Krakatoa by Simon Winchester audiobook

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

By Simon Winchester
Read by Simon Winchester

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12.02 Hours Unabridged
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Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D.C., went haywire. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims, one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere. Krakatoa gives us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event.

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A New York Times bestseller

A 2003 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D.C., went haywire. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims, one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere. Krakatoa gives us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliant...One of the best books ever written about the history and significance of a natural disaster.”  New York Times
“A real-life story bigger than any Hollywood blockbuster.”  Entertainment Weekly
“Masterful build-up of literary and geological tension.”  Economist (London)
“Krakatoa is a pleasure from beginning to end.”  Boston Sunday Globe
“Winchester dramatically delivers...the book is absorbing.”  Daily News

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Author Bio: Simon Winchester

Author Bio: Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa—all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006 Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire by her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Manhattan and in western Massachusetts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 12.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English