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  • Man-Eater

  • The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal
  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

In the winter of 1873, a small band of prospectors lost their way in the frozen wilderness of the Colorado Rockies. Months later, when the snow finally melted, only one of them emerged. His name was Alfred G. Packer, though he would soon become infamous throughout the country under a different name: "the Man-Eater."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made me hungry. Just kidding.

  • By daniel on 05-01-17

Well researched with maddening degressions

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I repeatedly tried to give this title a chance, but after three hours I had to walk away. As usual, Schechter's research is commendable. And as usual it's the greatest weakness of his work.

Even moreso than in "Hell's Princess" the narrative is constantly interrupted for lengthy digressions that aren't pertinent. The story grinds to a halt to give entire histories and building descriptions of towns and biographies of side characters. Especially in an audioboook it's difficult to hold your place until the narrative suddenly picks back up. The sections are lengthy enough that, if they need to be included, should be contained within endnotes or endices. It's absolutely maddening.

The experience has put me off attempting any more Schechter audioboooks.

  • The Sleep Tight Motel

  • Dark Corners Collection, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 528

Eve has a fake ID, a .38, and a violent lover receding in the rearview mirror. He’ll never find her at the isolated motel, and its kindly manager is happy to ease her fears. But if Eve is the only guest, whom does she keep hearing on the other side of the wall? Eve won’t get a good night’s rest until she finds out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The reading is flat, dull, and awful

  • By Chynna Blue on 10-01-18

Reader makes it unbearable.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

It's difficult to rate the story itself since the person reading was so bad that I stopped a third of the way in. Besides resembling a text-to-speech program, her reading of male parts was equally ridiculous and frustrating. She tried so hard to lower her voice that her delivery of the lines didn't the way anyone would say them. Rather it just sounded like she was struggling to get the words out. On top of that, it simply sounded absurd. If the story interests you try reading it instead.

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