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From the #1 New York Time bestselling author of "The devil in the White City". In 1910, at the height of the Edwardian era, a mild-mannered American named Hawley Harvey Crippen killed his wife and buried her remains in the cellar of their London home. A Scotland Yard inspector discovered the remains and launched an international hunt for Crippen that climaxed in a trans-Atlantic chase between two ocean liners. Thanks to a new and poorly understood technology--the wireless, invented by Guglielmo Marconi, Crippen was caught and arrested.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Books on Tape, 2006
ISBN: 9780739346860
Branch Call Number: AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 audio file : digital
Additional Contributors: Balaban, Bob


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Jul 15, 2020

We've been taking long road trips and I was looking for a good non-fiction story on audiobook. This fit the bill nicely! My sweetie is a bit of a science nerd and he loved and understood everything they talked about with Marconi. I love a mystery and really got into this. It is long but engrossing. I was already a fan of Erik Larson from "In the Garden of Beasts" and "The Devil in the White City" so was pleased with this one too.

Jun 07, 2019

I liked this Biography Documentary DVD. It was comprehensive and informative. I liked this non-fiction biography about two characters. It is 12 hours long. It is too violent for kids to listen to. In Edwardian London, on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, two men's lives intersect - Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention. Meanwhile, Crippen, 'the kindest of men', nearly commits the perfect crime. Italian inventor
Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission, development of Marconi's law, and a radio telegraph system. Born: April 25, 1874, Palazzo Dall’Armi Marescalchi, Bologna Died: July 20, 1937, Rome, Italy Known for: Radios Awards: Nobel Prize in Physics, IEEE Medal of Honor. Children: Gioia Marconi Braga, Degna Marconi, Maria Eletra Elena Anna Marconi, Giulio Marconi, Lucia Marconi. Siblings: Alfonso Marconi

Jan 31, 2017

This is my least favorite book by Larson. It failed to hold my interest despite his brilliant writing.

JCLHopeH Jul 26, 2016

This interweaving of scientific invention and true crime felt a bit forced and slow, but it picked up momentum near the end as the stories connected. It's an interesting slice of history!

Oct 30, 2015

A story that combines murder and the invention of wireless radio. Should be compelling, but, like Erik Larson's other story on the Lusitania, way, way too long and full of minutia. A list of socks, including colour, that one woman gave another, really?

Jan 24, 2012

Good stories, but I got a bit bored with them. I actually knew what happened before I erad them so that might have had something to do with it. Not his best work!


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