Loved the history lesson... Great story and writing style. Enjoyed all the sub plots. Fascinating how the world fairs have so many a start and such notoriety.
Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.
Probably not since I'm not a big history buff
I might recommend it to my Chicago friends or people who enjoy historical novels.
Since there were 2 stories I would have enjoyed a different spin on the murder story. It would help separate the back and forth.
Since I live in Chicago I am familiar with the landmarks and some of the architects. I may visit some of the museums for additional insight.
It's very clear there are 2 different stories that happen to be going on at the same time, but that is it. One story is about the fair which was intriguing and could have been written as one book. The other serial killer story would have been more interesting if there were more character development within the story itself. As it stands, the book was basically back and forth between the 2 unrelated stories. Sure, there is supposed to be a metaphor there, but it just wasn't strong enough to warrant how it was written. Both stories on their own would have been intriguing and interesting in their own right. In the end, I think the author chose to tell it like this because there wasn't enough factual evidence to create the one story. This thought comes from something within the book that you'll discover if you choose to listen. Based on that fact, I can respect his decision to tell the story the way he did.
This rich and entertaining history tells the tale of great human accomplishment juxtaposed the stranger-than-fiction horror story of H. H. Holmes. Meticulously researched.
I really enjoyed listening to this! There was so much information regarding this era in Chicago history that I did not know. Intertwining the simultaneous stories of a serial killer and the Chicago World's Fair made for great storytelling. The narrator was very good as well whose voice seemed to fit the era of the story. Highly enjoyable listen!
This is a great book with so many interesting facts about the Worlds Fair and all the exhibitors. Tha madman is only one aspect that makes it more interesting. I think the story went into too many details, spending unnecessary time on them. It could have been told in much les time.
Any fool can know something the point is to understand!
Wonderful mixture of history and story telling. With the added contrast of creation against destruction. Vision vs greed and murder. Well read and well done.
I'm not typically a historical novel ready, but this was close enough to a murder mystery to keep my intrigued. I loved all of the facts about what was developed/invented for the World Fair, I had no idea, and found it very interesting.