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The Johnstown Flood Audiobook

The Johnstown Flood

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Publisher's Summary

At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal.

Graced by David McCullough's remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing portrait of life in 19th-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of tragedy. This is a powerful historical lesson for our century and all times: the danger of assuming that because people are in positions of responsibility they are behaving responsibly.

©1968 David McCullough; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Ms.Taxlady 08-23-16
    Ms.Taxlady 08-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome insight on history!"

    Great explanation of how this could have been avoided. Shows how everyone assumed others were responsible for their actions when they weren't!!!

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    Julie 08-20-16
    Julie 08-20-16 Member Since 2013

    Very eclectic reader; tend to hyper-focus on an author until all offerings are read. Enjoy rom-c0m mysteries; history, bios, love audio!

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    "A tragically great book"

    Edward Herrmann gives a wonderfully nuanced reading... truly a very good book, vivid description, meticulously researched.

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    Dwayne C. Carter 05-22-16

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    "A poignant, heart-wrenching story."

    An important part of the history of Pennsylvania, and the story of the "haves" and the "have-nots."

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    Penz 05-18-16
    Penz 05-18-16

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    If you could sum up The Johnstown Flood in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, Interesting, Historical


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice became the voice of reason when it is obvious in the book that reason and intelligent decisions were not being made.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's too long. I also think one would miss out on a lot of the good learning from the story if listened to in one sitting.


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    Eddie38 04-28-16
    Eddie38 04-28-16

    Eddie is an avid listener of all sorts of audio books. He is a voracious reader AND listener. Not just best sellers, he likes to experiment.

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    "fantastic history"

    edward herrman's narration a joy to listen to. this story unravels like an unbelievable novel but also a tribute to those who lost their lives in the flood

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    S 02-20-16
    S 02-20-16
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    "Truly fascinating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Johnstown Flood to be better than the print version?

    Yes, easier to listen to, but miss the maps and photos


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just love history and admire McCullough.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a tragic story, no favorite scenes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not an option for me


    Any additional comments?

    This book covers a tragic event from all sides, full of detail and individual stories, a great book.

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    Gregggg 02-03-16
    Gregggg 02-03-16
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    "ho, hum"
    Would you try another book from David McCullough and/or Edward Herrmann?

    This is my third book of McCullough. The subject & story here never captured my attention.


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    Gretchen Hunter Greenfield, IN United States 01-10-16
    Gretchen Hunter Greenfield, IN United States 01-10-16 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about The Johnstown Flood?

    McCullough telling the stories of everyday people, and how so many people were oblivious to their actions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Relatively unknown event in the nation's history but devastating impact.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Edward Herrmann is my favorite narrator and as usual he was brilliant.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Another outstanding book by David McCullough.

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    S Caddell Grafenwohr 12-05-15
    S Caddell Grafenwohr 12-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Devil's in the detail..."

    Fascinating and tragic story, but heavy on repetitive minute detail. I always enjoy Edward Herrmann but found myself zoning out.

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    Chris Harrisonville, MO, USA 11-11-15
    Chris Harrisonville, MO, USA 11-11-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Technical issues?"

    A good read and an exhaustive study of the causes and effects of one of our nation's most horrific disasters.

    My only problem with this book is the occasional long lags (as much as 15 seconds) between some of the chapters. On several occasions I found myself checking my audio device to make sure it was still operating properly. Annoying, but not serious enough to make the listen a bad one.

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