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I found this book very insightful and informative.
Only issue I have is when a male narrator turns his voice into a female voice. I know it's to make it as authentic as possible but it sounds annoying. But else the narrator did a good job
"The Night Stalker" by Philip Carlo is certainly one of the most detailed and exhaustively-researched works of true crime I have ever read. Of particular interest are his insights into Ramirez's character and the workings of the mind and motivations of this infamous killer. Very impressive!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Definitely. It was horrifying at times but it would have done a disservice to the victims to attempt to soften Ramirez' vile acts. The writing moved along at a pace and a lot of it kept you on the edge of your seat but it never felt at the expense of detail.
What did you like best about this story?
The first part of the book, the investigation, that was fascinating and shocking. The second part, the court case, sagged a little due to the length of the trial but was still always fascinating.
What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He was excellent and brought a lot of heart to the reading. Parts of the book, like the trial, could have dragged with a lesser reader but he brought the whole thing to life, giving characters voices and personalities that really created a sense of you 'seeing' it happen.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The crimes themselves were horrendous and hearing what he put people through and the repercussions throughout their families, was heartbreaking at times. Almost as shocking were the seemingly endless line of women who wanted to be with Ramirez, despite knowing what he'd done. That was a fascinating and quite disturbing insight into the human
Any additional comments?
Excellent true crime, in depth, exciting, intriguing and expertly read and written. Highly recommended.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The first half is good but I have just skipped through most of the 2nd half. It is a blow by blow account of what happens in court - very boring!
Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Carlo again?
Yes, I have listened to a few of his books but this is very bloated.
What three words best describe Jeff Harding’s performance?
Clear, Concise and engaging
Do you think The Night Stalker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
no, it needs to be massively edited to 5 hours from the 20 hour bore it is now.
Any additional comments?
Shame, it just needs a good editor to keep the flow and excitement going.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I had previously brought the paperback but found the font straining on my eyes (very small) thought I would give it a try for my first audio book and glad I did. Very crazy story, scary! But I'm certainly glad I read it!!!
It's an amazing story, great details here and the first half was great.
Carlo is a fantastic researcher but not a great author. Much like many of his books, he repeats himself over and over and it gets annoying.
The second half (10hrs) or this book it basically court transcripts and could have been cut by about 9 hours.
Also the voices the narrator does are unnecessary and grating, especially the female ones.
I don't regret getting it but it's a hard slog.