This is a fascinating story. I am not sure why these events are not more widely known.
Mostly well written, but a little confusing at times. A great listen, but you really have to listen closely at times to follow.
Listen on fast to get through it in less time
Kind of slow, lots of background on the victims not much intrigue.
Accents are kind of contrived.
Had no trouble putting it down.
This is one of the best true crime fictions I have ever listened to. It was spellbinding. And of course there was a nice amount of history added about the resistance movement, trials of collaborators, and the liberation of Paris itself in 1944 It is a shame that we have so few true crime stories which take place in Europe.
The book really depicts the occuption of Paris and what it was like for the inhabitants. It demonstrates how easy it was for Petiot to dupe people into believing he was letting them escape and then murdering them.
The opening part of the book where the police finally discover the horror ot the Rue le Sueur with all the dismembered body parts and furnace going full blast. I am surprised that a man who evaded capture for so long was so stupid as to attempt to burn the body parts in the basement and think he would not get caught.
It is truly an amazing story and what is more amazing was that they actually discovered the identity of some of the victims and so were able to try and convict Petiot.
The reader is excellent and has good French pronounciation. Readers will not be disappointed in this book. It is one of the best true crime stories I have read. it is remakably complex as there is no way of knowing how many victims there really were. He apparently started murdering people back in the 1920's and it is amazing that it took over 20 years for the law to catch up with him.
The book could have been fascinating, and there are just enough tidbits so far to keep me going, but I am not happy with the experience. Just feel compelled to slog on through to see what happens.
Good performance -- his occasional French accent helps.
I think the story would make a good movie -- in fact it would be a better movie than it is a book. Too dry.,
Not as compelling as I thought it would be.
Added more information about the victims and more specific detail about the investigation and how investigators were effected by the grisly nature of the case. Possibly more detail about Petiot's imprisonment. If I wanted to know that much about the liberation of Paris I would read
Not sure I had one. Everything was written so matter of factly that there was little that truly stood out.
Not if it followed the book. It would be so long and so wordy as to make a movie hours long with little if any real sense of story.
Really Disappointing book.
While I enjoy an information-packed historical horror as much as the next person, this way REALLY LONG and could have been better had it been edited. Also, I love me some Law & Order SVU, but there were many long, graphic descriptions that I struggled with. It is an interesting book, but not great. I was generous with the review because it wasn't out and out terrible (see my review of Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter if you want to read about a truly terrible book).
It was good material but it was written full of dry, dull boring facts. It was not arranged in such a way as to keep the interesty.
A fascinating mystery set in the backdrop of occupied France in WWII. As an avid reader of WWII history, I was completely unaware that these events actually took place. The book is well written but does often times delve into great levels of detail. It also describes the general attitudes of the French towards their German occupiers but also their attitude toward each other after the end of the war in 1945, another area with which I was unfamiliar. I chose the audio version of the book and I am very happy I did as I would have found trying to pronounce all of the French names frustrating. A highly interesting story. Definitely recommended.