While others were attempting to escape the onslaught of
Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Times-Picayune
metro editor Jeff Horne was wading into the story of this great
American catastrophe. With unflagging energy, the Pulitzer
Prize-winning journalist tracked the unfolding epic, from families
huddled on island rooftops and marauding looters to FEMA miscues and
missed opportunities. His richly detailed book brims with vivid
descriptions of individual rescue efforts and informed analyses of
bungled federal relief efforts.
The fact that New Orleans is still
recovering from the
devastation brought upon it by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the fall
makes this audiobook all the more prescient. Tying together both
narratives and an official record, Horne provides an insightful yet
heartrending and critical account of the events. The anguish and
Horne's words are magnified in Andrew Barnes's soulful
voice. Barnes's voice
also works well for the inspirational moments of this tragedy,
of which there are
Throughout the production, Barnes
energy and consistency with a rhythmic delivery that proves hypnotic.
words and Barnes's performance will certainly be moving to listeners.AudioFile, Feb/Mar 2008
The New Orleans Times-Picayune's staff
editor Horne) won Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of Katrina. Such
deserved, as Horne here demonstrates. His on-the-ground narrative
his ear for local idiom and his sharp eye for compelling detail.
various scenes sometimes swirl around in a fashion less organized than
itself, Horne connects the horrors of the storm with relevant
effectively. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Agonizing, in-the-trenches retelling
of Hurricane Katrina
and her catastrophic consequences. With masterful precision, Horne,
editor of New Orleans' Times-Picayune, offers an insider's tour
each phase of the August 2005 disaster, from the storm's first
churnings to the
final casualty toll, estimated at 1,100 (hundreds still remain missing
months later). The author's exhaustively comprehensive account is
profiles of southeast Louisiana residents who survived the tempest
(barely), despite an ambivalent city
bureaucracy that failed to gel in time to prevent the "collapse of
order" after the levees broke.