We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Thunderstruck Audiobook
Thunderstruck
Written by: 
Erik Larson
Narrated by: 
Bob Balaban
Thunderstruck Audiobook

Thunderstruck

Regular Price:$31.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, "the kindest of men", nearly commits the perfect crime.

With his superb narrative skills, Erik Larson guides these parallel narratives toward a relentlessly suspenseful meeting on the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.

Thunderstruck presents a vibrant portrait of an era of séances, science, and fog, inhabited by inventors, magicians, and Scotland Yard detectives, all presided over by the amiable and fun-loving Edward VII as the world slid inevitably toward the first great war of the 20th century.

Gripping from the start, and rich with fascinating detail about the time, the people, and the new inventions that connect and divide us, Thunderstruck is splendid narrative history from a master of the form.

©2006 Erik Larson; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Larson has a knack for creating genuine suspense in his writing, and his latest is thoroughly enthralling." (Booklist)
"Splendid, beautifully written....Thunderstruck triumphantly resurrects the spirit of another age." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (1074 )
5 star
 (308)
4 star
 (441)
3 star
 (246)
2 star
 (56)
1 star
 (23)
Overall
4.0 (674 )
5 star
 (235)
4 star
 (263)
3 star
 (134)
2 star
 (28)
1 star
 (14)
Story
4.1 (671 )
5 star
 (282)
4 star
 (246)
3 star
 (99)
2 star
 (23)
1 star
 (21)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Brian 06-28-15
    Brian 06-28-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    Larson never disappoints. A great story. Truth is stranger than fiction. Fast paced with great characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Golden Sunrise Mansfield Center, CT, United States 03-18-15
    Golden Sunrise Mansfield Center, CT, United States 03-18-15 Member Since 2014

    twin mom

    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bob Balaban broke my heart"

    I am usually a fan of Balaban's acting and am always a fan of Erik Larson. This book was an exciting find for me.

    However, Balaban's reading of this tedious rendition of curiously disparate facts was punishing. He sounded like he was reading the phone book against his will.

    I forced myself to stick it out several hours hoping he (and I) would warm up. Neither of us did.

    Save your credits. SKIP THIS BOOK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 01-13-14
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2016

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    278
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    241
    117
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    45
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Started slowly but keep listening"

    Since Devil in the White City is what I'm measuring his books against, that is a TOUGH act to follow. However, I learned a great deal from this book and enjoyed it and am looking tonight for another one of Erik Larson's books. I'm convinced that I like him and the way he creates a story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Isabel 05-25-07
    Isabel 05-25-07 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    234
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Boring"

    Quite a disappointment after the incredible ?Devil in the White City?. It was good for listening to on the plane though, it put me right to sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    alex 02-27-07
    alex 02-27-07 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    "He's a magician"

    Eric Larson is amazing. He ability to interweave two seemingly dissimilar stories into a cohesive thread is great fun. What he did for the Chicago Exhbition in the Devil and the White City, he does again for Marconi. I was educated and entertained simultaneously; a rare combination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marty New York, NY, USA 12-18-06
    Marty New York, NY, USA 12-18-06
    HELPFUL VOTES
    40
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Read"

    This book was a bit of a disappointment to me. I loved "Devil in the White City", and expected Thunderstruck to be its equal. However, the two plots of Thunderstruck just aren't as interesting as the plots in "White City" - Marconi is interesting, but it's a bit of a stretch to keep me invested in his plot. Crippen is also moderately interesting, but I found myself bored by the excessive detail and wishing that something truly captivating would happen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nanoni 12-12-06
    Nanoni 12-12-06
    HELPFUL VOTES
    52
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    183
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "the WORST sing song narration"

    Details and descriptions galore!! If you like that sort of thing...then this is the BOT for you. And that awful narration by Bob Balaban!! Who directed him to speak in that sing-song voice??? - It was absolutely the WORST narrative interpretation of a book I have ever experienced. I should have listened to a sample before downloading this one.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    llr Wimberley, Tx United States 12-09-06
    llr Wimberley, Tx United States 12-09-06 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    137
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    279
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Two for one"

    Here's a good look at Marconi, of interest to science and history readers, but at the same time, a running plot of a mystery. Wonderful character development and research nicely woven together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AW Denver, CO 11-27-06
    AW Denver, CO 11-27-06 Member Since 2016

    Schneetzer

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "GREAT"

    A fantastic story and a great listen. I can't wait for the next one from Larson!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brian ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-01-11
    Brian ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    58
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    307
    32
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    3
    Overall
    "Lots of Historical Detail"

    I like history, so this was a good book. It's a bit choppy going in between Marconi and the radio, and the actual murder though. The unabridged may be a bit better for those that want to get to the point. There have been some recent developments in this case since the book that you may want to look at after you listen to this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.