This is an extremely interesting family history. My only critique is that the reader, Adams Morgan, is just awful. Emphasis is in all the wrong places. That might have something to do with what sounds like a Bostonian accent, but it's extremely distracting.
Just listening to this nonsense is painful. There is little or no basis for much of the dialog Garland mutters through. They should have hired someone else to try and give this information, but the fact is that there is little or no meaning in this course at all. It's all conjecture and opinion. (I've only completed listening to the first segment and I'm dreading the rest of it.)
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.
While the Vampire franchise is getting seriously worn out, this is a fun and sometimes surprising association of reality with entirely unwarranted connections. While they are nonsense, they are still kind of fun to hear in a talented and fast moving story. I'm glad it's coming out soon as a movie.
The only disturbing thing about this book is that the audio quality changes every few minutes. As if they cut and pasted segments that were recorded with different settings. It's very distracting.
What could have been handled with a maximum of 5 to 8 pages seems to take up six chapters. The issues of space travel and fecal matter, urine, bodily digestive gases, etc., is just way too much information. It seems like the whole second half of this book is dedicated to that kind of thing.
The rest of the book is fairly interesting, but sometimes just too much meaningless detail.
While the story was very interesting, the reader, Mr. Emerson, was a distraction. Emphasis in the wrong places and odd pronunciation. Probably technically correct, but different than traditional.
The story is very interesting. The difficult issue is actually in the reader, Brian Emerson. Unfortunately, Mr. Emerson keeps adding emphasis at odd places almost as if he is not paying attention to the story. His pronunciation of some place names is also off, at least to my ear. Sadly, Mr. Emerson created an unnecessary distraction to this story.
It's not difficult to vilify a dead politician. It's also not difficult to find faults in any public figure. But Perlstein's book is disturbingly biased to the point that one wonders if the bent on reality is intended to destroy instead of report. I doubt there is a politician since ancient Rome that is without personality traits that the average American of the 21st Century would not find disturbing.
For Perlstein to write such a grossly biased document is a greater sign of Perlstein's character than it is of Nixon's. Perlstein is obviously hateful and grossly dishonest in his focus of an American President as if none of the liberal presidents of American history were somehow products of a miracle godliness to which Nixon (and any conservative) is unworthy of.
I'm not sure about the first reader in this series, but if it's Craig Wasson reading "Inside Every Man ...." then he is doing a really strict impersonation of Tom Leykis. And that story is perfect for Tom Leykis to be reading, all things considered!
Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht are outstanding readers also. All three of these short audiobooks are outstanding. The stories are very dark (well, it is Stephen King, after all!) and if Tom Leykis did read the first story, then it added to the performance to have him read that particular story.
Delighted with these stories and the performers.
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