I am usually a fan of Balaban's acting and am always a fan of Erik Larson. This book was an exciting find for me.
However, Balaban's reading of this tedious rendition of curiously disparate facts was punishing. He sounded like he was reading the phone book against his will.
I forced myself to stick it out several hours hoping he (and I) would warm up. Neither of us did.
Save your credits. SKIP THIS BOOK.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
Since Devil in the White City is what I'm measuring his books against, that is a TOUGH act to follow. However, I learned a great deal from this book and enjoyed it and am looking tonight for another one of Erik Larson's books. I'm convinced that I like him and the way he creates a 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.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.