Extended Audio Sample

Download The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 Audiobook, by David McCullough Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,871 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: June 2003 ISBN: 9780743549486
Regular Price: $21.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.

Like his masterful, Pulitzer Prize–winning biography John Adams, David McCullough's The Path Between the Seas has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This audiobook is a must-listen for anyone interested in American history, international intrigue, and human drama.

Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_000446

Quotes & Awards

  • “A chunk of history full of giant-sized characters and rich in political skullduggery.”

    New York Times

  • “McCullough is a storyteller with the capacity to steer readers through political, financial, and engineering intricacies without fatigue or muddle. This is grand-scale expert work.”

    Newsweek

  • “In the hands of McCullough, the digging of the great ditch becomes a kind of peacetime epic…The book will absorb you…You won't want to put it down once you’ve started reading it.”

    New York Daily News

  • “[A] magisterial history of the Canal…The story of the Panama Canal is complex, full of heroes, villains, and victims. McCullough’s long, richly detailed, and eminently literate book pays homage to an immense undertaking.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Winner of the 1978 National Book Award for History
  • Winner of the 1977 Cornelius Ryan Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1978 Parkman Prize
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlis | 2/16/2014

    " Wow!! I loved this book!! It was amazing how for each portion of the development and building of the canal, the perfect person appeared in a leadership role. I learned so much. I would proabaly like another chapter on the Carter transfer to Panama. I was so interested in the political and business background of both the French and American attempts to organize support for the project. The biographical info was interesting. This was a great read. I hope I get to go there someday so I can see it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/13/2014

    " Amazing story teller. He makes you love to learn about history. Can't wait to read more of McCullough's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/9/2014

    " Ferdinand de Lesseps and the French may have had the idea to build this monstrosity of an international shipping lane. But it was Roosevelt and American ingenuity that got it done. USA! USA!USA! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Lovin | 2/3/2014

    " My tour guide in Panama called this "The Bible." Highly recommend before visiting the canal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 1/30/2014

    " You couldn't make this stuff up. It's one, long, astonishing ride! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankie | 1/21/2014

    " Excellent for the history buffs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Naff | 1/16/2014

    " I like David McCullough's other books, like Truman, but this book gets mired in minutia. However the background on the key players and the obstacles to construction are very interesting and it is a great history lesson on this achievement, but it could have been a hundred pages shorter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tetra | 1/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in history and massive engineering projects. The scale of the canal was much larger than I realized and David McCullough has written a detailed, fascinating book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/11/2014

    " He just writes amazing books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 12/14/2013

    " I so enjoyed the details of the building of the Panama Canal, but the politics surrounding it, not so much. But that's just me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Buddy Zarbock | 11/10/2013

    " A book about sheer will and belief in the ingenuity of man, the power of politics and persuasion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lell | 10/25/2013

    " I thought I'd love this since I was intrigued by McCullough's essay on the Canal in "Brave Companions," but damn, this is a tough book to get through. Particularly the middle section which is quite dense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 10/8/2013

    " A little disappointing in that it was extremely heavy on the politics and very light on the technical. "The Great Bridge" was much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 9/27/2013

    " The first 100 pages are way too dry but the rest of the book details the building of the Panama Canal. Some amazing accomplishments considering disease and the size of the project. They didn't know what caused Malaria and Yellow Fever when they began but later discovered it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elmira | 9/12/2013

    " What an amazingly thoroughly researched book! It was constantly engaging; very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teague | 8/30/2013

    " A great history of the building of the Panama Canal. It's incredible that this mega economic structure was basically built because of the character, personality, and force of will of a few key people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Cutler | 8/11/2013

    " Great book about the complexity of building the Panama Canal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Random Thinker | 7/2/2013

    " I read this book before taking a cruise through the Panama Canal, and it made the trip surreal. it was an incredible undertaking and today is still a marvelous wonder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 11/12/2012

    " Very well written and interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Bischke | 8/19/2012

    " I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read, which is not always an easy thing to say about a book of, essentially, history. But the story of the Panama Canal is phenomenal and McCullough brings it forth with great flourish and interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Blumer | 1/30/2012

    " I have always been fascinated by the Panama Canal, and David McCullough tells a great story. The two in combination make this a terrific book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarissa | 1/12/2012

    " Very interesting. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I did, it was hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 12/9/2011

    " I mean this wasn't a page turner(even though I read it really fast, by listening to it on ipod) but it was really interesting and gave you an idea of what life was like at that time. I feel better knowing more of what went on to give us the Panama Canal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/7/2011

    " Who knew that digging a really big ditch would be so interesting. I found the portion of the book where the French attempt to dig the canal to be great: suspense, intrigue, scandal, it was all there. The latter half of the book dragged a bit more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 10/16/2011

    " Fascinating account of how the Panama Canal was made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 9/9/2011

    " Another really great read from McCullough that gives you the flavor of the great men of the day and how they made the project happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devin Wright | 6/13/2011

    " great read on the creation of the canal along with all of the political intrigue, technical challenges and environmental hurdles that the builders had to face. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 6/8/2011

    " The history was given in more of a straightforward approach without as much feeling in it, or at least that is how I felt. I was on a McCullough binge and may have starte to burn out as well. I still enjoyed it but not as much as say 1776. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annetteb | 5/23/2011

    " A great account of a major human accomplishment - full of details about every stage in the development of the Panama Canal. For me, more detail than I need but still am glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billy | 5/22/2011

    " Got a little long, but a very good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 5/3/2011

    " Having been through the Panama Canal on a small boat in the early 80's, this was a great read to understand how it was designed, engineered and constructed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 4/19/2011

    " Very interesting book about the Panama Canal and Yellow fever. McCullough makes about any historical topic interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronjoseph50 | 3/25/2011

    " Have meant to read this for a long time--worth the wait. Especially interesting because I also just read Wedding of the Waters about the Erie Canal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 3/13/2011

    " Excellent story of the building of the Panama Canal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becka | 3/2/2011

    " couldn't finish it but worth another visit someday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 1/30/2011

    " An incredibly comprehensive tale of the building of the Panama Canal. I loved hearing about the French efforts and then the American efforts. What a feat. I love how McCullogh writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 1/30/2011

    " A fascinating history that seems to cover every possible detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.M. | 1/27/2011

    " I want a real, working time machine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 1/10/2011

    " OK... so I did not actually read this book. I listened to it an hour a day during my walks and whilst driving. DM can be better for listening. Nevertheless, I loved this story of the building of the Panama Canal and learned so much about so many people and the era 1870-1915. Superb! "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
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 Earphones and Audie Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.