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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning journalist Jeff Guinn's highly acclaimed Manson has won rave reviews and is a top-pick on must-read lists everywhere. This superb biography answers lingering questions about the Manson Family murders, while delivering stunning revelations about the life of America's most notorious psychopath.
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By Ruby Dartz on 09-15-13

Charles Manson: Even worse than you imagined

Where does Manson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is in the top 5 of all the books I've listened to and the #1 biography.

What did you like best about this story?

The author put Manson's life in context with a view to the current events of the eras. It integrated social movements like the rock and roll scene, the Chicago Convention of 1968, Kent State and the Vietnam war as the background to Manson's story line.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening scene where the Golden Penetrators, Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys and his entourage, go to the Whiskey a GoGo with Charlie Manson. It establishes the Rock and Roll hierarchy and Charlie's place in it in a nutshell.

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

I don't know what the tag line would be but I nominate Colin Farrell to play Charlie Manson.

Any additional comments?

I would have liked to see the photos that came with the book. My only complaint about Audible is that they don't include photo downloads with all of their books that include photos. It would be easy enough, especially with the Audible app. I don't need "Listening Badges" or the graphs that chart how much or how often I listen. I need the photos that are in the actual books that I purchased.

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By Beje on 01-19-14

Finally. What Really Happened -- And How It Happe

What made the experience of listening to Manson the most enjoyable?

Years ago I read Helter Skelter. It was interesting but sketchy of believable information. Because it was authored by the Manson prosecutor, it seemed to have a narrow perspective with obvious exaggeration so as to boast about himself. I am a fan of Jeff Guinn. (I read "Going Down Together" Bonnie & Clyde which hooked me on Guinn.) His research is very thorough. This audiobook has a lot of Mason's background, unknown to me before reading it. Guinn puts the story in the right place for history and culture. Most of all, Guinn did not attempt to make Mason a god, devil, or magician. He stayed with the facts. Mason's history was plenty colorful without need for exaggeration. I will read it again.

What did you like best about this story?

It was factual, not sensationalized, and was supported by research.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The story is a human tragedy. Manson victimized many people. He also was a victim. While it is hard to balance the different victims and types of victimizations, I clearly saw Manson's manipulations and his sociopath.

Any additional comments?

I hate that Manson feels rewarded and glorified by continuing publicity. However, it is important this story be told.

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