Isaacs Storm was written in 2000 and is one of his early histories. It's fantastic. The power is not only in the description of the storm, which sounded like Katrina, but in the history of the weather service, the personal stories of the brothers, and the politics of the time.
The aftermath of the disaster in Galveston was horrific, worse than Katrina, and it would have been hard to believe without his detailed history.
I liked this better than White City, and it's as good as Dead Wake.
Great story. Larson is just so engaging and interesting. I love the tiny details behind a big story. Terrific story telling. Herrmann's voice is authoritative and at the same time soothing. Good, good, good!
Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.
It is not Larson's best, but it is a fascinating cautionary tale of hubris and ignorance, superbly well told by Mr. Hermann. .Weather forecasting is still part art, but science was only beginning to be applied at the beginning of the 20th century. It certainly tells us how fortunate to live in a more knowledgeable time.
I'm ADD and prefer to listen to books while I perform other tasks. My other tasks with this book turned out to be looking up maps, censuses and other references on the computer because I was so interested.
I turned this on when I was sick and went to bed to listen to it. My daughter came in and listened. We moved to the living room where my son came in and sat down working at his project. No one asked me to turn it down or to use the headphones - which they usually would. We listened through until it was done, enjoying every minute. Really, really good.
This audio book skipped over little anecdotes that I found important to the time. The audio skipped many pages at times but it was something to help read. When they finally started talking about the storm I got into the book. Lots of information about weather.
I had watched an excellent History Channel documentary (back when History used to do those) of Isaac's Storm and was familiar with both the story and Isaac Cline. Author Eric Larsen was interviewed in the documentary and I had not read his book. This audio version is abridged, unfortunately, but still excellent. As in the documentary it was based on, this selection is narrated by the late Edward Herrman, one of my personal favorites. His mellifluous voice brings the perfect balance of informing, entertaining, and imparting the human side of the tale. He was the voice of many of History's documentaries and a renowned actor, he will be missed. This is a gripping story of man's arrogance in thinking he can control nature and well worth your time. With Mr. Herrman's passing, we have lost one of the finest American voices. Enjoy his legacy by adding this to your collection. One of my favorites.
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I am a big fan of Erik Larson's but this book totally missed the mark for me. The other books by Larson that I've read were chock full of great history and well researched. So, that was my expectation for Isacc's Storm. I found it a disappointment in that regard as well as even the story which it seems should have been intriguing.
I just purchased a book about Wall Street Hetty. I will start it tomorrow.
The narrator was hum drum; no pazzzzz.
The story telling was well organized.