by Agatha Christie
audio book narrated by Hugh Fraser
Well... I certainly did not see that ending coming. Though in hindsight, I am not so surprised, despite the fact that I'm not very well-versed in Agatha Christie novels. This is only the third of hers I've read, and I'm not quite sure what to make of this one in particular.
Did I like it? Did I not like it? I don't know anymore. That ending more than made up for the drag that was the beginning... and yet, I still haven't quite recovered yet.
Also, when I'd updated about the marriage between Mike and Ellie not ending well... this was NOT what I had been thinking would happen.
I am going to need to mull this one over, but more than likely, I won't come up with anything more to say.
Well played, Dame Agatha. Well played.
Also, on a side note, Hugh Fraser is a wonderful narrator. I will definitely be keeping him on my radar.
|Halloween Bingo 2018
(any book that relates to bad luck, superstitions, including (but not limited to) black cats, ravens or crows, or the unlucky 13, either in the title, series, book cover or page count)
I can't finish this. Now we have Judas being 60 years on when only ONE of the disciples was even an adult.
Ryu Mitsuse is also the one that trashed Andromeda Stories so this is yet another Haikasoru fail. One of those books that everyone reads and thinks is good because a dude wrote it.
It's boring, pretentious, and sexualizes a girl, the ONLY girl that's given any character.
This is a fascinating look inside the head of a monster.
I especially liked the observations regarding how Charlie used a little bit of knowledge from all sorts of different subjects and wove them together to manipulate specific people. During his many prison stints, he met and listened to Black Panthers, Scientologists and he even picked up some tips from Dale Carnegie's book, HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE. He melded TOGETHER bits from of all them, depending on his audience. The result was often striking-as a professional actor he might have done well, but as a professional musician he did not. There lies much of the frustration that ended up helping to fuel his attempt at "Helter Skelter."
Jeff Guinn writes excellent, detailed biographies, (I especially enjoyed his Bonnie and Clyde and Jim Jones books), which work well as audios. I'm not sure if I would have liked them all as much in print, but audio works perfectly for me. (There is so much detail included that I feel like I may have become bored in actually reading these books.) The narrator here, Jim Frangione, did an excellent job and helped keep me interested, especially when detailing the actions of various family members.
A warning for sensitive people-the descriptions of these brutal murders is graphic and unflinching. It's uncomfortable to listen to. Even after reading hundreds of books, (both fictional and non), about murders and horrific happenings, it never fails to bother me and I never fail to try to imagine how someone could do such things. Guinn attempts to tell us in his excellent biographies, but somehow, the answer to the question "Why?" is never fully answered in any of them. But I can't keep myself from continuing to try to understand.
Finally, one thing I wouldn't want to forget to mention is the ridiculously random nature and brutality of these crimes. I think that often gets lost in the mysterious aura that surrounds Manson and his "family." It would be an extreme disservice to forget: the very pregnant Sharon Tate and her friends, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and poor Steven Parent, (who was just a young man trying to sell a clock radio), the LaBiancas, Shorty Shea and Gary Hinman. May they all rest in peace.
Highly recommended to fans of true crime and detailed biographies.
*This fits the "Slasher Stories" category for Halloween Bingo 2018 here at Booklikes.*