This book was superb from start to finish. Great detail and historical research was incredible. Being a Chicago native, I was fascinated by the architectural significance that the Colombian Exposition had on the city, and the rest of the country. Not to mention the diabolical HH Holmes. Masterfully told!
I chose this book because of recommendations on Audible even though I was somewhat taken aback by the subject matter -- architecture and World's Fairs can be kind of dry and serial killers are a bit too sensational for my usual reading tastes. I'm so glad I took a chance on it, though. It's a fascinating book about a fascinating time in American history. While the two lines of the story may seem unrelated, together they give a very provocative picture of late 19th century Chicago society. It's a long book, but I was really sorry when it ended. I wanted the story to go on.
The author engages true scholarly research into an engaging tale. At times the descriptions of the World's Fair seems like a dramatic pause between the more captivating story of "The Devil." The writing, however, is superb, and the minor historical details--shredded wheat, alternating current, and more--make the story fascinating.
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.
About America's first known serial killer without any gore. The two parallel stories it tells are both great.
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.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I put off listening to the last hour because I just didn't want it to end! The parallel stories of the architect and the killer are equally captivating, and so rich in detail that I felt as though I could visualize everything exactly as it was. This was the first book I've heard read by Scott Brick and I can see (well, *hear*) why he is so popular. He did a wonderful job bringing this emotional true story to life. I wish I could give it more than five stars!
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.