The love and struggle of a very strong family. How their support molded the positive outcome in a tragic situation.
The father in the family was such a great mentor to his son. I think that if this young man had not have such a great supporting family his life could have taken a devastating outcome.
The book really got into the insecurities of the serial killers. That seemed to be the common thread between all of them.
Not for someone with a week stomach. This book vividly goes into the dark side of these monsters.
It's a great book, very interesting, detailed and flows well. however this book is NOT for the feint of heart. This book is detailed, filled with the sickest people on the planet's own words, so keep that in mind if you're reading this book. I had some parts where even as a person who sees some of the worst of the worst in my work with State Correctional Facilities, had a really hard time not losing my lunch over. If you want a hard hitting, true crime novel that is an incredibly well written book in which the main plot line is actually a really fascinating story about a boy with brain damage, not these monsters and their letters, than this is a great read. But don't forget the Monsters are still there, and they're the loudest voice of them all.
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This story is a fascinating tale of a psychopath who found succor by drawing out the stories of other psychopathic serial killers. The letters from the prison inmates are read in unedited detail and should be offensive to all, but the fact that Tony got these men to speak where so many others failed is incredible and I hope that it provides value in efforts to capture and/or prevent tragedies perpetrated by others.
This book is long on quotes from the letters from serial killers to a young man that has had some very terribly life changing events. The letters are unedited except for length and are graphic to the point of what many readers will consider pornographic. I'm not sure the ending really justifies the overall book. But the reader will come away with a real appreciation of the manipulative, dishonest, and evil nature of these people. It's been reported that there are, on average, 2 serial killers active in each of the 50 states at any given time. They don't always get caught because they move about and many murders are not linked to the same perpetrator until much later, if ever. For those that do not support the death penalty in the case of these kinds of serial killers, my guess is that their opinions might be tweaked a bit after reading this book.
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Getting an unfiltered window into the minds of serial killers. Understanding how they think about killing. What it means to them. How little they think about consequences.
The letters back and forth between David and the killers. When the writer finally opens up the book to portray some of the victims as people.
For the most part. He was a little over the top and a little off-putting at first, but as the story grabs your attention the narration becomes less of an issue
There is nothing moving in this book. It's an entertaining read, but it is all about bad people doing bad things. Not many places to find hope.
It's a good book to gain insight into the criminal mind. You have to have a strong stomach.
Writer of Words and Painter of Paint
The narrator was fantastic - kudos for even reading this. It was far more graphic I anticipated and the serial killers talking about their crimes one on one was way more detail than I ever wanted.
It's far more graphic than it needs to be.
Alan's voice is really great to listen to.
I was pretty grossed out at the level of detail given to the blow by blow murders.
I love the narrator her has narrated other books that I have read and his voice fits. When he reads as Shawcross he sounds just like you think he would sound. Following his son through the stages he went through after the accident are helpful to understand what really goes on inside some other these killers.
Tony's mom and dad. They let you see inside the stages that the family of a TBI survivor goes through.
No, there was so much information to take in and then I liked to go back and think about some of it and listen to parts again. It is a lot to take in in one sitting. I think at some point your brain would start to tune out the details of the murders. So it should be listened to in about 4 or 5 sittings, I think. There is just a lot of very good info in this book and taking it in too fast you will miss some really good info.
The book was very eye opening to say the least. You here how killers can't feel and that is why they sometimes kill. Well following Tony's journey and his feelings it becomes almost understandable that they kill. Not that is is ok, just that you can understand the process the brain goes through and the important processes it skips over after a TBI.
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
I love my novels, however in approximately 600 books, I have just a few true crime. I think that it is because of the mystery that I prefer the fiction over the true crime. This book well written and well narrated. If you like true crime you will like this book. I think that I will stick to my fiction whenever possible.
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I am not a prude, and I have read a number of books and watched a lot of documentaries about true crimes. I finished this only because I wondered what the point was.
The story of Tony and his family is tragic. He was a normal bright teenager who sustained a traumatic head injury that greatly altered his personality. Trying to figure out how to cope, he started writing to imprisoned serial killers to help him understand his impulses. A good portion of the book is the actual letters from these serial killers. It is not for the faint of heart. They brag about their crimes, not leaving out a single sickening detail. I did not realize there were as many serial killings as there are. I did not recognize any of the men who were highlighted in this book.
I felt like there was a lot of padding in this book. It could almost have been a several-part magazine series. I also wondered about the killers' reactions to the book. They were very open with Tony because he didn't want something from them, then he exposes them here.
I felt the conclusion was weak. The "big revelation" wasn't satisfying enough for me. I would only recommend this to someone who enjoys graphic stories of rape, torture, murder, and mutilation.
This had the potential to be both a heart warming story about a boy growing into a good man despite a horrific accident and connecting with serial killers that have some of the same tendencies. What you got was an uninteresting story of a boy and family that runs around yelling, "It's not him, he has a brain injury," or "It's not you, it's the brain injury" to compensate for everything. You will get chapters and chapters of the Ciglia family's ordeals extensively detailed. Even down to Tony rushing to tell his family he had a powerful orgasm with his girlfriend (who is Tony's junior by 9 or so years....the age difference was mentioned multiple times.) They you had a few encounters with the serial killers and excerpts of the letter. Do not let the title, "Whisperer" fool you like it did me. He did not "whisper" like we think of with animals. He was able to get killers to write to him, but any "additional" information he received from them never amounted to anything except some probably coincidence. By the end of the book, I came to the conclusion the Ciglia family wrote the book to start lining Tony's bank account so he can be taken care of when the family cannot. I wish I would have stopped about mid-way and not wasted my time.
He did great voices for the killers. I loved all the maniacal laughter he puts in.
Many. I would shorten the first few chapters about Tony in the hospital to less than a chapter. I would shorten the number of stories about Tony behaving badly and someone having to yell, "He didn't mean it. He has a brain injury!"
Some of the serial killer information is really neat. Fast forward through all the other family crap and just listen to that.