©1994 Caleb Carr, All Rights Reserved; (P)1994 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; Audioworks is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
I really enjoyed the book. I really wish that it was not abridged. The story was too condensed for me. I wanted to luxuriate in the prose.
Fairly raw murder descriptions, but accurate historical detail, thanks to Mr. Carr's historical background. Plot gets you engaged, and you like the main character despite his faults. Good mystery!
The Alienist by Caleb Carr revolves around a wealthy crime reporter for the New York Times in 1899 and his search for a savage murderer. Teamed with a renowned psychiatrist (in those days called an "alienist"), the pair uses psychological theory with deductive reasoning to tract the serial killer who preys on poverty-stricken young boys, victimized by powerful forces--club and hotel owners who control the city's dark world of prostitution.
Although not one of my favorite crime reads, the novel does give a sense of New York during the Victorian era with its presence of governmental corruption. It also highlights the gradual acceptance of criminal profiling as a vital police tool.
Great period descriptions and characters.
Its a long story that builds but characters keep the story going.
Since he's been in many period movies his narration fits easily.
Great Cast of detectives drive a period horror and suspense story.
No. A good enough story, but not sufficient for a second listen.
Obviously the heroine.
Yes, well done
Nice suspense novel set in another decade.
Narrator was excellent and kept you drawn in to the story.
No, this is my first.
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
I admit this was not the type of book I'd pick up for fun, I was told to read for a class on cultural History in North America on the advance of the Prof with the cheery comment that it was a best seller and write by a person with an MA in History.
If you LIKE Freud theories of childhood, poop and sex then you may very well find the ideas of a police investigation team using them to be interest and exciting. The murders are grim, dark and of children.
The main "police" characters are flat, having each a single attribute of virtue and nothing else to define them.
The Reporter - Bravery - though it look more like fool heartiness
The Female Admin - Knowledge of Children - not that she has any
The Good Doctor - Intelligent - or more correctly the ability to connect the others ideas into a chain
Edward Herrmann does a good job, giving each of the characters there own voice and feel but is fighting an uphill battle with 1 D plot and little better characters. Truely if you want a thrill there MUST be something less girt, grim and with a storyline.
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