Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
While I normally prefer my books unabridged, in this case, I think I would have prefered the less detailed version. Because the book is based upon real people with real relationships, I found that I got bogged down trying to keep track of minor characters. I also kept expecting that Holmes and Burnham would somehow meet. (An idea that I found intriguing because it is so implausible).
It's a well researched and well presented history, and very well read, but too rich for my taste in an audible book.
This is a fascinating listen intertwining the story of the Chicago World's Fair in the late 1800's with the tale of a mass murderer haunting the environs around the fair. I had hesitated getting this, thinking it might be dry and uninteresting since I live far from that area but it reads like a novel and a mystery and the narrator does a great job. I was drawn into the story almost immediately and was eager to listen whenever I could. Some of the facts about products developed and areas of the country affected by events of the fair were particularly interesting to learn.
This is my favorite audible book so far. The narration is great, the interaction of the two story lines works really well and there are lots of interesting facts about the construction of the buildings and the exhibitions at the world's fair. I just wish it was even longer!
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.