Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Don't read this book if language, talk of rape, torture or killing bothers you, it is very graphic. The content comes directly from serial killers and no punches are held back. Even I had a hard time with it and thought TMI was added. With that said the story was so engrossing. What does it say about me, when I have a fascination with serial killers. I don't know, but thankfully it is only a passing interest. The author mentions serial killers that I had not heard of both past and present ones. I happened to look the names up to find out what they had done. As morbid as it is, it was also fascinating. As for the story about Tony's tragedy it is amazing how people are able to overcome life, this part of the book was an emotional roller coaster. Narrator is a little monotone, but as you continue on with the story he really fits the part.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
I can get into true crime and to my chagrin share with many a certain morbid curiosity about the workings of the minds of serial killers but this book moves in a different, perturbing direction.
I would not be inclined to listen to anything by this author again.
This book borrowed elements from reality and true crime shows but it ended up being distasteful and disturbing.
Sure. I would be interested in learning more about the serial killers, reading more about their crimes and history; and then read it again when I know the people better.
It didn't sugar coat the crimes, but also didn't get too gory. I also liked the fact that many people would have written Tony off after his brain injury, but instead his work helped heal others.
He did a different voice for the serial killers; the bad part was, he used the same "voice" for each person. So the killers had the same "laugh", etc... But, overall I would listen to him again.
Same as the headline: Tragedy's can sometimes lead to greatness
I recommend studying up on Tony and the killers prior to reading. You don't HAVE to, but I think it would add value.
Say something about yourself!
In the 50%. Great Book about the purpose and place one can find for oneself even in the midst of what seems irreparable!
The deep love the parents had for their son and their long suffering attitude.
The voice of the serial killers. Great job with that.
It was difficult to put down but some parts were difficult to listen to when the killers were telling their stories through their letters.
This book leaves you feeling very aware of the menacing individuals in our society and so sad for the lives destroyed by these monsters!
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I've only just started this story but I have been reeled in by not only the narration, but the story itself. Once I have completed the story I will be able to update my review. So far though....so good!
The narration was very good. The story was pretty disturbing, a bit drawn out, but a good listen.
Great listen, this book was by far one of my favorites. If you like true crime and have the stomach for it then get this book!
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
This is the true story of a brain injured boy who finds, after a long strange journey that he is uniquely equipped to use his altered view of the world to serve law enforcement, and the survivors and families of victims of the most heinous crimes imaginable.
Along the way it was necessary for the author to include the killer's own descriptions of their crimes. Certain stories were obviously sick wish-fulfillment fantasies that read like a version of Penthouse Forum for sadists, and as such were easier to turn into gross mental cartoons and hold at arm's length. Other stories were utterly gut-churningly believable. Be prepared to shield your mind from some of this stuff. One chapter was so disgusting that I actually thought okay, I get it, lets get back to Tony's story, and skipped to the next chapter.
There has never been anyone like Tony, and his contribution to the catalogue of information about the minds of serial killers has been unique and invaluable to those who study and hunt such monsters. A really challenging read, but fascinating as well. Kudos to the reader who sent chills up my spine.