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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,096 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erik Larson Narrator: Bob Balaban Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City, a true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush”

In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal cases of all time.

Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect murder.

With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/17/2014

    " This was not my favorite Larson book. The story of the possible murder interested me much more than the parts about Macaroni. I felt that Larson spent too much time on the technicalities of radio waves which is a subject a non-science major like myself has trouble understanding. Unlike "Murder in the White City, the connection between the two stories in this book seemed more forced. It was interesting to find out that Marconi had little formal education and that his success was largely achieved through trial and error. Lots of trials and lots of errors! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alyssa | 2/7/2014

    " Very interesting. While on one hand it gives a fascinating history of two men, Marconi the inventor and Crippen the murderer, on the other it jumps between these two men so much, that it is hard to keep track of both. And the connection between the two doesn't become apparent until nearly the end of it (which isn't much of a connection at all between the actual men). Overall, kind of confusing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Suz | 2/7/2014

    " I've read other books by Larson. This was not my favorite... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 2/6/2014

    " great interweaving of 2 disparate yet ultimately linked stories "

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