brick delivers a straightforward well enunciated Reed of Helter Skelter. The author's forthright tone and style come through cleanly and perfectly, it almost sounds as if you're watching an old school police procedural unfold.
I was warned that the court scenes felt laggy and dragged on, and they did. However, the case itself was the same way so it's no fault of the narrator or author. A very interesting novel. The detail with which the story is told is disturbing and intriguing.
I've read the physical copy of this book several times. I did my eighth grade history report on this. I felt I knew the material well, but Scott Brick's brilliant narration made me feel as if I've never heard of the Manson family before.
I would recommend this title to anyone and I will be sure to purchase more audiobooks that are narrated by Scott Brick.
This was by far the most well written prosecution story I've ever heard. All things I thought I'd known about this story were either completely wrong or only a small scratch on the surface. At times I does become mundane as far as listening for long periods. The words and volume of characters may seem a bit over whelming. Don't be ashamed to rewind/back track. Every little story is so fascinating. Enjoy.
Great book, fantastic narrator! 26 hours is a lot of time to invest in a book, (and it set me back a few months on my audiobook schedule) but it was well worth it. I feel that I accomplished a lot having finished it simply because it is the longest book I have read to-date. Great story, (very detailed but not overly detailed) and a must-read for anyone interested in the murders or criminology.
Yes, if the person could handle listening to the sections that describe the gore inflicted by Manson and his family.
Charles Manson's power over his family members, mostly young women, some even girls. Even after he was jailed awaiting his trial, he continued to dictate the actions of his faithful followers. Manson's story is also the story of the late '60s and early '70s entertainment industry and of the rich and famous. He told his family members the Beatles were communicating with him, particularly through their "White Album," which includes the song "Helter Skelter," this book's title. He and/or his family members crossed paths with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, producers Phil Kaufman and Gary Stromberg, Doris Day's son Terry Melcher, Angela Lansbury's daughter Deirdre Shaw, actress Sharon Tate (and, sadly, her unborn son ... Tate's husband director Roman Polanski was the father), heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hair stylist and actor Jay Sebring, among others. Years after the trials, one of Manson's few remaining faithful followers even engaged with President Gerald Ford in a bungled assassination attempt to renew the world's recognition of Manson's plight as a prisoner (and to protect the environment).
Despite the cruel acts of Manson and his family members, parts of the book -- particularly the courtroom antics of Manson, the other defendants, and family members who were not prosecuted -- were quite humorous, in hindsight, of course. I'm sure the judge and the revolving-door attorneys thought otherwise at the time.
Yes, but doing so would require too much time.
Do people know every book can't be a 5-star book or the ratings are meaningless? On any site! Same goes for Goodreads.
The devil is in the details. It's a long haul but "hard to put down" in literal book sense. Fathers, don't leave your daughters. That's a big thing I learned from this episode. And now there's Aquarius on NBC and many confused viewers since this all was before their time and way out of context.