One of the worst I have attempted to listen to. In fact, had to give it up after 5 hours of extreme boredom.
Would have been better if the author had written two boring books instead of consolidating them into one.
This is not a novel so much as it is a history lesson. I got all the way through it and I do not regret the purchase, but be warned, its less story and more fact in chronological order.
I enjoyed the story, but I was having a hard time listening to more than a half hour at a time. It took me half the book to realize the reading was very disjointed. The narrator seemed to add a comma to almost every sentence, breaking them up into short, choppy sections, and this made it very hard to listen to.
The story by Larsen was what I have come to expect from him after reading one and listening to another of his books.
Fans of "Devil in the White City" will recognize the formula. Way too much information on Short wave radio. You almost sympathize with Dr. Crippen when he finally commits his famous murder.
Very well written, fabulous use of language. All read. No skipping or noise in the recording.
Yes, I have read Larson's books before and they are good. This one was NOT one of his best.
I am not sure. The story about Marconi is kind of mind numbing and he apparently was a real piece of crap elitist so it's hard to get into his character or what he did (though granted, what he did was help usher in the modern era). The Crippen story is told in such a lackluster way that it's not very interesting. So I do not really think I would.
No, just pay better attention to Larson's books.
If you are not into science and find some characters are just so very hard to like (Marconi for instance) then you might not like this. The crime seems to take a backseat to the murder and the chase.
Unless I missed it, the book did not say that they have determined the remains in the Crippen basement were that of a male and records in America seem to indicate his wife left him and perhaps dictated a letter to have sent to him telling him that she was sorry but she was not coming forward.
England hung and innocent man but honestly back then, it would be hard to think he was anything but guilty.
I like to read, and with less time these days, I like to listen to books.
Yes, if you like science and like murder mysteries. It got a little long in the parts about the telegraphy and I think there could have been less detail with the same results.
The disappearance of Belle and the investigation of her disappearance.
The scenes on the ship at the end of the novel, when they are catching up with the Doctor.
No. It took a while to get through. You really have to pay attention. The detail on the telegraphy and that history could have been shorter. It tended to get long and boring, especially at the beginning.
The Devil in the White City is my favorite Erik Larson book, and this one was good, but not as good.
The History details.
I like detailed history. But I kept waiting for the grand murder story. Didn't happen. Not worth listening too, i would not recommend.
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!
I always enjoy Erik Larson's way of blending historical facts and events with the seedy, sometimes gory details of true crime. While the subject matter is not as sinister as Devil in the White City, the book does not disappoint. Exploring Marconi's invention of the radio, something which we take for granted in today's world as practically passe, Larson weaves in a tale of murder which would seemingly have nothing to do with it. And yet, as ever, it all comes together in the end. A very good listen to anyone who enjoys true crime, biographies, or both.
Way much YES
Not on the edge, however I did not stop reading daily
No, i do not have a reference
Enhance the cover image it is blured