With great narrative style by the author and the excellent reading by Edward Hermann, this is a fascinating history of the Johnstown Flood. With so many first person accounts you are drawn into the people of the city and surrounding hamlets. I finished listening to the book and headed to the internet to look at photos and read what is online!
I knew nothing about this flood, other than the name. It was a fascinating look at one of our largest man-made disasters. A truly tragic tale, but filled with heroic people, as well as interesting looks at historical figures. I wanted to listen each day, wondering how certain people were going to get out of this disaster. Learned a lot and was entertained - that's a good book!
Inventor with successful invention. Listen to my books while at the gym. Good for my brain!
Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
A recent visit to the flood museum (in the city of Johnstown) and the US Park Service Flood Memorial (at the South Fork Dam Site) piqued my interest in re-visiting the book after many years. Why is the museum in Johnstown avidly anti-sportman's club (after all, Andrew Carnagie donated the building that houses the museum) while the Memorial on the hillside by the dam much more sympathetic to the club men? McCullough is objective yet somehow understanding of the very human traits that created this tragedy. Backround information detailed, interesting and essential to the story. The narrator was great but obviously not native to PA - I had trouble understand some of the place and people names he was referring to. A chilling tale of man vs. nature that sadly keeps repeating itself.
This is my third book by McCullough and each one has been wonderful. Though not classics, his historical books provide an exceptional look at history while understanding the people and times. He has an excellent ability to weave historical details, character analysis, and politics in an entertaining and enjoyable manner. I finished listening to the book feeling as though I had been an eye witness and enjoyed every minute of the journey. Nice audible version, Hermann does a great job.
I couldn't stop listening to this book. The writing is so compelling, the narration so vivid, that I felt like I could actually see the action that is being described. Such a tragedy.
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
I'm a huge fan of David McCullough. I think he is the best historian of all times. I've read most of his books about our past times, but something is missing in "The Johnstown Flood." Maybe I've been reading too many books on history or maybe I bought the wrong book, but the Johnstown's story didn't felt the same from other writing from McCullough. The story just felt short of nitty gritty details that I expect from this author.
This book felt very short. "The Johnstown Flood" is the shortest book in David McCullough's collection. Usually when reading his books, you will listen at least 20 hours or much longer of specific facts, but Johnstown is barely over 9 hours.
I thought that I bought the abridge version of the audiobook by mistake.
I rarely complain about a reader, but this one is just too sing-songy for my tastes. I find him very distracting. He sometimes hits 5 or 6 notes in a sentence and as many as 4 in a single ord. Almost all his words end in a changed note. I do like the book very much, but am having a hard time enjoying it for this reason.