This profile is under my husband's name since Audible merged with Amazon. So just call me Bob. Or wife of Bob. Or the reader in the family. Whatever.
I first read this book years ago. This story is creepy, fascinating, amazing, horrifying and TRUE!! Highly recommend.
Yes, an engrossing and entertaining book is meant to be read again and again and this falls under both categories.
I read this book for the first time in 1975 when I was 15 years old. I happened to be in LA visiting family when the murders occured so I had more than a bit of interest in the story. Hearing it gave me more detail and the afterword of 25 years later was very interesting.
He used some inflections and mild accents so you can tell the difference between the characters in conversations. I appreciated that.
Nothing extreme, some chuckles at some of the humerous parts of the story (the story itself isn't humorous but some of the characters were). I recall cringing a bit at some of the details of the murders, I think being older it bothered me more than when I was 15.
Since the copywrite was 2010, I had hoped for more information, such as the death of Susan Atkins and other details but I was satisfied with the book and thanks so much to Audible!
I remember these horrible incidents well. It happened during the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. I still have my well worn paperback book after all of these years. I always admired Vincent Bugliosi for delving into such a risky story as he did. Bad enough for his family he was prosecutor on the case, but just dealing with such madness day in and day out is uncomprehensible. Still the best true crime story ever, unfortunately.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far. The story is compelling all the way through, no small feat for a book this length.
I knew only the barest facts of the Manson case and nothing about the trial. What I learned has left me with quite a bit to think about. There is depth to this story, thanks to Bugilosi's detailed recounting of every aspect of the events, both the killings, the trial and the lives of all involved. This is not a story I will ever forget.
Scott Brick is, as usual, an outstanding narrator and adds to a great deal to the already strong material with his spot-on narrative, impeccable pronunciation and timing.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the world around them.
Mother of four great boys!
Of course I had heard of Charles Manson, but I didn't know all the details. The narrator brought the characters alive. It was hard to stop listening to this one.
Definitely! It is such a captivating story and Scott Brick does great voices even for the women. There was not one dull moment in this book. Great work Mr. Bugliosi and thank you for writing it. I'm a strong believer in knowing our history because it can and will repeat itself.
While sometimes this book was a little slow, I found it very educational suspenseful in its own way; a great "documentary" about the Manson family. This book not only tells the story of Charles Manson and his family but also of the murders and of the legal system's handling of them. I found myself pausing the book to Google image-search photos of the actual people involved. I've already recommended the book to several others.
An avid reader who once abhorred the concept of "listening" to books, I now enjoy audiobooks as an alternative to the radio while commuting.
So much has been written about this bestselling account of the Manson murders and subsequent trials. All the praise is deserved. Focusing on the audiobook, I found the narration by Scott Brick to be a perfect match for the subject. His delivery is full of restrained drama, and enhances a story that needs no enhancement. Highly recommended, not only for those interested in true crime, courtroom proceeding, etc., but also for those who have already read the book (or have viewed the film based on the book). The performance by Brick will give you a new experience -- one both chilling and highly entertaining.
Fascinating story, well written and with excellent narration. One of my favorite listens so far.
Don't be deterred by the length of this audiobook - there's a good chance you'll find yourself wishing it was longer.
An interesting subject, from the perspective of the prosecutor on the Charles Manson murder trial. It deals with a lot of facts, but not very much with the psychological en philosophical side.
The author is surprised that young men/women can be so manipulated that they kill random strangers in cold blood. All this while the author works for the government, an organisation that manipulates young men and women to kill total strangers in cold blood.
He does mention the Nixon quote 'Manson is guilty' and Manson's response that Nixon was just as guilty of the hundreds of thousands killed in Vietnam, but you can notice this does not hit home with him. I guess that can not be expected from someone working for the government, who gets his pay check from coercion of tax payers.
If your real goal is to prevent these terrible things from happening, you have to get into the causes and not just react with violence against violence after the fact. You have to recognize that Manson was raised by the government seeing every juvenile facility, calling prison his home. It is unfortunate that we live in a world where showing a nipple during the super bowl, causes a panic, while violence is so well tolerated. Not only on TV, but also in society at large, where every problem is attacked with laws/jails/coercion/taxation/money printing/bans/mandates/obligations/scanners/camera's/strip searches/tasers and pepper spray.
My husband & I share the account. Anything on history is his read. I'm more into fiction/zombie & apocalyptic reads.
Really well done. Learned quite a bit more than I ever suspected through the book. The book was hind of like multiple parts, the event, the investigation and the trail. Each had it's own sense of drama and it worked very well.