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For the Thrill of It

Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz Age Chicago
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
4 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals - too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state's attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows. But the families of the confessed murderers hired Clarence Darrow, entrusting the lives of their sons to the most famous lawyer in America in what would be one of the most sensational criminal trials in the history of American justice.

Set against the backdrop of the 1920s - a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic excess in a lawless city on the brink of anarchy - For the Thrill of It draws the listener into a world of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin parties, with a spellbinding narrative of Jazz Age murder and mystery.

©2008 Simon Baatz (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent!!!

I couldn't stop listening to the story. I knew of the incident/case but this is brilliant!

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Narrator was too dramatic.

Narrator was too dramatic in his reading of the book. Other than the "performance " of the book, it is a great book.

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Good story, narration makes it a chore

This book should be read. It seems well written and informative.

But the narrator sounds like some hack trying to perform Shakespeare. Way over the top dramatic. I don’t usually write bad reviews, but this author and audible need to be aware.

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Read by a robot

This thing sounded like it was unedited text to speech. Avoid. Not worth the money.

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Fair retelling of landmark crime

Sometimes I order and enjoy an audiobook about a story I know well, for the added enjoyment of hearing it retold with fabulous narration. This is not one of those times. I don't know if the narrator is a stage actor, but i found the telling a bit (although not hugely), over the top with regards to enthusiasm and expression. Fairly written, albeit with a little repetition and over-explanation, but not great.

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Awful narration

I almost stopped and returned this one - only powered through to hear the story.

The narration is unnaturally precise and overly dramatic. Just awful

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Decent

It details the lives of, trail, sentencing, etc. but also goes off on completely irrelevant tangents for extended periods of time.

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Very interesting

This book is interesting. I live in Illinois so I was very interested. This book does not go into depth of the reason for the depravity, just touched on it. It was very much about the trial and I found that interesting.
It really proves that then, as now, the rich are favored in the American judicial system. Not much had changed but then, I’m not sure how it could be.
If you have never heard this story before, I highly recommend it. It’s you are familiar with it, it holds little new but is still a good listen.

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Shocking crime, a bit too much focus on courtroom hijinks

The crime of Leopold and Loeb has captured the nation since 1924. Baatz’s book, though very good and thorough, doesn’t spend quite enough time on the actual crime and the perpetrators. This was a thrill kill. But explanations and details are fairly scant. The only criticism of this narrative is the exhaustible recounting of infamous defense attorney Clarence Darrow’s efforts to prove the two boys as insane, in spite of mountainous evidence to the contrary. Hours are spent on this, and it’s redundant. The narration is excellent. Maybe a bit over dramatic for some, but just right for this. All in all, it’s a good solid read.

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Not what I thought

Only about an hour is spent on the murder itself the rest of the book is spent on Court trials preceding the case and backgrounds of all the court players. They narrator put on his best theater actor voice and it didn't pay off for me. I honestly found this book a chore. I've listened to way longer books that didn't feel left like they took this long.