This book was okay. In addition to learning a lot about a tragic natural disaster, the reader is exposed to interesting bits of intellectual/social history about the period. Certainly worth listening to.
This is one of those books where you see how one person's decisions can affect the lives of so many. And how those decisions can change the course of a town's history. If not for this powerful storm and the decisions of its founders and developers, Galveston might be much more than what it is today. Thought provoking. It was well-written and kept me interested throughout.
What a great book. Vivid imagery brought the day to life. The narrator was one of the best I've heard.
You'd think having heard about the Galveston hurricane of 1900 as many times as we have, it would be tough to make a book about it new and interesting. But this book is. There is enough history of Isaac Cline and of the US Weather Bureau to make it engaging, and enough suspense to keep you listening even though the end is already known. It's worth a listen.
Larson manages to make the inevitable suspenseful. He included just enough history of the title character to give him life and make us care. The conflict within and around the early weather bureau was also very interesting. This was a quick, satisfying listen.
The reader was wonderful; didn't have a clue that I would ever enjoy a book about the weather forecasting business so much; it was especially touching with the current tragedy of the Tsuamni that has just occured
Erik Larson grew up in Freeport, Long Island and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Russian history and from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has written for many newspapers and national magazines, and has published three previous works of nonfiction, Isaac's Storm, Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun, and The Naked Consumer. He lives in Seattle with his wife, their three daughters, and a host of pets.