred rite.”

    Washington Post

  • “We all know about those fifteen seconds near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon when all hell broke loose. What we need to know is what happened in the week before and after the bombings. Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell now tell this story of the sudden transformation of euphoria and horror and the aftermath of events that killed four people and injured hundreds. A Barnes & Noble editor’s recommendation.”

    Barnes&, editorial review

  • “More gripping than a mystery novel, has more deeply drawn characters than a literary novel, and is enriched by the details of a history book.”

    Associated Press

  • “A wonderful work of narrative journalism.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “A compelling and comprehensive narrative woven together from five different perspectives, the title includes a sixth: that of the bombers and their family. It tells the definitive story of the event, starting before the bombings and covering through to their aftermath. Despite the multitude of sources drawn upon, the writing is seamless and riveting; the authors expertly place the reader in the center of the action.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “With a tone that owes more to breathless storytelling than dispassionate newsgathering, the book sometimes skirts the edge of melodrama. But the authors succeed in communicating an authentic sense of the anxiety and claustrophobia that gripped the region and the resilience that emerged from the ordeal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Listening to Jim Frangione’s reading is a suspenseful and emotional experience…Helman and Russell pack a surprising amount of tension into the recounting of the events, aided by Frangione’s superb reading.”

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune (audio review)

  • “A remarkable work of narrative journalism…Map[s] out the heartbreaks, dogged pursuits, and courageous acts of defiance that resulted from one of America’s most foolhardy and cowardly acts of terrorism…Instead of closing the book with the arrest, the authors tell the story of the event through very human eyes…Many of the scenes are heart-wrenching, but it’s worth getting through, as the book portrays a defiant Boston, resilient victims, and the determination of a community…Journalism that demonstrates all the arguments why we need professionals to tell the stories that mark our generations and a valentine to the people that proved Boston Strong.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Jim Frangione treats the story with the respect it deserves, and as the authors no doubt intended. It’s journalistic reporting at its finest, and the authors maintain a breathless pace throughout. Frangione’s deep, smooth voice is at once authoritative and reassuring, and his pacing and diction are excellent. However, his range is limited, which contributes to some lackluster passages. He does perk up in tune with the action, and, overall, the book is both timely and interesting.”


  • A Barnes & Noble Editor’s Recommendation

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About the Author

Scott Helman is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, where he has worked as a reporter and editor for over a decade. He was previously the paper’s political editor and a national political reporter, serving as a lead writer on the 2008 presidential campaign.

About the Narrator

Jim Frangione is an actor and audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and has been was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His theater credits include the off-Broadway production of Scrambled Eggs and the New York premiere of David Mamet’s plays The Old Neighborhood, Romance, and Oleanna, in which he also performed with the national tour. His film and television appearances include Joy, Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, Brotherhood, The Unit, and Law & Order.