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Just because I said that this book's contents-- "story" is three stars does not mean that I didn't enjoy listening to it. The reader was fairly good and I learned something that I've often wondered about-- are books from the US translated fro the UK market. The answer, at least for this one is yes.
This is a compendium of true crimes. Many of them do have bits of the bizarre about them. Others are fairly banal. Some are well known, others I had never heard of before and I thought I was fairly well versed in at least historic crime. It made for undemanding listening while I was cutting out some winter killed vines from the front flower beds and doing some other chores. The accounts seem to mainly have been retold from secondary sources. The one that really bore that out was the retelling of the events in Vince Bugliosi's Till Death Us Do Part. Bugliosi for whatever reason used fake names for both the victims and perpetrators in his book. The real names are now readily available on the internet and the facts are a matter of public record so repeating this doesn't
Now for my favorite bit on the perils of translation. The Thomas Capano/Fahey trial was a bit of an internet sensation in part due to the fact that Capano was a well connected lawyer and political figure in Delaware. He killed Fahey in his own residence and then with his brother's assistance transported her body in a large plastic cooler to his brother's boat and tossed the cooler overboard. What happened then definitely put it's in the category of bizarre as the cooler just wouldn't sink. However, it becomes even more surreal when the cooler is called a refrigerator. The mental image of two men hauling a refrigerator out of a car and onto a boat, throwing it overboard then shooting at it because it won't sink and having to haul it back aboard made me wonder a bit about the facts as laid out in some of the other accounts.
At over 19 hours this is a solid listen.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
I should have liked this book, I love true crime. There just wasn't enough detail to surround myself in each case, the conclusion was there before I had gotten interested. You have to listen very carefully every second or you will miss something important, if you can do this you may find this book to your liking.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Most entries are very detailed, though some leave you wondering about outcomes and loose ends. Overall a good listen.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Robin Odell or narrated by David Shaw-Parker?
Yes i definitely would.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes?
All of it stays in your mind really as its all true accounts.
What does David Shaw-Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He makes you feel as if you are their at the scenes, through the eyes of the beholder's
Do you think The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes it certainly does id try a sample and then decide
7 of 16 people found this review helpful
I seriously loved this audio book. It's done in such a way that it's not drawn out, filled with intense detail and opinions, it's short chunks make it fun, shocking and leave you to find more info or remember details from previous knowledge.
Performance was great, reminded me of a show I watched as a child. With the guy reading the storybook in velvet and creepy lighting. Super fun. But only if you love to freak yourself out with the truth of human nature.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
found myself zoning out even with the subject matter. it was presented boringly. wouldn't listen again
1 of 1 people found this review helpful