Depravity

  • by Harvey Rosenfeld
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Their crimes span the globe, but one thing unites them: They are 16 of the 20th century’s most notorious serial killers.
In this well-researched volume, discover their motives and what made them tick. Walk the path of the investigators who broke their cases and listen to the killers’ own words.
All of them made their communities tremble in fear. They include:
Johann Otto Hoch, who moved to America from Germany in the 1890s and married a string of women. Instead of being the man of their dreams, he became their worst nightmare.
Fritz Haarmann, "The Vampire of Hanover", who killed dozens of young male vagrants and prostitutes from 1919 to 1924 in Germany.
Béla Kiss, a Hungarian serial killer, who killed young women and tried pickling them in giant metal drums.
Robert Hansen, who began killing prostitutes in Alaska around 1980. He let them flee in the wilderness before hunting them down with a knife and rifle.
Learn about these and other serial killers. See what motivated them to lead such horrible lives and how they were finally brought to justice in Depravity: A Narrative of 16 Serial Killers.
Harvey Rosenfeld, a lifelong baseball fan, is the author of several highly regarded biographies, including Raoul Wallenberg: Angel of Mercy and Roger Maris: A Title to Fame, one of the American Library Association’s best books of 1991. He teaches at Pace and St. John’s Universities and is the founding editor of Martyrdom and Resistance, a Holocaust bimonthly.

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If you enjoy books about Serial Crime....Skip this

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is just badly written. I have read most of the sources which the author quotes, (Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, Whoever Fights Monsters, everything by BSU leaders Russ Vorpagel, Robert Ressler, John Douglas) as well as a great deal of the professional literature and I was actually offended by the use of these works as sources for this dull, incomplete, and poorly written (timelines are wrong etc.) narrative


Would you ever listen to anything by Harvey Rosenfeld again?

I seriously doubt it. This man is an English Professor and has no Psychological or Criminal Justice credentials that I can find. He talks about the rise of the commercialism of serial murder in the US in the 1990's and all I can say is he speaks from experience since this book was written not to enlighten, but to cash in on a certain genre.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was fine, it's hard because when a narrator is given garbage, it's sometimes easier for your mind to blame the voice


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger....that I wasted a credit on it.


Any additional comments?

Do yourself a favor. Don't buy this book. You are better off reading Ann Rule (and I don't say that lightly)

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- B. Riddick "BR"

Hard to Get Through

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, it was pretty boring and not very in depth.


Would you be willing to try another book from Harvey Rosenfeld? Why or why not?

Yes, but I would read a lot more reviews first.


Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Weiner’s performances?

No, I am about to fall asleep listening to him.


Did Depravity inspire you to do anything?

No


Any additional comments?

No

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- Katie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.