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And the Sea Will Tell

Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 28 hrs and 49 mins
4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Alone with her new husband on a tiny Pacific atoll, a young woman, combing the beach, finds an odd aluminum container washed up out of the lagoon, and beside it on the sand something glitters: a gold tooth in a scorched human skull. The investigation that follows uncovers an extraordinarily complex and puzzling true-crime story. Only Vincent Bugliosi, who recounted his successful prosecution of mass murderer Charles Manson in the best seller Helter Skelter, was able to draw together the hundreds of conflicting details of the mystery and reconstruct what really happened when four people found hell in a tropical paradise. And the Sea Will Tell reconstructs the events and subsequent trial of a riveting true murder mystery, and probes into the dark heart of a serpentine scenario of death.

©1991 Vincent Bugliosi and Bruce B. Henderson (P)2019 Tantor

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"Grips you by the throat from beginning to end." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
 

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  • Mike
  • Olney, MD United States
  • 06-17-19

A brilliant tale

My two favorite genres being true-crime and anything nautical, this book did not disappoint. The author(s) and narrator were so logical, thoughtful and eloquent, I couldn't stop listening. I thoroughly enjoyed everything except the epilogue, which was written more for the law-student than high-seas sailor, but definitely a 5-star in entirety. Well-done.

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  • Nena
  • Pioneertown, CA USA
  • 06-16-19

Sea worthy

I love everything Bugliosi writes and this is no exception. There is a lot of lawyer- ease in this and you definitely feel like you're on the island and in the courtroom. But it is a very sad story of greed. It's sad that there is so much violence in this world that will find you even on a "deserted" island.

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Bugliosi is one of my favorite authors.

Since Helter Skelter was first published I have admired the author's pursuit of justice, and logical, common sense argument.

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great part 1, disappointing part 2

I really enjoyed part one if this true story, really pulls u in. but part 2 even though based on facts just did not bring justice to the dead - so I put this book on the return list and did not bother to finish

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Surprising boring

I just can't get into this book. It's so drawn out. I guess if you're a real sea buff it may be more interesting
but it misses the mark with me.
I expected more from this author.
Narrator is okay.
Not sure if I'll finish it.

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Well done. Fantastic read.

Loved the length, which allowed for thoroughness. Good for you Mr Bugliosi I wasn’t on that jury. She got away with murder. Unfortunately seems 2nd body will never be found, so she may never stand trial again.

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  • Glen
  • 07-17-19

Excellent Book. Horrible Audio.

If you assume that since this book is a new Audible release, then it must also be a new recording, don't sweat it. I made the exact same mistake. The audio is old. It's REALLY old, and couldn't have been great quality when it was first released because it's almost impossible to listen to it for an appreciable length.

After several hours spent with audio mixing software, I managed to get it to a vaguely acceptable state. This involved speeding it up by about ten percent, offsetting the subsequent pitch increase, adjusting the bass and treble levels to draw the narrators voice out of the background, singling out and removing the incessant background noise that echos throughout the entire book and amplifying the resultant product. It was a lot of effort and I wouldn't blame you if you felt it wasn't worth bothering.

The book, however, is excellent. It's long at almost twenty-nine hours, less with the increase in speed, but comprehensive, just the same, and weaves an exciting murder mystery tale about a mysterious pacific island atoll called Palmyra and the tragic and nefarious events that took place there, as well as the subsequent investigations, fortuitous findings and court proceedings that follow.

It's told in such a way as to keep the reader/listener on the edge of their seat through the initial sections, at least, and spawns a deep and ingrained interest in following the outcome of the proceedings. I won't spoil anything, as other commentators have shamefully done, just to say that you will find yourself lurching from one position to another as the events unfold and may even find sympathy for the defendant, having arrived at an entirely different position quite early on.

One thing I will criticize is the author and defense attorney, Vincent Bugliosi's descent into sanctimony and arrogance as the court proceedings progress is very disappointing. Having arrived at the conclusion that his client is innocent of the charges levied at her and determined to offer the best defense possible, he starts out portraying an objective and fascinating insight into the events that unfold and the tactics and interests of the prosecution, defense attorneys and even the presiding judge, but finally careers into a childish and insufferable dismissal of the opinions of anyone but himself.

"I found it impossible to believe that these supposedly intelligent and reasonable jurors, who held my client's life in their hands, could be swayed by any argument other than mine."

OK. Not an exact quote, in truth, but not a significant exaggeration, and essentially the essence of the final five hours or so of the book. The entire closing argument, which literally takes up over three hours is woefully arrogant and serve only to inflate the ego of Bugliosi, whom I had previously as a fan of his other books, highly respected, both as an author and attorney. The whole book starts out brilliantly and slowly descends in quality to a disappointing climax.

Great book, but you should definitely buy a better copy elsewhere.