This is an OK telling of the Green River Killings. The unabridged version is far superior to the much shorter abridged version. Ann Rule interjects herself way too much into the story which I find quite annoying. She does provide plenty of background on the victims lives which humanizes an otherwize horrendous story. She gives less credit to Sheriff Reichert's involvement in the ultimate capture of the GRK than Reichert does in his self-serving (but very interesting) telling of events in Chasing The Devil. The major flaw I find in this audio book is with the narration. Barbara Caruso sounds like she has a speech impediment or like she is speaking through ill fitting false teeth. She also badly mispronounced the city of El Cajon as El Kay John or El Cajun. I find it very difficult to listen to her. Perhaps Ann Rule should have allowed Michelle Pawk to narrate this version as well. This was however much less egregious of an error than Reichert's Chasing The Devil mistake of referring to the slaughterhouse as P,J and D's and then as P, D and J's. This book is worthy of downloading for those interested in this story. Audible would do well to put out The Search For The Green River Killer by the Seattle Times writers Smith and Guillen. That is the definitive telling of this story.
This is Vincent Bugliosi at his finest. He leaves no stone unturned as he investigates the Manson family murders. I found myself suffering with him as he pleads with the inept police detectives to try and make some sort of effort in investigating these murders. I felt like I came to know these people as I was transported back to 1969. These were evil people and yet Bugliosi made me feel sympathetic towards some of them not for what they did but for who they were, a bunch of unwanted, unloved children who fell under the control of Manson. Scott Brick made this story come alive with his brilliant narration. Bugliosi is in my opinion the finest prosecutor ever. He always makes a convincing argument and backs it up with an abundance of facts and evidence. I will listen to this book many, many times.
This is by far the greatest Stephen King book ever. Steven Weber really makes the reading come to life by voicing all of the characters. This is how every book should be narrated. Well done Mr. Weber. The only critique I have on the narration is with "Stuttering Bill". It just wears you out after a while because it goes on for about 45 hours. We get the point. Bill studders. Mr. Weber could have easily conveyed that by studdering the first word or two of each sentence rather than e,e,e,v,v,very s,s,syll a,a,able o,o,of e,e,e,v,v,very w,w,word. That part became painful to listen to. The other thing I found annoying was his adding the chapter numbers to the reading. That is the fault of Steven King's not finishing a chapter with a complete sentence or thought, starting a new chapter with with the word that should have ended the previous chapter. These are things you can ignore while reading the book, but have to suffer through when listening to it being read to you. Do not hesitate to purchase this book. I waited a long time for it to come out and I will listen to it many times. This book should be listened to only late at night in the dark.
This simply was not a good telling of the Green River killings. It would have been a much more interesting book had it focused a little on the investigation, but it dealt way too much on the lives of the victims. I did not mind that aspect, but since most of them had such similar life styles, the redundancy couldn't keep me awake. It is not the victims lives that makes this an interesting story, but rather that this maniac was so prolific at what he was doing and how it took over twenty years to finally arrest him. This seemed like a pretty novice attempt at writing. Perhaps somebody who is actually involved in the investigation will release a more interesting telling of the events in an audio format. This story deserves a better telling than this. I didn't read the book so perhaps it was better than this abridged version.
The first thing I want to say is that Edward Herrmann's narration is without a doubt the finest narration I have listened to. This book leaves no doubt as to who killed John Kennedy. I never believed the conspiracy theories and Mr. Bugliosi's minute by minute account of the events through the words of the people who were there leaves absolutly no doubt as to what really happened. Too much time was spent on debunking the conspiracy theories in particular there was way too much Oliver Stone. By that time in the book, it was convincingly clear that Oswald acted alone. The assassination is a very compelling piece of history. I wish the book could have incorporated the entire Warren Report, but that would have made for a very long book.
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