In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.
"A Rich Read!"
Just months after the closure of the Chicago World's Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.
"Whispers in the Reading Room was Worth the Read!"
Chicago is one of America's most iconic, historic, and fascinating cities. For Alex Kotlowitz, an accidental Chicagoan, it is the perfect perch from which to peer into America's heart. Chicago is a stew of contradictions: coarse yet gentle, idealistic yet restrained, grappling with its promise, alternately sure and unsure of itself. Not so much a tour of a place as a tour of its soul, Never a City So Real introduces listeners to some of the city's most interesting, if not always celebrated people.
As the only female firefighter at Engine Co. 6, Alexandra Dempsey gets it from all sides: the male coworkers who think she can't do the job, the wives and girlfriends who see her as a threat to their firefighter men, and her overprotective foster brothers who want to shelter their baby sister at all costs. So when she single-handedly saves the life of Eli Cooper, Chicago's devastatingly handsome mayor, she assumes that the respect she's longed for will finally come her way.
"Story good. Narration not so much"
Two men embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the 20th century: Daniel Hudson Burnham, the brilliant director of works for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; and Henry H. Holmes, who used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths.
"Enthralling Story...best part - its true!"
All was quiet as Rabia Haj Ali walked through this Chicago suburb last week. Pausing to feel the warmth of the sun on her skin, she watched as the only other moving presence — a small black squirrel — lolloped across the neatly cut lawns.
Savvy PR guru Kinsey Taylor has always defined herself by her career, not her gender. That is, until she moved from San Francisco to Chicago to be with her fiancé, who thought she wasn't taking her "job" of supporting him in his high-powered career seriously enough and promptly dumped her for a more supportive and "feminine" nurse. Now, as the new assistant press secretary to Chicago's dynamic mayor, she's determined to keep her eye on the prize - and she certainly doesn't have time for men.
"3 For The Narration"
One night in a Chicago restaurant, Michael Bamberger draws up a list of golf heroes. Nine are living legends, like Arnold and Jack. Nine are secret legends, like Dolphus "Golf Ball" Hull: a windblown tour caddie from Jackson, Mississippi. What they all share is a game that courses through their collective veins like a drug. Accompanied by a sidekick and friend, a former tour player who is a secret legend himself, Bamberger seeks to locate and get to know these luminaries.
"Great stories, hard to follow"
This collection of Catherine Asaro's show fiction contains five stories, including the Nebula Award-winning novella, Spacetime Pool, the Hugo and Nebula nominated novella Aurora in Four Voices, and an essay on Asaro's use of mathematics in her fiction.
"Good stories too painful to listen to."
Kal Hakala is the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation’s best agent, but even he needs a break after his last case, which brought him a hair’s breadth from death and killed the fiancée of his best friend, a Mescalero Apache agent named Canton Asate. Kal’s temporary desk-job is nothing less than leadership of the entire BSI. Now it is on his head to assemble teams of agents to fight the latest Supernatural incursions and man up if they fail.
"Cool book, but mainly one big flashback scene"
Karen Abbott's colorful, nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters; their world-famous brothel, the Everleigh Club; and the perennial clash between our nation's hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots culminates in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers. Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era propriety to 20th-century modernity.
"Great book - brilliant narrator!"
The acclaimed author of There Are No Children Here takes us into the heart of Chicago by introducing us to some of the city's most interesting, if not always celebrated, people.
Catherine is a teenager who has always been rebellious within her Amish community. She meets a non-Amish boy one farm over and they and a few other teens decide to train hop their way to Chicago. Leaving early one morning, Catherine joins Matt on their big adventure to Chicago. After finally reaching the huge city, things start to happen that make her wish she was back with her family, held safe within her Amish community and that rebellion is sometimes not all it's made out to be.
"A Food Hall Lures the Lunch Crowd in Chicago" is from the October 11, 2016 Food section of The New York Times. It was written by Florence Fabricant and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
AURORA, Ill. - All was quiet as Rabia Haj Ali walked through this Chicago suburb last week. Pausing to feel the warmth of the sun on her skin, she watched as the only other moving presence - a small black squirrel - lolloped across the neatly cut lawns. For Rabia, the silence felt unnerving. In her Syrian hometown of Daraa, a quiet street signaled danger and the need to move inside. “It’s hard to believe you’re safe when the brain is still on high alert,” she said. “This takes some getting used to.”
"A Chicago Shooting Survivor, but in Need of a Miracle" is from the September 17, 2016, United Statessection of The New York Times. It was written by Mitch Smith and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"2 Brothers Are Held in Killing in Chicago" is from the August 28, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Mitch Smith and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"Two Men Charged in Chicago Shooting Death of Dwyane Wade's Cousin" is from the August 28, 2016 News section of The USA Today. It was written by Aamer Madhani and narrated by Mark Ashby.
"Chicago to Release Videos in Police Shooting of Unarmed Man" is from the August 04, 2016, News section of The USA Today. It was written by Aamer Madhani and narrated by Paige McKinney.
"More Than 60 Shot in Chicago over July 4th Weekend" is from the July 05, 2016, News section of The USA Today. It was written by Aamer Madhani and narrated by Mark Ashby.