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I've been requesting this book from Audible for three years and its finally here! It's a great story and a wonderful listen. I've both read the book and listened to this version a dozen times over. I actually put it on my iPod and drove through Galveston using it as a sort of guided tour.
The narrator is excellent. Highly recommended as a chilling story about a family fued, the history of the National Weather Service and the Texas Gulf Coast, as well as one monster of a storm. The Daily News in Galveston has a good companion web site once you've finished the book. Good stuff!
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This book in its unabridged form is a wonderful, informative and thrilling read. In the unabridged form I come to know the storm and its power just as if you are one of the people experiencing it. I was introduced to the US Weather Service while in its infancy and to Isaac, one of the services rising stars. Isaac becomes a flesh and blood person and Galveston a thriving port city alive with people and commerce . While reading the unabridged book I was carried away by the slow building winds and the surf until they become one of the most powerful storms in US history.
In Audible' s abridged recording I missed so much of the heart of the story that I do not believe I heard the same book that I read. I do not recommend the abridged version of Isaac' s Storm because so much is lost in this cut version. You will be buying a book reduced to well below its lowest common denominator and simply miss what I feel is the essential life of the book and all that makes it an impressive read. I highly recommend this book in its unabridged, readable format and am truly sorry the Audible book is a mere shadow of the original book.
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