Scary Monsters and Super Freaks

  • by Mike Sager
  • Narrated by George Orlando
  • 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mike Sager is to drugs, porn, and crimes of desperate delusion what Dominic Dunne is to the society murder. In addition to his long-classic Rolling Stone story "The Devil and John Holmes" (which helped inspire the Val Kilmer film Wonderland) and his groundbreaking GQ piece about murdered Irish investigative reporter Veronica Guerin (also the subject of a major film starring Cate Blanchett), Scary Monsters and Super Freaks is a wonderful rogue's gallery of up-close pieces about the most public failures of the American dream. From Rick James and his drug-fueled detour into white slavery to the life and suicide of porn starlet Savannah, from deep inside the beating of Rodney King and the Heaven's Gate cult suicides to Chuck Berry's sexual predilections, this book brings to high-profile true crime a highly identifiable voice and style. Currently Esquire's Writer-at-Large, Sager takes us along for the ride with a raft of other figures including the late NWA Rapper Easy E. Winner, the FBI agent who fell in love with his informant, and the highest ranking DEA agent to be busted for drug trafficking. This is a brilliant debut collection by one of America's most respected and stylish crime writers.


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Terribly misleading title.

First of all, if you're going to have a title like "Scary Monsters and Super Freaks", you'd better have some INCREDIBLE stories contained therein. There aren't any. Not one.

The "Super Freak" is a reference to Rick James. Ok... seriously?! I was expecting stories about all sorts of depraved, terrible individuals that committed unspeakable acts....and you give me RICK JAMES??!! That joke would ALMOST be funny, if i didn't value my time and money.

There are some good stories in here. Nothing great, and certainly nothing that lives up to that title. There's one about Rodney King which was interesting, and a few about cult figures, that I found noteworthy.

Overall, I feel incredibly misled by the title of this book. It takes every ounce of self control I have for me NOT to give this 3 stars. Based on the fact that the narrator is good, and some of the stories were actually memorable, I'm giving it 4. In truth, it's a 3.5. Had I not been misled so badly by the title, I'm sure my view of this book would've been more favorable.
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- aaron "Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!"

Doppler traffic and cornflower blue eyes... again!

What did you like best about Scary Monsters and Super Freaks? What did you like least?

I was hoping for salacious and shocking moments, but really, these stories are pretty tame.

Would you recommend Scary Monsters and Super Freaks to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe. It's a very casual listen, and best in small doses; one story per listen.

Did George Orlando do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Very enjoyable reader. Character's were distinctive but never over-the-top. Good job.

Was Scary Monsters and Super Freaks worth the listening time?

I skipped a few of the stories because the subject or character did not interest me.

Any additional comments?

Doppler traffic and Cornflower Blue Eyes. Keep this in mind while listening!

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- Synthpulse

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios