Four star review, originally posted here on December 21, 2020 during a mass-review of pandemic audiobooks.
[DISCLAIMER: I’m catching up on months worth of Audiobook reviews, so writing this quickly.]
I could tell while listening to this book that I would have really enjoyed it in written format. Larson is of course the king of making history approachable, and this was no exception. As an audiobook, I got a little lost from time to time and couldn’t keep track of who is who. I also didn’t have time to stop and digest some of the heavier stuff (and there’s plenty of heavy stuff). Still, this book was great. To my complete surprise, some of the most engaging bits were depictions of the dramarama of meteorologists. This book, unsurprisigly, was pretty similar to The Johnstown Flood, one of my all-time favorite books. So that’s high praise. Just grab an actual hard copy so you can flip back and forth, reread, and let the tragedy sink in.