The Monster of Florence was a man who killed young couples (14 people in all) on the rural roads around Florence, Italy while they were making love in their cars. He then dragged the women off and cut out their vaginas. He once made a mistake and killed two German homosexuals, but one of them could have been easily mistaken for a woman.
I once made the mistake of listening to it just before I went to sleep and had terrible nightmares. Do not do this.
The real monster, however, was the Italian public, and the Italian Media, who made their own monsters and ruined the lives of innocent people. And the police, who enriched themselves while pretending to catch him. They never did, despite the most expensive, and longest lasting investigation in Italian history, which also ruined the lives of innocent people. Italy is the home of corruption and organized crime, and the police have become experts in dealing with them;and living with them. The Italian people as a whole in this book appear charming but incredibly foolish.
All in all, it's an interesting, but depressing story.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book! Given the subject matter, I expected it to be somewhat difficult to get through at points, but this was not the case.
This book is well written; almost novel-like in how entertaining it is at times.
The narration of this book is fits the book perfectly; very well narrated.
I wouldn't have even bothered with this book had it not been recommended to me by my mom. I was hooked when she told me that the Monster of Florence was the real life inspiration for the Hannibal Lector character. And after listening to the story I was in awe of the Italian judicial system. Great, great book and even better to listen to!!
When I purchased this audio book I had a small understanding of what to expect. Being a fan of the Thomas Harris character Hannibal Lector and recently the television interpretation of that world, the Monster of Florence caught my eye.
But this fictional knowledge of the Monster is nothing compared to the facts.
This book is a chilling insight into the killings of Italian couples over a decade long spree. It details the evidence, connections, and various theories of the case. And presents it's own opinion on who the killer is. It also shows the affect these murders have had on the people of Florence and others involved, even to this day.
If you are interested in the darkest side of man and ponder how these horrible crimes can be committed, read or listen to this audio book. But know it will affect you too.
I am a lover of true crime but this audiobook didn't do much for me. I found the narrators fake Italian accent distracting and the writing was very wordy to a point that made it difficult to follow the meet of the story
I really enjoyed this book. After reading some of the reviews regarding the "bad" Italian accent of the narrator, I hesitated to purchase it, but since I've never been to Italy and wouldn't know a good Florentine accent from a bad one, I rolled the dice. Aside from a few times where he dropped it when he shouldn't have, I was not bothered at all by his narration.
The story itself was interesting, shocking, confusing, and kept me wanting to know what happened next. The only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is because by chapter six I was honestly lost. This is not the fault of the writers, rather the actual events were hard to follow no matter how clearly explained. Ultimately, I was able to follow generally everything that occurred and the few areas I was lost did not affect my overall understanding of the book.
I do have to say, regardless of who the actual Monster is, I am appalled at the Italian judicial system and am interested to read, as another reviewer suggested, the Amanda Knox story.
I hope this book gets re-recorded because this narration is painful. Having someone that struggles with Italian words is painful for the narrator as well as the listener. Having dialogue between to Italians read with a pseudo Italian accent makes it sound more like a joke than authentic dialogue.
The story and the research is extremely compelling. Characters come alive as well as Florence and its culture.
Only if it doesn't involve an Italian narrative. I truly fault the production/directorial "team" for the choices made in regards to Boutsikaris' performance. He is a solid actor but just a poor choice as narrator. I hope, WHEN (and not if) they re-record this book, they spend some time with the basics as well as more complex words like Savonarola (Sah-voh-nah-ROH-lah). I could nearly hear Boutsikaris himself cringe every time he had to say his name....
I would love to see this story be made into a movie. I was only a child when the majority of the investigation was going on, but I have clear memories of warnings or judgments made towards certain people and their "love behavior".
I ultimately had to stop listening to this book because it was just too painful... the story is great and even the more research-ie parts don't pull you away from the story given the extremely fluid writing style. But would a recommend listening to this book? Absolutely not. Do this story a favor, re-record it and please please please, not only find a performer that can pronounce Italian words with ease, but don't have the dialogue read as if spoken by to Italian-Americans.
Stop telling me to get off my High Horse. I like it up here.
I haven't finished it yet, but this is one of the most riveting works I've ever encountered. It's a true story recounting the actions of a vicious serial killer that stalked young couples in the countryside of Florence, Italy and the investigations into the murders. Long after the murders stop, the grinding of the Italian justice system rolls on and starts to rival the horror of the original killings.
When the investigation goes completely off the rails into mad searches for "satanic death cults" & fantastic conspiracies.
Good, distinguishable characterizations of all the principle people in the book.
Yes, but I couldn't unfortunately.