The Boston Strangler

Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the Edgar Award: The definitive account of a serial killer's rampage - and the manhunt that stopped him.

On June 14, 1962, twenty-five-year-old Juris Slesers arrived at his mother's apartment to drive her to church. But there was no answer at the door. When he pushed his way inside, Juris found Anna Slesers dead on the kitchen floor, the cord of her housecoat knotted tightly around her neck.

Over the next two years, twelve more bodies were discovered in and around Boston: all women, all sexually assaulted, and all strangled. None of the victims exhibited any signs of struggle, nothing was stolen from their homes, and there were no signs of forcible entry. The police could find no discernable motive or clues. Who was this madman? How was he entering women's homes? And what insanity was driving him?

Drawn from hundreds of hours of personal interviews, as well as police, medical, and court documentation, this is a grisly, horrifying, and meticulously researched account of Albert DeSalvo - an American serial killer on par with Jack the Ripper.

©1966 Gerold Frank (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Incomplete

Seeing as this was a new release on Audible You would hope that some sort of update would be added at the end like they do with so many other books about serial killers. The book was published in 1966 and Albert De Salvo was murdered in 1973. DNA evidence has come forward in more recent years linking him to one of the murders and so many other theories on who the Boston Strangler is have emerged. This book needs an afterword.

The story never really reached a crescendo, even when it was going through De Salvo's confessions, it seemed to just skate along at the same kind of pace and slight build. It is full of cold hard facts which I appreciated. I am fine with this type of story telling, but someone else may want to find another book if they want something engaging.

I was not a fan of the narration. The narrators voice is very slow and soft. I was practically put to sleep in the beginning and then I realized that it kind of sounded like the narrator was trying to seduce someone which was stuck in my head thereafter. Luckily the end of the book is largely in De Salvo's words so the accent the narrator takes on eliminates the bedroom voice.

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TERRIBLE,HORRIBLE,AWFUL,BORING

This book is an an example how Audible must scrape the bottom of the barrel for content. WHY ARE THEY INTRODUCING A BOOK WRITTEN IN 1966? This book would have made a wonderful magazine article but instead is a tediously long and boring book. Eighty percent of the book discusses the suspects WHO DIDN’T DO IT but the author must have needed it to fill up a book. A full chapter is wasted on the 50 year old politics of why it wasn’t fully prosecuted.

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Don't bother

I was completely disgruntled with this book. The narration is horrible - the enthusiasm and interest of a slug.
Didn't get off to a good start when the author states in the prologue that the book is about the "City of Boston" - he didn't say it was a bout the strangler. Nowhere in the description of this book does it state it is a book about the City of Boston. Very misleading description. This is where I wish we could read the prologue online before ordering the book - wasted my time.
I didn't make it past 5 hours in - moves slower than the slug talking.

Do not waste your time, money, or credits on this one. Find another one on the subject.

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  • Molly
  • 04-30-20

The Performance is dreadful

Why oh why did I not pick up on the quality of the performance when listening to the sample. Why oh why would anyone employ the narrator to read any audio book? The book is well written but the narrator ruins the whole experience. Does he think he is reading a will or something? I find it hard to get past 30 minutes of listening.

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  • Frank Cummins
  • 09-10-19

A good listen

Well worth listening to. Very detailed but at times it may be deemed as going on a bit too much in certain parts, even basic facts being described in intimate detail. The narration of the book gets better as time progresses and is particularly good in the last third of the book when DeSavlo is finally interviewed in relation to the murders. A good book for true crime fans but as I say, it is lengthy, and you have to stick with it in parts

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  • kerstie osborne
  • 11-04-19

Informative and interesting

In general, a great informative book. I got confused with some of the 'suspects' at times but all in all a great book

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  • Xyz
  • 10-19-19

Terrific.

Great expansive true crime book. Detailed, but interesting. The narration is a bit tame, but you can adjust the speed to spice it up.