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 listened to it to find out more about how serial killers think and why they do the things that they do. I didn't enjoy any of what I heard, it is unbelievable how these people think. The narrator was really good.
Don't have one to compare. This has, by far, been the most graphic book about serial killers that I have read. I want to finish the book but it's so graphic into the mind of the serial killer that I can't. Maybe one day I will be able to hear the rest of it.
The story of the author and how he came to write about serial killers is my favorite part. I was very surprised to find out that his accident had happened at Camp Grady Spruce. We have property on Possum Kingdom Lake and my kids will be going to this same camp. I will always think of this story while out at the lake and especially when my kids are swimming in the lake there by camp.
Yes, I had an extreme reaction to this book. It was of complete shock and disgust hearing how these people think, what they do and how they react to things. It was so shocking and I thought I could take reading this book. Don't get me wrong, all the credit is due to the author. This book is very well written and is intended to show exactly what I have heard and I knew this going into the book. That's why I am really going to try and finish it sometime soon, if I can work up enough guts for it (no pun intended)!
Great personal story of the author, the writing, research and stories (if you can handle them).
This is definitely an interesting story worth being told. However, be advised that the stories from the serial killers are not only disturbing, but told in their own extremely crude language. If that stuff doesn't bother you, then this is a good book.
The voice of Alan Sklar was annoyingly low and husky at first, but I realized it fits with the content of what he is reading. I got used to it.
I've always been interested in serial killers so this one stood out to me. The book was very detailed and graphic almost to the point some of it was really sickening. I wouldnt recommend this book for someone who isn't ready for details about killing and rape but if you are open minded as I am you should be fine. The book, and true story, talks about a boy that had a traumatic brain injury. He was somewhat isolated due to outbursts and begins writing to serial killers with his families supervision. The book goes into details about what was written to give you a peek into how the killers think.
This guy was awesome at reading
I wish the book was longer