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Thunderstruck [compact Disc]

By Erik Larson

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 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 twentieth century. Gripping from the first page, 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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format

Nonmusical Sound Recording

Availability

1 available at Main (Downtown)
  • CD 364.1523 Lar [10 DISC], Book on CD Nonfiction

ISBN

0739339656


Format: Nonmusical Sound Recording
Author: Larson, Erik
Title: Thunderstruck [compact disc] / Erik Larson.
Publisher Date: [New York, NY] : Random House Audio, p2006.
Subject: Crippen, Hawley Harvey, 1862-1910 Murder -- England -- London -- Case studies -- Talking books. Murderers -- England -- London -- Biography -- Talking books. Murder -- Investigation -- Great Britain -- Case studies -- Talking books. Telegraph, Wireless -- Marconi system -- History -- Talking books.
Isbn: 0739339656 9780739339657
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: 364.1523 Lar
Oclc: 77272552
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Bib Id: 260547

Format: Nonmusical Sound Recording
Author: Larson, Erik
Title: Thunderstruck [compact disc] / Erik Larson.
Edition: Unabridged.
Publisher, Date: [New York, NY] : Random House Audio, p2006.
Description: 10 sound discs (12 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: Crippen, Hawley Harvey, 1862-1910
Subjects: Murder -- England -- London -- Case studies -- Talking books.
Subjects: Murderers -- England -- London -- Biography -- Talking books.
Subjects: Murder -- Investigation -- Great Britain -- Case studies -- Talking books.
Subjects: Telegraph, Wireless -- Marconi system -- History -- Talking books.
Other Author: Balaban, Bob
Notes: Compact discs.
Notes: Read by Bob Balaban.
ISBN: 0739339656
ISBN: 9780739339657
Publisher Number: RHCD 2080
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: 364.1523 Lar
Medium: [compact disc]