I had no idea what this book was about when I bought it ... in fact, I only bought it because I think I would even buy and enjoy listening to Scott Brick narrating the entire NYC telephone directory!
It took me a couple of hours to "get into" the book ... as much as I enjoy histories, this seemed a little bit dry ... but then I got into the rhythm ... and it came to life.
If you've ever been to Newport, Rhode Island, and you've seen the incredible cottages of the "Gilded Age" or been to the mountains of North Carolina to visit the Biltmore, or even if your only "taste" of the history of the era was the movie "Titanic" you'll appreciate this masterwork docu-drama-mystery!
I've spent some time in Chicago, so the areas, buildings, and names were familiar. I've spent time there in brutal summer heat, and in agonizing winter's cold, which gives even more understanding to the environment. I remember attending the New York World's Fair way, way back in the 1960's and thinking about the amazing feat of putting that together ... and to interpolate that task back to the 1890's was wonderful fun!
I heartily recommend it!
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
While I normally prefer my books unabridged, in this case, I think I would have prefered the less detailed version. Because the book is based upon real people with real relationships, I found that I got bogged down trying to keep track of minor characters. I also kept expecting that Holmes and Burnham would somehow meet. (An idea that I found intriguing because it is so implausible).
It's a well researched and well presented history, and very well read, but too rich for my taste in an audible book.
This is a fascinating listen intertwining the story of the Chicago World's Fair in the late 1800's with the tale of a mass murderer haunting the environs around the fair. I had hesitated getting this, thinking it might be dry and uninteresting since I live far from that area but it reads like a novel and a mystery and the narrator does a great job. I was drawn into the story almost immediately and was eager to listen whenever I could. Some of the facts about products developed and areas of the country affected by events of the fair were particularly interesting to learn.
I really enjoyed this book. The writing was good and the narrator was fantastic. Extremely interesting topic. The only fault that I could find is that it sometimes dragged on in brief spots, however, I think that I am being nit-picky.
"The Devil in the White City" was a tremendously interesting book to listen to. It told two very compelling stories simultaneously, one- the struggle to get a World's fair completed on schedule, and the second- a dark and morbid tale of serial murder. I highly recommend this audiobook. The narrator was interesting to listen to, and the content was compelling.
For readers who love to learn fascinating information about unfamiliar events in our history, this is for you. The writing is detailed and the wording precise. This book offers a great look at what life was like in Chicago the 1890s. For many, the 90s were not so gay, apparently. I loved the narrative. For readers who prefer continuous action, page turners, this might not be the ideal book for you.
The reader was competent, but he missed opportunities to add punch to the writing. It seemed he was giving too much deference to the historical purity of this excellent book.
Are you intested in solving problems? Can you handle a little gore? Do you want to know how great minds (sane and otherwise) solved problems. This is a great listen but be sure that you are OK with lots of detail about building challenges and detailed solutions. I enjoyed this thoroughly as an eye opener to another age that led to so many of the things that we are familiar with today. However those of you not keen on building detail might find it dry.
Semi-retired ENT doctor who listens to books while making a 55 minute commute to work two days a week.
An interesting story of the world's fair held in Chicago in 1893. The companion story of a serial killer fits only by chance. The author states he spent considerable time and effort to make this book factual.
I tried this story because it sounded like it would be a good tale, and I love Scott Brick. At first I was disappointed, though, by the non-fiction style - "Not MORE about the struggles of the architects!" What is funny is that I told somebody not to bother with this one, then spent the next ten minutes talking about all of the things that struck me during the telling. It's amazing how many wonders came from the fair, and the impact it had on our culture. The contrast between the miracles of the "white city" and the horrors that occurred in the "black city" made this a very worthwhile read.