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Excellent story and well read. Loved the historic narrative combined with the compelling story of life a few main characters.
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
I thought this was spendid.
Not only did the author do a superb job of keeping you interested but the narrator was the perfect match.
This book includes so much information concerning the Chicago Worlds Fair and HH Holmes. It is obvious that the author took his time to fully research everything concerning both topics to carefully craft this book
If you enjoy non-fiction you will probably like this.
I'm not from Chicago. I never talked to anyone who relayed any story about the Fair. I listened to this book because of the reviews. The worst thing about the experience is that when you are done, it is very difficult to talk to anyone who hasn't read it--about it. Its hard to make a World's Fair interesting that closed its doors before the memory of any living person. But Erik Larson accomplishes this. And does it very well.
Scott Brick makes any book better and he is at his best transporting us across the country to another place--forgetting for awhile that it was also another time. I don't know if I would call it riveting--but close---and I will never look on a Ferris Wheel again and not think of this book.
I loved this book, If you like history you will love, love, love this book! so many first inventions of so many things IE: food, buildings, travel, mentions of the Titanic, the great chicago fire, Jack the ripper, wild Bill Hickock, so much happened between 1893 and the turn of the century it truely is amazeing, and inside look at how people really lived then, super interesting, a great audio book I couldn't wait to go for my walks everyday so I could learn more about history and also about the story, which is true.I highly recommend this book.
This book was riviting from start to finish. A fascinating story that revealed some of the facts and events that have made Chicago a city filled with architectural wonders. It shows how architecture shapes our thinking. But since part of the book was also about a sociopathic killer at the in 1900 Chicago, but telling the two stories we get an experience of life in American from 1890 to 1910 that more real than anything I've read on the era. This audio was so good, that for the first time I want to read it again, right away!
I loved this book. The history of the Chicago World's Fair is fascinating - Larson brings it alive. I held back from listening to it for years as I was concerned about gory details of "the Devil" Mr. Holmes. No fears! Firstly, it is a small part of the book and secondly the author is not graphic about the murders except perhaps at one place. Interesting because Larson is beautifully descriptive about he architecture and the World's Fair experience.
Very well written book toggles between the horrific story of a serial killer and a fascinating account of how the Chicago World's Fair was conceived and executed. I could have done without the serial killer part, but if you like creepy thrillers, you won't have that issue with the book. I was mesmerized by every single word of how the World's Fair came into being.
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Nice narration, fascinating story - I had to go online and look up the photos of the White City as I was listening to it.
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
For those who gave this book one star...I don't get how they could. Over 1500 people gave rave reviews, so how could so many be wrong. This is a very well written and well read book. I love Scott Brick and I have yet to hear a bad narration from him. This book is an education as well as entertainment. Worth every one of its five stars.
always looking for my next 'driveway' book
This is one of those books I base my future reads on. My only critism is the link between the 2 stories is a little weak, time and place only. I would have preferred even more of his great writing be put to better use with a longer account of the independant stroylines into 2 separate books.