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.
very good story, but i think the book is misconstructed in a couple of important ways and might have moved quicker. non-fiction buffs will still enjoy it i should think
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.
After listening to and enjoying Dead Wake I decided to try another Erik Larson book. I must admit if my history book would have read like a Larson book I would have done much better in school. I enjoyed the way the story played out and the connections were made. This is an excellent book and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in history.
Only moderately interesting. Author apologizes for his penchant for detail, but apology not nearly adequate for the amount of irrelevant detail. Ending of the coda leaves the reader/listener hanging.
Yes, I love the way Erik Larson often contrasts to simultaneous stories showing an intersection one might not have otherwise recognized. However, I found Bob Balaban's narration to be a bit annoying. He sometimes would talk "up", ending a sentence as if it were a question. Also, it's a pet peeve when people mispronounce the names of places. Slough, UK is pronounced like "Plow" (with the 'gh' at the end silent), not like "Fluff".
I was really more drawn to the Crippen storyline. I was less interested in how many towers Marconi built and where he built them.
N/A, this was a narration.
I don't think so. I know the story and don't feel that visuals would add anything.
I've always enjoyed Erik Larsons novels but this one was a little slow and dragged out. It almost gave too much detail bordering on boring at times.
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.
I loved In the Garden of Beasts and Devil in the White City, but this one's more of a dud. Harder to stay interested. Sadly, a bit of a bore, which is too bad. I am glad I learned more about the birth of wireless though.