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CA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
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  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Keith Ablow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The trial of 25-year-old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter, Caylee, was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtained, his behind-the-camera, one-on one interviews, and his decades of experience in the world of forensic psychiatry to make sense of this troubled young woman.

    Snufu says: "Author's strange obsession"
    "Author's strange obsession"
    What did you like best about Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony? What did you like least?

    The author had some interesting analysis of the Anthony's family's dysfunction & Casey's behavior.

    What was most disappointing about Keith Ablow’s story?

    Dr. Ablow fixates on the fact that George Anthony was in the delivery room, leering at Casey and making odd remarks while she was prepped for delivery. Shaving is standard prep for many medical procedures including childbirth, which Dr. Ablow should know, since he went to medical school. I'm not sure why he makes such a big deal about it. He seems to think George Anthony was transfixed by the sight. But it sounds more like the author is the one obsessed. Casey is clearly a chronic liar, but Ablow never considers she might be lying about her dad & brother sexually abusing her as a way of justifying her actions. Ablow isn't a bad writer, but his ego keeps getting in the way. And his constant harping on prurient details ruined the book for me.

    Did Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony inspire you to do anything?

    Avoid buying Dr. Ablow's books in the future.

    Any additional comments?

    It concerns me that Ablow started writing sexually explicit detective stories, then began to write about female murder victims, first Lacey Peterson and now Caylee. He seems more interested in sensationalizing the case than giving psychological analysis. In some ways, Ablow is as unreliable and troubled as Casey Anthony.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Joy Fowler
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee," she tells us. "It's never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion, I'd scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister."

    Amber says: "This was totally worth the credit."
    "Misleading & Manipulative"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. There are many needless descriptions of cruel experiments on animals. The flimsy "story" is an excuse for the author to rant about animal rights, and she undermines her cause by stacking the deck in her favor. There isn't much plot and the characters are thinly drawn. The nararrator is annoying and comes off like a lecturer rather than a storyteller.

    What was most disappointing about Karen Joy Fowler’s story?

    The author is kind of misleading. It starts off as a story about a troubled girl with family problems stemming from a missing sibling. None of the characters are very sympathetic and it was hard to care about anyone. The main character is abrasive and unreliable/deceptive. She makes a lot of academic references and name drops prominent scientists and researchers, so we know that she's supposed to be very very smart.

    By the middle of the book the story falters and the book turns into a long lecture about experiments on animals. The details seemed gratuitous--she could have made her point citing a few cases, rather than going on and on. It seemed like a cheap shock tactic.

    Any additional comments?

    Please warn readers about the many graphic descriptions of animal cruelty. If I had known about that I wouldn't have bought the book.

    17 of 26 people found this review helpful

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