The Philosophy, Practice, and Science of Crime Scene Investigation, Part 1

  • by Robert C. Shaler
  • Narrated by Robert C. Shaler
  • 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The director of the Forensic Science Program at Pennsylvania State University, Professor Robert C. Shaler leads a comprehensive study of the intricacies of an intriguing, and always topical, science. In these lectures, Shaler imparts a clear understanding of crime-scene investigation, from archiving the scene to the presentation of evidence in court proceedings. Covering everything from fingermarks and bloodstains to 3-D imaging and microbial forensics, the course is an essential guide for anyone intrigued by this riveting subject.

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Informative and Practical approach

I've taken college level courses on criminology and the information presented in this book is right on with the previous instructions I have received. The presenter has a good voice, seems very knowledgeable, easy to listen to, understandable, and practical. I didn't give 5 stars because the the presenter #1 tends to repeat himself and #2 uses too much casual speech in his presentation (e.g. incorrect grammar and slang such as "goona" and "kinda"). The unprofessional style of presentation lost some its credibility. However, all in all, it was well done and I've already listened to the book twice.
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- Ronda

Good Info, But Textbook-Dry

Overall, I was disappointed with this series of lectures. I listen to a lot of audio lectures (mostly through a different source), and I know that with the right teacher, even the driest material can be made entertaining. Robert Shaler is informative, and as far as I can tell (I have no background in police investigation) really knows his stuff. But it's not entertaining. The early lectures in particular are rather boring; this does improve as the course progresses.

This course was not exactly what I expected (begrudgingly, I must admit that I expected something a little more CSI), but it IS an informative course. Although not really suited for audiobook format, Shaler understands not only his discipline, but how to explain it to others.

I don't think I'd recommend this course for anyone but those seriously considering a career in law-enforcement or writers who want to write about proper police procedure (not necessarily what they do, but what they SHOULD do). Again, this is not a bad product by any means, but it is, I think, of limited appeal.
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- Flavius

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books