The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers

Audiobook CD - 2015
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On December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why? David McCullough tells the extraordinary and truly American story of the two brothers who changed the world.
Publisher: [New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, c2015
ISBN: 9781442376083
Branch Call Number: SCD B Wright McCullou
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Librarian_Deb Dec 14, 2018

After reading this book I really admire the guts it took for the Wright brothers to persevere and achieve their dream of flight. Numerous crashes, health issues, and having to defend themselves against those who would steal their ideas (and glory) all served to create a narrative with suspense and capture the human element behind the historical facts. I highly enjoyed getting into my car and listening to the latest "episode" each day - it was like a well done documentary that played out in my imagination. Of course, what else could I expect from David McCullough who is the paramount writer of these kinds of histories. I highly recommend this to anyone with the slightest interest in history or engineering or aviation.

Nov 05, 2018

Wilbur and Orville were an amazing team. McCullough tells their story very well. I usually prefer reading, but audiobooks are great for the commute. This is one that I may end up reading as well - it's such an inspiring history.

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!!

ArapahoeLesley 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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