The writing was pretty descriptive rather like a feast of words. The other stories within this story were wrought together very well.
I did get a bit impatient with the way it dragged on, especially with the main supporting story about the nun and the mercenary.
I would give it 5 stars but then I do not like tragedies; I thought the ending was just hopelessly twisted. Is it just me or do the tragedies win the most awards?
A lot of people seemed to like Sissy Spacek's narration, perhaps I am spoiled by all the better narrators I've encountered but I disliked the narration.
I've read the book so many times over the years and was excited to get the audio. Sigh. Personally I thought the Southern accent was almost non-existent which is a real shame.
Excellent story but I'll read the book instead of listening to this audio again.
I, personally, liked the narration but a southern accent has never bothered me. The story IS about the regular people, the ordinary people, mostly uneducated, mostly poor--those people whom we could be except perhaps for an accident of birth.
You don't see many--any?--acts of extraordinary valor or integrity here, just the dark side mostly. This is not a book about heroes, it's a book about real life where there are very few heroes. I **love** the writing, that's why I reread it every few years. One would have to appreciate fine writing to enjoy this book. (Don't read it if you are depressed!)
I enjoyed listening to this book so much that I purchased the other books on audible by the same author. The narrator does a good job. I would happily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys rich characters. Buy it.
The story was great. Loved it. The narration though left much to be desired and detracted from my enjoyment. The narrator did a good job with the voices but I think the editor must have botched the job. I could hear papers rustling in the background, every now and then the narrator would suck his teeth or completely mispronounce a word. Not his fault, he is human. Do they not edit these things? Appalling treatment of a good book.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the tale entertaining and it was further enhanced by the narrator. I bought the other two books in this series.
It is an interesting read, but maybe the book version would be better because Pat Brown does a bad job of narrating it. When I first heard it I thought, "This cannot be a professional narrator, it's probably the author. WHY? Why do you guys do this?"
Long pauses and the same voice for each character make it a rather tedious listen.
SPOILER ALERT START
I have to ask, were there ANY cases where they prosecuted the killer. Understandably this is about profiling and not prosecution but with all the conjecture and theories you get... nothing. Just one case, one. One. One would have been ok, but I would probably then complain 'Only one?'
Besides, this doesn't tell us what makes the serial killers tick. For me it wasn't just prurient interest as in the What they did, but more about the Why. Along those lines I hope Audible will have the books by Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis and Dr. Jonathan Pincus some day.
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It's unfortunate that this book in the end appears to be a memoir of the author--"My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths and That's All". If you want to know the WHY as opposed to just the What, then this is not the book for you.
I would give one star but it does have interesting tales and information so it gets two stars.
This book should have been called The Great Roger Depue. I was looking forward to case history, psychological methods and actual reasoning but the book glosses over the cases and points instead to how great a man Mr. Roger Depue must be. I am sure he is great at what he does--after all he did 'profile' the bad guys pretty well--but dear gods, I wondered if he sprained his arm patting himself on the back quite so much.
The narrator did a good job so he gets a 5 but the story itself isn't about a hunt for violent predators so it gets a 1.
The narrators were excellent, I find that very important in an audio book. Some of the voices/accents were not the same in this book. Min, for example.
Seemed like one of the villains was an afterthought in this final book: "Oh what should I do with him? Ok, kill him." It could have been a memorable death because the villain was a memorable character. Unfortunately, instead of a huge explosion it was a weak puff. Was it a lack of time? I wonder if that was the case with some of the other deaths and killing them was the quicker option: What should I do? Kill."
I wasn't bothered about Rand or his three lovers. The other characters were so much more interesting to me.
I suppose, with this book/series, most if not all the fans would have been a little disappointed no matter what was written. There are so many of us and we each identify with different characters.
Still, what a ride it has been.
I cannot finish this book, the narrator seems to be whispering to herself. It's irritating. Why, oh why did they not get McCormick to narrate? I have to get the print version because I enjoy the series.
Wish I had checked who was the narrator and read the reviews for book 4. I jumped to book 5; sounded more interesting than book 4.
Gave the story a 3 because I did not finish.
Gretchen is a villain I found both interesting and repulsive. It was an interesting story. I read the 2nd book first and it was good enough to get me to buy the 1st and 4th book on audible.
Part of the reason I decided to go for the 2nd book was the narrator. McCormick does a good job. I enjoyed listening to her.
Entertaining book if you like serial killer genre.
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