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.
Semi-retired ENT doctor who listens to books while making a 55 minute commute to work two days a week.
An interesting story of the world's fair held in Chicago in 1893. The companion story of a serial killer fits only by chance. The author states he spent considerable time and effort to make this book factual.
I tried this story because it sounded like it would be a good tale, and I love Scott Brick. At first I was disappointed, though, by the non-fiction style - "Not MORE about the struggles of the architects!" What is funny is that I told somebody not to bother with this one, then spent the next ten minutes talking about all of the things that struck me during the telling. It's amazing how many wonders came from the fair, and the impact it had on our culture. The contrast between the miracles of the "white city" and the horrors that occurred in the "black city" made this a very worthwhile read.
I found the book very interesting. Unfortunately the reader sounds like Al Franken doing an imitation of a rediculous pontificator. Maybe it's because I recently listened to Lies and the Lying Liars (which was an AMAZING book).
An interesting book, but sometimes a little hard to keep wholy engaged in. Lots of facts recited from old newspapers and other 3rd party writings - strung together in such a way to make a whole story. Reminded me almost exactly in both style and substance of the hundreds of similar stories cranked out by the History Channel on cable TV. Of course without the visuals.
I downloaded this book because I am a great fan of Scott Brick and because of the great initial reviews. However, I find myself "zoning out" due to long winded repetitve descriptions of everything. How many hours does it take to establish that the Chicago project is going to be difficult if not impossible? First book I couldn't finish and first negative review.
I didnt think it was possible to listen to a book that was more boring than Isaac's Storm. It is. This is a disjointed rambling of unconnected, often times pointless facts that just happen to somewhat parallel the story and life of one of the dullest serial killers ever. Dont waste your time and money.
i couldnt get through the 2nd part. it was just too boring. you can easily get this book summed up by googling or visiting wikipedia on "chicago world's fair" and "holmes".
not recommeded. i really should ask for my audible credit back or better yet, the hrs i wasted listening to it.
This reads like a novel. Two parallel stories: the Chicago World's Fair and a mass murderer. I found the World's Fair narrative more to my liking. If you a Chicago history buff this is a must. At any rate...very well done.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
I'm still trying to figure out why Erik Larson thought putting these two stories together was such a good idea. Each could have been a book by itself, one a really good true crime novel, and the other a great book for people interest in 19th century architecture. Trying to keep up with the exploits of serial killer H H. Holmes, while being bored to tears with the minutiae of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and its creators, is about as close to childbirth as you can get. Each story is very well researched, although Holmes' story contains more about the events around him rather than the depraved crimes he committed. And the overwhelming detail of the Fair are more boring than interesting or entertaining. If you want to check this book out, save some money and get the abridged account. I actually fell asleep during about 7 hours in the middle of this book and didn't miss a thing!