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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,689 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9780743539890
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FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF JOHN ADAMS
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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • “After reading David McCullough’s account, you will never look at the old bridge in quite the same way again.”

    New York Times

  • “McCullough is one of our most gifted living writers.”

    Washington Post

  • “The impact of the soaring structure upon the American imagination and American life has now been measured with sagacity and style by David McCullough...The Great Bridge is a book so compelling and complete as to be a literary monument, one of the best books I have read in years. McCullough has written that sort of work which brings us to the human center of the past.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • The Great Bridge is a great book. . . . What David McCullough has written is a stupendous narrative about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, with a cast of thousands (give or take 100), whose major characters come alive on the page as authentically, as creatively, as would their fictional counterparts if one had the imagination to dream up such a yarn. Once again, truth is not only stranger than fiction but a hell of a lot more entertaining. Get your hands on The Great Bridge…This is the definitive book on the event. Do not wait for a better try: there won’t be any.”

    Newsday

  • “David McCullough has taken a dramatic and colorful episode out of the American past and described it in such a way that he sheds fresh light on a whole era in American history.”

    Bruce Catton

  • New York Times Bestselling Author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/13/2014

    " Much more enjoyable than his book on John Adams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/12/2014

    " Vert detailed history of the bridge building with many side stories about the prsons involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Labay | 1/7/2014

    " This book tells the incredible story of one of America's national treasures. It is one of my all time favorite books. I highly recommend this book. It's a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Nielsen | 1/5/2014

    " Somewhat long in parts, but overall I liked how McCullough told this amazing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Porter | 12/9/2013

    " Terrific work but then everything by McCullough is terrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 12/1/2013

    " Made me proud to be an engineer... :>) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd Johnson | 12/1/2013

    " Overall and interesting book but not one of my favorites of his. A little to technical for my tastes. Those interested in engineering or architecture will probably enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Finley | 11/12/2013

    " I loved the first half of this book but I felt like the drama ended once the caissons were in place. Nevertheless, I REALLY want to go see the bridge for myself now. A truly incredible story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tzer88 | 11/7/2013

    " Awesome book. Typically, I don't care for non-fiction, but David McCullough provided an excellent perspective on this. Fascinating process. RECOMMEND! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/18/2013

    " McCullough is an amazing author...yet another amazing book from him. It is just the story of the construction of a bridge, but I was into this book because of his beautiful writing style. I love his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 8/5/2013

    " I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I all most didn't purchase it. I am glad I did. I truly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lance | 3/9/2013

    " Execelent look at the history, polotics and engineering of the Brooklin Bridge "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Baxter | 11/1/2012

    " A classic book that both bridge engineers and others are sure to enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Kilkenny | 8/26/2012

    " Another great book by McCullough. Maybe a little too detailed at times but still a great read and a great mix of random historical facts blended with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/21/2010

    " Very insightful. Everything I could have wanted to know about the bridge, and the people who made it possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Carlson | 1/2/2010

    " This is a tedious read, but David McCullough doesn't disappoint by making such a complex and fact-overloaded story very interesting. McCullough is one of my all time favorite authors. If you like David McCullough and are interested in NYC history, then you will no doubt enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 5/23/2008

    " Relays both the political and engineering challenges of bridge building with helpful history behind the principals and principles involved. Learned about early steal production, wire manufacturing, effects of high atmospheric pressure as well as city government corruption and rivalries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Burt | 3/28/2008

    " I like New York and found this book about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge to be interesting. It was amazing to see the engineering and innovation that went into the bridge and also to understand some of the main characters that were involved. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn Broquet | 3/9/2008

    " A bit much to slog through, and it had to go back to the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jc Parman | 1/12/2008

    " What an engineering feat. This is a great book. The telling of the story and the way things were done are similar to how things operate still to this day. Trying to substitute inferior cable for good to try line of the pockets of Boss Tweed. This story kept my interest all the way till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 10/8/2007

    " I have to admit, I was not looking forward to reading this at all when it was assigned in a history class. Surprisingly, I read the whole thing rather quickly. The writing style is excellent and the subject is made fairly interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LDuchess | 11/27/2004

    " Learned more engineering than I thought possible. Even makes ME want to walk across the high walkway on Brooklyn Bridge! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alie | 10/28/2004

    " This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. The descriptions of how the men worked under the Hudson/East Rivers alone make this book unforgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 8/17/2004

    " Fascinating. And to think it is still in use. This is not a weekend read. "

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About the Author
Author David McCullough

David McCullough, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author, has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.