©1983 Joe McGinniss; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster
I read the book, and though it met the general qualities of the printed version, abridged versions miss so much. Especially when you know what should be there.
I would like to see more 'True Crimes' (unabridged) in your library. I'm having difficulty finding any and that's what I listen to.
having the original version
The abridged version has gutted the original book
narration was ok
If I was the editor, I would have left it alone - I think there were legal issues attached to it though
read the original book, its a true classic, very well written
The story of a military officer, a medical doctor, who committed a heinous crime, and his legal efforts to exonerate himself. Did he do it? Is he innocent, a victim himself of this crime? The case spans 10 years. The author gives you all the facts as they were uncovered and documented by the courts. Listen carefully. Then decide.
I never cared much for Reeve's acting in movies, but I quickly discovered that he had a talent for reading books that was savant-like. You feel like your sitting next to the Narcissitic convicted murderer Jeffrey MacDonald as Reeve sighs, and huffs arrogant through his dialogue. I challenge the listener to listen to Reeve's portrayal then play an interview with the real MacDonald and try to tell them apart. It's that accurate a portrayal. Reeve is equally convincing as MacDonald's distraught mother-in-law. I love true crime books and this is a great one. However, it's Reeve's amazing reading and acting of all the parts in the book that make this so special.
PLOT: a marine green beret claims 4 hippis killed his family in a manson type murder.
BASED on a real life event. Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald is a green beret officer and his pregnant wife and children are murdered. Dr. MacDonald escapes with a few wounds. BEFORE the CSI forensics of today you name the flub it happened from important clues being dumped in the trash or moved or tampered with. When the horrific scene of the family killed in a bizarre way the only one alive is Dr. MacDonald who's story changes each time he tells it. AT first there is no real tie in and the military police who do not want to prosecute him he goes 10 years or more before a grand jury indites him. MacDonald hired an author to write his "version" of the story to raise money for his legal fees soon has the author deciding maybe he really did do it. The audio is a bit of a bore with a tiresome reader. I give it 3 STARS all the way. Dr. MacDonald is currently in prison for the murders and is up for parole~ this fall.
Reeve was phenomenal. He is missed.
Joe McGinnis is the worst sort of 'journalist'. Had he presented this book as fiction, I could've given it a wonderful rating, but it isn't. Fatal Vision is responsible for incarcerating a man who may be innocent and, even if guilty, never had a fair trial thanks in part to McGinnis. Read this as fiction as enjoy. As fact, it's disgusting and unconscionable.
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