This book purports to tell not only the story of THE murder of the (19th) century, but also the beginning of the tabloid wars...and it delivers!
If you have an interest in true crime (or simply enjoy period drama), this turn-of-the-century tale will almost certainly satisfy.
I might read this book again because of the historical aspects. Learned a lot about the newspaper industry and life in the late 1800's in the U.S.
The historical tie-in.
The reader had a rather uninteresting delivery; I thought he was bored or sleepy.
The rise to prominence of Pulitzer and Hearst and the rivalry between them.
All the details and backgound in a relatively quick read
How time has changed things but things are pretty much the same
Did a great job
The things the media did not report and the things they did
I like how they followed the lifes of the people after the trial
I wanted to try this book but really didn't think it would hold my attention and even wondered if I would finish it. But once I started to listen it had me, it was surprisingly good. I recommend this one.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I bought this because it was the daily deal. Stupid.
I read the reviews and thought it sounded interesting. The other reviews suggested the focus was on the newspapers and not the trial. I don't think focus is a fair term for this book. Sometimes we were told about the newspapers, sometimes we were told about the trial, sometimes we were told about the events surrounding the discovery of the murder, but I never felt like there was any story here. Everything in the book sounded disjointed and random.
I never did "get into" this book, though I just about finished it. In theory I would enjoy the story. I would seriously be interested in hearing about newspaper rivalry, but apparently I didn't care about the little bits of newspaper history tacked on to the edges of a series of bits of information and misinformation about the trial.
And don't get me started on the narrator. Where did he come up with these accents? so annoying. ugh.
If you like to read about gore and unpleasantness, and if you like to be overwhelmed with all the misleading information that was available at the time, in chronological order instead of sorted in any way by the truth, then maybe you will like this book.
But probably not.
Sometimes it is good to be reminded there really never were any good old days, that crime is not worse now, and the way the press covers it is not a whit more irresponsible or sensationalized than it used to be.
This in-depth, well-researched book provides a glimpse into New York City's past, and both the murder case and the newspaper rivalry were fascinating subjects.
Interesting story of a real murder at the turn of the century. Shows how the newspapers of the day were given direct access to information, and sometimes impacted the case.Good book - but I have one big criticism. The narrator has an odd way of swallowing some of his constants, particularly "f" and "th" sounds. I don't know if this is an intentional technique - but after a while it was distracting.
I don't like the way the narrator speaks. He had an odd way of "swallowing" his "f"'s and "th" sounds.Stop trying do hard to sound professional. It would have been a more relaxed read if the narrator would just speak naturally - and less like a performance.
I wish we would have heard more about how the Police worked at the time, and less about how the Press worked.
The history was what I liked best. It was a little slow moving.
I don't think that I have listened to other book by Paul Collins.
It was a good performance.
This was interesting. It was about the murder and about the tabloid wars that this murder started. Very interesting times for sure.
Dufris is the star of the show. His reading of Howe, the defense attorney, is amazing. This is a well writing and meticulously research account of a New York City murder and the sensationalist journalism that followed. The plot takes a lot of turns and in enganging thoughout. Once the trial is wrapped up, the book drags on for a few more chapters, and they should be skipped. This was a fun read, but it doesn't educate like most non-fiction. Paul Collins has a gift, but other still master the genre better.
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.