Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I had not read much about the cause of the flood or what made it such a epic tragedy, so I learned a lot from this book. I was impressed by the incredible courage of many of the townspeople attempting to save themselves, their families and their neighbors, but also saddened and appalled at the callousness of some of the club members whose arrogance contributed to the immensity of the damage and loss of life. A real eye opener into those times. Very well read as always by Edward Herrmann.
This writing and narration really put you in the middle of the flood. So descriptive and gut-wrenching! Also, you will learn quite a bit about the class struggles, banking magnates, and feel of the times.
The author has, once again, delivered the goods. A great historical tale about a (generationally) liitle known topic. I had always known about the flood, but never the details. McCullough is able to deliver a terrific work that is hard to put down. Edward Herrmann, better known in some of his acting roles as FDR or the Chrysler guy--uses his unusual and instantly recognizeable voice to deliver a book that you feel is being read like a good story with important parables. His other reads are equally wonderful by the way.
He's always marvelous except this time. What a dismal story. Actually not much of a story. Just lots of water-logged misery. But Edward Herrmann is always a winner...and certianly not dry!
An amazingly detailed look at a horrific historical event. Narrator is perfect for this book. The book's apex is, of course, the flood itself, but the choices, actions, and attitudes of the people both before and after the event makes for an interesting look at society too. No higher recommendation.
I recommend this book.
Similar in quality to David McCullough's other books (although I prefer 1776 much more).
I thought the chapters before the were helpful, but seemed to drag. Once the "flood" begins, the book really picks up speed.
This was an excellent audiobook. I went to the Johnstown Flood museum several years ago, but found this to be much more informative (I'm sure a repeat visit would add to the book, though). Very well done. It can be a bit tricky to keep the geography in your head without a map, but it's still easy to follow.
David McCullough's gripping account of the Johnstown Flood is amazing work of journalism, documenting a horrifying event in American history. The stories he tells are incredible - almost too amazing to believe. However, I would not recommend reading this book before bed time. It's very upsetting at times.
Absolutely. McCullough has a true knack for telling history like a story that doesn't even sound possible and leaves you unable to "put it down"
I liked how McCullough painted the picture of the town and the people who lived there. He did a wonderful job of telling the stories of those who lived through this.
I have not, but I enjoyed it
Yes. It ended much sooner than I wanted it to.