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The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes: Incredible Real-Life Murders | [Robin Odell]

The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes: Incredible Real-Life Murders

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.

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 05-06-13
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2004

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "True Crime for the Beach or Vacation Reader"

    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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Bloomington, IL, United States 10-12-13
    Christopher Bloomington, IL, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good to dip into..."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 07-23-13
    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 07-23-13 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "a crime that I did not like this book!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan PUNTA GORDA, FL, United States 07-14-13
    Susan PUNTA GORDA, FL, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2011

    Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!

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    "Quick stories, fun listening, cant get anybetter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As long as they are a nut like me who loves crime stories


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J Santa Clara, CA, United States 04-23-14
    J Santa Clara, CA, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Complete waste of time"
    What would have made The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes better?

    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.


    What could Robin Odell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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!!


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

    I was greatly disappointed in this book after listening to several others and finding them all quite good.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this if you value your time at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn Modbury, Australia 04-01-14
    Robyn Modbury, Australia 04-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "too superficial to be satisfying"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Not what was expected, but good"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lavaughn New Smyrna, Florida, United States 07-27-13
    Lavaughn New Smyrna, Florida, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great compilation!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The sheer amount of research done and obvious interest in the subject that the author has.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Fitzroy North, Australia 06-04-13
    Nick Fitzroy North, Australia 06-04-13
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    "Interesting, if at times inaccurate!"

    A bit inaccurate on some of the stories, but interesting listen. Narrator has a great voice, but an average American accent!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Debi Hays, KS, United States 07-17-13
    Debi Hays, KS, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "dull dull dull"
    What would have made The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes better?

    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..


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator, more stories from the US..


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Intresting bit long at times though."
    Would you try another book written by Robin Odell or narrated by David Shaw-Parker?

    Yes i definitely would.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes?

    All of it stays in your mind really as its all true accounts.


    What does David Shaw-Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He makes you feel as if you are their at the scenes, through the eyes of the beholder's


    Do you think The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes it certainly does id try a sample and then decide


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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