Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917

  • by Michael Punke
  • Narrated by William Roberts
  • 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the number-one international best-selling author of The Revenant - the book that inspired the award-winning movie - comes the remarkable true story of the worst mining disaster in American history.
In 1917, the lives of a company of miners changed forever when the underground labyrinth of tunnels in which they worked burst into flames. Within an hour, more than 400 men would be locked in a battle to survive. Within three days, 164 of them would be dead.


What the Critics Say

"Compelling if horrifying account of the fire and the trapped men is the heart of this yarn, its soul is Punke's historical contextualization." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Great narration

A historical telling of the mine disaster in 1917. A man's lamp gets too close to a cable, the fire starts small but grows. Told from a third party perspective we can follow all the participants includes those inside and outside the mine. I found it to be interesting and informative, and the book also details the history of the mine and the community. It seems well researched, but it also goes off at a tangent slightly by providing information about unions and worker rights and jumps around in time to 1914 then back to 1917. Listening on audio I found this confusing.

The narrator was excellent. He gives a straightforward telling of the book, as appropriate for the subject. But he doesn't make it boring. With a bit more editing and purpose this could have been better, but is well worth a listen.
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- Suzy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited