Not historically a reader of, or particularly knowledgeable about, American history, I read an excerpt of this book that appeared in the New Yorker. It was riveting.
And now I can say the rest of the story is equally so. This may be my favorite audio book yet, not to mention one of the best books of any genre I've encountered recently.It is almost incomprehensible that so detailed an account of such a short period of time (this volume focuses mainly on a period lasting a mere seven months) could be so deeply engrossing.
While listening to it, everything else in my life became just time I was NOT spending listening. It blew my mind.
Mr. Gardner, the narrator, gave a flawless, pitch-perfect performance.
I feel better off for having experienced this book, and fully intend to devour everything else by Robert Caro that Audible has to offer.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far. The story is compelling all the way through, no small feat for a book this length.
I knew only the barest facts of the Manson case and nothing about the trial. What I learned has left me with quite a bit to think about. There is depth to this story, thanks to Bugilosi's detailed recounting of every aspect of the events, both the killings, the trial and the lives of all involved. This is not a story I will ever forget.
Scott Brick is, as usual, an outstanding narrator and adds to a great deal to the already strong material with his spot-on narrative, impeccable pronunciation and timing.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the world around them.
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