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Thunderstruck por Erik Larson
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Thunderstruck (edição 2007)

por Erik Larson (Autor)

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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 chases of all time. Set in Edwardian London, an era of séances, science, and fog, 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.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:Thunderstruck
Autores:Erik Larson (Autor)
Informação:Broadway Books (2007), 480 pages
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I'm tired of Larson's schtick, to be honest. It seems like every other paragraph ends in And Then Something Foreboding Happened, until the last segment of the book when it feels like it finally got to the story he wanted to write. The Marconi sections of this are incredibly boring (Marconi is a guy that just kind of lucked into being Marconi seems to be the takeaway) and the Crippen sections are a drag until the actual crime happens. The ending parts as the chase goes on are pretty good, though. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
I had a tough time ploughing through the Marconi story, but understood where the author was going with it by the end of the book. The crime story was more intriguing. Am I the only one who wished they would have kept Dr. Crippen alive and figure out some of the answers as to what actually happened to his wife?? ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
A good read as are all Erik Larson books but it wasn't as compelling as either "Dead Wake" or "The Devil In The White City."
I didn't know anything about the murderer Dr. Crippen before reading the book and didn't much care about him during the narrative. I picked up the book because I wanted to know how Marconi managed to transmit radio wave prior to the invention and use of vacuum tubes, but that was never explained. Bummer. Still a good read that picked up at the end. ( )
  Renzomalo | Dec 15, 2020 |
Sensationalism. It's nothing new. If it's shocking, scandalous, or over-the-top, it sells. Sometimes it's nefarious deeds that make a story compelling....sometimes it's celebrity status that makes humanity follow every move some people make. More than 100 years ago, the lives of several very disparate people combined both those elements into the biggest news story of 1910. A quiet, passive man. A young woman in love. A failed, difficult actress. And, an egotistical but determined inventor. One violent action would intertwine the lives of these people. Murder. It made the career of one....and ripped apart the lives of all the others. And the public ate it up.

Thunderstruck tells the story of how a new invention -- the Marconi wireless -- helped catch a murderer.....and how the sensational arrest of that murderer and his lover was the ultimate, very public test Marconi needed to prove his wireless technology worked. The pursuit of Dr. Crippen was one of the first instances of instant news. The public was able to follow the story as law enforcement literally chased Dr. Crippen across the ocean. Because of wireless messages sent from the ship they were on, the public knew what books Crippen and his lover Ethel LeNeve were reading, what they ate, that she was dressed as a boy, their activities....and that they had absolutely no idea police were in pursuit and would arrive in Quebec ahead of them. It was all exciting, scandalous and completely new.

What a story! It is so true that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!

I have read two of Erik Larson's other nonfiction books -- Dead Wake and The Devil in the White City -- and completely loved both of them! Larson goes into great detail when he relates a story, but does so in an interesting, compelling way. But, a word of caution -- these books are narrative non-fiction. Larson goes into minute detail about every aspect of his subject. The stories aren't fictionalized depictions, but a factual account of the lives and events he is writing about. For readers who don't enjoy nonfiction, these books might be tedious or too drawn out. But for those of us who love a true story, Larson's books are a gold mine of awesome information! Just be forewarned --- there is lots of detail, copious amounts of background on every key player involved. If you enjoy that, these books are for you. If not -- best move on, as Larson's books will not be enjoyable for you.

Going into Thunderstruck, I didn't know much about Marconi and wireless telegraphy. Or the details about Dr. Crippen, his wife Cora and Ethel LeNeve. I knew the bare minimum about Crippen and the crime he was hanged for. I found the story incredibly interesting and compelling.

Awesome book! Larson never fails to entertain me. He is a master of narrative non-fiction! I listened to the audio book version of Thunderstruck. The audio, narrated by Bob Balaban, is just under 12 hours long. Balaban reads at a nice pace and he has a pleasant voice. All in all, an excellent listening experience! ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Having read several of Eric Larson's books I was looking forward to reading another one and learning more things that I knew almost nothing about (before I picked up the book!). Naturally Mr. Larson's great attention to detail ensured that I learnt more than I ever wanted to know about Marconi and his wireless telegraph. That part of the book was somewhat boring, because I simply don't have a very scientific mind, still I learnt at least the basics. My biggest complaint about the book was the switching of the time-lines. Yes, it is possible to have 2 parallel story lines, but I always had to double-check the dates when things were happening, especially as most of the Marconi stuff happened 10-15 years (and longer) before the Crippen murder took place. I don't know if some editing on that part would have made the book a better read. ( )
  yukon92 | Sep 23, 2020 |
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For my wife and daughters, and in memory of my mother, who first told me about Crippen.
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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 chases of all time. Set in Edwardian London, an era of séances, science, and fog, 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.--From publisher description.

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