First, let me say that this story is amazing and interesting. I can visualize any one of these plots being it's own movie. After listening to this, I even bought the book version for my husband who was very interested in reading it (he doesn't listen to books).
The issue I had was the narrator. I did not enjoy him. I found him very boring. It felt like he was just reading the book to me, not telling me a story. I could only listen in small increments, as he was very hard to stay interested in. The story itself is the only thing that kept bringing me back. It was a struggle to get through with his voice narrating it. Maybe I've listened to too many other audible books that have a great performance, so my expectations were high, but seriously, I really struggled to stay interested.
Another small issue, could've just been a glitch, but it happened a lot, was at the beginning of chapters, he would read the first sentence and then read it again. I think it was the software somehow repeating, not that he actually read it again, but it got to be really bothersome about the sixth to tenth time.
Also, there were no chapter numbers to alert you when you were on a new chapter. You kind of struggle to understand where he is going with something and then you realize that maybe the words he said (in the same monotone as the readings) were probably the chapter titles.
Overall, the story was well written, and intriguing. The only issue was the narrator. I felt he detracted from the overall story and really I just wanted to stop listening to him. I could only go in about 30 minute spurts because of it. I listen to a lot of books while I work, but this is a book I wish I had read.
Just a warning, this is predominantly about the Chicago Worlds Fair and is fascinating in it's description of the historical context, people and events that surrounded it. People going in expecting a lot of macabre detail on HH Holmes may be put off by the amount of time spent discussing the logistics of architecture.
That shouldn't be seen as a negative though, it is a very well written book for a largely historical account and contains some very beautiful prose and structure, it feels as lovingly crafted as the worlds fair itself.
No, the scope was too broad, sometimes focusing on the Chicago fair and sometimes focusing on H.H. Holmes but rarely connecting the two concepts in any meaningful way would be hard but for a small niche of reader to grasp.
Yes, I liked the tone of his voice. I'd be interested to hear his narration of a story that I enjoyed more.
Well done narration of the book. It is full of important historical moments and inventions in U.S. history, including the people that made it happen. It includes not only the history of the Chicago World Fair in 1893, but also the architecture of it mixed in with happenings around the world fair that include the serial killer known as H.H. Holmes. It is a fascinating and well done historical novel, though if you are not familiar with a large majority of older historical figures that came from that time, some names that are mentioned will be lost to you.
Very insightful and well-researched. Highly recommended!! The transition from "normal" to sociopath was so smooth that if I didn't already know the history, it would have left me speechless. I also enjoyed the parallel universe of the fair and the characters who played such a huge part. With an extra dose of history thrown in, this is a great book and very well read.
Highly recommended. I love architecture and mysteries. This is a perfect marriage--and non fiction! Scott Brick is an amazing narrator as always.
This book was captivating. The painstaking detail of the building of the fair and the horrible murders committed by Holmes are when the book shines. It has its dry moments, the descriptions of food served at particular events is an odd addition, but almost everything else seemed vital to the story in some way.
Overall the picture it presents is extraordinary and the history is fascinating. It seems to be a mix of historical biography and true crime thriller, and both parts are worth their while. Also the voice of the narrator fits the books style extremely well and almost seems as if the author himself was reading it. Great book and, like the fair itself, worth the price of admission.
Say something about yourself!
Not really. It's too slow, although the story is interesting on some level, it could have been 1/3 as long as I would have still walked away with the same understanding of the events.
What ending? I saw the ending coming from miles away...
Overacting... deliberate... measured.
No, there are no cliffhangers.