if I missed something. In reading the reviews I thought this would be a great read but I have to admit I wasn't that blown away. I guess I thought the World's Fair and suspense aspect would be given equal time but found the details on creating the "white city" too much and the suspense too little. A fair read is all I can give it but this is not one that I would recommend to others or read again.
This book is interesting for its retelling of a great moment in American and Chicago's history as well as a dark moment in its history. Larson is not the best writer. His analogies seem forced and his prose sounds choppy. Still, this book is worth listening to for the story it tells. I was sucked in right from the beginning. I didn't want to stop listening until I got to the end. I only wish I had the hardcover so that it could have been unabridged and so that I could look at any included pictures to provide a visual for my imagination. I recommend it.
I had hoped to learn more about the "White City" as I am sure there were 100's of interesting vignettes. Instead, I was subjected to the misdeeds of one of the most amoral criminal minds in American history.
No doubt written based on detailed recorded facts, Larson weaves a tales of men in 1890's Chicago A tale that describes the foresight and determination of risk takers to create the future of cities. And separate tales of madmen. The best and the most devilish of mankind. A most remarkable book with great narration.
I had tried reading this book several times and never seemed to finish. I listened to it audibly while walking and loved it. No getting around the morbid subject, but an excellent writer and storyteller.
The discussion of the Columbia Exposition was outstanding. The murders were less so. I understand there are others that would like it as well.
Yes and No. I think it captures the period well and let's you understand how the exposition made Chicago great. The murders are tedious.
No. He author did a great job taking complete license with history.
Loved the history of the Chicago Fair. I did not care for the information about missing people.
I am glad I bought the abridged version of this much-heralded book, because I found it tedious and eventually boring. The abridged version is a bit disjointed, but that was a small price to pay until the end, when the story became really interesting. At that point, the missing links in the text became annoying, and the story hard to follow, as the detectives who finally caught Holmes put together the clues that finally sealed his fate. You do get a sense of that astonishing era, when people could disappear without a trace with no one suspecting foul play and people naively trusted strangers. The story is competently read by Tony Goldwyn.