The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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"As he did so brilliantly in THE GREAT BRIDGE and THE PATH BETWEEN THE SEAS, David McCullough once again tells a dramatic story of people and technology, this time about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly, Wilbur and Orville Wright"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781442379909
Characteristics: audio file,rda
1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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garycornell
Apr 26, 2017

Amazing how the author brings to life to Wright Brothers. There are so many fascinating members of the Wright family that helped the two brothers with their engineering and manufacturing of the first planes. You won't believe where they first tried out their experimental planes. It is just an wonderful story of determination and how two men changed the world with an invention that people first thought was a folly. We owe these men the honor of making the United States the owners of the first airplane to successfully fly!!

AL_LESLEY Apr 21, 2017

Definitely a comprehensive look into the Wright family and accomplishments, this is a great book for those who love American history and flight. I hate planes personally but still found the Wright brothers very interesting.

VaughanPLDavidB Jan 25, 2017

My knowledge of the Wright brothers started and finished with the date of their first flight and the location. Beyond that I knew nothing, so all the remaining details were quite fascinating, particularly the inclusion of the stories of their father and sister.

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1aa
Sep 22, 2016

Another wonderful book by McCullough, and it was read so well by the author too! Sympathetic, learned, genuinely and infectiously interested; I found it edifying and interesting.

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FVReader
Aug 28, 2016

Really enjoyed the recording of this book. It is read by the author, who's voice lends to the feeling of listening to a wonderful story being told by one's grandfather, while sitting in front of the fireplace.
Unfortunately, I could only listen to half of the book as audio as my commuting/car time is being curtailed and I really want to finish the story. It's very compelling.
Am transferring to the print book for the second half.
I highly recommend the audio version.

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Mikogee
Aug 13, 2016

McCullough recounts the public spectacle of the Wright Brothers' early flights and their business negotiations to market the invention. There is not much technical detail. The competition among inventors is covered lightly, not with the purpose of defending the Wrights' primacy or defining their place in the history of aviation. I did gain a better picture of the time and effort involved in figuring out how to fly.

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kabulrocks
Jul 18, 2016

Really enjoyed this, I learned many things about the Wrights that I did not know before, or had forgotten over the years. I also checked out the book to see the photos the author selected to illustrate the story. This was the first book I had "read" by David McCullough, and I now have some of his other work in my reading que.

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PAUL MARSHALL--ST
Mar 07, 2016

Yes, McCullough does a lot of narration, and he's quite good. Where one of my friends lost interest in the book after the success of the invention was assured, my interest picked up at that point. The book does a great job of explaining both the background of the Wright family and what happened to the Wrights in later years.

PimaLib_JenM Nov 24, 2015

Although read by the author, which usually is a red flag (don't listen to me!), the narration is great. His diction isn't the most clear, but I got into the rhythm of it and ended up really liking his voice. The only thing I associated with the Wright Brothers before listening to this was that I'd seen their plane in the Smithsonian. I had no idea how long it took them to come up with a successful design or how long they were in the forefront of aviation around the world. By the end of the book, you really feel like you know the Wrights. I now wish I had lived in Datyon, OH in the early 1900's, so that I could have met them in the flesh.

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renzo
Sep 01, 2015

A review of a book deals with the text. A review of the recording of a book deals with the quality of the narration etc.
I won't comment on the contents of The Wright Brothers.
Mr. McCullough has brilliantly narrated other of his own works but at this point in his career, his voice has become week and faltering. He has difficulty articulating words and often slurs them. It might not bother you as it did me.

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