Yes ! It was just so unbelievable what went on behind the scenes at the World's Fair.
Just the whole background on the planning of the fair.
It was so interesting I could barely stop listening !
One of my top five reads (listens) !
This book ranks pretty well compared to otherhistory books I've read. The author is not quite as good as David McCullough but who is?
Well researched. Loads of detail. A great primer on the exposition and Chicago of the late 19th century.
It was a good historical novel.
Slow moving, but always with a bit of suspence in the background
a bit long for one sitting, but I did go through it pretty quickly
There is no denying that this was an incredibly well researched book, but totally redundant. I get it. The World's Colombian Exposition was riddled with difficulties! I get it. They were all stressed out about it.
The story line of HH Holmes was much more interesting and stayed listening for his story.
The stress and strain that Daniel Burnham went through to get the Worlds Fair done! Herculean task!
Holmes! Just bizarre how was able to manipulate so many people! The Holmes murder castle is just the most unique floor plan ever built!
Welcome to Holmes Hotel! We'll leave the "GAS" light on for you!
This book helped enhance my interest in this era of American history (I have much greater familiarity with postwar history) and I found myself consulting maps and looking up various names as I listened. I could take or leave the serial killer aspect of the book, but found it interesting and (for the most part) effectively integrated into the flow of the overall story. The strength of the book was Larson's capacity to make the details of life in the 1890s come to life...the intriguing mix of similarities and differences between that era and the present day....and to feel some sense of the awe and attraction fair-goers must have felt when they visited this exposition. Civic boosterism, the fascination with new technology, and the bold spirit to create something bigger and more breathtaking than had been experienced before (along with the series of hurdles standing in the way of achieving those goals) makes for an engaging story. Great narration.
I had read the book some years ago, and I thought I could revisit it as an audiobook. What a great surprise. Eric Larson's masterful storytelling finds its match on Scott Brick's voice. The narrator's job is frankly superb, and lets you wishing there were more Larson's books read by him.
worth the listen
open day of the fair
factiods about the world's fair and origin of many household items
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
I tried twice, but it was just didn't catch my interest. A slow moving story.