I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories about serial killers. If you can't handle the dark side of the human psyche, don't read this book.
I was not enthralled with the narration. I've listened to quite a few audio books, and the best narrators are those who are able to create distinct voices for the various characters. Mr. Sklar has a wonderful voice, but I sometimes found it difficult to follow dialogue-heavy sections because he did not always alter his voice enough for me to distinguish between speakers. I will give him props for the serial killer part; his voice was truly creepy and made my skin crawl!
I saw the movie adaptation of this book, so I was familiar with the story. It's twisted and suspenseful, for sure.
This book is very well-written, the subject matter is fascinating, and I liked knowing that this was written based on factual information and not conjecture.
My favorite aspect of this story was getting the real facts about the case. The media had a field day with the details of the murders and, apparently, did not hesitate to report unconfirmed or completely fabricated details. This book gives facts based on the evidence that was found and statements and testimony given.
The narration is amazing! I often forgot that it was not Bugliosi himself reading the book!
What really happened is stranger than fiction!
I cannot recommend this book enough. The murders were committed in 1969 - 45 years ago - and the details are as fascinating today as they ever were, especially considering that Manson is still alive.
Although I can appreciate the social/political importance of this novel, Dickens is not at the top of my list of authors I love. One complaint I have about this audio version is that the narrator, who does a good job with the dramatization of the characters, varies the volume of his voice so much that I couldn't find a comfortable volume to listen at. I either had to turn it up too high in order to hear the parts where he would allow his voice to trail off or keep it at a comfortable volume and miss the end of the dialogue. Other than that, it is performed well.
Possibly. I would say that I enjoyed the book, but I don't think that would be the right sentiment. I was touched by it. I think it has a very significant message, but it is not a light listen. So, although I would recommend it to people, I don't know if all of my friends would enjoy it.
I did. This was my first experience with Kafka, so I wasn't sure what to expect. At first, I was surprised by the absurdity of the story. But, of course, this was Kafka's intent. As the story progressed, I was touched by Gregor's continued humanity despite his "condition." The themes in this piece are transferable to so many human situations, conditions, and plights. I was so touched by this story that I wept when it was over. I am crying now just remembering it. It affected me on a very deep level, unlike anything I have experienced with the more modern pieces I have been reading.
Definitely! This was one of my favorite books when I was an adolescent. I am now 40 and listened to it for a class I'm taking - it was so much funnier than I remember. I thoroughly enjoyed re-experiencing this story from my current perspective.
I thought the performance was great. I almost felt like I was listening to Margaret, not an audiobook.
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