Having been born in the early 60's, I was too young to fully understand what Manson and the murders were all about. I remember hearing or seeing Manson on tv, but I didn't get it. I had since forgotten all about it. Then going through the vast catalog of audio books to listen to, I see Helter Skelter. I'm intrigued, so I bought it. I was not prepared for this unbelievable chilling literary ride of the horrific depravity of these cast of characters. Only they are real and this really happened. I started listening and i couldn't stop. I would sit outside at night with my tobacco pipe and totally transport myself right there into the late sixties and early seventies and I could visualize it as if I were an unseen spectator following the " family" on their journey to Hell. My thanks to Mr Brick for his superb narration of these events. I whole heartedly recommend this audio book to anyone who is interested in learning about the most monstrous "family" in history. Don't wait, buy this book now.
I've grown up hearing that Charles Manson was an evil, master manipulator, but I never knew to what extent. The testimonies made me physically sick.
Scott brick's narration style is perfect for this type of work. I listened to his In Cold Blood performance before this and knew that he would be great.
I would recommend it to others, but I don't think I could ever listen to it again. I had issues going to bed in my apartment alone while listening to this.
Coming from a millennial that was truly intrigued by the always referred to but never told about Charles Mason, I loved this book! It was precisely what I was looking for to learn about the Tate/LaBianca murders. Having no idea how the police and Bugliosi went about trying to build a case and how difficult it was to prove Manson's involvement was baffling to me. It's always assumed that it's easy to prove guilt and in some cases it is, but for Buglisoi it was not the case. He and his co author did a fantastic job of writing this book. I have recommended it to people who were alive during the case and also not yet born. Well written and made me want to become a prosecuting lawyer!
Excellent, engaging, informative, easy listen, highly recommended. Will listen to other works by this author.
This was my first true crime book and is still my favorite. Bugliosi does an amazing job of detailing each crime and giving a background on each victim and suspect. It so well organized and the pacing of the book never feels boring. Scott Brick is one of the best narrators and provides an excellent performance here. The Manson family did unspeakable things, but at least some justice was served. Bugliosi's personal involvement in the story and storytelling ability makes this a must-listen to any fan of true crime.
I had read the book when it was released in the 70s, but there was so much that I had forgotten. It's still so hard to believe and hard to stomach. The audio version made it a bit creepier, I think, because there's no turning away from things that you might not want to hear.
Because I'm listening to this practically on the heals of the release of Leslie Van Houten from prison, it's particularly interesting to hear her story (vs what she's now saying).
This filled some of the holes in what I remember about the case. I was young when first hearing about Charles Manson. Over the years you hear things about the story from other people, mostly off in some way. This about sums up.. before , during and long after the case, into the 90's as this recording is the updated version of the book originally written in the 70s.
A classic book - in audio form. What could be a better way to spend your commute time? Really, so many reviews have been written on this book there's not much left to write. But in summary, the narration of this book makes it worth the time - even if you've read it already.
This story has fascinated me for years & this book goes beyond the movie or any interview you have ever seen. The inflections used by the man reading makes you feel like it is the author reading it himself. Manson's denial of involvement due to his psychotic mind is explained throughout & the follow up of all the people involved is fascinating!! I admit to pulling up the pictures available of the crimes in order to feel the depth of the crimes committed. I felt it necessary to feel the pain of the victims families. The sloppiness of the LA investigators is shocking!! To believe that such a crime was not given proper attention is almost as disturbing as Manson himself. This book is long but very enthralling.