Maybe from Erik Larson as an author. Scott Brick did a very good job with the narration.
Death by Black Hole
He did not distract from the book at all. He did what he could with the material.
I had a reaction of more frustration and anger than anything else.
If had heard one more line about the plants and boats I was going to scream. The book is really about the World's Fair in Chicago with minor story parts inserted about H.H. Holmes, the book really does little to delve into the life and crimes of H.H. Holmes. The book focuses much more in depth detail on every aspect of the fair and especially the decorations and one particular designer. If you want to learn about the Chicago World's Fair this is a great book, if you want to learn about H.H. Holmes look somewhere else.
I read it because everyone in the world had read it and it takes place in my hometown almost near my house. And I don't regret it! wonderful from start to finish. I was inspired to read about other darkly historic books on Chicago during this time period. I love it when I read a good historical fiction novel then delves me even further into history. I say give it a try if you haven't because I promise you..... you won't be disappointed either.
An interesting story about the behind-the-scenes building of the world's fair in Chicago in 1983 and the creative and genius team that put it all together. Amazing!
With all the splendor of the fair, there was also a dark side. Dr. Henry H. Holmes was a serial killer who took full advantage of the young women drawn to this city for the fair. This devious killer was calculating and creative, interestingly possessing the same characteristics of the men team that orchestrated the building of the fair.
And of course Scott Brick is a fabulous narrator.
The story is first rate! Contrasting two men, obsessed with their passions at the same time in history, one good and one evil. The backdrop of the evolving city of Chicago only adds to the mystery and the shocking differences between there quests.
"Just trying to get by being quite and shy in a world full of pushing and shove." Former forest ranger, non-profit CEO, newspaper editor.
I liked how the growth of the city was related back and forth with the telling of the story.
I thought the ending was appropriate and tied the book up well.
Scott does a fine service making each character noteworthy
How Chicago "filled out" and made itself the Second City
He does an awesome job like always
fantastic book Eric Larson is a great author
This was not too bad. It felt like two different books. It bounced around between the World's Fair and a murder mystery. I enjoyed both sides and learned to appreciate the history of Chicago.
“Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.”
Larson makes you feel like you attended the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with its gleaming white buildings which makes the dark story of H. H. Holmes seem all the more sinister.
He makes you feel that you may have been one of his potential victims and could feel his eyes on you as you wandered the exhibits and were mesmerized by all your surroundings, easily letting your guard down, not knowing the mortal danger that walked beside you.
A book to please those who love history, americana, travel, and pscyological thrillers
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I understand why readers like this book. I honestly do. The subject matter is fascinating. Erik Larson focuses on the "White City" (the challenging creation and ultimate success of the 1893 World's Fair) and the "Black City" (the gruesome serial killings of H.H. "The Devil Is In Me" Holmes and, to a lesser extent, the assassination of mayor Carter Henry Harrison, Sr. by the deranged Patrick Eugene Prendergast), two sides of the city of Chicago at the sunset of the nineteenth century. I learned quite a lot. I was captivated.
I was also horribly annoyed. Constantly.
Erik Larson's writing style is maddening. He presents several parallel stories that on their own are absorbing and compelling, but he constantly interrupts these narratives with either 1) ridiculous flights of fiction (the body language of a given individual, or his/her thoughts at a given moment - things Larson could not possibly know even with the most diligent of research) or 2) outrageous purple prose (oh, the overwrought metaphors, and oh, his eyes had never been so blue) to heap melodrama on top of drama. Larson is his own worst enemy. He desperately needed an editor to tell him when to stop. Imagine watching a serious and challenging documentary that at random times is interrupted and derailed by the most cheap, inauthentic, and shamefully hammy "dramatic reenactments" possible. That's what it felt like listening to this book.
Rating The Devil in the White City is difficult for me, because I'm quite glad I listened to it (even when I wanted to throw my iPod across the room, which was frequently), and I'd like to read more rigorous and serious works on the subjects to which it introduced me. I'm not convinced of the solidity of Larson's research, though - just his passing couple of paragraphs on Jack the Ripper contained at least one glaring factual error, and sloppy mistakes, such as describing Chicago's Magnificent Mile as the Miracle Mile (which is located in California), litter the text - but I am convinced that these Chicago stories of creation and destruction, genius and madness are compelling complements and foils to one another, and it makes good sense to see them in opposition and relation to each other.
Unfortunately, Scott Brick's over-the-top narration, which would have been better suited to a bodice-ripping melodrama, simply enhanced all the problems with Larson's prose.
I'm glad I experienced this book. But I'm very glad that experience is over.
I liked this audiobook. It held our attention and I learned a lot about the World's Fairs and the industrial revolution that I might never have known. The "Devil" is every woman's worst nightmare, a merciless psychopath.