Erik Larson tells incredibly interesting stories and I found his self-proclaimed ramblings away from the main subject very interesting and engaging. Erik is on my list of buy and read or listen to every new book he produces without question because I know they will be interesting, entertaining and compelling. And Bob Balaban's reading of the book was top notch. True fun.
the author spent a lot of unneccesary time talking about the technical struggles of getting wireless telegraphy to work. that, coupled with the monotone of the reader, made this book a real job to read.
there should have been a lot more focus on the murder and its investigation.
the reader starts my saying that there will be a lot of detail about the science around the murder but very little is really brought forward.
this book should have been 2 hours at the most.
I think this author actually wanted to write a book about the invention of the wireless telegraph, and only used the promise of a murder story as a pretense...since I'm guessing under a thousand people in the entire world would have purchased this if they had known the extent to which the author was going to drone on with every painful detail about the invention and marketing of the wireless radio...with the occasional tidbit about a dysfunctional marriage inserted randomly here or there.
I wanted to slap this author. There was entirely too much detail about architectural styles and techniques in the prior book, "The Devil in the White City"...but at least the villian in that one was a seriously disturbed, gruesome, off the charts psychopath that more than made up for the engineering lessons. The "villian" in "Thunderstruck" is a dull, henpecked, bore whose actions were fairly predictable and almost sympathetic... If only he had killed the main character and off'd himself too, he could have saved me several hours of this snooze-fest...
This book is so interesting and full of history. I highly recommend it, and was one of those books that I had a hard time putting it down.
This book seems to go on forever and forever. Every tiny detail of Marconi and Crippen and every tiny detail of anyone who ever knew them is in the book.