I first read this book on paper, when it appeared in 2004, and was enrapt. Re-experiencing it on Audible was a real treat; and this is the type of tale for which Scott Brick's mellow voice is perfectly suited. For fans if history, true crime it just the City of Chicago, this is a must-listen.
If I grew up in Chicago, I would probably have been mesmerized from the start. As it was, it took me a while to slide in to the flow...the early part to me stretched details that seemed excessive. However, once comfortable with the characters and narrative, I enjoyed the read (the "listen") very much. I had read Larsen's Hitler book which was a page turner. The subject matter here was less compelling, but I am a New Yorker by birth and don't know a lot about Chicago. Now I know more. Other history books I have read touched on the Columbian Exposition of 1893, so I got a great appreciation from this book about why it left it's mark on the American story, and how several elements of our culture, both words and phrases, as well as consumer products, the Ferris Wheel, and even alternating current, were first introduced at the fair. Frederick Law Olmstead final days sound remarkably like Alzheimer's disease -- even back then. Good narrator here.
Wonderful insight into a time of American ingenuity horror and intrigue laced with real life characters that even today grace our everyday lives. Mid way looking up real photos of the worlds fair and the people in this true story bring it even more to life.
This is an interesting approach, joining a tale of amazing cultural achievement with the horrors of a serial murderer contemporary to the events. I liked it, and enjoyed the approach but thought some editorial culling of the Exposition details might have improved it. Regardless, it was a fascinating tale.
This book was more about the worlds fair anything to do with Holmes. It read more like a list of dry facts rather than an interesting recounting of Holmes' activities.
But overall a very interesting story. Abridged version may be the better go chose from as it drug in more than one spot. Still worthy read.
The story was interesting, but it's a shame that the narrator was terrible. He made listening to one of the most interesting and gruesome events in history as boring as listening to him read the yellow pages. Wish I hadn't wasted a credit on this book.
It is a good story not a bad performance but something about it let me put it down and not pick it back up
Unless you would like to read a book about how a serial killer disposes of his victims I advise you not read this book. Day and night I had disturbing thoughts I could not get out of my head after reading this book. I hate to hear about how this serial killer kills and get rids of his victims. I advise unless you like this, read this book.