Great novel by an extraordinary author. Its fast pace and details sends the reader on a journey that weaves historical events into a wonderfully taunt novel!
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
Learning about Marconni and the intrigue of the murder mystery.
I have not listened to Balaban's other performances, but he did a great job.
Only criticisms were that author could have been clearer about finanical picture of Marconi's company and could have given a better explanation as to how mistriss was so deceived by the doctor. I can't go into detail on the later point without giving away the plot.
Most of us know of the inventor of "wireless," later known as radio, but like all great creations there was one event that launched this clumsy technology permanently onto the world stage. And as Mr. Larson likes to remind us, the attention grabber is a gruesome murder.
If you enjoyed Erik Larson's master piece The Devil in the White City, this story will equally satisfy. I highly recommend it. Mr. Balaban has good pace and a voice that complements this riveting story.