It takes a special writer to be able to fictionalize a real event in a way that complements and doesn't subtract from the true story. Lawhon says it was the people whose story needed to be told. Every one of the characters are based on a real passenger or crew member on the Hindenburg. Starting with their true stories, Lawhon imagines how they may have all weaved together on what was described as an "uneventful" voyage, and comes up with one theory of what caused the disaster. But it's not the disaster that takes center stage, it's the people, the relationships, the motivations that drive this novel. The audio was beautifully narrated.