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
Eclectic is a verb
Authentic, Historic, Personalities
Mrs. Roebling comes across as perhaps the most able person in the story.
It was very fitting to the book style.
I am amazed by some of the things they decided to try, working with the limited knowledge of the time. The discussion of men working under pressurized air in truly terrible conditions was quite moving.
I like the way McCullough weaves in not just the story of the building of the bridge, but also a great deal of historical context and other events happening at the same time.
Excellent story and reading, but really long on the details, such as the biographies of a lot of engineers, politicians, and businessmen involved with the bridge. Also an hour by hour description of what went on in the caissons beneath the East River. But I listened to every word.
to read the actual book may have been more engaging
it was simply to tedious to follow on audio for me.
he was fine.
i'm sure there's lots of redeeming qualities about this book including the historical context presented.
It's a long book, but it doesn't wander or get lost in its own prose. You get the history of the political machinations that existed in the background, the history of Brooklyn, New York, and all things relevant that made the bridge not just a fantastic feat of engineering for the day, but quite an accomplishment for all of the difficult people and circumstances involved.
Boss Tweed, world renowned engineers, the Gilded Age, etc. The story is very broad but easy to read.
Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.
This is a great, interesting book that I highly recommend. One tip for listeners: If you're finding the narration painfully slow, as I did, if you knock it up to 1.5 speed, it completely fixes the problem without a noticeable change in the tone. In fact, I'd forget I'd sped it up until the changes in download segments, when the 'this is audible' announcements and the like sounded cartoonish. Nelson Runger is SLOOOOW, but that fix took care of it.
If you're a fan of good histories that provide a rich background, you'll love this book. The corruption and colorful nature of New York politics in that era, the amazing engineering and construction feat that building this bridge represented with the technologies available at the time . . . if you're not impressed, you weren't paying attention.
Well worth the credit--hours of entertainment.