One star deducted from performance because Brick mispronounced the town names Wilmette (soft I, soft E, silent final E) and Calumet (soft A, hard U, soft E) . I am a Chicagoan and it was a little distracting.
That aside, Brick read the story with a voice that has a tone of the classical, as if transported from and earlier time in America. Larson interweaves the stories of the fair, its planners, a serial killer, and a madman with grace and vivid description.
I found an interest in architecture I've never felt and mental images of the Columbian Expedition that I didn't realize existed.
It is broken up into 263 chapters of approximately 3-4 minutes each.
another good listen. the history involved is amazing g and the names that come out is equally amazing. I had no idea that Ferris, Otis, and others were names of the men who created something originally.
it also shows that it takes a great deal of work and effort to create something grand, and people who a certain something to do it. very enjoyable.
Just because more details are available doesn't mean they are necessary and/or even helpful. I understand wanting to present a thorough picture for reader, but reciting menus & repeating descriptions doesn't accomplish that. In my mind, there has to be a balance between important details and unimportant details. This was a very interesting story but I feel it was drawn out too long.
The author presents the two sides of industrialization and civilization - paralleling the best and worst humanity can achieve. The narrator's voice suits the time period and makes it all feel like a radio drama. His performance and the story aren't anything mind-blowing, but both are very solid and entertaining.
Not a novel, more a detailed history. I couldn't get past the first hour, and after reading some reviews it seems I wasn't alone. Intriguing premise, but written like a terrible history book. The audible performance was good, not the narrators fault at all.
The HH Holmes case and a side by side exploration with the World's Fair created such an interesting context for this story. I really enjoyed it.
highly recommend this book. love the way the author weaves all the events without it seeming forced and still holds true to historical facts. I also like the summary the author provides at the end justifying his source of information. great book. get the full version not the abridged. it's worth it.
Romantic suspense author of SEAL OF HONOR and WILDE NIGHTS IN PARADISE.
Two things annoyed me about this book. There are a lot of repeated lines by the narrator and the extensive menus the author chose to include in the story. The story doesn't delve as deeply into the story f H. H. Holmes as I expected, and focuses mostly on the building of the fair.
Bought this book because it has great reviews and is claimed to be the definitive work on H.H. I've never trudged through a more boring book in my life - contains over 13 hours of exposition about Ferris wheels and Victorian landscaping. I don't think I know anyone who I would recommend this book to. This isn't a book about H.H. Holmes, it's a book about the World's Fair.
At some point I struggled to finish. The story is good but the mechanical transition between characters leaves something to be desired. I enjoyed the tale but would only suggest it for those truly looking to delve into the turn of the century chicago in excruciating detail.