The Great Bridge

  • by David McCullough
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1972, The Great Bridge is the classic account of one of the greatest engineering feats of all time: the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. This monumental audiobook, which presents extended unabridged passages from the book, brings back a heroic vision of the America we once had. It is the enthralling story of one of the greatest events during the Age of Optimism, a period when Americans were convinced that all great things were possible.
In the years around 1870, the concept of building a great bridge to span the East River between the cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the pyramids. Throughout the fourteen years of the bridge's construction, the odds against its successful completion seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives were lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project. But this is not merely the saga of an engineering miracle: it is a sweeping narrative of the heroes and rascals who had a hand in either constructing or obstructing this great enterprise.

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What the Critics Say

"The Great Bridge is a book so compelling and complete as to be a literary monument....McCullough has written that sort of work which brings us to the human center of the past." (Los Angeles Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Very Poorly Abridged

I love David McCulluogh, and this book should be a real treat, but it's marred by a hack job of an abridging. The great Edward Herman narrates much of the book, but when it comes time to condense content, a completely different narrator, of a different sex suddenly appears! It's extremely jarring. What's worse, is the knowledge that somewhere, a version read completely by Edward Herman exists, and Audible doesn't see fit to offer it. I would gladly listen to that version, but I don't even have that option. Get with it Audible!
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- Greg

Not as Good as it could be

The abridged version isn't worth it. Very disappointing and obviously 'chunked out'. Not typical of a David McCullough work.
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- Randall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2004
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio