Yes, I would recommend this book to my friends. This book both captured and capitalized on one of the most fascinating episodes of crime in recent history. It seems to have it all, interesting & sympathetic victims, Hollywood stars, grotesque murders, a reprehensible criminal “mastermind,” slavishly devoted cult minions, sex, perverse motivations, rock and roll, witnesses and sources nearly as bazar as the family, dramatics in the courtroom, and, of course, the process of figuring out how it all worked.
When Vincent Bugliosi reviews all of the unsolved murders that the Manson family may have been involved with, it really shows the potential of this group for both gratuitous killings and killings to protect the family. I believe Bugliosi said these folks, "liked killing," and I suspect he is correct.
I almost past this book by because of the narrator’s voice, which struck me as overly pained. I am glad I went ahead with this book. I not only grew accustomed to Mr. Brick’s voice and presentation, I grew to enjoy it. If you have the same trepidation when you listen to the short sample of the book, please forge ahead. I suspect your experience will be similar to my own.
There were several instances in the book where the "girls" spoke of the people they murdered with such complete disregard for their victims' lives or suffering. It was far easier to dislike Susan Atkins than Charles Manson.
Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.
Wonderful, fun, grand, NOPE!
Grim, strange, gory, devastating, intriguing, unbelievably well written, great research YEP!
It is HELTER SKELTER. One of the most bizarre incidents that I remember in my 68 years. I hesitated to listen to this book but my granddaughter had read it and asked my opinion in the Charles Manson time frame. I was amazed at how much I didn't know and how much of the little I knew was actually untrue. So I listened and learned.
Horrific happenings and seriously strange mentally deranged people. Buglosi and Gentry turned out an excellent account and book.
Of course Scott Brick is my Favorite Performer. I miss him as Pendergast.
I highly recommend this book. There is so much more to this terrible tragedy than just some bad people who killed some other people one night. The authors get into the minds of these monsters. I now feel like I can at least talk with some knowledge about this event, but how sad those times were in our history. Well worth a credit.
I first started reading this book in the 80's but it was so upsetting that I stopped after the first few chapters. I guess I've changed over the years, because this time I was totally enthralled.
I came away from this experience realizing that 1) Vincent Bugliosi was a genius at law; 2) the LAPD blew this case so much, it was almost unbelievable (like shaking-your-head unbelievable at how inept they were, or were they simply lazy and didn't care?); 3) there was a lot that happened behind-the-scenes that I never knew - example: I didn't realize that Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, the girl who attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford, was a linchpin in the Manson "Family" and took his place as head of the Family after he was jailed - 4) there were many more people killed by the Family than those in the Tate/LaBianca murders. Bugliosi goes into great detail about those in the epilogue portion of the book, stating that perhaps as many as 60 were murdered by them through the 70's; 5) also realizing that if it weren't for Bugliosi's independent investigation at the time, Manson and his family would have gotten away with murder.
This is a good book to have in your car while you're commuting because it's long and there are lots of details, Scott Brick did an outstanding job of narrating it, especially with the sometimes endless details about the case - altho I have to say it was seldom that I was bored with those details. I've served on juries, and it's hard to imagine being sequestered for the 9 months it took for the trial to end.
The details of the Tate-LaBianca murders can be difficult to hear, but I highly recommend Helter Skelter.
I have never read nothing about manson and this is the ultimate and most trustfull way of getting to know every detail about the murders the trail and to get closer to mansons intriging mind
I consumed this audiobook in a single week, causing me many dreams and delusions. It is written and narrated so well that I found it difficult to pace myself, and as a result, the story consumed me.
I knew relatively little about the Manson murders before listening to this book. I knew of Manson, of Sharon Tate, and of some kind of cult following, but that was really about it. After reading the book, I know the names of many individuals of the Manson Family, where they lived, their personal backgrounds and those of the victims and the attorneys, the ins and outs of the trial, and a million other things in between. This book is so comprehensive that it's rather astounding.
The beginning is the heaviest part, given vivid and disturbing details of the Tate and LaBianca murders. This portion gave me chills, and reminded me quite a bit of In Cold Blood (incidentally, Scott Brick narrates that one as well). In Cold Blood is a better book for the simple reason that it was written by the creative Truman Capote, whereas Helter Skelter was written by an attorney and so is more matter-of-fact and doesn't attempt to get inside the reader's psyche so much. I appreciated this, however, because whereas In Cold Blood is relentless in its disturbingness and its psychic manipulations, Helter Skelter provides some relief; it is occasionally funny, and the second half of the book dealing with the trial is decidedly un-scary.
This is an extremely informative, well-written and comprehensive book about nearly everything to do with Manson and the Family. For me personally, it is so thorough that I do not feel a need to ever read or watch anything about Manson or his Family ever again.
Yes very much, if you think you know about the Manson Killings even if you were alive during them you know nothing!
No, But I intend to find more, I love his voice.
How 44 years later people are still interested in him!
Hearing only the major parts of the Manson story in general stories/ made for tv movies you do not get the entire case. Vincent did a fabulous job on writing this book. Even though you know the outcome and basically the main events he keeps you on the edge of your seat! There are so many characters usually I get confused when there are more then 4 but he did a fantastic job of reviewing who the people were and their part in "the family". 26 Hours of a book I would normally be looking forward to the next book by the 15th hour. Not this one :) Download it and enjoy!
Retired USN Chief Petty Officer, now a classroom technologist in Library and Information Services in a small midwest liberal arts college.
I read Helter Skelter years ago. I've found the audiobook to be every bit as compelling as reading the book.
The narrator is so convincing that I actually lost sight of the fact that he's not the author.
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Oh yes, definitely. The story itself is gripping and the performance is incredible. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes true crime, particularly the really weird variety.
"A story so weird you'll think there's no way it could really have happened. But it did." There's a reason I don't get to title books.
Frequently I'll feel like listening to a book, but my attention will be divided so I want a book I've listened to before. Helter Skelter is that book for me. Lately I've been listening to it for the third time while playing video games.
Listening to Helter Skelter was like trying to sip water from a fire hydrant. Too much of a good thing. The reader emerges from this book knowing absolutely everything there is to know about the Manson murders. I quit listening about 75% of the way through and I still feel like an expert on the subject. But the book would be more enjoyable – more of a "page-tuner" – if it had been less detailed and repetitive (especially less repetitive).
I was just a youngster those many years ago when the Tate-LaBianca murder trial took place in which Charles Manson and his followers were tried and convicted for the hellacious murders that they carried out during the killing spree that had such a grip on the nation at the time.
I only followed it from a distance, and of course all of the newspaper/magazine accounts of it during the day, plus followed up by numerous documentaries and movies made on the subject.
This book is absolutely fascinating and that the author, Vincent Bugliosi, who was the prosecuting attorney during the trial, takes us on a fascinating journey, trying to help us understand the mindset of both Charles Manson and his group of young followers. He gives us good overview of Manson’s upbringing, but doesn't place much blame on those things. This was Manson, acting out acts of evil and having persuasive powers that created such a terror through the Los Angeles area, but shook the very nerve of the nation at the time.
I highly recommend this book both for those who know the story, and those who don’t. Manson, and most of his group of followers, are still serving time with life sentences, but the Manson legacy continues to live on.