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- Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
- By: Harold Schechter
- Narrated by: Danny Campbell
- Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
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.
True crime enthusiast's dream
- By Athelsten on 08-24-17
Like listening to someone read a card catalog...
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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