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.
What a boring list of people and places w/o any real story. I tried and tried to listen to this book, but it began to feel like work so I stopped.
A little known tale that highlight the evil and greediness of mankind kept me enthralled from beginning to end. A must read for all WWII history buffs and those who value justice.
I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
I was surprised that such a potentially interesting subject could be so easily turned into a pile of boring mush. There was no tension, no suspense and no drama . . . though the narrator's cheesy French accents were occasionally entertaining.
I enjoyed this book. It did have its dry moments, but overall it was a good listen. This is a good one to listen to as long as there isn't anything else commanding your attention as it has a large number of facts introduced in clumps.
I was not a fan of the French voices the author gave the people, I understand it takes place in France, but it would have been easier to understand, and less choppy, if he had just kept the same accent through the entire book. It made them into caricatures.
I found it interesting that you knew he did the murders from the beginning. It made the book interesting to see the twists and turns and deceptive traits of Petiot throughout the entire investigation and trial.