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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cherie Burns Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the night of September 20, 1938, the news on the radio was full of Hitler’s pending invasion of Czechoslovakia. In a matter of hours, however, a hurricane of unprecedented force would tear through one of the wealthiest and most populated stretches of coastline in America, obliterating communities from Long Island to Providence, destroying entire fishing fleets from Montauk to Narragansett Bay, and leaving seven hundred people dead.

Using newspaper reports, survivor testimony, and archival sources, Cherie Burns reconstructs this harrowing day and the amazing tales of heroism, survival, and loss that occurred. Those who survived still remember the Great Hurricane as the most terrifying moment of their lives. Burns’s masterful storytelling follows the storm’s monstrous path and preserves for posterity the way the Great Hurricane changed New England forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From start to finish, this powerful story of nature’s fury and human survival pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “While giving the story the respect due a historical volume, Fields captures the sense of urgency and loss that those in the hurricane’s path must have felt.”


  • “Author Burns makes this horrendous tragedy something the listener can relate to. We come to know the families, their plans for that fateful day, their names, what they wore, their pets, their likes and dislikes…Reader Fields displays an anchorwoman-like straightforwardness as she reads in a nearly emotionless, journalistic manner, a ‘this just handed to me’ style so appropriate for audio.”


  • Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ray | 2/11/2014

    " The book was OK, covering an event which was unfamiliar to me, and I believe is generally unfamiliar to most. The author tells the story through the recollections of a number of survivors, but the book wasn't as dramatic as I guessed it might have been. It read more like a series of newspaper accounts, factual, interesting, but the danger the survivors must have felt didn't always come across. Interesting to me, living in the 21st century, was the description of the lack of accurate weather forecasting at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darlene Grant | 1/3/2014

    " Wow, had no idea that this hurricane took place here in New England. 700 People died. Very sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bruce Hopkins | 12/25/2013

    " Since my parent were living in NYC in 1938 I was curious to read this account. Very graphic account of the destruction on the eastern end of Long Island and Rhode Island "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tiffany | 12/5/2013

    " So far so good. This is a good summer read. I'm only reading it because my dad was interested in it and let me have the book. Its not something I would normally pick up, but I think now I would give other books like this, with similar topics, a chance. "

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