A gripping collection of stories of human criminality at its most bizarre.
These unusual, sensational murders recall not only gruesome historical crimes, but also touch on shocking and macabre modern murders. Included are details of groundbreaking advances in crime detection, law enforcement, and forensic science.
This is the top-secret report on the most grisly, and unusual, criminal activity of our time.
©2010 Constable & Robinson (P)2012 Constable & Robinson
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
Just because I said that this book's contents-- "story" is three stars does not mean that I didn't enjoy listening to it. The reader was fairly good and I learned something that I've often wondered about-- are books from the US translated fro the UK market. The answer, at least for this one is yes.
This is a compendium of true crimes. Many of them do have bits of the bizarre about them. Others are fairly banal. Some are well known, others I had never heard of before and I thought I was fairly well versed in at least historic crime. It made for undemanding listening while I was cutting out some winter killed vines from the front flower beds and doing some other chores. The accounts seem to mainly have been retold from secondary sources. The one that really bore that out was the retelling of the events in Vince Bugliosi's Till Death Us Do Part. Bugliosi for whatever reason used fake names for both the victims and perpetrators in his book. The real names are now readily available on the internet and the facts are a matter of public record so repeating this doesn't
Now for my favorite bit on the perils of translation. The Thomas Capano/Fahey trial was a bit of an internet sensation in part due to the fact that Capano was a well connected lawyer and political figure in Delaware. He killed Fahey in his own residence and then with his brother's assistance transported her body in a large plastic cooler to his brother's boat and tossed the cooler overboard. What happened then definitely put it's in the category of bizarre as the cooler just wouldn't sink. However, it becomes even more surreal when the cooler is called a refrigerator. The mental image of two men hauling a refrigerator out of a car and onto a boat, throwing it overboard then shooting at it because it won't sink and having to haul it back aboard made me wonder a bit about the facts as laid out in some of the other accounts.
At over 19 hours this is a solid listen.
This is a good book for True Crime enthusiasts, while not in-depth (it makes no claims to be) it is a fascinating look at some bizarre well-known and not so well-known true crimes.
On the whole I enjoyed it.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
I should have liked this book, I love true crime. There just wasn't enough detail to surround myself in each case, the conclusion was there before I had gotten interested. You have to listen very carefully every second or you will miss something important, if you can do this you may find this book to your liking.
Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!
As long as they are a nut like me who loves crime stories
This is a good book to be able to pick up, listen to a couple of stories and put down. I't not like one story, it's many stories.
Nothing would have made this book better. It was like listening to a bunch of boring stories told from someone who only knew a little about the subject then before you realize it, the story is over and he's on to the next one.
If the development of the stories was a little better, you could get interested in them. Unfortunately, all of them are passed over so quickly, you can't. The author could have tried focusing more on the details and quality of each story, not the quantity of them.
The man reading this book had a weird English accent and cadence that sounded like he was trying to sound British but wasn't. It was so distracting, I could barely focus on how bad the stories were!!
I was greatly disappointed in this book after listening to several others and finding them all quite good.
Skip this if you value your time at all.
This book is a series of brief summaries of interesting cases. My preference is for detailed description of the crime as it unfolds, the characters involved, and the process of detection and prosecution. Succint descriptions organised by theme doesn't do it for me, but anyone interested in an overview of (mainly) murder would probably find it interesting. David Shaw-Parker does a good job with the narration - a good voice and presentation for the subject matter.
What I liked best: I recognized many of the cases reviewed, but there were a lot I had never heard of, so I heard about a lot of new cases to investigate.
What I liked least: The narration seemed not flat, just no interested.
I probably would not recommend this book to a friend, partly because I know no one else who would be interested in this type of reading material, and partly because the narrator does not do the material there justice.
What I liked about the performance was a definite pause in the narration to prepare the listener for the change of case. A book like this one would leave a listener lost without those pauses.
What I disliked: Well not to beat a dead horse, but the narration does not do the material justice.
No. This book would make a bad movie. Where each story is only a couple minutes long it would make it nearly impossible to keep up with what the heck was going on. The viewer would not have a chance to connect to any characters and that is an essential part of a successful film.
This book very briefly covers the facts of many murders and crimes. There is no analysis, or commentary by the author. If you are used to true crime by Ann Rule and M. William Phelps you are bound to feel like to much of the story is left out. However the title tells you that these will be brief synopsis of a great list of crimes, so it I hard to be disappointed by that fact.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fact finding summary reading.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
While the crimes in the story were interesting, very few of them were actually bizarre and they only talked about each crime for what amounted to a paragraph or two. That being said, it was still interesting and was still a good listen. The narrator did mispronounce a lot of words though.
Yes, if the person is interested in basic facts about many different weird crimes. These are not in-depth, nor does the writer always give all salient facts; overall, though, it's a great compilation of bizarre crimes.
The sheer amount of research done and obvious interest in the subject that the author has.
Some stories have apocryphal or urban legend-type "facts" added, which are not always true. For instance, the electric chair that killed Albert Fish did not malfunction. Also, Fish's victim Grace Budd was 10, not 12 years old. While not a great difference, there is in the public's perception of the victim and goes a bit to the horror the public felt at the time.
Read by a British narrator.. jumps all over the place 1900, then 2010, then 1850..etc..too many European crimes and the narrator's voice is incredibly dull..skip this one..
Different narrator, more stories from the US..
"Intresting bit long at times though."
Yes i definitely would.
All of it stays in your mind really as its all true accounts.
He makes you feel as if you are their at the scenes, through the eyes of the beholder's
Yes it certainly does id try a sample and then decide
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