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.
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!
Don't you just love a great story well told?
This is NOT "fictionalized" history. As the writer himself says "Not a single word in quotes in this book comes from anywhere but a reliable documented source." (or words to that effect.) The second story (a parallel serial killer) is terrifying in how using his charm and good looks and twisted but intelligent brain smoothly killed countless women. This is a "MUST READ" book for anyone who wants to know about an amazing and very intense few years in our nation's history at the turn of the century when even common light bulbs and AC v. DC current (one had to be chosen for the "Fair") were new concepts for an entire world.
The author skilfully weaves together two amazing stories. I was completely unaware of the Chicago Worlds Fair, but after reading the book I was so intrigued I had to google it for some pictures (the only downside of audible books: mental images only). The depravity of the "devil" is truly mind-boggling, and well documented by the author. Narrator Scott Brick does a sterling job, as always.
I bought this book believing it to be a work of fiction. It is not. However, since I am a history buff as well as a reader of thrillers, I found this story very interesting, enlightening, and gruesome. The "White City" of the 1893 Chicago fair tells it's own tale while a handsome beguiler stalks the women in a method so thoroughly intriguing it defies belief. Scott Brick, as always, adds his deft narrative touch.
The content was satisfying. An interesting play between two parallel story lines: one of the creation of the Chicago Columbia Exposition of 1893 , the other the evolution of a charismatic serial killer. The flow between the two was well constructed and worked well. The descriptions of both events were both very factual and equal in tenor. I would look elsewhere for a thrilling murder mystery. Some will no doubt will find that the depth to which either story could have been explored was sacrificed to cover the other and vice versa.
Narration was good. There were a few mispronunciations of locations that would likely only be recognized by Chicago natives. There were a couple times where it seemed the digital stream skipped.
I would recommend it more for persons with interest in Chicago history rather than those looking for a suspense novel.
Magnificent book, beautifully read. Great story, chock full of fascinating characters. Sheds light on the zeitgeist of turn-of-the-century America in ways I hadn't expected. One of my top three favorite Audible listens.