The parallel account of a driven successful entrepreneur and a very evil man.
How the leaders of the city rallied around, negotiated, cooperated to make this the most amazing World's Fair ever.
The wonders and evil surrounding the World's Fair in Chicago.
Probably one of my favorites. It was VERY well done.
I studied serial killers and profiling as an undergraduate. I assumed I would enjoy the story of HH Holmes more than the story of the fair but I found it the other way around. Oh the information about Holmes is great and if you are unfamiliar with the story, you really should listen to it, the man was pure evil but the story of the building of the Chicago Worlds Fair is just incredible. I had no idea of everything that went into that fair. I live in Illinois and have seen models of the fair and a few pictures but it's one of those things that I wish I could have seen. Even given today's modern world it would have been amazing BUT back then, the lights, the wheel, the buildings, the fountains etc etc.....all just totally amazing.
Holmes.....he did make him charmingly smarmy
I can't think of a better one actually
I HIGHLY recommend this book. Not all of Larson's books are this good but this book, is one of the best true crime/non fiction books I have ever read.
How anyone would even look at the word Wilmette and think the second syllable should come out as "meat" is bizarre. The audio book producers never thought to check on pronunciation of proper names?
The reading performance is just fine. Larson's book does meander a bit, but I do appreciate the parallel stories of Burnham and Holmes. The one thing they had in common were amazing building designs. Just one was for torture.
The tone of the reading was a bit too proper, upper crusty, not enough grit for Chicago.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
I honestly don't know if i would read them again.
The story spent SO much time talking about the fair that honestly HH Holmes almost seemed like an afterthought. it wasn't a bad story, but at times it seemed more like a history of Chicago then a story that was supposed to be about a "Devil" within this city.
Scott Brick's perfomance was fine, he did a good job narrating and portraying different characters, however the story wasn't my favorite.
I think this would be one of the few books that would be more enjoyable as a movie. I would probably wait until it was out of theaters to see it though.
Author of "Turned Wrong at Ding Dong."
This is my second Erik Larson book. I also read In the Garden of Beasts. He has a way of bringing history to life -- in this case, a combination of history and horror. I learned a lot about a snapshot in history that I would not have otherwise learned.
I was suprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I bought it to humor a friend who kept pestering me to read it. Larson manages to make this very educational without boring me at all.
Larson follows the devilish mind of a serial killer and the angelic mind of a visionary in a great romp through the late 19th century. Both minds successful and always one step ahead. Both men are a bit of a snake oil salesmen, fear failure and, in the end, racing the clock. The descriptions of the exposition grounds and fiendish hotel are exquisite. I enjoyed the epilogue and the what happened after the Great Chicago Exposition.
I enjoyed the story and the narrator, but there were technical problems that sounded like clipping and cd skipping in spots that were disruptive. The first 10min of Chapter 11 comes to mind.
It was interesting, especially the unfolding of the two stories at the sane time.
Demand they get a clean recording, then yes.
Please fix audio issues.