• The Great Deluge

  • Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • By: Douglas Brinkley
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-07-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

Regular price: $21.67

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Publisher's Summary

In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. Yet those wind-torn hours represented only the first stage of the relentless triple tragedy that Katrina brought to the entire Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama.

First was the hurricane, one of the three strongest ever to make landfall in the United States, 150 mile per hour winds, with gusts measuring more than 180 miles per hour ripping buildings to pieces. Second, the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half million homes, creating the largest refugee crisis since the Civil War. Eighty percent of New Orleans was under water, and whole towns in southeastern Louisiana ceased to exist. And third, the human tragedy of government mismanagement, which proved as cruel as the natural disaster itself.

In The Great Deluge, best-selling author Douglas Brinkley, a New Orleans resident and professor of history at Tulane University, rips the story of Katrina apart and relates what the Category 3 hurricane was like from every point of view, while recognizing the true heroes.

Throughout the audiobook, Brinkley lets the Katrina survivors tell their own stories, masterfully allowing them to record the nightmare that was Katrina. The Great Deluge investigates the failure of government at each level and breaks important new stories. Packed with interviews and original research, it traces the character flaws, inexperience, and ulterior motives that allowed the Katrina disaster to turn the Gulf Coast into a scene from a war movie or a third-world documentary.

©2006 Douglas Brinkley (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction, Abridged, 2007

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Leonora
  • Baton Rouge, LA, USA
  • 11-19-06

Unabridged version

I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and I experienced the catastrophic aftermath of Katrina personally. My best friend lived in the lakefront area of New Orleans. She had 10 feet of water in her house for three weeks. Her home and all of her family belongings were completely destroyed. Her home is now only a shell.

Much of New Orleans still remains totally devastated. Many areas of the Mississippi gulf coast still looks like Berlin after World War II.

This book reveals how the federal, state, and local governments completely failed the citizens of Louisiana and Mississippi after Katrina. Unfortunately, the incompentence still exists at all levels of government. One year later, the situation is no better than Douglas Brinkley describes in the days after Katrina. For those of you who are skeptical, just remember, it could also happen to you.

I have reviewed the unabridged version of the book and discovered that the abridged audio version leaves out a lot of facts that enlighten the reader about what really happened. I hope an unabridged audio version of the book will be released soon.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Way too short for a great deluge.

What would have made The Great Deluge better?

This abridgement is far too short. The Recorded Books unabridged version is 24 CDs long, while this version is only 6 hours or so. I like Kyf Brewer's voice and delivery, and Douglas Brinkley's book is amazing, but the editors sliced and diced far too much for the full impact to be felt with this version. I stopped listening to this one after about 1 hour and ordered the unabridged version used online.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

A good start

I lost my home in Lakeview to Katrina and the federal, state, and local bureaucrats. This abridged version of The Great Deluge is a good introduction for anyone interested in a clear picture of what happened before and after Katrina. The unabridged text offers a much more complete description as it contains supporting references. My one big complaint about the audio version: it would have been nice if they had hired a narrator who bothered to study local pronunciations. That probably only matters to a local.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very Disappointing for a born raised New Orleanian

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Reader should have learned the correct punctuation of the words. He was terrible for this book. I could not listen to more than 10 minutes. I was sad and disappointed.

What aspect of Kyf Brewer???s performance would you have changed?

His punctuation.

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

NO

Any additional comments?

I think for a city with such traditions and such a history the reader needed to be a New Orleanian to be trusted and read a book of this nature. I have the book , but after such a bad and INSULTING taste was left in my mouth by the reader I could not even read it. I do not mean offense to reader who might do a great job on something else, but this story is soooo personal to the people and their story should have been read by one of them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This is an extremely condensed version of the book

I would not recommend this to anyone, unless they want a very slight glimpse into the actual book. This was very disappointing, in fact I feel quite ripped off!! To give an example, when opening this book on a Kindle, it provides an estimate of almost 30 hours to read the book, this audio book if 5 hours.

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Exceptional!

The narrator was perfect. Loved the tone and pitch of his voice. He kept the book interesting

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  • P
  • 08-18-17

Wonderful, Brilliant, Consuming

Brilliant writing & a perfectly matched voice for narration. Not only wonderful storytelling to get lost in, but a factual account of New Orleans that more people need to hear.

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Music??

Good story and well read. Book moved through a description of the storm's effects and then was appropriately critical of the response by the government. However, the author also highlighted response aspects that performed well. For some reason, there are moments when very unnecessary music is played. Audiobooks do not need musical enhancement for the sake of drama, in my opinion.

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  • Evan
  • Honolulu, HI, United States
  • 07-27-11

Fun and interesting, wish it had a few more facts.

I liked this one. I wish it went a little deeper. I wish it got into a few more individuals and what they did. I would have liked to know what it was like for someone who simply got out in time and came back to find all their stuff looted and/or wet.

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The Great Deluge

This book was merely lines and summaries of famous literary works. Waste of money.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful