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.
"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)
I've loved Erik's other books. All of them. This one drags and drags. Not sure if it's the story or the narration. I'll probably check out a hard copy since Erik is one of my favorite authors.
No. It's slow and goes on and on.
Scott Brick, Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner, Simon Vance, to name a few.
A little more detail to help lock characters in my brain. People detail, not scientific detail.
Still love Erik Larson.
It was incredibly boring. I kept reading, thinking it would improve, but had to stop.
Yes. Devil in The White City is excellent. I'm reading it now.
Nothing. The reader's voice couldn't help this one.
It would be very interesting for a ham radio or other such technical person.
I want my credit back!
My favorite genre is Mysteries. Thank you Audible for keeping me company on my commute, doing chores, etc. What a treat!
Yes, I love the way Erik Larson often contrasts to simultaneous stories showing an intersection one might not have otherwise recognized. However, I found Bob Balaban's narration to be a bit annoying. He sometimes would talk "up", ending a sentence as if it were a question. Also, it's a pet peeve when people mispronounce the names of places. Slough, UK is pronounced like "Plow" (with the 'gh' at the end silent), not like "Fluff".
I was really more drawn to the Crippen storyline. I was less interested in how many towers Marconi built and where he built them.
N/A, this was a narration.
I don't think so. I know the story and don't feel that visuals would add anything.
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.
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