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This is a well narrated audiobook of murder, forensics, and the incredible power and resources of yellow journalism in NYC at the turn of the 20th century. Pulitzer and Hearst battle to scoop each other in a grisly murder of a mutilated German-American. Forensic and courtroom procedures are described in stark contrast to today's format. The story swirls around collusion between the police and reporters, the handling of evidence, the subject of abortion, the conditions of the Tombs jail, the consolidation of the five boroughs into one municipality, and the apex of yellow journalism where news is made, not reported. Great story, especially if you're from NYC.
33 of 33 people found this review helpful
A very "listenable" book, factual, but well presented, interesting and captivating. A fascinating history of a short period in journalism - perfectly read!
32 of 32 people found this review helpful
Where does The Murder of the Century rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The most interesting aspect of the story is that it is true and it tells the story of the war between two great newspapers - Hearst and Pulitzer.
What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?
That it is an interesting, shaded performance, he does show the different characters really well.
Any additional comments?
Hooked my interest from the beginning and held it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A highly evocative and always engaging real-life murder mystery and courtroom drama as well as a social history of a forgotten era.