I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.
I would recommend this book to anyone that has any interest in history and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Washington Roebling was my favorite character. Taking over for his Dad, and being in his shadow and to do what he and his wife did was amazing.
Nelson Runger did a very good job of narration. David McCullough is a fine narrator and I think Nelson did him proud.
How detailed it was and the history that was brought into the book.
Five star book and narration from me.
Yes - I'll probably listen to it again even after already listening.
Very well characterized the challenges in their day.
I appreciate Nelson Runger, but, I'm very tired of him. I've listened to him read at least 50 books.
Yes. The battle Roebling had with the worthless politicians who were willing to scrap thehim, the greatest asset of the bridge. Politicians always short-shrift the doers in the world - it's still true today!
I loved this book. I've heard almost every book I think in this genre - historical engineering projects, and this is one of the best. Highest recommendation.
No, too long but loved it
Very long but fascinating--David McCollough does great work and I will read anything he writes
As a reader, as a historian, I wanted to love this book. I even took it on a long flight. But the book mires itself too much in a narrow view of politics that could have been dispensed with (and made clearer) in a tenth of the space.
The book delivered on the designer and the design, and on the construction (if skewed a bit heavily to the caissons). If that were the whole book and the politics were winnowed down, I would have given this a 4. To get the big five, because McCullough is a good writer, I would have also gotten a lot more about what was going on in the world of the 1860s to the 1880s. Carnegie is in the book as a potential steel supplier, and the different types of steel are discussed, but these things were big pendulums in the world, and even a paragraph about the force and direction of that pendulum would have made this story connect in a vibrant way to a lot of history. There were a whole host of missed opportunities like this.
Not the big glorious flowing history that fires all the synapses that I wanted.
Excruciating detail hard to understand on a recorded book instead of a book with illustrations. Much too long and the weakest I've read of a wonderful author.
Not nearly as interesting as many other McCullough books.
A little livlier.
History, fun, well written
Felling to the correctors
How many bad people there where in the building of the bridge
A must listen!
Well, I love to read and I am addicted to listening. I like mysteries the best, but a good book is a good book.
This book is huge and the background part at the beginning goes on and on. Stick it out, skim it or just skip it. When you get the the the part when the father dies and they start building the bridge, it becomes amazing. The engineering issues, the worksite issues, and New York politics are fascinating. To many people I know couldn't make it through the begining, so they missed a really great book.
I am a safety consultant and the material about cassion work was fascinating. A great read for safety geeks like me.
This was a disappointment for me. McCullough is a master historian AND storyteller. This time, he is also a master engineer. Engineers would be in heaven reading all the details featured here, but some of the human interest was lost in all that detail.
I am an avid history buff, and a tech head--but The Great Bridge lost me about 3/4 of the way through. Frist time I have ever let a McCullough volume go unfinished.;
I grew up in New York City and had seen the Brooklyn Bridge and traveled on it many times, but never appreciated what a remarkable story there was behind the building of that bridge. In addition I learned a great deal about the history of New York City. I highly recommend this book.
The book and story is amazing.
I initially did not like him as he was so slow, and came close to sending it back. However the story is so compelling that I went thru the entire book which is an amazing story.
I will also say the the preface by the author was outstanding, and then having a below average reader to follow was disappointing.
I had recently finished the Johnstown Flood which was an AMAZING reader