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Helter Skelter Audiobook

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

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Publisher's Summary

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

©1974 Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi, Afterword 1994 by Vincent Bugliosi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“One of the best crime stories ever written.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    Ramon Ramone 05-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "True crime at its truest"

    A must read for every true crime, I hate to use the word fan, enthusiast. Powerful and extremely detailed account.

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    Shy 05-12-15
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    "Excellent "

    Great book and very detailed. I enjoyed it very much. Highly recommended. Couldn't put it down.

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    J 4535 CA, United States 05-11-15
    J 4535 CA, United States 05-11-15
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    "A Facinating Book."
    Would you listen to Helter Skelter again? Why?

    Yes, but not for a while due to graphic subject matter and the fact that it is over 20 hours long.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Helter Skelter?

    I think the most memorable moment of this book is the courtroom banter between the prosecution, the crazy defense attorney and Manson. I couldn't stop listen and wondered what would they would say next. I have never heard of such a bizarre court case as this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think my favorite scene of the book is when they convicted Manson. He was shocked. He had always thought he would either get acquitted due to his crazy lawyers or his "family" would break him out of jail which they were planning on doing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have an extreme reaction to this book. It was very sad to hear how the victims died. I didn't realize how many died at the hands of the Manson family. I was also very shocked to hear about one of the defense attorneys going missing and then being found dead. I had never heard about that part of the case. Another extreme reaction I had was in regards to the laziness and lack of professionalism the law enforcement officers and detectives had during this case. This case teaches police today "What Not To Do" with their evidence. Bugliosi asked the detectives to pretty much "Go out and do their job'. The slacked off on several tasks that Bugliosi asked them to do like finding the murder weapons and clothing before the new crews did. Unbelievable.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the reason why I listened to this audio book was because Bugliosi wrote it and I loved his other book "Outrage" which was really good. Another reason was that I wasn't born yet when the murders occurred. I had always heard bits and pieces of what had happened and wanted to know the whole story. This book must have been extremely complicated to write due to all of the names involved in the case. Several times I had to stop listening and look up the person on the internet to keep everyone names straight because their were so many involved and the family members kept exchanging names. Bugliosi did an amazing job with this in the book. Overall, the book was very fascinating and I couldn't stop listening to it. I highly recommend it.

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    D. Eckhart indiana 05-08-15
    D. Eckhart indiana 05-08-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Pace"

    A fine performance, but the pace of narration was a touch slow. I changed the playback to 1.25 which helped and saved me an hour or two

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    Kerry Toluca Lake, CA, United States 05-06-15
    Kerry Toluca Lake, CA, United States 05-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating story"

    A topic I wasn't sure I wanted to delve into but quickly entered this true story easily because narrator was excellent and story was fascinating. I highly recommend this eBook.

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    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 04-23-15
    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 04-23-15
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    "Too Long to remain interesting"
    What would have made Helter Skelter better?

    Helter Skelter could have been about 3 hours shorter. Bugliosi really stretched the story and tried to wring every drop out of the details. I really struggled to stay interested for the last quarter of the story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry before, how does this one compare?

    I have listened to "Devil in the White City", which is performed by Curt Gentry. His narration style is dry, but it works for historical stories. I think this book was more interesting in the beginning and then dragged on for much too long in the end, while Devil was the opposite.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe someone without such a gravely voice?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the cruelty in the world. It's a dark world, and there are some real crazies out there, but that shouldn't be surprising, even though the content is still shocking.


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    Stupid Tom NW Suburban Chicago 04-16-15
    Stupid Tom NW Suburban Chicago 04-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Fantastic listen"

    if you've ever wondered about the details of this historic murder case then this is the book for you.

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    Mark 04-13-15
    Mark 04-13-15
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    "Very good throughout."

    Great insight to the real story. Very detailed. I recommend to any one looking to find out The real events,

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    Tia Weedon Frederick, MD 04-08-15
    Tia Weedon Frederick, MD 04-08-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "It was alright..."

    I mean the story is already pretty crazy so this doesn't need much to be relatively interesting. The author gives information from a different perspective. What I found most consuming were his off the record convos with Manson. Hearing his words you could see what a manipulator he was and it was scary. But sometimes it lost me...my attention just waned and I don't know whether it was the narrator or if there was just too much detail. I think if you have interest in this murder or murder mystery type stuff you'll enjoy it overall but I wouldn't say it's amazing... I will listen to it again though

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    Jess 04-07-15
    Jess 04-07-15
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    "Well written. Performed equally as well!!"

    I couldn't put it down!!!

    I loved that it was "wrapped up" with a "pretty bow" at the end. I like knowing "where they are now".

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