The book also examines Depue's experience studying with the Brothers of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles in an attempt to discover why a good person like his wife, whom he had lost to cancer, is allowed to die while monstrous criminals get to live. Following his time in the clergy, Depue returned to law-enforcement and today heads one of the world's most elite forensics think tanks, "The Academy".
©2005 Roger L. Depue and Susan Schindehette; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
This book was a fascinating listen and the narrator was quite good. Although the book is largely about his life, it adds wonderful context to his career as an FBI profiler and the origins of this science.
As a rule, I don't like books written by FBI agents. Many strike me as self-serving portrayals of self-proclaimed super heroes. Between Good and Evil is the great exception. Roger Depue's powerful and emotional story explains so much about the minds of the sociopaths we all know by name; Bundy, Berkowitz, etc., and takes the reader on a journey through the life of an exceptional law enforcement officer, teacher, Marine, cleric and philosopher. The story would be a great work of fiction, but it's remarkably true story that speaks of the one in a million people out there, monsters, who for all you know could be living next door. I'm not sure how it could be made into a screenplay, but I bet it would make a helluva movie.
fascinating and insightful, but more about the life and career of Depue and less about criminal profiling.
Still a great read, and the presentation is fantastic, but maybe more of the author's life and less of the details of his career than you might be expecting. Also, there is a consistent religious aspect to the author's life. It does not supersede his commitment to the science of forensics and his work at large, but anyone with a hard anti-religious agenda might lose interest before finishing this book (the author commits himself to religious study, but never loses sight of his role as an objective observer). My suggestion is that regardless of you theological inclination, listen to his whole book.
When all is said and done: a fantastic voice performance, a great read, and a definite recommendation.
*WARNING: THIS BOOK DETAILS EXTREMELY HEINOUS VIOLENT CRIMES. AVOID THIS TITLE IF THAT IS PROBLEMATIC FOR YOU*
very accessible and easy to follow, though some details may be too much for some people, due to the violent nature of the author's work.
Paul Michael brings to this work exactly what I would hope for, which is nothing flashy. He reads the book in the sort of even, presentational tones that one would expect sitting in on an FBI debriefing, nothing more or less.
I find the greatest problem I have with audio books is readers trying to put too much stylzation into their reading. This book was read in a genuine and straightforward tone that was completely in keeping with the text.
A great reading of a very good book. Slow at times, but a great experience over-all.
This book is a great listen! Many of us have no clue as to the inner workings of Policing in our country and yet this book brings it right to your home and in your face, While my Father was involved in law enforcment I never really knew! Great Read! KUDOS!!!
This was a great listen. Mr. Depue has lead a fascinating life, ranging from profiling and chasing serial killers, to joining a monastery. Truly incredible professional story that really opens the readers eyes to the brutality of murder, and the hero's that hunt them.
Its a very interesting book and it is graphic in description. If your not up for that kind of thing or have a weak stomach you may not like this. (At least there are no pictures!) I would recommend this to anyone interested in true crime, forensics, and the psychology of what makes a serial killer tick. I enjoyed it. (even if I did get squeamish one or two times.)
The author showed how they had to partially become like the murderers. They had to understand how and why they think the way they do. Highly Recommend
Between Good and Evil certainly goes behind the scenes and into the minds of the men and women who search for the evil amongst us. It is well written and extremely well read. But, and for me this is a big "but," I couldn't help thinking I was listening to a unwelcomed sermon. The author's obvious Catholicism and his short foray into the religious life detracted from the science of his message. His conservative political bent was not so hidden throughout the passages, even bashing Janet Reno at one point. It's not what I bargained for when I chose to purchase this book. And for all his religiosity, I found it interesting, when the author was discussing the mentality of child molestors, not once were the many recent lawsuits against the Catholic Church and priests mentioned. Very strange indeed. Still, the author did put us in touch with the evil side present in our everyday lives. I only wish he hadn't coated it with his religious views.
If you want in-depth profiler science, details about cases, significant facts, get some other book. This book contains all fluff, small talk, just "venting" by the author.
I listened to the whole book and all the important stuff can be condensed to about 20 minutes. Not even all that entertaining. Not entertainment and not documentary. A no-man's land where I don't want to go again. LOL
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