Flight of Dreams

10 CDs. 12:40 hrs. Books on Tape. Feb. 2016. ISBN 9780399565632. $40. digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarThe keening eyewitness account of the Hindenburg conflagration seared an irrevocable collective memory: "Oh, the humanity!" That same humanity forms the core of Lawhon's fictionalized account of the giant luxury zeppelin's final journey by focusing on some of the real people ensnared in its fate. Lawhon (The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress) researched biographical profiles, the ship's manifest, photographs, film footage, eyewitness accounts, and inquiry transcripts to incarnate actual passengers and crew, interweaving awe-inspiring fact with suspenseful storytelling. In the spirit of Walter Lord's A Night To Remember, the countdown ticks away as the pride of Nazi Germany's fleet glides toward destruction, inspiring the listener to wonder: What or who will trigger the inevitable? John Lee evokes the gravity of a radio announcer in pre-World War II Europe.
VERDICT Fans of romance, historical mystery, and true disasters will be ensnared by this novelization of a real event. ["The clever banter, elaborate plot twists, and period detail will be appreciated by lovers of historical fiction": LJ 11/15/15 review of the Doubleday hc.]
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