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I have known about this book for decades but just got to it. I have been intrigued with the Leopold and Loeb case since my school days and I am so glad I listened. Not only is this incredibly well written but the narration is as good as it gets. The summation of the lawyers at the trial could be the most emotional piece of writing and narrating I have experienced in a novel.
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What would have made Compulsion better?
A keen-eared editor/proof reader ("proof listener?").
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I couldn't rate the story itself as I had to stop about 45 minutes into the book. Within those first 45 minutes the narrator repeated his last line on 3 different occasions (that I could catch); twice using the same tone as before, and once changing it. It really sounds more like a first draft of an audiobook prior to any serious editing than a polished production. I'm returning it. Willing to give it another shot if they ever touch this version up.