• The Path Between the Seas

  • The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 27-06-03
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (6 ratings)


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. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale.
©2003 David McCullough (P)2003 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.
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"A chunk of history full of giant-sized characters and rich in political skullduggery." ( The New York Times)
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1 out of 5 stars
By clifford on 14-10-15

slow tedious with little relief

hard work to get through. so detailed as to be dull. little in the construction or impact but heavy on French company structure. learned little about the canal from this. dull.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 01-04-04

Something for Everyone

A little bit for everyone: international intrigue, history, finance, public health, history, engineering. But alas this is an abridged version. From my perspective, to much time was spent on the politics in Washington to build the canal and not enough time on the engineering and public health issues of building the canal. Perhaps the unabridged version, unfortunately not available on Audible :-(, gave more time to the subjects I found of interest.

I would have liked to have seen Ambrose written on the subject. With his writing on the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads and how they came to be, he would have done a masterful job with equal weightings to all the subjects mentioned above.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Thomas M. Kokinda on 19-07-08

The Path Between The Seas

David McCullough's work should NEVER be abridged...but if abridgements of his work MUST be offered, an unabridged version should go without saying. It is a matter of profound wonder and amazement that this work is not available in its entirety. What were you guys thinking? Edward Hermann is an outstanding narrator. But I feel cheated. I somehow missed that this outstanding work was abridged. I would have never purchased it had I known that it was.

I don't get it.

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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