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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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©2008 Simon Baatz (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Anne Ashley
  • 05-05-17

Excellent!!!

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

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  • Anonymous
  • 21-05-18

Very interesting

This book is interesting. I live in Illinois so I was very interested. This book does not go into depth of the reason for the depravity, just touched on it. It was very much about the trial and I found that interesting.
It really proves that then, as now, the rich are favored in the American judicial system. Not much had changed but then, I’m not sure how it could be.
If you have never heard this story before, I highly recommend it. It’s you are familiar with it, it holds little new but is still a good listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-18

Narrator was too dramatic.

Narrator was too dramatic in his reading of the book. Other than the "performance " of the book, it is a great book.

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  • J.Brock
  • 02-02-18

Shocking crime, a bit too much focus on courtroom hijinks

The crime of Leopold and Loeb has captured the nation since 1924. Baatz’s book, though very good and thorough, doesn’t spend quite enough time on the actual crime and the perpetrators. This was a thrill kill. But explanations and details are fairly scant. The only criticism of this narrative is the exhaustible recounting of infamous defense attorney Clarence Darrow’s efforts to prove the two boys as insane, in spite of mountainous evidence to the contrary. Hours are spent on this, and it’s redundant. The narration is excellent. Maybe a bit over dramatic for some, but just right for this. All in all, it’s a good solid read.

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  • thomas weaver
  • 06-10-17

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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  • Will
  • 18-03-18

Perfect in (almost) every way

This book is a meticulously crafted recounting of the Leopold and Loeb case, something I have been fascinated with ever since my introduction to the true crime genre. The attention to detail is fantastic without losing the reader in minutia. It is just plain well written.
The only reason I didn't hit the golden buzzer is because ... the ... narrator ... insists ... on ... reading ... it ... with ... each ... word ... carefully ... and ... slowly ... pronounced, ... as ... if ... he's ... reading ... at ... a ... public ... library ... to ... a ... group ... of ... immigrants ... barely ... able ... to ... comprehend ... basic ... English. The audio producers probably could have shaved two hours off the run time if he had just spoken normally.
Oh well. It's still worth it. It took about an hour for it not to really bother me. If you are really interested in this book my advice is to just push through until you don't notice it.
Otherwise, it's one of my faves.

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