The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson audiobook

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

By Erik Larson
Read by Scott Brick

Random House Audio
14.94 Hours Unabridged
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Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake. The Devil in the White City draws the listener into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this audiobook the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before. Erik Larson’s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both. To find out more about this audiobook, go to http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A 2003 National Book Award Finalist

Winner of the 2003 International Horror Guild Award for Nonfiction

Shortlisted for the 2003 CWA Gold Dagger for Nonfiction

Winner of the 2004 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime

Winner of the 2004 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award

Winner of the 2004 Washington State Book Award

Recipient of the2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Award

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.

The Devil in the White City draws the listener into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this audiobook the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.

Erik Larson’s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.

To find out more about this audiobook, go to http://www.DevilInTheWhiteCity.com.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Listeners will also be fascinated by descriptions of the sheer logistics of the fair itself, which serve as not only carefully crafted and informative history, but also as welcome breaks from the macabre and relentless contrivances of the killer. In all, it’s a polished presentation of an intriguing book that outlines the heights of human imagination and perseverance against the depths of our depravity.” Publishers Weekly
“If you did not know this is a history book, you would think it a mystery novel, so skillfully does Larson weave together the story of the architect who directed the building of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and the story of the psychopathic serial killer who murdered a number of those who were drawn to Chicago by the fair…Such a combination of writing skill and historical inquiry is rare indeed.” KLIATT
“Engrossing…Exceedingly well documented…Utterly fascinating.” Chicago Tribune
“Gripping drama, captured with a reporter’s nose for a good story and a novelist’s flair for telling it.” Kirkus Reviews
“Paints a dazzling picture of the Gilded Age and prefigure the American century to come.” Entertainment Weekly
“Both intimate and engrossing, Larson’s elegant historical account unfolds with the painstaking calm of a Holmes murder. Although both subjects have been treated before, paralleling them here is unique.” Library Journal
“As absorbing a piece of popular history as one will ever hope to find.” San Francisco Chronicle
“So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already.” Esquire
“A dynamic, enveloping book…Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramatic effect of a novel…It doesn’t hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction.” New York Times
“Another successful exploration of American history…Larson skillfully balances the grisly details with the far-reaching implications of the World’s Fair.” USA Today
“Paints a dazzling picture of the Gilded Age and prefigure the American century to come.  Entertainment Weekly
“A wonderfully unexpected book. . . Larson is a historian . . . with a novelist’s soul.  Chicago Sun-Times
“As absorbing a piece of popular history as one will ever hope to find.  San Francisco Chronicle
“A dynamic, enveloping book. . . . Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramatic effect of a novel. . . . It doesn’t hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction.  The New York Times
Engrossing . . . exceedingly well documented . . . utterly fascinating. Chicago Tribune
"So good, you find yourself asking how you could not know this already. Esquire
“Another successful exploration of American history. . . . Larson skillfully balances the grisly details with the far-reaching implications of the World’s Fair.  USA Today

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Author

Author Bio: Erik Larson

Author Bio: Erik Larson

Erik Larson is the author of four national bestsellers: In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac’s Storm, which have collectively sold more than five million copies and two of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. His books have been published in fourteen countries.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Runtime: 14.94
Audience: Adult
Language: English