• Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917

  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-03-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)


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.
©2016 Michael Punke (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Suzy on 05-01-17

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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