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.
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.
Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!
I can't, the book is well done and TRUE. Thank God there are people willing to do the "not normal" and help others in the process!!
His characterization for each person that he brought them to life, his tone, his speed, it's chilling!
OH MY YES
Great Story and Book
As a person with dyslexia, audio books give me the opportunity to "read" wonderful books that I would otherwise miss. Thank you for this fabulous service.
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.
Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.
I am amazed that the young man with his multiple problems was given access and encouragement to visit and correspond with some of the most manipulative and evil prisoners - not that Shawcross, et al. wanted anything other than to obtain publicity at any possible occasion. Additionally, the killers were certainly not particularly unique or interesting. There were just the bottom of the barrel. This has absolutely no educational value and is of no worth, whatsoever, in the work of those who study anti-social personality disorder a total waste of time.