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"Larson has a knack for creating genuine suspense in his writing, and his latest is thoroughly enthralling." (Booklist

"Splendid, beautifully written....Thunderstruck triumphantly resurrects the spirit of another age." (Publishers Weekly

あらすじ・解説

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. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases 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 crime.

With his superb narrative skills, Erik Larson guides these parallel narratives toward a relentlessly suspenseful meeting on 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.

Thunderstruck presents a vibrant portrait of an era of séances, science, and fog, inhabited by inventors, magicians, and Scotland Yard detectives, all presided over by the amiable and fun-loving Edward VII as the world slid inevitably toward the first great war of the 20th century.

Gripping from the start, and rich with fascinating detail about the time, the people, and the new inventions that connect and divide us, Thunderstruck is splendid narrative history from a master of the form.

©2006 Erik Larson (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Knowledge Seeker
  • 2017/11/24

Again?

Larson struck gold with The Devil in the White City, and he decided to go back to the well again. He again tries to pair a crime with an event, this time the invention and development of the radio by Marconi. Larson doesn’t really explain the science behind radio waves and Marconi was an obsessed, unpleasant but ultimately not very interesting man. The famous Crippen Case was interesting but the most fascinating part, how the crime was committed, is drawn only in outline. And the two stories have a weak linkage. The are two parallel tales. Not a terrible read but this one should not win an Edgar.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • KELZ 1972
  • 2017/02/14

Great story

I enjoyed the story very much. It was a superbly written book about an era I love, the turn of the last century. I did not care for the significantly over dramatic tone of the narrator. I felt like I was listening to a 1950's radio commercial where every syllable of every word is over annunciated. Some listeners may enjoy that style. It is just not my preference. I do recommend the book though, especially if you enjoyed Mr Larson's other book , Devil in the White City.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cathy Manning
  • 2017/01/23

educational entertainment

fascinating way of intertwining two historical stories--one well known and the other not as much

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Miriam S Haffner
  • 2021/03/03

This is an ABRIDGED version.

I’m not sure why Audible isn’t clear in the description, but this version of the book is a very shortened summary- the other audible version of Thunderstruck (with Bob Balaban as narrator) is the full version. Note the amount of time for this read is about half what the other version of the same book is. I also own the book and followed along to be sure- right out of the gate he skips like two paragraphs. I spent a credit on it before I realized this. If you want the whole book, get the one with Bob Balaban reading. Or better yet, buy the book to make sure you get the whole story.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Kenneth Langdon
  • 2020/03/19

too short. I was disappointed. barely got into it

too short. left me feeling like "where's the beef" I was expecting more. disappointing! Poor choice of book!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • PapaSanAZ
  • 2019/03/21

Erik does it again!

Great histories of two remarkable men and their wives. Perfect for listening in the car.
If you are not already a fan of Larsen, you will be after this. Fabulous narration as well.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Spiller
  • 2012/09/26

Solid read

Would you listen to Thunderstruck again? Why?

No, I only listen to stuff once.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Nice storyline I enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Typical Larson read I look forward to my next purchase of his material.