I have read many books by Douglas Preston; I am unfamiliar with any other works by Mario Spezi. Dennis Boutsikaris did a fine job of narration.
Not what I expected, and I wish this was eligible for return!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a crazy story; very textured, with lots of memorable details, like the cabal of voyeurs that spies on lovers in cars in the Florentine hills, and occasional peeks of the author Thomas Harris, who borrowed some details of the Monster case for Hannibal Lecter's Italian sojourn.
Both Spezio and Preston's sections had a good balance of case detail and personal observation that elevated this book above more workmanlike true crime stories.
I would happily listen to this reader again.
I found brief Preston's account of how 9/11 affected the story moving. Later in the story, I was disturbed by the information that the prosecutor in the infamous Amanda Knox case was involved in the mismanagement of Monster of Florence events towards the end of this book.
A friend of mine lived in Italy when these crimes were being committed and his father told him (since he was just a kid at the time) that he might want to learn about this string of crimes that happened when he lived there. So on a car trip one October we downloaded two versions of this story... and only got through this one. If you are going to purchase a version of this, purchase this one it will hold your interest.
The Monster of Florence is a story that wends it's way through the countryside of Tuscany. The accounts are harrowing and the narration excellent. Unfortunately, however, you wonder if the tale is ever going to get to a solution. I found this a 'good' read but really anticipated 'exciting.' The lack of follow through is why I only gave it three stars for story.
I started listening to it a couple of days ago, but I'm tempted to quit it. The book is quite good, but the narrator, Dennis Boutsikaris, uses a marked italian american accent for the italian characters, which of course is absurd, 'cause they speak italian, not american. I find it very racist and made me quite mad. I don't know if I'll continue listening...
It's not often that I can hang with a 9 hour book straight from beginning to end without straying into other books. This was different. It was a great story. I acknowledge all the other reviewers beefs with this book. But they were not problems for me. Sure, pictures would have helped keep suspects straight. But I did not need them. Sure, it resembles a documentary, but I like documentaries - so no problem there either. In the end, it's just a great story. In my opinion, the story is so compelling, I had no problem with the narrator speaking with an Italian accent at points in the book that require dialogue. At first it was slightly annoying, but I got used to it quickly. Overall, great story. I guess truth is indeed sometimes stranger than fiction.
The story is really interesting and the writing is engaging. However, the accent the narrator uses for the native Italian characters is just awful. It was a really bizarre choice to read all Italian characters with an accent and all characters, women, children and men, have this same terrible, exaggerated accent. This may be one that you are better off reading than listening to.
A thoroughly riviting audible. The Italian judicial system and the characters come to life in this well written and detailed account of Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi's search for the truth about The Monster of Florence. I look forward to future literary products from Douglas Preston.
This covers an interesting case and is as full of intrigue as any novel. However, the Italian names were hard for me to keep straight and made the story more difficult to follow than it would be as a traditional book.
Every year when we travel on vacation, my husband and I listen to a book. Even though this is not a novel, it read like one. It kept our attention for our entire 10 hour drive. Talk about life being stranger than fiction. This true story had more twists and turns than a well-written thriller. I've thought of this book so many times this year when I've followed the trial of Amanda Knox, the American student charged with the murder of her roommate. I wonder if Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi could have counseled both her and her family during her on-going trial. Give a listen, you won't be disappointed if you like suspense.