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By Beje on 03-01-15
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What disappointed you about To Hatred Turned?
I read the criticisms by prior reviewers about the legal detail but discounted them because in part, I am attracted to that type information. However, those criticisms are accurate. The endless maize is dotted with mispronunciation, misunderstanding, and inaccuracies. I couldn't wait for the end of the book and the narrator to shut the ef up.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Get a different author. Terminate (however you want to take that notion!) the narrator. Burn the book. The author, and I'm being generous using that word, does not have a handle on his subject matter. A riveting example of his legal ignorance about even the most basic trial concept is illustrated by his idea of an Order In Limine (which his wingman mispronounced). Contrary to the author's description, the In Limine Order merely requires counsel to get the Judge's permission (during trial, outside the Jury's presence) before disclosing specific information the Judge previously determined might or might not qualify as evidence. It's an easy, simple, ordinary step in any trial. Unlike the author's interpretation, the Order acts like is a gate which the Judge may swing open at any point during trial and permit the jury to learn about the previously safeguarded information. It is not an Order prohibiting information into evidence. Equally as bad as the author's futile grasp on the legal arena is his total inability to define the goal of his script before, during, or at the end of his writing. Throughout the reading I thought, "So, what IS your point?" I don't believe he understood his subject matter enough to even form a goal to his story. If my conclusion is correct, then the author should consider a different profession.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Hoye?
I would rather listen to 14 hours of fingernails screeching against a chalkboard. OMG! He made me want to bang my head on the wall, pull my hair out by the roots, fall to my knees and beg, "Please, please stop!" If there is a worse narrator, I hope I never encounter him/her. So, to answer the question, this guy set the standard so low that casting a baby bawling non-stop would be a monumental improvement.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
In it's current form, it does not have redeeming qualities. The actual facts of the true event are fascinating. So, the potential for an outstanding book is excellent. Here though, the author's core level blindness about the necessary legal procedures that are imposed by the convoluted factual situation is not only misleading, it robs the reader of the value of them in the American Justice system. Big opportunity lost. That's a shame.
Any additional comments?
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME, ENERGY, AND MONEY. This book is a lousy reading experience. Either search for a better book or donate the money you would spend on this book to your favorite charity.
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