Mark Twain wrote: Vast material prosperity always brings in its train conditions which debase the morals and enervate the manhood of a nation.
Average Rating: 4.0
The true story about seven ordinary women and one extraordinary event...
Summer is coming, and the residents in Joplin, Missouri anticipate the rush of freedom and activities that will follow: graduation, summer classes, vacations, overflowing gardens, family time, and plenty of photo opportunities. What they don't anticipate is the mile-wide tornado that will devastate the town on May 22, 2011 in the middle of dinner preparations, visits to friends and family, and graduation ceremonies. The tornado kills over a hundred in the deadliest tornado disaster in Missouri in a century and leaves thousands more homeless. In the face of this tragedy, seven women must gather their courage and hold their families together. Each will make different choices to protect loved ones and strangers and recover from the winds of destruction.
This book is organized into chapters based on time, starting at about 8 hours before the tornado struck. Within each chapter, one section per family describes the activities for each of the families. This is probably the best approach to telling these stories, but it does present a bit of a challenge to keep the families straight as the narrative hops from family to family in each chapter. Context helps, but it might have been beneficial if I had taken a few notes in the beginning. Overall, this is a very compelling memoir.
Jennifer Gilmour's performance is competent. She doesn't give individual speakers distinctive voices during dialog, but it isn't necessary. It's always clear who is speaking.
I can envision myself listening to this audiobook again and taking a few notes as I listen.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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