Well below audible.com standards. I like Eric Larson as a writer but Mr. Balaban or the director or both did an injustice to this book...was it lazy or just incompetent? Can't tell. I hung in for half an hour...hoping for improvement...monotonous.
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I like history, so this was a good book. It's a bit choppy going in between Marconi and the radio, and the actual murder though. The unabridged may be a bit better for those that want to get to the point. There have been some recent developments in this case since the book that you may want to look at after you listen to this book.
While perhaps not up to the level of Devil in the White City, I found Thunderstruck completely captivating. Just as in his previous book, both plots are very engaging. As the author admits in the prologue, sometimes the detail is just a bit over the top, but the vast majority of the time the extra bits of trivia are quite interesting.
While the narrator starts out speaking quickly at the very beginning (and only the beginning), I had no other issues with the narration. It was clear and never detracted from the story.
Eric Larson is amazing. He ability to interweave two seemingly dissimilar stories into a cohesive thread is great fun. What he did for the Chicago Exhbition in the Devil and the White City, he does again for Marconi. I was educated and entertained simultaneously; a rare combination.
This book was a bit of a disappointment to me. I loved "Devil in the White City", and expected Thunderstruck to be its equal. However, the two plots of Thunderstruck just aren't as interesting as the plots in "White City" - Marconi is interesting, but it's a bit of a stretch to keep me invested in his plot. Crippen is also moderately interesting, but I found myself bored by the excessive detail and wishing that something truly captivating would happen.
Here's a good look at Marconi, of interest to science and history readers, but at the same time, a running plot of a mystery. Wonderful character development and research nicely woven together.
Details and descriptions galore!! If you like that sort of thing...then this is the BOT for you. And that awful narration by Bob Balaban!! Who directed him to speak in that sing-song voice??? - It was absolutely the WORST narrative interpretation of a book I have ever experienced. I should have listened to a sample before downloading this one.