I had been so interested in this story but found the telling of it very repetitive and slow- at 15 hours. The reader, I felt, put too much "spin" on the text and didn't allow much room for interpretation.
I was sceptical about how two stories, of architecture and mass murder, could be successfully told in one non-fiction novelization. But they are blended together wonderfully. Either story is fascinating. Together they leave the reader amazed in every little chapter. The reading is excellent too. Highly recommended!
The way this book drones on and on made me wish, for the first time ever, I bought the abridged version. No one cares about the exact details of every food menu of each formal event!
The author obviously did his research but WOW! Sometimes less is more.
I enjoyed this listen although I was under the impression it was all about Holmes. There was also a lot of history about the fair itself. Which is super cool but at times I found myself craving some Holmes to prepare for the epic moving thats coming out this year.
These are not 2 topics that I would have expected to learn about in one book but they are handled masterfully by Larson. I found myself listening with fascination to descriptions of the World Fair while also wishing he would switch back to talking about the heinous murderer in the other narrative. Conversely, when he begins talking about the hotel and the Devil who ran it, you will find yourself craving the other story line once again. This is perfectly written for those with limited attention spans but a craving for knowledge!
A very unlikely parallel story line that is pieced together flawlessly.
READ THIS. I have over 50 books in my audible library and this is easily in the top 5... top 3 even.
Attention grabbing and unrelenting in that quest. How evil can lurk within our easy grasp, yet do so imperceptibly. How someone like Holmes can exist and avoid capture for as long as he did, makes us wonder how many others are out there just like him. I know my acquaintances would undoubtedly be enthralled about methods employed by the good doctor in achieving his pleasures.
Detective Frank Gyer ... he was unrelenting and unforgiving. He was human and thorough. As an ex homicide and forensic investigator I can only respect and admire his unrelenting method of investigation. My regret is that I had not been as diligent and thorough as he was during his investigations. My hat is off to him and I bow in respect to his professionalism and ability.
Olmstead's vision for the "island", how the electric boats would shuttle visitors to and fro... or the programmed arrival of Columbus... with the Indians "chattering unintelligibly"
Sorry ... I cannot come up with one...
Pendergast was a very intricate yet elusive character. How he, singlehandedly, was able to effectively decimate the exultation of the moment, the excitement of the success, How his delusion led an unforeseeable termination to what many had seen as a dream. He still added a piquant personage to the story. A very enjoyable read.
I tried to get through the first chapter, then skipped around.
Dates,facts,quotes aplenty but no good story, seemed that the story of the serial killer was barely mentioned as aside.
I also don't like the singsong voice of the narrator, theres been a few that are very annoying
A book about John Roebling and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Also the very first book I remember reading : "The Monitor and Merrimac; The Story of John Ericsson" All three books deal with brilliant men with HUGE egeos and larger life 19th century Engineering Daring Do. In an age where the United States takes over ten years to build a building, The world Trade Center, that any of our predecessors could have done in a year or two.
He is easy to listen to and sharp enough to keep me awake on a long drive.
When the Impossible WASN'T!
I liked it very much.