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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Grann Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307734587
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Whether he’s reporting on the infiltration of the murderous Aryan Brotherhood into the U.S. prison system, tracking down a chameleon con artist in Europe, or riding in a cyclone- tossed skiff with a scientist hunting the elusive giant squid, David Grann revels in telling stories that explore the nature of obsession and that piece together true and unforgettable mysteries. 

Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief, pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world’s foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York City’s water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann’s hypnotic accounts display the power—and often the willful perversity—of the human spirit. 

Compulsively readable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 2/19/2014

    " If I was to judge this book my its title The Devil and Sherlock Holmes it would not be what I was expecting. Only one of the stories is about Sherlock Holmes. But Mr Grann does a great job with the short story format .I found the stories and people very interesting and entertaining and all the subject matters were vastly different from one another. In many cases the person or story was so interesting that I went on to research more about them. A very enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 2/16/2014

    " This is a collection of researched essays that appeared in earlier journals (New Yorker, Atlantic, etc.). Grann updated them and put them in this book. They are very interesting--investigative journalism as eclectic essays. I enjoy Grann's writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleycarolhall O'Toole | 2/10/2014

    " this is so interesting. lots of little mysteries...not everything has to do with sherlock or conan doyle, but very intriguing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malia | 2/8/2014

    " This book really interests me, different short stories. Bravo... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 2/7/2014

    " Fascinating (and true!) stories, conveyed with incredible skill. A pleasure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Galamaga | 1/27/2014

    " Very interesting collection of essays about true-life mysteries, oddities, and horrors. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kirk | 1/25/2014

    " I could not finish this book. It wasn't what I was expecting. I thought I would get a compilation of Sherlock Holmes stories. I know I should have read a review and I would have known this but I went off the title. My fault. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanne | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting collection of stories, mysteries and murder abound. Most were very interesting, some were sad, and a couple seem to be fillers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 1/16/2014

    " Very weird, fun stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/15/2014

    " Love David Grann!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 12/22/2013

    " Meh. Some of the stories were interesting, others less so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/12/2013

    " Amazing group of short (true) stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 9/5/2013

    " Most of the stories were intriguing, (except for the one about the giant squid). The story about the prison mafia was shocking to say the least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 7/29/2013

    " A solid collection of articles that Grann wrote for the New Yorker. I thought all but the last two were extremely interesting. I got this as a BOT from the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/13/2012

    " Very fun. One great thing about a collection of individual stories like this is you can skip around without guilt. I love the true crime stuff -- I'm not so into the search for the giant squid. But the stories I did read in here were boffo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry | 3/14/2012

    " This is a terrific collection of non-fiction pieces. Each is a true story, each is well written about subjects that are very untypical. From hunting giant squids to the bizarre world of sandhogs who work hundreds of feet underneath NYC. Cool read that I recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deena | 2/18/2012

    " Investigative journalism from a thoughtful and well-spoken writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lawrence | 6/29/2011

    " Some interesting stuff here, but way too much personal filler that was awful. Those most interesting info is in the last chapter, and I would probably just have preferred to read the book he references there instead of this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/27/2011

    " Really interesting, well-written and researched. Enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kacie | 6/24/2011

    " Really great adventure story. I can't imagine having been there.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/13/2011

    " Fine book about a part of history that was new to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 6/12/2011

    " I enjoyed learning about Percy Fawcett and his quest to find an ancient civilization. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blake | 6/11/2011

    " a tale of obsession, yes. not a very compelling one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 6/11/2011

    " Fascinating history of an area of exploration I knew little about - the Amazon rainforest. Nicely crafted narrative too given the material or absence thereof. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 6/10/2011

    " Fantastic true-life thriller. Grann is a great talent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 6/5/2011

    " Just finished The Lost City of Z. What a terrific read--well written, suspenseful, interesting and engaging. I had trouble putting it down. Grann is a tremendous journalist and creative non-fiction writer. Can't recommend this book enough. "

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