I enjoyed this listen although I was under the impression it was all about Holmes. There was also a lot of history about the fair itself. Which is super cool but at times I found myself craving some Holmes to prepare for the epic moving thats coming out this year.
These are not 2 topics that I would have expected to learn about in one book but they are handled masterfully by Larson. I found myself listening with fascination to descriptions of the World Fair while also wishing he would switch back to talking about the heinous murderer in the other narrative. Conversely, when he begins talking about the hotel and the Devil who ran it, you will find yourself craving the other story line once again. This is perfectly written for those with limited attention spans but a craving for knowledge!
A very unlikely parallel story line that is pieced together flawlessly.
READ THIS. I have over 50 books in my audible library and this is easily in the top 5... top 3 even.
Attention grabbing and unrelenting in that quest. How evil can lurk within our easy grasp, yet do so imperceptibly. How someone like Holmes can exist and avoid capture for as long as he did, makes us wonder how many others are out there just like him. I know my acquaintances would undoubtedly be enthralled about methods employed by the good doctor in achieving his pleasures.
Detective Frank Gyer ... he was unrelenting and unforgiving. He was human and thorough. As an ex homicide and forensic investigator I can only respect and admire his unrelenting method of investigation. My regret is that I had not been as diligent and thorough as he was during his investigations. My hat is off to him and I bow in respect to his professionalism and ability.
Olmstead's vision for the "island", how the electric boats would shuttle visitors to and fro... or the programmed arrival of Columbus... with the Indians "chattering unintelligibly"
Sorry ... I cannot come up with one...
Pendergast was a very intricate yet elusive character. How he, singlehandedly, was able to effectively decimate the exultation of the moment, the excitement of the success, How his delusion led an unforeseeable termination to what many had seen as a dream. He still added a piquant personage to the story. A very enjoyable read.
I tried to get through the first chapter, then skipped around.
Dates,facts,quotes aplenty but no good story, seemed that the story of the serial killer was barely mentioned as aside.
I also don't like the singsong voice of the narrator, theres been a few that are very annoying
A book about John Roebling and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Also the very first book I remember reading : "The Monitor and Merrimac; The Story of John Ericsson" All three books deal with brilliant men with HUGE egeos and larger life 19th century Engineering Daring Do. In an age where the United States takes over ten years to build a building, The world Trade Center, that any of our predecessors could have done in a year or two.
He is easy to listen to and sharp enough to keep me awake on a long drive.
When the Impossible WASN'T!
I liked it very much.
This book came to my attention after listening to an episode of a favorite podcast, Stuff You Missed In History Class. I came for the story of Holmes, but got so much more history, on a subject on which I had no prior working knowledge: the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Larson expertly weaves back and forth through the development of the fair and the development of Holmes as serial killer. So many times while listening, I could picture exactly what was described. Rich in detail and short on editorializing, Larson's narrative just sweeps us as the audience through this world, stopping here and there for little pieces of info that otherwise would be overlooked. Scott Brick is a favorite narrator of mine, and he did not disappoint here. Highly recommend!
Scott Brick puts me to sleep. Narrator's narrator be damned.
I acknowledge that the author states this is two stories but golly at least let them tie in together at some point. I feel tricked into believing this was actually a true crime novel like what Olsen or Bledsoe would give. This however is an architectural recount of the Chicago fair and then a few pages of some serial killer operating in Chicago about that time.
With this mess I really doubt it .
Scott Brick generally puts me to sleep. I assume narrators get these books before hand and get to know the story and the characters before going on to record. Scott Brick on the other hand, seems like he just lays in bed with a tape recorder and is finding out the plot with you as he reads along.
Harsh it may seem,but I really have to agree with the reviewer who says he is illiterate . I go hard on Scott Brick because for a couple of years now he has been touted as the narrator's narrator and I just don't hear it in his work .
Here,the narration lifeless, no awareness of punctuation marks and their meaning when reading. Every sentence is somehow an exclamation like he is reading a bed time story with forest creatures.A not so good book further ruined by poor narration .
...as a person who grew up in Wilmette, IL, it's very hard to hear the narrator pronounce it "wil-MEAT" over and over again. It's "Wil-MET".
No, it's too long.