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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (564 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Murphy Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436142090
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Award-winning author Jim Murphy whisks you back in time to witness the disastrous 1871 Chicago Fire. He depicts the tragedy so vividly, you can almost feel the scorching heat and hear the roar of the blaze as it reduces the bustling city to a smoldering wasteland. On a warm Sunday evening, a fire breaks out in a barn. No one worries about it—fires are common in Chicago. But soon a sea of flames is sweeping up and down the streets, devouring everything in its path. People pour into the roads, hoping to outrun the raging inferno. Their shouts ring through the night as wind carries crackling tongues of fire ahead of them, blocking their chance of escape. Weaving together accounts of actual survivors and historical writings, the author creates a thrilling book that reads like an exciting adventure story. Narrator John McDonough keeps you on the edge of your chair from the first flickering flame to the trying aftermath when Chicago rises from the ashes.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vivid firsthand descriptions by persons who lived through the 1871 Chicago fire are woven into a gripping account… Absorbing and riveting reading.”

    The Horn Book, starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 2/16/2014

    " Chicago fire - chapter book, some photos but lots of drawings. Older readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 2/14/2014

    " young adult nonfiction about the great Chicago fire "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 2/12/2014

    " An exhaustive historical account of the fire that destroyed much of Chicago from many different witnesses - it reads like a novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle LaRoche | 2/4/2014

    " Although this was written mainly for younger readers, I really enjoyed it. I checked it out of the elementary library where I teach. It was a real eye opener and a true myth buster. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 (NS)Jordyn | 1/31/2014

    " This is a very different version of the story of the Chicago Fire than I have ever heard before. It uses real accounts from various people, photos, maps, and artifacts to tell the story of the errors, mistakes, and confusion that made the Chicago Fire the infamous disaster it became. Listening to this book had both its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage was the way it was read. Listening to the various accounts of actual people who were involved in the Chicago Fire read with such energy were both exciting and intriguing. The disadvantage of listening to the book is that it (apparently) has a number of pictures, diagrams, maps, etc. that are (obviously) not visible to the listening reader. As soon as a copy of this book becomes available at my library, I will have to go back and see all of the visuals that were missing in the audio. Grades 4 (advanced) and up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharine Hawkinson | 1/30/2014

    " I don't live in Chicago, I don't know much about the area. This book is fantastic though. I was very interested in the topic, as Murphy's writing pulled me into the world of Chicago and its great disaster. I read this book for a college class, and did a report on it- my classmates seemed very interested in the book after learning a little more about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/29/2014

    " This is a great book to learn about the Chicago Fire. There are first hand accounts of the fire and vivid pictures that will amaze readers. There are maps that show the areas destroyed, and it will amaze children to learn this part of their city's history! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 1/20/2014

    " Accounts of the Great Chicago Fire, with photographs and drawings. A map shows the progress of the fire. Well-written and blended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Tarkka | 1/12/2014

    " Very informational. I learned a lot about the subject I had not previously learned about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/12/2014

    " great book about urban fire. lots of pictures and maps to follow as Murphy describes it. deserves a place next to books about san francisco and baltimore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 1/4/2014

    " This author does a great job with kids nonfiction. I'm going to see if there are any we haven't already listened to that we can add to our list. I never even knew about this fire, but this was fascinating. They all loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/23/2013

    " This book is so informative. The research that Mr. Murphy did, and information given was enlightening as to why this fire was so destructive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 11/20/2013

    " Well researched account of the broad scope of the Chicago fire. Nicely done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Halla | 9/26/2013

    " I loved this book. It was about the great fire that happened in Chicago. I would definitely recommend this to everyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 11/19/2012

    " A quick and interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 11/3/2012

    " Informative look at how and why Chicago brned through multiple eyewitness accounts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon | 10/13/2012

    " This book is good for people who are interested in history, or how it happened. It was a good book but, I'm not really into history books. It jumps around a lot, so I found it really hard to know from who's point of view it was coming from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boyd Dart | 10/12/2012

    " For Credit: I think this might be the first book by Jim Murphy that I have read but really enjoyed it. The use of primary sources helped to make the narration more meaningful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brindi | 6/26/2012

    " 1996 Honor "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A_Olga | 11/25/2011

    " Jim Murphy is a notable writer who writes with trusted authority and has been awarded many notable prizes for his contributions to the literary world. The style it is written in and the information presented is written for older readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/28/2011

    " Jim Murphy weaves together first-hand accounts of the Great Fire in Chicago in a way that is absolutely enthralling. This book brings to life a historic devastation. It's been a hit in the classroom, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 8/13/2011

    " Quick read. Great story if you don't know the history of the fire. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 7/6/2011

    " Although my children & I learned about the Chicago fire from this book, we all found it to be, for the most part, very dry & boring. How many different ways can you say that a fire spread? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanette | 5/28/2011

    " Another gripping read by this author which details eye witness accounts of the fire that destroyed Chicago. I learned so much. Poor Mrs. O'Leary. Great for later elementary and middle school kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/12/2011

    " A quick and interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 2/5/2011

    " This author does a great job with kids nonfiction. I'm going to see if there are any we haven't already listened to that we can add to our list. I never even knew about this fire, but this was fascinating. They all loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tia | 10/13/2010

    " Very interesting book! Great glimpse of dramatic history. I learned a lot and enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 9/25/2010

    " This book give the amazing and true accounts from four survivors of the 1871 Chicago fires. The fire began in a barn on Sunday, and burned all day Monday and into the morning on Tuesday. Over 100,000 people were forced to flee the horrific flames. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Halla | 9/23/2010

    " I loved this book. It was about the great fire that happened in Chicago. I would definitely recommend this to everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ma'lis | 8/12/2010

    " Jim Murphy's usual excellent telling of the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871. Personal narratives, contemporary illustrations and historic follow up "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Catharine | 3/11/2010

    " THIS BOOK SUCKS HE SHOULD GET HIT WITH A SLEGE HAMMER
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanette | 1/15/2010

    " Another gripping read by this author which details eye witness accounts of the fire that destroyed Chicago. I learned so much. Poor Mrs. O'Leary. Great for later elementary and middle school kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisalit | 12/1/2009

    " I use this book in my classroom occasionally. It is a really interesting and informative account of the Great Chicago Fire, with drawings, photographs, and true-life accounts written by survivors of the fire. Definately worth reading. "

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About the Author
Author Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy is an editor and writer with more than a dozen books for young readers to his credit. Research Mr. Murphy was doing on the Civil War inspired his book The Boys’ War, as well as The Long Road to Gettysburg.

About the Narrator

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.