Wilbur and Orville

  • by Fred Howard
  • Narrated by Larry McKeever
  • 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Wrights' longest flight in 1903 covered 852 feet and lasted 59 seconds. In 1905, Wilbur flew 24 miles in 38 minutes and the issue was no longer how to fly but how to cash in. Their effort to exploit their invention is a suspense story of the best kind; their voyage into flight and into American history is a gripping tale from takeoff to landing.


What the Critics Say

"Commendably, Howard describes the technical features of their work in a fashion quite comprehensible to lay readers. A fine job." (Publishers Weekly)


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Interesting but not hard to put down...

I applaud Fred Howard's book for its research and its tenacity. However, it took me a long, long time to get through it. What drudgery. I love history, and am sure I learned a lot by reading this tome. However, the man I admire the most is narrator Larry McKeever. How he managed to read this entire work is a marvel. I recommend this biography to anyone who has an absolute fascination with flight, with Dayton, with Kitty Hawk, etc., but be forewarned that it will take you places you'll wonder why you went. I used to read The Doctors Mayo to put me to sleep during the ten years of my advanced education. This book would have worked even better.
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- James "Retired Clergy. PhD in Comparative Religion. Enjoying retirement of golf, motorcycling, model railroading, gardening, and reading."

Superb account of the Wright's lives an impact

I'm at a loss where to begin to describe how much I enjoyed this book.
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- Amazon Customer "Cassie"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books