Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

Written by:
Erik Larson
Narrated by:
Richard M. Davidson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2020
8 hours 47 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The riveting true story of the Galveston hurricane of 1900, still the deadliest natural disaster in American history—from the acclaimed author of The Devil in the White City

“A gripping account ... fascinating to its core, and all the more compelling for being true.” —The New York Times Book Review

September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over six thousand people—and Isaac Cline found himself the victim of a devastating personal tragedy.

Using Cline's own telegrams, letters, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the science of hurricanes, Erik Larson builds a chronicle of one man's heroic struggle and fatal miscalculation in the face of a storm of unimaginable magnitude.
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Pauline P.

Extremely well written book on the great hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900. I found the meteorological facts add to the understanding of just where the times were in the field and add to the understanding of how this ugly truth unfolded. I know I will listen to this often, and I cannot thank the author enough for exposing the truth.

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Excellent information. Some I was unaware of.

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Glenn G.

I very much enjoyed those parts of the book that described the devastation of the hurricane and its impact on the lives of so many people. I enjoy the less the meteorological discussion that the book included.

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