Facts, irony, exciting
That two stories are being told at the same time, a hero, and a villian, who changed history. So interesting to learn about all that went on during the World's Fair in Chicago. I could not stop, long story, but never a dull moment. How one could do so much greatness, and another so much evil. I have told all of my book reader friends about this book. I look forward to more of Eric Larson.
He takes you there, such a good narrator.
I could not, the title says it all.
Unless you enjoy violence toward women, I'd pass on this one. Even though it's couched in interesting historical anecdotes, I couldn't stand the run-up to sadism.
Lenin in Berlin
I don't think I would have enjoyed this story as much had I read the print version. Something about the subject matters makes the audio version so much more satisfying.
Absolutely! Very well narrated. Almost like a hollywood soundtrack...
The nature of the crimes presented in this book are almost unbelievable - but true!
All characters were very well detailed, complex and brilliantly crafted.
The only extreme reaction I had toward this book is intense fear...
I highly recommended this audio book to all true crime buffs.
This book was fascinating. The combination of a mystery and the history of the Chicago fair worked for me. I really enjoyed Scott Brick. If you like listening to popular histories, this is worth your time.
Well written.It cleverly merges two fascinating stories. I will read more Erik Larson, l enjoy his style of writing.
Don't pick one moment. The story holds you the entire time.
His narration is one of the most melodic and attention keeping of all the books I've listened. He is up there with Steven Fry, Patrick Tull, and David McCullough. I'm looking for other titles he's done.
Every year, around Halloween, I pick a thriller or scary book to read and get me into the mood of the season.
This time I went for this one having not read a true crime piece before now. It was an excellent choice.
The author expertly weaves the chilling tale of one of the countries earliest serial killers with the uplifting story of the Columbia World's Fair. It is beautifully done. I regretted finishing the book.
While not a thriller, it does supply its chills. I think that this was due to both the fact that it is a real account, and that the author was able to present a dual narrative of the wonder and triumph of the fair, and the depravity and cunning of Holmes.
I also got this on audiobook, and it was one of the most best ones yet. I usually don't listen to music when I run. The narrator was excellent.
The history and behind the scene's problems, which are probably the same today, were enlightening. Some of the people mentioned, whose products we use today, were fun to recognize. The mystery of Holmes could have been interesting, but was hit upon here and there, a tease, but not enough to make the book exciting.
I don't know.
This book would be tedious to anyone who not interested in the history of the Chicago world Fair.
Yes. What a great story!
The city of Chicago.
A city within a city and a freak at large.
Urge you to read this.
YES. I can work while I listen.
yes. I learned so much about on of the most remarkable world fairs, and one of the first serial killers in America - made Jack the Ripper look like mere mugger. This guy was doctor death and built a murder factory.
History is stranger than anything your could make up.
Amazing beauty mixed with horror so extreme you feel sick just thinking about it... and knowing it's all true makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.