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Helter Skelter Audiobook

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

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Publisher's Summary

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

©1974 Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi, Afterword 1994 by Vincent Bugliosi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“One of the best crime stories ever written.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    Stefan Dascalu Iasi 11-02-16
    Stefan Dascalu Iasi 11-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Making a couple of gruesome murders boring news"

    The narator does his best to make things interesting but the source material is so badly written that listening to it would require making diagrams on the wall.
    No character is memorable. Obsessive depiction of boring minutia will clog up your brain and make listening a chore.
    The most common phrase in the book must be "this will be important later on"... Later on either it wasn't important or so many "important" things happend that in the end i gave up

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    Pupidawg Ann Arbor, MI, US 10-29-16
    Pupidawg Ann Arbor, MI, US 10-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Eerie story even today."

    Very good narrator and a compelling story which is very well written. Detailed and comprehensive, too. Definitely, worth your time.

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    Damian 10-11-16
    Damian 10-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A fascinating, detailed insider"

    account of a monstrous crime, a fiendish leader and his depraved followers. Fast paced and absorbing it is not without shortcomings, for most of which is the fact that the author has a difficult time reigning in his own ego and chest thumping. He is - because he tells you so - the hardest working, most ethical and greatest prosecutor in the history of man... and although these not so subtle insinuations may or may not be true, it would sound a lot better coming from someone else. Nevertheless, this is a first rate telling of a horrific event and the perpetrators that is bound to keep the reader ghoulishly mesmerized.

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    darrand 09-25-16
    darrand 09-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The truth, nothing but the truth, so help me God!"
    What made the experience of listening to Helter Skelter the most enjoyable?

    Vincent Bugliosi was focused. Right is right and wrong is incredibly wrong.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vincent Bugliosi. It is hard for me to imagine his concentration level and he was able to
    stay focused. Fantastic


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Again, it would have to be Vincent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Wyatt Earp of L.A.


    Any additional comments?

    I was saddened by the fact that his job was made that much harder
    because law enforcement agencies from different jurisdictions didn't
    communicate.

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    Jennifer 09-23-16
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    "Superb journey"

    I thoroughly enjoyed both the content and it's delivery. Scott Brick is a fantastic narrater and I'm glad to have discovered the works of Vincent Bugliosi. Well worth the listening time.

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    Sandra 09-14-16
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    "Wow, what a great book!"

    This is one of those books that you can't wait to get back to. I've never seen any documentaries on the Manson murders or have read anything about them. This book is well written and narrated, it takes you right into the investigation, trial and sentencing of these murdering animals. Great book.

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    John Coppolella Albert100 09-13-16
    John Coppolella Albert100 09-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A storyline nothing short of Earthshaking."

    Atrocious his family remained in their loyalty, the acts pervade cultural norms, of a culture few talk about, but I suspect secretly living, if only in the link to and on and over the ways we truly are capable of being. In this story we see the potential of the jam and jelly of our purest natures. A brave retention of our former selves still in our systems, the sons and daughters of Cain indeed!

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    uriah1970 Crofton, MD United States 09-13-16
    uriah1970 Crofton, MD United States 09-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Helter Skelter by V. Bugliosi"

    Scott Brick did an outstanding job of narrating this confusing story. None of the followers of CM should be revered, they should be detested.

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    Alabama Washington DC 09-10-16
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    "Gripping"

    Great book about historic events!! The narrator is by far my favorite! He is believable as the character and reads as if recalling the actual events! I highly recommend this book and any book narrated by Scott Brick!

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    D. Fleming 09-05-16
    D. Fleming 09-05-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A tale of true evil"

    A disturbing true story. Even thought I knew the end - once I started listening to the book I could not stop. I would recommend this book but prepare to be disturbed.
    The book was original published quite a while ago. After finishing the book, I went to sleep only to wake at 3am to google "where are the Manson trial convicts now" - I had to know before I could get back to sleep.

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