Hoosier transplanted in Virginia Beach who is a fan of good books and travel.
I had heard about this storm only recently, about the time of Hurricane Katrina, and really had no idea of its enormity. To hear about it from first hand experiences of those individuals who were there and survived it, was amazing. The book was well paced and read like fiction even though it was non-fiction, which is to say it was a very enjoyable story. It put a well deserved fear of the power of the weather in us!
The pace of the story was very effective. It built slowly, and then climaxed with the horrible storm.
We listened to this book on a long drive and it was effective that way, so yes.
Yes. I have listened to this book twice already and I'm sure I will do it again. The performance is done so well that you are not even concious that it is a performance. The story is captivating. The writing is well done.I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of listening to this book.B
The expereince of the storm.
Young or Palmer
The lone rocking horse. Yuno jumping into the water.
Yes. While this wasn't my favorite Erik Larson book I thoroughly enjoyed The Devil in White City. Edward Herrmann's performance was very good.
The storm and the story about it was good. I even enjoyed the history of Isaac leading up to the storm. It got a little long though after the storm. I really didn't find the relationship between Isaac and his brother to be worth telling.
Good voice and delivery.
Narration was great in the telling
Brought me to tears with so many people dying
I really enjoyed this short book. It was compelling and sad. I love Erick Larson's gift for making history read like a novel. This book was not as good as some of his others but was a enjoyable listen.
It was Like I was There
It gives such a visual to how Galveston before the great hurricane. And gives a good understanding of hurricanes and how much we have learned since then.
Isaac and his family being swept through the streets in the darkness from the rising waters was a very compelling part of the story.
I have since visiting Galveston and visited many of the places described in this book. How I would have loved to see Galveston as it was prior to the Great Hurricane.
Good, well-paced story about the hurricane that struck Galveston TX in 1900. There are some well written segments about the science of hurricane formation and movement, but the more compelling parts of the story dealt with the storm's devastating impact on the people and the island, as well as the early days of the National Weather Service. The book was written before the more recent assault on Galveston by Hurricane Ike, when there were more huge losses of lives and property, so it seems that over time we need to be reminded of the fierce power of these storms. This book provides that reminder.
Richard Henry Valdez
Great history book
The argument between Isaac Cline and his brother Joseph about whether to leave Joseph's house during the storm.
Edward Herrmann is arguably the best audiobook narrator ever. You get a feel of the world at that time and he makes every word interesting.
The storm that changed American history.
While a abridged audiobook, very little is actually left out. Some reviewers complain about the ending, but in real life, endings aren't always happy or dynamic. The history of Galveston after the storm and the Clines is what it is. This book is really about the hubris of scientists in the 19th century thinking that they know about the weather. 6,000 people died because some people thought that a hurricane couldn't seriously threaten Galveston, they were wrong.
Wonderful account of the single worst natural disaster in American history. While the event is sad, its telling here is compelling. I guarantee you will enjoy this book.