©1990 Whitley Streiber; (P)2009 Phoenix
I was looking for this book in Kindle format, when to my delight I found it here, and narrated (albeit abridged) by the late great Roddy McDowell!
McDowell delivered an outstanding performance for each of the characters, and the villain in particular with a charming nastiness!
I'm not going to waste time with statistics or analyses, except to say that I'm glad I made this purchase.
My only complaint was that the sound quality was not as good as other Audible purchases, but this may have been due to the book being 22 years old, and you honestly can't expect a 22 year old book on tape to have crystal clear sound quality. However, this is why I rated this a 4 instead of a 5.
I intend to listen to this thrilling story many times!
I would recommend it if they were interested in true crime or in the study of psycopaths. It is very realistic in terms of desire of unbalanced individuals and the use of torture by kidnappers. Really gets into the head of the kidnapper in a disturbing way. Makes me wonder a little about the author!
In the black room, meeting his "brothers".
Inside every serial killer is his mother. Truthfully I found this a little like the movie "Psycho".
The performance was superb but the audio quality was mediocre. There was considerable rumble, boominess, noise and a lack of clarity. There were some squeals that made me think it was recorded on a cheap reel to reel recorder many years ago. Performance, story and writing 4 out of 5, audio 2 out of 5. I can only say I have heard worse on audible.
McDowall's performance invoked the sadistic tortured mind of Barton Royle. He gave me chills.
Whitley Strieber and Roddy McDowell made this story come to life and made me hold my kids a little tighter at night.
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