Excellent! An insane murder mystery and a journalistic dogfight between William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. The beginnings of the aggressive news media we all know today...
More fun than I expected!!
Incredibly well written, and well performed.
Easily worth the credit. Solid 5stars.
What a great audiobook! Author/Narrator Simon Winchester tells the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Etymology and the origins of the famous English dictionary may not SEEM interesting to readers/listeners, but as the title teases, there is much to this story to keep the interest any reader!! Written and performed with charm and eloquence, the result is a book that is incredibly unique, tragic, uplifting, strange and engrossing.
The Professor and the Madman is also the true story of two unlikely collaborators and eventual friends: the Scottish Professor and Editor of the Oxford dictionary and one of his main contributors to the dictionary, a retired American Civil War soldier/surgeon incarcerated at an English mental hospital for the criminally insane.
The author does such a great job with the story and the narration. You will not be able to put it down!
I highly recommend this book and will read more by Simon Winchester!!
Incredibly well written and performed. But good god, how the hell could these jurors let her go free?! What a crazy, obviously guilty b'tch!!! Omg this book will break your heart! How on earth is Casey Anthony a free woman, to have all the babies she wants.
Casey Anthony should have been sterilized AT LEAST!
I'm an attorney, and my heart goes out to the prosecution. They had a strong case against a truly narcissistic murderer. Worst of all the victim was a 2 year old baby girl. I cannot under any circumstances understand what this jury was thinking.
Jeff Ashton has written a very compelling book and performs it like a true professional. I'm sorry for him and the rest of the prosecution team that the outcome was so horrible!
It's truly an anomaly. The biggest mistake in recent trial history.
Jurors should be ashamed to have let this manipulative, compulsive lying, selfish woman kill her baby, party for a month, and then walk free!
I found the book compelling, not only for revelations about the identity of the Zodiac, but for the interplay of SF politics on a murder investigation and later, a coverup. I think the author has nailed it, when I consider the credibility of the presenter and the publisher (HarperCollins), the support of a qualified handwriting expert of a definitive forensic handwriting match of a few documents written and signed by Van Earl Best, Jr. and those written by the Zodiac, Best's name is embedded in two (2) of the Zodiac ciphers, the fact that both the Zodiac and VE Best, Jr. had identical scars on the same index finger. The motive, means and opportunity also support the finding but aren't needed. The only thing missing for a slamdunk beyond a reasonable doubt finding is DNA. And, Mr. Stewart and his biological mother have offered DNA to an expert who now has the markers to match to the DNA of the Zodiac.
BUT, the Blue Wall of the SF Police Dept stalled it all and closed the investigation in 2004, the week the author began making inquiries for the Best file. Above all else, they must protect their own: a black police detective who married the Zodiac's former wife (the author's biological mother) and who was somewhat of a bit player in the whole investigation behind Toschi and Armstrong.
To hell with the public's interest and the families of the victims.
This book and the author's narration made me want to continue listening.
Can I find something to criticize? Yes. Some of the investigation part repeats what was already in the life story of Van Earl Best, Jr. and I thought there was much too lengthy a discussion of the relationship between the bio mother and her husband Rotea (the detective), presumably to bend over backward to appear that no one is pointing the finger at him.
A definite 5 STAR book.
I just hope to hell this puts continued pressure on the higher-ups in the SFPD to get off their ASS and stop looking out for numero uno!