About America's first known serial killer without any gore. The two parallel stories it tells are both great.
For readers who love to learn fascinating information about unfamiliar events in our history, this is for you. The writing is detailed and the wording precise. This book offers a great look at what life was like in Chicago the 1890s. For many, the 90s were not so gay, apparently. I loved the narrative. For readers who prefer continuous action, page turners, this might not be the ideal book for you.
The reader was competent, but he missed opportunities to add punch to the writing. It seemed he was giving too much deference to the historical purity of this excellent book.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I put off listening to the last hour because I just didn't want it to end! The parallel stories of the architect and the killer are equally captivating, and so rich in detail that I felt as though I could visualize everything exactly as it was. This was the first book I've heard read by Scott Brick and I can see (well, *hear*) why he is so popular. He did a wonderful job bringing this emotional true story to life. I wish I could give it more than five stars!
Are you intested in solving problems? Can you handle a little gore? Do you want to know how great minds (sane and otherwise) solved problems. This is a great listen but be sure that you are OK with lots of detail about building challenges and detailed solutions. I enjoyed this thoroughly as an eye opener to another age that led to so many of the things that we are familiar with today. However those of you not keen on building detail might find it dry.
Semi-retired ENT doctor who listens to books while making a 55 minute commute to work two days a week.
An interesting story of the world's fair held in Chicago in 1893. The companion story of a serial killer fits only by chance. The author states he spent considerable time and effort to make this book factual.
I tried this story because it sounded like it would be a good tale, and I love Scott Brick. At first I was disappointed, though, by the non-fiction style - "Not MORE about the struggles of the architects!" What is funny is that I told somebody not to bother with this one, then spent the next ten minutes talking about all of the things that struck me during the telling. It's amazing how many wonders came from the fair, and the impact it had on our culture. The contrast between the miracles of the "white city" and the horrors that occurred in the "black city" made this a very worthwhile read.
I found the book very interesting. Unfortunately the reader sounds like Al Franken doing an imitation of a rediculous pontificator. Maybe it's because I recently listened to Lies and the Lying Liars (which was an AMAZING book).
An interesting book, but sometimes a little hard to keep wholy engaged in. Lots of facts recited from old newspapers and other 3rd party writings - strung together in such a way to make a whole story. Reminded me almost exactly in both style and substance of the hundreds of similar stories cranked out by the History Channel on cable TV. Of course without the visuals.
I downloaded this book because I am a great fan of Scott Brick and because of the great initial reviews. However, I find myself "zoning out" due to long winded repetitve descriptions of everything. How many hours does it take to establish that the Chicago project is going to be difficult if not impossible? First book I couldn't finish and first negative review.
I didnt think it was possible to listen to a book that was more boring than Isaac's Storm. It is. This is a disjointed rambling of unconnected, often times pointless facts that just happen to somewhat parallel the story and life of one of the dullest serial killers ever. Dont waste your time and money.