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In the 19th century, the Brooklyn Bridge was viewed as the greatest engineering feat of mankind. The Roeblings--father and son--toiled for decades, fighting competitors, corrupt politicians, and the laws of nature to fabricate a bridge which, after 100 years, still provides one of the major avenues of access to one of the world's busiest cities--as compared to many bridges built at the same time which collapsed within decades or even years. It is refreshing to read such a magnificent story of real architecture and engineering in an era where these words refer to tiny bits and bytes that inspire awe only in their abstract consequences, and not in their tangible physical magnificence.
This outstanding audio adaptation brings to life the Herculean struggles behind the creation of one of this country's most recognizable and enduring landmarks. Herrmann's rich, expressive voice perfectly complements McCullough's stately language, and the combination of their talents—coupled with the impressiveness of the engineering marvel that is the Brooklyn Bridge—makes this a compulsive listen. Subtle changes in Herrmann's tone clearly set off quotations without interrupting the flow, and though this audiobook is abridged, the deleted segments are briefly summarized by an unobtrusive second narrator so that listeners never feel as if they're missing part of the story. While there are some descriptions of the 13-year construction process that would have benefited from illustrations, the production as a whole is superb. Listeners cannot help being moved by the grandeur of the structure and by the spectacular risks taken by the men who worked on it, particularly chief engineer Washington Roebling, who remained the driving force behind the bridge despite being crippled by the bends and bedridden for many years. Drama of every kind can be found here: political scandals, intense rivalries, extreme loyalty, a charming love story, heroism, spectacular near-disasters, death, illness and war. Once called the eighth wonder of the world, the Brooklyn Bridge still inspires artists and photographers, tourists and natives alike, and it is the only stone-towered, steel-cabled bridge in the world. In this excellent production, listeners will be inspired anew.
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Fascinating story rendered beautifully by David McCullough, as he reliability makes history come alive. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Karen Mclean
I loved his other books but this got to bogged down in the engineering details.Published 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
As a graduate civil engineer, I have a fascination with pioneering projects such as the Great Bridge. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Robert R. Batchelder
Fabulous book as is expected from Mr. McCullough. Not only do we the mechanics of bridge building but the politics and subtrafuge necessary. A thoroughly enjoyable read.Published 8 days ago by Richard H. Hanna
McCullough did not disappoint. Amazing, considering the times it was built.Published 9 days ago by Joe
This book profiles the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the engineers and their personalities, the corruption and bribery of the times and the overall culture of the late 1800's. Read morePublished 10 days ago by AGravitt
Excellent account of the technology behind possibly the greatest engineering achievement up until that time. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Tommy Teague
I'm a dedicated McCullough fan, and this is one of his best. You may think you don't want to know this much about a bridge, but the book takes you inside late 19th century Brooklyn... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Alice M. Rivlin