"It is November 13, 1909, and the coal miners of Cherry, Illinois, head to work with lunch pails in hand, just like any other day. By seven a.m., 484 of these men are underground, starting jobs that range from taking care of the mules that haul coal to operating cages that raise and lower workers and coal to chiseling out rocks and coal from the tunnels of the mine. With the electrical system broken, they’re guided by kerosene torches—and come early afternoon, a slow-moving disaster begins, barely catching the men’s attention until it’s too late. In what starts as an hour-by-hour account, Sally Walker tells the riveting and horrifying story of the Cherry Mine fire, which trapped hundreds of men underground. Alternating between rescue efforts above and the heroic measures of those trying to survive the poor air and entrapment below, this tragic story unfolds over eight excruciating days in a narrative compelled by the miners’ hope and absolute will to survive."
Jennifer Jill Araya is an Audie-Award-winning narrator. Also an Earphones Award winner, an American Library Association YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Award winner, a SOVAS Award finalist, and a three-time Independent Audiobook Award finalist, she has narrated nearly 300 audiobooks. She also narrates romance and erotica under the name Isabelle Ruther. When she’s not narrating, she can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband Arturo.