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.
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.
The truth is more fascinating than fiction – always. This is a story of a man who admits to killing 60+ people for the greater glory of country and accepts no blame for his crimes. The author has researched and delivered an excellent period crime novel that must be read to experience the true horror of the story. As in real life, many of the questions still remain unanswered as to the true methods of murder and the whereabouts of the fortune of the maniacal Doctor. I thoroughly enjoyed this 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.
Avid non-fiction audiobook listener as I drive. Love to learn and be entertained at same time. Have read over 300 audio books in four years.
I read audio books for two reasons: to learn and to be entertained. This book does both. I had never heard this story, even though I have read many books about world war II and about true crime. I came across this book by accident when I was ordering an Eric Larson book. Just like Larson, in books such as "Devil in the White City", this author uses the backdrop of History as he tells the story of a mad man. Also like Larson, he is able to keep the reader yearning for more with every chapter. The narration is terrific. I usually prefer the narrator to just read the darned book, without too much dramatic interpratation. The fact that this narrator, however, speaks using the French and German accents when quoting really brings the story to life. I love this book, and look forward to reading more books by this author.
If it weren't for the fact that this is such a compelling and interesting story, the book would be dull and rambling. It was an amusing story despite the author. I stopped listening with about half an hour left.