The author's initial book still reads like a masterpiece. For most, this would be a magnum opus. For him, it's but one of a line of amazing works.
Enjoyed this even more than I expected. Hermann as a narrator makes the stories even more enjoyable. This is the second Audible book I've "read" with Hermann as the narrator....I will actually seek more books read by him because he makes the story even more enjoyable.
I guess I am in the minority, but I struggled through this. I was interested in learning of the story of the flood, but what I learned could have been told in much less time. The book lists so many names and places they become irrelevant. I did enjoy the middle of the book, listening to the personal stories. But then it dissolved again into disjointed facts. Finally, I just increased the speed to get through it. I wish I had used some other method to learn about the flood. I read a lot of non-fiction, but didn't enjoy this one. I felt like I was listening to a high school history book much of the time, with some personal stories mixed in.
Very well done documentary. Unbiased. Little known disaster, comparable to Katrina. Be prepared for a lot of bad mixed on with the good.
Wonderful narration of a detailed history of a very tragic event.
Great mixture of personal recollections facts and circumstances that caused the flood.
Narrative made me contemplate what it had to be in Johnstown before and after the flood.
McCullough always does great work, and not only because of meticulous research. He is well able to bring history to life, and Ed Hermann was skilled at projecting that ability.
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
The first book by McCullough that i read was 1776 and i thought it was fantastic. The second was The Johnstown Flood and it did not disappoint. His description of the dam breaking coupled with the narration created a movie in my mind. It was a great book and the narrator Edward Herrmann did a great job.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
This is the second book by McCullough that I have read. It is a very interesting account of events surrounding the Johnstown flood, which I had been taught was just the result of a 100-year storm. But still, I think McCullough can't hold a candle to Timothy Egan, who makes American history stories leap off the page like Indiana Jones, or something!
I do like listening to Edward Herrmann's voice.