For the Thrill of It

  • by Simon Baatz
  • Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
  • 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals - too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state's attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows. But the families of the confessed murderers hired Clarence Darrow, entrusting the lives of their sons to the most famous lawyer in America in what would be one of the most sensational criminal trials in the history of American justice.
Set against the backdrop of the 1920s - a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic excess in a lawless city on the brink of anarchy - For the Thrill of It draws the listener into a world of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin parties, with a spellbinding narrative of Jazz Age murder and mystery.


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I couldn't stop listening to the story. I knew of the incident/case but this is brilliant!
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- Anne Ashley

Not what I thought

Only about an hour is spent on the murder itself the rest of the book is spent on Court trials preceding the case and backgrounds of all the court players. They narrator put on his best theater actor voice and it didn't pay off for me. I honestly found this book a chore. I've listened to way longer books that didn't feel left like they took this long.
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- thomas weaver

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-14-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios