I LOVE HISTORY!!!
Considering that I have very little time to read printed editions, I always consider the Audible version of a book to be invaluable.
believe it or not, I consider the parallels between Charles Manson and Adolf Hitler to be significant (and rather scary).Who would have ever considered that to psychopaths of this magnitude could have risen to the public forefront in the same century!
I have never listened to Scott Brick, but I will be on the look out for more of his work!
Once I started listening to this book, it was VERY hard to put it down.
This is an awesome piece of history performed by a wonderful reader. Definitely worth the time!
In this novel it was the step by step account of the Manson trial. Unfortunately, the author, Vincent Bugliossi, went overboard with the details! Then after going over the details once, Vincent Bugliosi, would go over them again and again. It got to be too much. I couldn't tell if Bugliosi just liked to talk or whether he was trying to rave about his prosecution style.
I would not recommend this book unless you are into all of those details. Scott Brick did a great job, however, of narrating.
Say something about yourself!
Interesting, Scary, and Crazy
Very nice inflection, making it easy to listen to.
I really liked the narrator because I have tried reading this book in the past and just couldn't get through it. When I read it it seemed that it was just case notes and was very boring. This narrator did a great job and kept me interested the entire time.
I'm too young to remember the Tate-La Bianca murders in the news, but I do remember when the movie Helter Skelter came out on TV. I would run from the room when the trailers came on. To me, as a child, Charles Manson was the real life boogey man and I feared that he would escape and seek me out on the opposite end of the US and kill me! As a grown-up, an attorney and an avid fan of audiobooks, I finally got around to it and I can't be more pleased. The book covers details of the investigation, along with LAPD mistakes and bungling, step by step. The bizarre and brutal details of the murders and Manson's domination of "the family," the brilliance of Bugliosi's trial prep and the subsequent trial, as told by an excellent narrator made Helter Skelter one of my favorites.
Helter Skelter is a great look inside the story of the Manson family. Bugliosi provides a detailed first-hand account of the prosecution of Manson and his co-defendants. I enjoyed that the focus of this book was not so much on the crimes and their gore, but on the difficulties the prosecution faced and overall, the trial itself. While this book is very long and cannot be completed in one sitting, I felt like no extraneous details were included and the book kept my attention the whole time as long as I broke up the story into 1-3 hour chunks. The names were at first difficult to keep up with, but unfortunately this is the nature of the Manson family member's aliases. It got easier as the book progressed.
Partially, for convenience I say yes, since it allows me to listen while working or driving. However the only downside was trying to keep names straight, with a normal book I look at the name and connect a sense of the person with almost a picture of their name, so when I read that name (or even just see it) that impression sticks in my head. Almost like having a visual face that will be familiar as I come across it, with a narrator I lose this and this book does have a lot of names.
Honestly the first portion reminds me of the great Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter series of books which inspired the films, except if this was fiction I would call it too outlandish and would probably reject it.
The second portion of the trial is thrilling, since the author was the prosecutor, so to go through this 9+ month Trial in his head, gives you a real sense of the marathon it was and the characters both good and bad that made the trial a circus. It was very compelling even though I knew how it would end.
No this is a first, he did a very good job with this though.
I had a vague sense of Manson but this really helped me see clearly everything that lead up to those nights in early August 1969. It also helped me understand a criminal trial but in layman's terms so I never felt as though it was going over my head.
I think what really struck me was the Jury being sequestered for over 9 months that it took for this trial, not seeing their family much, not having access to newspapers, not being able to work (a few of whom lost their jobs), and not sleeping in their own beds for over 9 months. Ugh I would love to read another book from their point of view.
This is a great book, it gives detail on what happened from the formation of "The Family" through the murders, but the details never seemed obscene which is good. This is the golden standard of books on Serial Killers, and be warned you will be very hard-pressed to find another book of this quality about any other killers so enjoy this one while it lasts!
Bougliosi's attention to detail. He did not miss a single thing in this book. The aftermath, written in 1994, provided a huge amount of detail to answer questions that I still had at the end of the book.
Amazingly true story!
The trial phase of the book. After all of the evidence and the ups and downs prior to the trial, the trial brings to light the final moments of the victims.
Not yet, but I will if he performs any other book I'm interested in hearing.
If it hadn't been so long, I could have easily have listened in one sitting.
This is a crazy wild TRUE story. It is told by the Prosecutor. This was not part of my "time" as I was born 10 years after this occurred. I had heard references made of the Manson Murders, but never really quit understood what they were or how they came about. This history should not be lost over the years. This crazy event is reason to keep your eyes open and not let anyone have control over who you are.
Wow - to think of all the terror people went through during this time is really, unbelievable!