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.
I enjoyed this audiobook. It was very informative, there was a lot of history about Johnstown in it. The narrator was very good also. If you like historical books, I recommend it!
David McCullough writes so well this flows like fiction. He is well-detailed, but doesn't overwhelm. Edward Hermann's performance is wonderful--he's so easy to listen to. I had known almost nothing about the Johnstown Flood and found this to be a great listen. My husband and I listened on a long trip and it kept us both engaged and eager to find out what would happen next. It also stimulated a lot of discussion for us. Would recommend.
Recommended...anything by David McCullough, in my view, is an excellent piece.
The details on how the flood moved down the mountain and the background on the decisions of the private club members that caused it.
Mr. Herrmann is the best reader I have heard
The aftermath descriptions we painful.
I am usually a big fan of David McCullough, but this book didn't have his usual flare and sweep. It is overly stuffed with details that don't add to the main theme of social inequality and environmental irresponsibility. The reader's flat delivery doesn't help.
I have read and listened to a number of McCullough's books and know that he can deliver excellent popular history.
It was hard to tell whether a different reader could have improved this text.
David McCullough's description of the flood and different individual's experiences is captivating. The narration is excellent.
If it's not the absolute best, it's certainly a contender.
The story unfolds in an excellent balance. It's reminiscent of a three act play: the beginning act introduces the potential peril of the South Fork Dam and the folly of its construction, Act II sees the dam break and the artificial lake sweep through the valley bringing with it horrific destruction, and Act III--perhaps the most interesting, believe it or not--provides an excellent presentation and examination of the aftermath. This is stunning, engaging history.
Herrmann couldn't possibly be any better.
I could read about anything that David McCullough wrote, or that Edward Hermann narrated. Put them together and you have a dynamite combination for an audio book. By far my favorite audio books narrator.
He's always marvelous except this time. What a dismal story. Actually not much of a story. Just lots of water-logged misery. But Edward Herrmann is always a winner...and certianly not dry!
This was an interesting story, but not a five star for me. However it was above average if you care anything at all about history.
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