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From the title and summary I garnered the impression that this was going to be a college type course covering famous crimes and their solving from a forensic SCIENCE view point. In practicality, it is an almost tabloid-like recounting of historical events with a surprising amount of unproven conjecture and conspiracy (in fairness labeled as such) and very little explanation as to how the field of forensic science actually worked and developed. The professor does an acceptable job at story telling, but don't expect to learn anything more about the workings of forensic science than what you would from an average article about the crimes in question. Had I spent college tuition type dollars on this course, I would have been terribly disappointed and would wonder what it had to do with any degree. However, in this format it was passable while exercising, doing yard work etc.
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What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
Kudos to Audible for placing this series under the "True Crime" category. That's an unusual place to put one of The Great Courses, but it applies perfectly to this series, which plays out like a true crime detective show.
Don't get me wrong. I love The Great Courses. I'm addicted to The Great Courses. It's just that the buyer should understand that this series is more history than science. Oh, the science is there, but you're learning more about the history of how and when it was developed -- and how that science did (or didn't) play a role in landmark cases -- than you are in the minutia of how the science works.
Any additional comments?
Professor Murray has a folksy style that I found engaging. She has a dry wit, and I suppose that's a requirement given the work that she does. If the idea of hearing about decaying bodies, sexual mutilation, or other grizzly crimes on your daily commute sounds too disgusting, you might want to try a different title.
If this type of history sounds good but you'd prefer something that focused less on murder, then I highly recommend Doctors: The History of Medicine Told Through Biography, also by The Great Courses. Brilliant.
27 of 30 people found this review helpful
Where does Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This my first Great Courses audiobook and I'm impressed. I like the lecture room feel to it.
What did you like best about this story?
I'm a true crime buff and I was worried this would be covering old ground but there were many cases I had never heard of and even those that were well known had a new angle.
What does Professor Elizabeth A. Murray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I loved her narration and she is clearly passionate about the subject. Yes, she does stumble occasionally but I find it endearing, it's just like being in a lecture room
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is an extremely interesting and comprehensive overview of forensics. For those interested in this area it covers all the major crime types and even ones that are typically missed in these types of books eg political crimes.
Very good value, excellently narrated
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Fascinating insight and loads of unique stories. I listened to the whole thing in one day, I just could not turn it off.
Some cases discussed are well known and nicely summarised along with things I had never heard about such as Human Rights Anthropology.
Absolutely loved it.
A very informative 'behind the scene' look at SO much relating to crime. These are great stories along with a fascinating look at historical events and inventions which assist crime fighting. The narration is very pleasant. I will listen again.