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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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    Happy MOM Exeter NH 04-27-16
    Happy MOM Exeter NH 04-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best audio book I've heard"

    This was by far the most well written prosecution story I've ever heard. All things I thought I'd known about this story were either completely wrong or only a small scratch on the surface. At times I does become mundane as far as listening for long periods. The words and volume of characters may seem a bit over whelming. Don't be ashamed to rewind/back track. Every little story is so fascinating. Enjoy.

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    Debra 04-24-16
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    best book on tape I have read in a v e r y l o n g t I m e

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    Adrienne Haught 03-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Long But Not Tedious"

    Great book, fantastic narrator! 26 hours is a lot of time to invest in a book, (and it set me back a few months on my audiobook schedule) but it was well worth it. I feel that I accomplished a lot having finished it simply because it is the longest book I have read to-date. Great story, (very detailed but not overly detailed) and a must-read for anyone interested in the murders or criminology.

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    Dr. JSH 03-10-16
    Dr. JSH 03-10-16

    Audible + iPod = :-)

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if the person could handle listening to the sections that describe the gore inflicted by Manson and his family.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Charles Manson's power over his family members, mostly young women, some even girls. Even after he was jailed awaiting his trial, he continued to dictate the actions of his faithful followers. Manson's story is also the story of the late '60s and early '70s entertainment industry and of the rich and famous. He told his family members the Beatles were communicating with him, particularly through their "White Album," which includes the song "Helter Skelter," this book's title. He and/or his family members crossed paths with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, producers Phil Kaufman and Gary Stromberg, Doris Day's son Terry Melcher, Angela Lansbury's daughter Deirdre Shaw, actress Sharon Tate (and, sadly, her unborn son ... Tate's husband director Roman Polanski was the father), heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hair stylist and actor Jay Sebring, among others. Years after the trials, one of Manson's few remaining faithful followers even engaged with President Gerald Ford in a bungled assassination attempt to renew the world's recognition of Manson's plight as a prisoner (and to protect the environment).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Despite the cruel acts of Manson and his family members, parts of the book -- particularly the courtroom antics of Manson, the other defendants, and family members who were not prosecuted -- were quite humorous, in hindsight, of course. I'm sure the judge and the revolving-door attorneys thought otherwise at the time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but doing so would require too much time.


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    Meg Hamilton 03-09-16

    Do people know every book can't be a 5-star book or the ratings are meaningless? On any site! Same goes for Goodreads.

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    "Disgusting but Like a Time Capsule"

    The devil is in the details. It's a long haul but "hard to put down" in literal book sense. Fathers, don't leave your daughters. That's a big thing I learned from this episode. And now there's Aquarius on NBC and many confused viewers since this all was before their time and way out of context.

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    Evan 03-09-16
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    "A well told true story of the Manson Family beginning, murders, trial, and afterword."

    Well written and easy to follow and understand. However, I do recommend obtaining the physical copy to help with names and places (which can only be expected with nonfiction). Other than that, I was very satisfied with the way Bugliosi and Gentry told the horrific story of the Manson Family.

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    Frances 02-29-16
    Frances 02-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "True Crime"

    Great read. Wish I had met the author in real life. Narrator was great too.

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    Devin J Heater 02-22-16 Member Since 2007
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    "A gripping tale"

    I'd listen to Scott Brick narrate a traffic jam. He is one of my all time favorite narrators. Helter Skelter is a fascinating and terrifying story. Very well written, not too dense. Excellent audiobook.

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    Gregoryodell Los angeles 02-16-16
    Gregoryodell Los angeles 02-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow amazing"

    I think the author is an excellent writer and does a great job explaining what can be dry at times Cortland information in a way that is enjoyable to read. Obviously the story told itself however he adds so much to it in the way that he passes on information and the level of detail.

    Give this a shot it you enjoy history, crime, etc

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    Kimberly Romani USA 12-19-15
    Kimberly Romani USA 12-19-15

    *Kimberly*

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    "Great performance and spell-binding"

    This is one of my favorite books and I have read and re-read it multiple times. I am a voracious and precocious reader but due to my stroke am unable to read. Thank God for Audible!!!

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