It's hard to give a book about brutal murders 5 stars without clarifying that the stars are for the telling of the story and not due to an affinity for the content of the story itself. So with that out of the way...The storytelling is amazingly detailed and as such is sometimes very hard to listen to. Reading this story gave me insight about something that, although I thought I had known about for years, I never in any real sense understood. This book opened my eyes.Though a very long book it moved along and kept me interested. I found I could not stop listening until I absolutely had to.
Haven't listened to anything else by Scott Brick, but after listening to this book I would consider it a definite plus that he was the narrator on any other books I review for purchase.
That disenfranchised people without something good to believe in, often make very bad life choices.
When you listen to this book you will find yourself cursing the stupidity of the law enforcement and court system that allowed Charles Manson and his family to commit both the heinous crimes they are famous for, and also the undoubtedly numerous offenses for which they have never been tried.I am and always will be a supporter of the ideal of law enforcement and the officers that protect us from the evil in this world. But the absolute failure of some of the officers and other personnel involved in this investigation to perform their duties in this case is mind boggling and deeply disturbing.
This book is very suspenseful! Vincent Bugliosi gives you a first hand behind the scenes look at one of the weirdest and craziest true life murders in American history! Scott brick does a great job of maintaining a spookiness to this book. since the author was the chief prosecutor against the Manson family, you get a look into everything that happened in the investigation. Because of this, it can get a little dry. You are getting a very thorough story line. It did give my girlfriend nightmares for a few days, but that's what you get when something so heinous happens in real life. I enjoyed Helter Skelter and I know you will as well.
This is probably one of the most interesting books I've listened to so far. I knew some history of the Manson family, but this books really pulls you in and you get to know everyone involved in the family. You just can't imagine the horror those victims went through...and the details of what the Manson family did to them all was unbelievable. Really horrible story, but what an explanation of the events!
I chose this book on the recommendation of a friend. I didn't think it would amount to much besides blood-curdling description of a crime I've been aware of most of my life. However I learned a great deal in this interesting retelling of the crimes, mindset, and legal processing of the Manson killings. I'm glad I listened to it. I was also pleased that while the necessary details were blood curdling enough, there was no attitude of gratuitous depiction. The only mild complaint I have is that the narrator sounded rather like a newsreel announcer from the early '40s. He was so abrupt, self-assured, and "manly" that I felt I couldn't stand the attorney in charge of this case; in reality, I believe the lawyer/author must have been a bit less pronouncement-minded and more thoughtful.
I was in Junior High/High School when the trial was going on, was very interested in knowing what actually went on, since I just remember bits and pieces. (I DO remember Nixon saying what he said about Manson being guilty!)
The trial was fascinating! I guess that's not ONE memorable moment, but cannot put my finger on ONE memorable moment.
It was very good, but since I've listened to Scott read this book, I cannot listen to him read any other book because I think of Helter Skelter!
I was moved by VIncent Bugliosi's dedication and work on this case! (And of course, I have to think so highly of his wife and family who did not see him throughout this trial!)
I'm a female in my early 30's. My favorite genre is fantasy, though I will sometimes venture outside of it for a good true crime book. I can't get enough reading, so Audible is perfect for me because then I don't have to put my book down to "work." (UGH)
I would absolutely listen to this again! There was just so much information, I think it's almost necessary to read it again to catch everything. Also, repulsing as it is, the story is also incredibly fascinating. These crimes were behind my time. I was born 10 years after they took place. Still, I knew the story of the Manson "Family" from adolescence. It's just, for lack of a better word (and I hate being redundand) fascinating.
There is nothing really to "like" about this story. What I can say that I liked about this book is that it goes deeper into the history, and it tells of many other murders believed to be committed by the "Family," other than the Hinman, Tate and LaBianca murders.
He did a very, very good job narrating this book. Never once did I get tired of hearing him speak, and he added a bit of spookiness to it.
Of course I had an extreme reaction! Anyone not having an extreme reaction to this book is twisted!
I think this a story all young, impressionable people should hear. Though it's horrifying and gruesome, it teaches a lesson. There are predators out there that we don't teach our children about. Some predators will use a young person's body for their own means, others will use their minds. Charles Manson brainwashed these children and used them as killing machines. There are many, many children out there with a void needing to be filled, and who knows when the next Manson will come along to fill it. I personally knew someone like this. He was not evil to the extent of Manson, but he surely had the charm and charisma to bend people's thinking his way.
The story didn't really meet my expectations - included too many frivolous details. Wasn't a huge fan of the narrator, either.
Just wasn't the right choice for the book - his voice almost kind of puts you to sleep..
A true account of a mad man and his followers
I could have, it was riveting, and very informative, and very easy to listen to
Charles Manson is a nut job, and now that there is a chance that one of his followers might be released from prison brings this book back into the spotlight, ANYONE who thinks that anyone of his "Family Members" ought to be released from prison needs to listen or read this book, it will change your mind very quickly !!!
Bugliosi is as good as a storyteller as he is prosecutor.
Almost everyone knows the story about Manson and the "Tate murders" but I would guess that few know *all* the facts - the gruesome, unbelievable facts. Bugliosi starts at the beginning and takes the reader/ listener through the murders, the "Family", pre-trial motions, discovery, evidence, witnesses, drugs, orgies, and, of course, the man, the myth - Manson ... including his past, his motivations, and the strange but very powerful hold he held on young people -- particularly young women.
It's a truth-really-is-stranger-than-fiction read.
And you won't be able to put it down or stop talking about it!
So far I've listened to about three audiobooks, this one ranks at the top with the best of them.
This book is like any other true story, biography you might think of. It is about a sick and twisted man, and horrific crime and an amazing trial.
The narrator did a fantastic job overall.
Crime and trial of the century.