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  • Psycho USA

  • Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

In the horrifying annals of American crime, the infamous names of brutal killers such as Bundy, Dahmer, Gacy, and Berkowitz are writ large in the imaginations of a public both horrified and hypnotized by their monstrous, murderous acts. But for every celebrity psychopath who's gotten ink for spilling blood, there's a bevy of all-but-forgotten homicidal fiends studding the bloody margins of US history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True crime enthusiast's dream

  • By Athelsten on 08-24-17

Like listening to someone read a card catalog...

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Reviewed: 09-06-16

What would have made Psycho USA better?

A story--any kind of story--would have made this title better. It's like someone got together a whole bunch of newspaper articles from the pre-internet era, culled the sensationalism--not just sensationalism but really anything that might lead to an emotional response--and began to read.

What was most disappointing about Harold Schechter’s story?

There was no story. No connection between the vignettes, no higher-order commentary or analysis. No historical context. Just endless droning.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator didn't have a lot to work with, but in what must have been an effort to imbue the text with some sort of interest, he adds a sing-song element to his reading that makes it come off rather cartoon-like.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This title may have some redeeming qualities, but several chapters were enough to get me to stop looking.

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