• Ed Gein

  • A True American Psycho
  • By: Brian Lee Tucker
  • Narrated by: Ron Allan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • 3.3 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Ed Gein

By: Brian Lee Tucker
Narrated by: Ron Allan
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Publisher's Summary

There's arguably no one man who's been more inadvertently influential to the horror genre than Mr. Edward Gein. Because of him, authors and screenwriters were inspired to create the following characters: Norman Bates in Psycho, Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs. But let's not give Gein too much credit here. After all, he was a murderer who also dug corpses out of graveyards and made trophies and other home-adorning paraphernalia from their bones and flesh. In 1957, the Plainfield, WI, native confessed to a pair of murders, saying that he offed two local women over a three-year span. And when the authorities searched his home, they discovered a treasure trove of horror: human skin covering chairs, bowls made from skulls, four loose noses, the two victims' severed heads in bags, a belt made from female nipples, a lampshade made from a person's face, and 10 women's heads with the tops cut off, amongst other grotesqueries. OK, one more, for good measure: They also found nine vulvae snipped off and placed in a shoe box. Welcome to the real world of Ed Gein, told in his own words.

©2015 Brian Lee Tucker (P)2015 Brian Lee Tucker

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Reading of Rejected Screenplay -- Cringe-Inducing

I wouldn't generally ask for a refund even if I don't like a book, but for this one, I'll have to. This isn't a book or audiobook at all; it's a recitation of a rejected screenplay written in some sort of lurid fan-fiction vein.

The content and execution are so amateurish that it feels harsh to write such a review, but this is being misrepresented. You shouldn't buy this unless you know what you're getting.

The content is just a dreadful reading of said screenplay, which is quite bad, with scene-setting, some visual and actor direction, and lines of cliche dialogue. It has a loose association with the "facts" of the Gein case, but those facts are generally misrepresented, presented out of order and/or out of context, and intermixed with numerous inaccuracies and inventions. The psychological portrayals and justifications are so shallow they're shame-making.

That's bad enough, but it's all staged in short, corny scenes with cartoonish characters who bumble through insipid dialogue and motivations, and an utterly inane progression of events. Most of what would be the dramatic content is actually offstaged, between scenes, with characters just showing up to summarize it. The author also has a sort of "theory" about true crime vs. fiction that he announces in the intro, which is later repeated nearly verbatim by the Gein character in a Scooby-Doo-villain declaration of facts and guilt.

The awfulness doesn't end with the content, either. Unfortunately, the narrator is a match for this dreck, serving up hammy old-time radio theatrics complete with goofy guffaws, aw shuckses, and other such bumpkin-esque caricatures of rural life. It's a performance right out of the Andy Griffith show and one deeply inappropriate for the topic. Finally, there are two attempts at audio-production effects that are just wince worthy.

There's no mystery as to why this material is self-published, but I was naive enough to think that Audible wouldn't sell something this incompetent. If you're a writer or writing student, this is, regrettably, a negative example of things not to do.

My apologies to the author and narrator. It's totally normal for us to produce worse material on the way to producing better material, but you should exercise judgment about what is ready for the public and worthy of a customer's dollar. Otherwise, you invite harsh feedback and reviews that would be kinder and more constructive in a workshop setting. Above all, you should give an honest indication of what a potential customer is in store for.

Bottom line: Misrepresenting this as finished, professional work is deceptive and unethical.

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"Says / said"

The overall story was good, but the performance was subpar with the use of "says" and "said" what seemed like several thousand times each.

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An interesting work of fiction

Unbelievably the story of Ed Gein has been rehashed over and over and every kernel of fact held up to the unforgivingly bright light of day. I remember stumbling on an article about Ed in a True Crime encyclopedia back in the early 80s. Ed was still alive to give some idea how long ago this was. I was astounded and appalled and amazed at the same time. At the time I appeared to be the only person on earth who'd heard of him. As stated earlier time passed and Ed experienced a massive resurgence in interest helped by Silence of the Lambs and Texas Chainsaw Massacre and is now seen as a godfather of gore - rightly so considering how shocking the crimes were. Several books have been published which went over the facts again and again and i've read nearly all of them. This book is NOT one of them. What it is is a fictional recreation of Ed Geins crimes. Factually it plays fast and loose (no - Ed did not keep his mothers corpse around the house or outrage it. Even Ed Gein had his limits) but as a work of fiction, sprinkled with genuine facts and transcripts, it's very creative and interesting. As stated the facts of the case have been picked clean. Check out the wonderful True Crime author Harold Schechters account 'Deviant' for that. Accept this as the fictional recounting it is and on that level it's very entertaining.

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It’s good!

I liked it. It’s short but you got all the information you need. I also liked the reader. I reccomend.

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  • David Murphy
  • 06-25-21

Somewhat inaccurate - possibly semi - fiction

I am somewhat of a self made Ed Gein expert. I have studied him and his life extensively and read nearly everything there is to read about him, yet I found this book seems to have added things to his story that never happened. I write this review several hours after finishing the book so I dont recall everything that was said in it but 2 things I do remember are:
1) The book suggested that he murdered two young girls who were out selling girl scout cookies - this did not happen. His only 2 known victims were Mary Hogan and Bernice Warden. He was merely suspected of killing his brother - he never admitted to it and this story is the first I have ever heard of anh girl scout victims.
2) He did not commit sex acts on the corpses. When asked about it he said that they "smelled too bad".

There were several other things that I found to be completely wrong, but this is just a review so I shan't address them all.

The book is interesting to listen to and the narration wasn't too bad, but a lot of it seemed to be made up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-21

He says, she says...

The author used "he said" , "she said" , "Ed said" way too much that it really spoiled the story.