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Helter Skelter Audiobook
Helter Skelter
Written by: 
Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
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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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    colleen byrnes 08-29-15

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Though it is an interesting true story, the information presented in this book was so boring. It sounded like the narrator just read off of the police reports.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Incredibly dry, boring presentation of the book.


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    Cory 07-07-15
    Cory 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A long, twisted story that gets bogged down in details"

    The trial of Manson and his followers took 7 months. Bugloss takes you down the crazy, dark passages of that twisted trial, and spares the most tedious details. Despite that, there were parts that felt like a slog.

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    Terry L McLeod 05-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting - excellent story and narration"

    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. It almost is unbelievable and quite unsettling to conceive that this is very much a true story. It has compelled me to do further research on the individuals who comprised the Manson Family to try to get a grasp on how they were so influenced by Manson. It is truly good that so many of them eventually became Christians and have dedicated their lives to helping others and serving the true Jesus, the son of God.

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    Alysia 05-15-15
    Alysia 05-15-15
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    "Crazy, twisted, great storytelling"

    The parts about the trial can be kind of hard to follow at times, but for about 95% of the book, excellent storytelling. I never realized how twisted and weird all of the surrounding facts were for Manson and his "family". But now I am all too aware.

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    Kayli Mickey 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Impressed"

    The narrator was extraordinary! His vocal inflection made the story more entertaining. I truly believed it was actually his book

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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
    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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    Jennifer Leah Emery Fontana, CA United States 05-11-15
    Jennifer Leah Emery Fontana, 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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