I really was disappointing by this book, the story was so much more about the building of the fair than of HH Holmes. I think it would make a good movie, because you could more easily see both story lines and how they tied to together.
Ok I can see how this book would appeal to history buffs. I was more interested in the serial killer story but the majority of the story was spent discussing the building of the world's fair.
Interesting in its own right but not for me. With that being said the research this book took is apparent. The narration was well done.
The book seemed to be two different stories. I see what the author was trying to do, but the flow never really developed. Still, there were lots of good historical nuggets.
My first nonfiction book in quite some time, very interesting account of the worlds fair, but unfortunately not enough info exists about the 'devil' in the white city to really flush out that story enough to be intriguing. More like a story about the worlds fair than anything else.
Absolutely. It was fascinating and I learned so much. Larsen never fails to disappoint with his extensive, meticulous research of his subject, and in the way he manages to bring dry historical fact to life on the page. Brick's narration style is absolutely perfect for nonfiction-easy to listen to, neither monotonous nor overly dramatic, and nicely paced.
This book is a well-researched true story. I learned a lot about the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, the events, and personalities that were involved..
This book fulfilled the interests of two of my favorite topics to read about: history and serial killers
Janis in Oregon
Yes. This is yet another non-fiction thriller by Erik Larson; well researched, well written, suspenseful, informative, and an eye-opening narrative on a moment in history that has long been neglected and often misrepresented. This book is simply outstanding. The listener knows that the Lusitania is sunk, yet the suspense that is built-up and the listener's interest that is garnered is astonishing. An amazing literary feat.
I think the clarity of the story, the players, and the events enriched my feeble knowledge of the sinking of the Lusitania. High School and College textbooks of my time did not dwell on these events with more than a page or two in rather dully presented scholarly tomes.
I don't know that there was a specific character. Scott Brick's talented narration of non-fiction is legion. His voice is moderated throughout so that my mind does not wander off, nor does it annoy the listener. He has a great medium voice that resonates well, not too fast, not boring.
No. It is a long narrative and I planned on a number of sessions to complete my listening. I chose to listen to this book while on a 2-week cruise around New Zealand and Australia; it lent an edginess to the cruise for sure.
This is my third, and so far, the best of the Erik Larson books. Usually he does a two-layer narrative that alternatively builds in excitement. In Dead Wake, there are really three layers - the sinking of the Lusitania and what led up to it, the emerging war in Europe exposing the German aggression, and lastly, President Wilson, recently widowed, who finds a new love - distracting him from his real role as the leader of the country.
There are many interesting tidbits about leaders such as Churchill, who probably ignored the dangers to the Lusitania hoping to get America into the war. Then Churchill set out to blame the captain of the ship rather than reveal the secret maneuvering by him and his council that assisted in the sinking and high level of fatalities. Lots of feet of clay out there.
As this is such a long book, this should not be surprising, however the book often drags and drags and anybody who obtains the book solely for the learning of Holmes will be disappointed as their is a great deal more time spent on the fair.
The performance is lacking, with the reader repeating lines a multitude of times, and just not hitting the tone that would keep readers interested for the story more so than for the information it gives
In short, good for history buffs who wish to learn more about Chicago and the American way of life in the late 1800s, but otherwise the tale isn't anything that can't be summed up in much less than 16hrs.
The story was interesting and the writing and language beautiful but it was all a bit too much and too lengthy. I fully realize this is my personal, non-expert opinion but I found it to be a very average book.