A different author!
None - he was never a character - he is an excellent reader and the only reason I finished the book.
I would have redone the whole book.
This book was "highly" recommended and I really hated it. It is long and boring and drawn out and the jumps between the World's Fair activity and Holmes really didn't cut it for me. I don't know what I expected but I am sorry I wasted a credit on this one.
One note on the positive the only reason I could slog through this book was Scott Brick, I really enjoy his voice and reading ability.
I would maybe listen to it again. I don't frequently revisit books though.
I got this book because of my interest in true crime, but the world's fair parts turned out to be fascinating! I had not known very much at all about it before and there is a lot of great history there.
Holmes' character was really interesting to me. He almost always knew the right things to say and do to manipulate people and get what he wanted.
From the people who brought you The Wolf of Wall Street...
(Leo bought the rights to the film and there has been talk of Scorsese directing. I would totally watch that.)
There are a few technical errors with the production of thos book. Several lines or words get repeated back to back. Takes me out of the story for a moment. Not a deal breaker, but would be nice if they could fix and reupload.
Scott Brick was fantastic as always. The recording quality is good. Not super dynamic so I never struggled to hear what he was saying (I listen while driving) like some books I have found.
I gave the story 4 stars, but probably deserves closer to a 4.5. Really good. Well researched. Check it out!
The intertwined stories were beautifully written by Erik Larson. I found myself engrossed in the history. Scott Brick's narration was one of the best I've heard.
Decent book that has two parallel stories of Chicago in the 1890's. Chicago is one of my favorite cities so I was really excited to listen to this book. Unfortunately, the "fluffy" writing detracts from the story so I was just wanting the book to wrap up so that I could move onto something else.
The characters of history that converged upon this point of time in Chicago would make it a great Steam Punk fiction. Truly a great narrative of a time when anything was possible. Tesla, Edison, Houdini, Bill Cody, and the incredible architecture feat of White City. All the while an evil man seeks his utopia exploiting the event and the dreamers embracing the new century.
I was excited to listen to this book. I even bought the Kindle version. I heard so many wonderful things about the book. But for some reason, I just couldn't get into it. I tried very hard! I tried listening, then reading, and listening again. But it didn't do it for me.
I'm not trying to trash this book at all, because obviously I am an outlier since everyone else seems to really like it. Perhaps I had trouble with the parallel stories of both main characters.
Also, maybe my expectations were too high. But the author, whom I really like, obviously did a lot of research and the book is well-written. It just wasn't my cup of tea for some reason.
I decided to give this book a whirl after reading the author's excellent new title Dead Wake, which also has a suspense thriller feel to it. I loved the author's use of parallel stories juxtaposing two different types of ambition – one extremely morbid, one much more uplifting. The audio performance is excellent and keeps you enrapt!
I am a civil engineer by trade so the detailed technical aspects of this book were a real treat. The story told by the author is highly detailed and encompasses many aspects of a growing industrial America at a pivotal time as it comes into its own. The serial killer aspect is an interesting way to tell the story, drawing on the early industrial revolutionary setting as the stage. All in all 10/10!!!
I'm embarrassed that it took me so long to read this. A detailed account of the development of the World's Columbian Exhibition. A very good historical narrative.