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.
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.
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.
Erik Larson's books never disappoint. This is a wonderful discussion of love, murder, and invention, and the three are woven together spectacularly. Larson moves between the subjects frequently enough to keep the listener's interest, even for those not particularly interested in the development of wireless. The technical specifics were at times dull, but there is enough history and personal intrigue to keep me listening constantly. Bob Balaban does an excellent job narrating.
If you enjoyed Devil in the White City you'll love this: same format, same in-depth reporting, same time period, same contrast between industry and crime.
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.