Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction, 2013
Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction, 2013
For 75 years, the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's infant son has gone unsolved. Evidence, opinion, and logic have discredited the notion that Bruno Richard Hauptmann - electrocuted in 1936 - acted alone. In this meticulous and authoritative account of the crime, the trial, and the times of the Lindbergh kidnapping, Robert Zorn clears away decades of ungrounded speculation surrounding the case. Inspired by his father's relationship with the actual accomplices - including the mastermind - he presents the clearest ever picture of a criminal partnership, which would shake every class and culture of American society.
Using personal possessions and documents, never-before-seen photographs, new forensic evidence, and extensive research, Robert Zorn has written a shocking and captivating account of the crime and the original "Trial of the Century".
From the ecstatic riots that followed the Spirit of St. Louis on either side of the Atlantic, to the tragic night that would shake America's sense of security, to the horror of the New Jersey morgue where Lindbergh insisted on verifying the identity of his son, Zorn's skillful treatment meets this larger-than-life story and gives it definitive shape - revealing the true story behind the crime for the first time.
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This is a very interesting book that carefully weaves the life of the great airman, his family and the questionable characters highlighted. Detailed and thorough investigation and a captivating performance.
Perfectly narrated by the tone of speech and the speed of clearly spoken words.
Well written interesting and informative writing. Some of the descriptive writing was outside of the scope of information. For example; The Jefferson Library... I found myself waiting to get back to the information he was there for. But as I have been reading other books on this history, the clarity of facts even makes the other readings more understandable. Probably because it is more factual than a story. Very good! It is even better than what I expected.
I really enjoyed listening to Cemetery John. The content and reader kept me captivated. The book did become a bit redundant but it did not seem to bother me to continue on to the end! Loved the story about the author and his dad too!
No, once was plenty.
Really hard to say.
There were many, but one is when they trace and find large portion of ransom bills.
No. Wanted to absorb everything.
Not know too much about the kidnapping, I'm sure from all the facts this has to be what happened. Great book and narrator!
I would listen again to immerse myself in the author's tale for his evocation of the time period and the Lindbergh frenzy that existed. His attention to detail and theory of the crime were enthralling.
Although this is a non-fiction book, the way he narrated it wasn't dry or boring - he made me believe the story and want to read more narrated by him.
Yes - I didn't want to put it down and looked forward to picking it up again
The proposition of the book, that the author's father knew the person who appears to have been the mastermind of the Lindbergh kidnapping, seems likely, based on the evidence presented. The story is fascinating, although not presented as well as it might have been. The speaker, particularly when he's quoting someone, is difficult to listen to.
I'm regretting getting the recorded book rather than the print version because it refers to so much evidence that is probably displayed in the print book.
I was concerned that being a historical book it would be dull, but it was a really well thought out story with some extremely interesting insight into the Linbergh kidnapping. I never knew much about this particular event, but the information is laid out well and unfolding beautifully to keep you interested.
The narrator does a fantastic job which certainly helps hold the listener.
Possibly. The story had a lot of gaps and this wasn't my favorite narrator, but it was ok.
I thought it just faded slowly away. Nothing to spoil here.
Narration was fine. I wasn't as engaged by the narrator as I have been with other titles, but narration wasn't a negative.
I really don't think there was actually enough "hard" information to write the first book. I was anticipating proof of a co-conspirator and I am not sure I got it.
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