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A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
A Crack in the Edge of the World America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Simon Winchester The international bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoavividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous sub... more »terranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.
In the early morning hours of April 18, 1906, San Francisco and a string of other towns were overcome by an earthquake registering 8.25 on the Richter scale, resulting from a rupture in the San Andreas fault. Lasting little more than a minute, the earthquake wrecked 490 blocks, toppled a total of 25,000 buildings, broke open gas mains, cut off electric power lines, and effectively destroyed the gold rush capital that had stood there for a half century.
Winchester brings his inimitable storytelling abilities -- as well as his unique understanding of geology -- to this extraordinary event, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake in the first place.A Crack in the Edge of the Worldis the definitive account of the San Francisco earthquake and a fascinating exploration of a legendary event that changed the way we look at the planet on which we live.
Unabridged: 10 Compact Discs, Running Time: 12 hours, Narrator: Simon Winchester (author)« less
This *could* have been an interesting audiobook,...but...the author, who is also the reader, is droll and I found it difficult to concentrate on his narrative. This is not totally about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake but a survey of geological processes all over the earth and and a more holistic approach to science that emerged after an active period of earthquakes worldwide in 1906. This is one of the only audiobooks that I feel is better in text than the listening experience.
Absorbing--but be ready for more than just a news account of the earthquake and fire. You will be learning about the 'new' science of geology. This is a good compliment ot Winchester's earlier book "Krakatoa".
Detailed and interesting account of the geological factors leading to the 1906 earthquake that destroyed so much of San Francisco and the human, social, political, and historical impacts of that disaster.