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.
Read "The Devil and The White City" instead. Much better stories and more engaging. "Dead Wake" is also very good.
You have to hang in there to enjoy the Erik Larson's thunderstruck. It's a complicated story weaving a lot of elements together and it doesn't really get traction till at least halfway through the book. It'san interesting look at the life of one of the now forgotten groundbreaking inventors - Marconi .at the same time Larson spins the tale of one of Britain's most famous murder cases that is little known to most Americans.it all comes together at the end but sometimes it seems like it's taking a long time to get there.
Devil in the white city is an amazing book so tried this one and was pretty let down with lack of interesting story. Not till the final 1/4th of the book did I find much to really keep me interested.
The voice is perfectly pitched with a cadence that draws you into the story. One saturated with the fascinating history of the race for wireless communications which is inextricably bound into the underlying mystery of a old man and a woman hardly more than a girl dressed as a boy on a ship in the middle of the ocean.
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.