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Thunderstruck

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 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.

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 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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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 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tony Goldwyn

Length:

5h 48m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:55

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:32


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:41


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:47


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:58


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:16


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:48


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:27


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:09


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:03


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:20


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:10


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:27


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:44