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Jen

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  • Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Graysmith
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (374)

    After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

    Zentaro says: "Interesting"
    "Fascinating beginning, devolves into obsession"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Colorful, thoughtful account that becomes very difficult to listen to when Graysmith becomes completely consumed with this case. I'll have to read the print version because the repetition of ideas towards the end of this gave me a headache. Reading and listening are so different.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Graysmith? Why or why not?

    I would certainly read another book by Robert Graysmith. His take on true crime is absorbing, for the most part. He's a perceptive observer and his passion for the subject elevates the book beyond the sordid standard true crime story.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but would be delighted to listen to him again. He has a very rich voice,


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is and I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monster of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    In 2000, Douglas Preston and his family moved to Florence, Italy, fulfilling a long-held dream. They put their children in Italian schools and settled into a 14th century farmhouse in the green hills of Florence, where they devoted themselves to living la dolce vita while Preston wrote his best-selling suspense novels. All that changed when he discovered that the lovely olive grove in front of their house had been the scene of a double-murder.

    B. Lingerfelt says: "Enjoyable true-crime novel"
    "Riveting case, excellent performance"
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    What did you love best about The Monster of Florence?

    What a crazy story; very textured, with lots of memorable details, like the cabal of voyeurs that spies on lovers in cars in the Florentine hills, and occasional peeks of the author Thomas Harris, who borrowed some details of the Monster case for Hannibal Lecter's Italian sojourn.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Both Spezio and Preston's sections had a good balance of case detail and personal observation that elevated this book above more workmanlike true crime stories.


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Boutsikaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I would happily listen to this reader again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found brief Preston's account of how 9/11 affected the story moving. Later in the story, I was disturbed by the information that the prosecutor in the infamous Amanda Knox case was involved in the mismanagement of Monster of Florence events towards the end of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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