Helter Skelter could have been about 3 hours shorter. Bugliosi really stretched the story and tried to wring every drop out of the details. I really struggled to stay interested for the last quarter of the story.
I have listened to "Devil in the White City", which is performed by Curt Gentry. His narration style is dry, but it works for historical stories. I think this book was more interesting in the beginning and then dragged on for much too long in the end, while Devil was the opposite.
Maybe someone without such a gravely voice?
Disappointment in the cruelty in the world. It's a dark world, and there are some real crazies out there, but that shouldn't be surprising, even though the content is still shocking.
I mean the story is already pretty crazy so this doesn't need much to be relatively interesting. The author gives information from a different perspective. What I found most consuming were his off the record convos with Manson. Hearing his words you could see what a manipulator he was and it was scary. But sometimes it lost me...my attention just waned and I don't know whether it was the narrator or if there was just too much detail. I think if you have interest in this murder or murder mystery type stuff you'll enjoy it overall but I wouldn't say it's amazing... I will listen to it again though
I don't know. Maybe someday!!!
Charlie M and his conversations with Vincent Bugliosi. Also Kindric and his outbursts as Defense Attorney was the most insufferable part of the trial that if I had been the Judge, I would have thrown the book at him literally!!
Excellent! His reading was well thought with no opinion on his part neither read into the reading or after.
Don't ever belong to this Devil's Family; you too won't come out mentally or physically alive.
I was a child who grew up in California. I was NEVER a beetneck or did drugs. My Father worked for Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles and around 1960 came home slammed my brother and me against the Wall. He said, "you'll never do LSD." I said," Daddy, I don't even drink alcohol or smoke. Later, I graduated H.S. and went into the US Navy in 1963. I was in Texas when Mansion; his devil family started killing. I was in shock and in 1971 remarried to learn that they had been given the death penalty and I was glad......When I learned that these Sentences were converted to Life, I told my husband that the State of California will regret that. Through the years, all I hear about Is that the youth of California are being corrupted by the nut, Mansion. Im glad that the State which I love because I grew up there, born and raised, kept him behind BARS. He looks more crazy now than he did then. They should have used the death penalty to snuff them out. I saw Susan Atkins on a special suffer greatly of Brain Cancer, because of her killing of Sharon Tate and when I saw her dieing, I thought of her telling Sharon, "I have no pity for you" while killing her and when I saw Susan Atkins, I said, " And I have no pity for you." you followed the DEVIL and now you can go to him..........!!!! Stay away from Drugs.........!!!! except under the direction of a qualified Doctor. You too will live to 70. My husband did drugs when I met me and I told him it's either them or me. He stopped; only to drink and smoke to his death at 56. I still don't drink or smoke and enjoy my life. Now that Im 70, Im going to Calif to see Disneyland and visit the Beach. To see how lovely it is and the waters where I grew up and write my mom's name in the Sand. To enjoy my life. I had one daughter die and now two daughters and a son still scattered across Texas and up east, who see me very little. I thank God that I'm glad that my Parents, even if Daddy was a strong discipenarian, and the wonderful life they gave me. Especially my mom who cared very much for me... I was lucky. Mansion's girls didn't have it good and they destroyed their lives. Thank God they had Linda to testify and who escaped that life........II only wish Bugliosi could be given the Nobel Prize and his wife an award too for what they went through and the Judge as well. Mostly because of them, Society has been safer out there in my State. It takes Brave Men and Women to get these people off the streets so the rest of us can live our lives without the terror those 7 victims and others went through. May God Bless those Victims Forever!!!
I've already recommended this to a friend who read the book and can't wait to listen to it after I told him how great the audiobook is.
Yes, it's THAT interesting and well written.
The anticipation in the beginning, the author's enormous detail on the events, Manson's life, the family and the trial. Everything you would want to know about the events that took place, is so well researched and written in this book.
His voice and narrative is perfect for this book and this genre.
It made me do both. Something not many books can do.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I don't think I can express how much I enjoyed this book. Top 3 so far.
The good: Everything you wanted to know about the Manson killings. The narration is good.
The bad: Too long, tediously detailed, and dry. The Audio quality is not the best.