Spoke in monotone the whole story. He didn't differentiate any characters. It was hard to follow at first and I almost didn't make it through. Took me along time to listen to. The story was interesting so I wanted to know how it turned out. The author made an interesting story incredibly boring and tedious.
Too many to name
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
True crime is really quite a fun genre, in and of itself, but I particularly enjoy it when it adds historical context and historical significance. This was the case with the dismembered body found in New York just before the turn of the century. What followed was an investigation just as scientific method was starting to be applied to investigations and a trial that ran into incredible difficulties. More than just the investigation, arrest and trial, this is a story about the rise of "yellow journalism" and how it made several careers and created the modern journalistic style we know today. Through this tale of one-upsmanship we can see the rise of the paparazzi and the 24 hour news cycle.
So yes, I recommend this book. The murder is sensational, the characters are interesting, the impact on modern America is recognizable. Enjoy it!
Endless details and descriptions turn this novel into a word picture book. The reader sees, imagines and even smells the action and squables. The newspapers part in the drama is interesting and perhaps something that all these years later would be overlooked. I am not sure I needed this much information about this henious crime but I did enjoy being transported into the tabloid wars.
English major, physician, 8 or 9 hours per week commuting. Fan of John Le Carre, Jane Austen, Patrick O'Brian, Alan Furst, P.G. Wodehouse.
I'd recommend this especially to someone interested in journalism or the history of journalism, as opposed to somebody interested in mysteries or crime stories.
I think the book dragged in places and could have been edited down to be more concise.
My expectation was that The Murder of the Century would be akin to a real life version of Caleb Carr's "Alienist." i.e. Unusual murder case in late 19th Century NYC. There is an element of that, but the suspect is brought to trial before the book is halfway through, and so more than half the book is devoted to the courtroom drama, with particular emphasis on how it was reported in the press, the rivalries between newspapers and their publishers, and the major personalities of the leading newspapermen (Pulitzer and Hearst especially).
In the top 5
A twist in the plot happened everytime I thought the plot was about to deadend.
His use of accents to bring alive the dialogue
I was shocked a couple of times, but I don't want to spoil the plot and tell you about it.
It has been one of my favorite audio listens this year. I couldn't stop listening.
Interesting, informative, funny.
Hearst was my favorite character. He was creative and driven.
This audiobook was like watching a good movie.
The narrator was excellent. The story was fascinating.
The feeling of the time and place the writing gave. Hearing the account of how newspapers operated at the beginning of the century was engrossing. The tabloid wars was something I knew little about. New perspective now on Citizen Kane.
That I did not notice him much. He did enough when he was doing dialogue to bring characters to life but not too much.
Fasinating story and characters; amazing how well they did with investigations with very little tools in the day.
A depressing story read like the narrator was one of the newspaper reporters chasing every juicy detail. Read with relish for the lowest common denominator.
Hard to follow - lots of street names and boroughs, many people and some with nicknames or aliases. Not easy without the text.
The story of this terrible murder might have been gripping if the narrator had taken a serious attitude to it, but he seems to enjoy the horror as much as the thrill-happy public of the day.
Not a book I'd listen to again and I hate spending money on one shot deals.
I thought this would be presented as a whodunit, but of course it's more of a documentary, this story has been told before. Even if you have already heard the story of the murder of William Guldensuppe, AKA The Scattered Dutchman, a masterful storyteller and rich details make this one worth a listen.