• Dark Tide

  • The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
  • By: Stephen Puleo
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-11-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (2 ratings)

Editor reviews

One of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of the Century and Publishers Weekly's Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2005, Grover Gardner is the recipient of dozens of awards, and listeners will easily understand why. Gardner's diction is reminiscent of classic American radio and provides an evocative feeling to this non-fiction exploration of the molasses flood that overwhelmed Boston on January 15, 1919. The rough edge of Gardner's voice adds texture to its velvety sound as he describes the disaster and its context, easily weaving together the various elements involved, from Prohibition to the anarchist movement to immigration. Listeners will find themselves absorbed by this little-known catastrophe.
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Summary

Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters were playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like, "a roaring surf," one of them said later. Like, "a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence," said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window - "Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!" A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. The number of dead wasn't known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.
©2003, 2004 Stephen Puleo (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By Louise on 21-02-18

Incorrectly titled book

This book would more accurately be described as a historical book about Boston rather than a book about the molasses disaster. The molasses disaster features very little in this book and is hardly mentioned at all for the first three and a half hours.

What you are actually buying is a book that describes a turbulent time in history which features war, civil unrest, racism, terrorism and the race to manufacture arms (for which the molasses was required).

The book is written in the style of a story but it didn’t work for me because there are so many characters introduced during the first three and a half hours, and I found it so tedious, that by the time the disaster happened, I could not remember them. It would have been better written as an examination of the evidence, in my opinion.

My advice is that if you are only interested in the molasses disaster, you should go straight to part 9 and accept that there is only about an hour of listening to be had.

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Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 18-08-16

Don't Pass it by Because You Don't Like Molasses!

The Good -
The story is fascinating. I had never heard of this tragedy before finding this book while reviewing books narrated by Grover Gardner. The book held my interest from beginning to end and I think it was just the right length. That said, I like books more then 8 hours long because I feel I'm getting more for the money. So, I admit I'm biased in regard to length most of the time.

The Bad -
Nothing at all.

The Narration -
As I alluded to above Gardner is in my top five favorites so.....

The Overall -
If you like non-fiction, history and technical books like I do I would be shocked if you didn't find this book well worth the time. It will remain in my library for a future re-listen.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Andi Andrzjewski on 27-12-16

Too Muc detail he could not possibly know.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

calling it historical fiction

Has Dark Tide turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

everything

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Tide?

all scenes where the author purports to know what folks thought, especially the "thoughts" as people were dying.

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