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 love his voice. He calms me.
The audiobook kept skipping and it was very hard to listen at times. I feel like I missed out on crucial parts of the story because I couldn't hear the words. I am very frustrated because it was a good story.
Yes, and I did. I listened to it all night until it was done. The first book I've done that with.
I've found this story so captivating, I've listened to it more than six times and consider it my "intermission" between other books.
Herman Mudget, but wait... does that make me evil?
Tony's narration breathes life into this story in a way that makes learning history and keeping pace with the evolution of society easy.
If I had the time, I would consume this book in a single sitting.
Looking forward to the theatrical translation of this book to the silver screen! Hoping Hollywood gets it right and doesn't disappoint, as is so often the case when a book is made into a film.
Although I liked the topic of the construction of the worlds fair, why it was mashed up with the story of a murderer did not work together for me. I would not recommend the story unless someone was very interested in the fair.
The last 1/3 of the recording had background noise. If I had to guess they were editing markers to mark what spaces were to be cut out. However, someone just got sloppy at the end and the beeps covered words in sentences. It was very annoying and made me feel like I had not purchased a quality product. I did verify that these noises were part of the recording and not my headphones.
This book was hard to get through because it was so detailed about HH Holmes's story, which is so very grizzly. I liked that the author told something about Holmes's upbringing to help us understand why he became a serial killer.
Also, I love this narrator. I chose Tony Goldwyn's narration over the unabridged version's. He has a wonderful voice. He's very natural, but he can be dramatic when needed without being overly theatrical, and has no annoying speech characteristics.