I am uncertain whether the author is using the Chicago World's Fair (Columbian Exposition) as a backdrop for murders or whether the fair represents another "character." What might turn you off to this book? Grisly murders, descriptions of plans and parties or a horribly mean person. What I like about this book: the intermingling of history throughout. The fair/expos was a jumping off point for 19/20th century innovation. Well narrated but a little long at times. Would have been interesting to see photos of the event but that's audio for you!
This is an interesting discussion on the Chicago Worlds Fair and the parallel activities of a very bad "mass" murderer. Unfortunately it was not the thriller expected. Even with Scott Brick's narration it fell short of expectations. If you're interested in the history behind the building of the Chicago Worlds Fair complex this is not a bad listen. The "bad guy" is a wimp with no guts. His character and his deeds need more development. To much left to the imagination - it needs more developement on the fear and terror of his victims. He deserves to be hated, make it easier.
Book drags...couldn't keep interested. As a suspense thriller it's lacking, as a historical chronology of the building of the Chicago's World's Fair it provides every boring detail.
If you love architecture or even just Chicago - you will love the history in this book! The serial killer story line running through the Worlds Fair is just as good. I really enjoyed listening to the story!
I found the portions about HH Holmes interesting, but all the details and names of the people involved in the Fair's planning and construction had my mind wandering. I found it difficult to pay attention. I must be the only person who does not like Scott Brick. I find his narration too matter of fact and apparently it lulls me into a sleep after a short while. I may try listening to it again and see if it is easier to follow now that I am familar with the names and events.
If you like learning history by reading historical documents and letters, than this book is for you. If you are looking to learn a part of history in an entertaining and captivating manner, stay away from this one. It is one long book about all the people involved in making the World's Fair and one long story about a serial killer. This could easily have been two different books. They don't intersect. There are also so many people involved in the book that it is difficult to keep up with. It is a good history lesson, but provides no entertainment value.
The story of the Chicago world's fair is fascinating, and is well presented in this book. It seems bizarre to me that a little under half the book is about a serial killer, since that story is so disconnected from the events of the Fair, and in any case the story of the Fair stands so well on its own.
This novel cannot seem to decide what it wants to be....a murder/suspense thriller, or a work of history. I found the history intriguing, but kept waiting for a tie-in with the murder/suspense aspect.
I, as well as everyone else I knew who listened was disappointed.
In general, I love reading (and hearing)about historical events and people. This book wasn't what I expected at all. It was too wrapped up in detail about the fair. I got lost on who was who. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but this book definitely was not for me. If you love detail, this is it.