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Can't get into Ann Rule

Au global
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-07

I didn't like this book. I couldn't even finish half of it. I tried her book on the GRK and my opinion of her was the same. I thought she would be more interesting writing about Ted, but that wasn't the case. I just find her writing to be boring and sloppy. If you didnt like the GRK book then i dont recommend this one, and vice versa. If you did like that one, then you probably like her style and should give this one a try.

I don't know why I did this to myself.

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-06

So this book, it's not good. It's like reading Lolita, but all the things in that book that were said nonchalantly and with charisma are things that supposedly actually happened. And are also described in ways you really don't want to hear. If you make it past the first few sentences, then you know what is in store for the rest of the book (words like "lollipop game" with a four year old, and later "dad forgave me and we went upstairs to have makeup sex" are but a few lines that turned my guts into a cement mixer). This book is hard to get through.

I couldn't really find any fault in the performance, and the writing was average. Our main source of information and narrator I found unlikable. Things she did and actions and stuff, I didn't like her. But the things in this book... You think it's bad for the first ten chapters, but then you go "wait, isn't this book called my daddy the pedophile? But isn't this girl 16 through 21? That's not a pedophile. Reprehensible, but the title is misleading".

And then it gets worse.

I honestly don't know who I'd recommend this book to. I read it curious about the psychology of it, and maybe being able to better understand how the abuse happens and how to help those who have gone through it. But this is years of abuse, by a villain that to me has no redeeming values at all. This was honestly almost too much for me and I needed to take breaks just to get through it. It's really pretty messed up.

If you've had any of this kind of stuff happen to you before, I don't know if I'd suggest it. And if you are a regular Joe (regular in this instance meaning someone who has no interest in sex with children, or your own children) then I can't see the merit there either. I'm left at the end of the book with a sickened feeling, and with a main character I don't even like.

However, if you want a trip down a really bad lane then this is the one. It is sickening and infuriating, and then sickening again. So have at it.

The narration is the worst I have heard

Au global
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-30

I hate to start my review this way, but be warned that this narrator is just the worst I have heard on Audible. This is exactly my type of book too; Interesting, researched, the facts over the spectacle. I love that kind of book. The helter skelters and the bundy murders, of which I thought were great examples of this structure. The difference between those books and this one regrettably, is that this book has a narrator without a high school education.

I am not the type to care to the Nth degree if someone cant pronounce something right, but the errors in this book were egregious. There were so many instances of words being mispronounced that when I didn't get taken out of the book by it's distraction, I was confused because the words he would say made no sense. Tell me I am nitpicking all you want, but the narration should be clear and understandable and this guy seems like this was his first attempt at reading the book. If you read a book with as many spelling errors as this one has spoken errors, you would return it too.

Because we only have what we can hear, if the guy doesn't know how to say it there should be a stopping point where he first learns how to read and speak. Throughout most of the book, because I don't know the intimate history about pirates as I was hoping to learn here, I had no idea what "St. Croy" was (Croy sounding like Troy). After a while about them speaking about Jamaica and all this stuff I thought "there's no way. They aren't talking about St. Croix are they?". And you know what? Because I don't have the text, I really don't know what the answer is. There were numerous times when he would call someone by one name, and then later on call them by a different pronunciation and I lost track if he just learned how to say the word or if this was just a new character.

Like it is bad. Like bad, bad. Not only is it very dryly read, but the fact that this was a dirt road experience when I was expecting pavement quality highway meant that this was an overall bad experience.

Please, Audible, get someone else to narrate this book. I really wanted to finish it, but it is too painful in this condition.

If anyone needs me, I will be at Rogersez house, down in St. Croy. They say his cat has nine lives (pronounced like - the cat "lives" in his house).

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Awful, awful, awful... I highly recommend

Au global
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Histoire
1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-26

Yes, both of those statements are true. Oh, what a rabbit hole you have discovered. This is truly a gem. But awful, and I still recommend? Oh yes, dear reader. Stick around and let me tell you a tale.

This book is bad. It is the abandoned love child of Tommy Wiseau and Sword Art Online. Have you ever seen that 200th episode of Stargate SG-1? Or any self mocking episode of a franchise really. Add some of that to the pot and this is what comes out. This book is either so aware of itself and doesn't give a F*** or is so unaware that it travels through dimensions and becomes hyper-aware. Sorry, let me explain.

So, the book is basically your generic Harem-Isekai (see sword art online for the uninitiated). And the writing, wow, it is on par. But here is the thing. Books this bad I either don't finish or if I can suffer through them to the end, I return because I will never listen to them again. But this one, I couldn't finish it, but I don’t know if I should return it. Its the writing. It is fascinatingly bad. The pacing is bad. The dialogue is bad. The characters, aren’t. I actually think I might finish this one at some point. And a note on the narration, it is meh. Nothing good, but also nothing memorably bad. I mean, it was certainly bad at points, but not so bad as to wake me up at night.

Anyway, here is the hook. The writing is like something out of a parody. Anyone who has ever read “John dies at the end”, this is basically a full version of the stories Big Jim wrote, but taken even more seriously if you can believe it.

The writer seems to make every mistake you can make as a writer. This book’s main strengths are lines you read in books that make you groan, or the ones that are so painful you can’t believe they didn’t even try to come up with something better. If Ernest Hemmingway were the protagonist in a video game, Phil Tucker would be the end boss. And he would be poorly written. Just tacky, awful, onision levels of writing. I made it several chapters in before I wrote this review, but out of the ten or so characters we have met, all of whom wish to bone our protag, there have been no other male characters that have mattered (and this isn’t something I would normally complain about. I don’t care if a cast is full of one gender or another as long as it is interesting. Like the stupid inclusion of Sean Bean in the Silent Hill movie because it had no male characters before that, or the phone conversation with the girlfriend in The men who stare at goats because that movie had no female characters and the execs didn’t like it. That is stupid. I didn’t care if silent hill had no meaningful men in it, nor does the phone call make it a completely different movie in tmwsag. As long as it is good.). Yes, the main protag talks to his brother, for “no” real reason?, for a few seconds, and is mocked by some hyper jocks at one point. Other than that, everyone has been his harem. Just terrible, terrible, terribly written.

Just terrific. This is why I like it so much. The author comes across as either completely inept, or so talented that this was beneath him to do. Like an artist who painted a world-famous masterpiece who is asked to paint some murals in a pizza restaurant, and decided to make them so good anyway, but so avant-garde that nobody gets them. Either that or the writer gets free coffee as long as he writes a book every year and they were coming to take his card, so he banged this one out in an evening watching Netflix. Now I don’t really know anything about this author, but I really think (and kind of hope) he just didn’t give a single F***, because I believe that is the best way to experience this book. The timing is either Thunder-Snow made real, or this guys deliberate magnum opus. Holy smokes.

Every time he wrote a line that, before you heard it you say to yourself “oh no he’s not going to” and before you finish he says some awful line. But every time he did it, and I mean every time I noticed, while I was admonishing the poor, lazy choices, he would bring up how bad that line was. But he did it within the narrative of the book. Like “insert terrible line here” and while you are recovering from how stupid that line was and saying to yourself “I cant believe they sunk to that level”, the main character will go “man I cant believe we sunk to that level” or something similar. I am not saying that calling out your own bad lines makes those lines not bad, but in the same way self parody works it is all in how you handle it. And I just feel like there was way too much thought put into this to not give it credit. That’s why I thought it might be a really good writer that just didn’t care, but after he read the book and saw it sucked, it edited it to give it some character. Or maybe some self mockery. And every time I groaned with how bad it was, I laughed that the characters in the book were basically agreeing with me. This book is so bad, yet so intuitive, yet so, so, so awful.

This is a fascinatingly bad book, and I implore you to give it a try. This is an audible 420 friendly book, and I HIGHLY recommend.

Unscrupulous: The book that's as honest as O. J.

Au global
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-26

If you liked this book, maybe check out these other bestsellers by Mike:
Charles Manson and Josef Fritzl, the last true family men,
And
Larry Nassar, the last true pioneer of medicine.

When I first read this book I thought it was written well enough, but there was something that left me unsettled throughout the entire thing. A sick feeling in my stomach. I saw the movie about Mike (true story, that name also leaving a sick feeling in my stomach after reading this one). So, this book and True Story (hah) are the only two books i know from Mike, and i have got to say, does this guy know how to do anything but lie?

The story of the last true hermit; If that title doesn't sicken you then stick around, and prepare to be amazed as we turn a common thief into Jesus himself (and other jerking miracles). First of all, what do we know of the title character Chris/Jesus Christ reborn? Let us list a few things.

Well, he has an extraordinary tale of being the last true hermit. He survived almost thirty years in the woods and managed that without a fire. Can you imagine braving the cold nights of fall, let alone winter without a fire? That is amazing. Hmm, what else? Oh! He never spoke in his entire time in the wilderness and that gave him zero social interaction. WOW! And people wanted to buy land for him because he wasn't hurting anyone, he was just being one with the nature around him. And more, but look at what we've got so far: No fire, no social stimulation, hermit behaviour, and all he really did that was even remotely wrong was constantly steal from dozens of homes, and make an entire community of people feel scared and unsafe. I mean if you aren't feeling the Jesus vibe yet then buckle your seat belts. But, maybe we should address a thing or two first i guess.

Let us start with the "No Fire for thirty years" aspect. I mean, how did this guy stay warm? Stealing people's winter coats only gets you so far right? Well if you listen closely, that's it, do you hear it? The crackle of the smoldering BS? This clown spent years stealing propane tanks from houses, bragging how he used to double fist them but now he can only steal one at a time. And I know what you are going to ask. "Did he steal the propane to make propane filled balloon animals for the woodland creatures around his campsite, because what other reason would you have for propane if you have no electronics?" No, actually. He used the propane to fuel his propane stove (sorry, I saw his when I mean to say "the stolen property someone else had to work for". I don't know about you but I don't have so much extra money that I can just constantly buy propane stoves, so i think that is worth a mention). Now I am no rocket botanist, but can anyone tell me what you get when you combine a propane stove..... and propane? See, I know this one but it just eludes me because I am sure it cant be fire. This guy never, never had a fire, and we need to know this and remember this fact because it is part of the awe and spectacle. "how did he live without a fire?" we all ask. Because it is a lie. Anyone reading this have a heat pump? Congratulations, you've been living without fire. Anyone have oil heat? A baseboard heater? Those are all equivalent to surviving the wilderness without fire. Yes, the book is right. He did survive without fire. But that's also like saying "He survived in an area of the world that has no water for thirty years", "OMG, how did he survive for so long", "Well, he drank stolen Dasani". "A true hero." He is the equivalent of a woodland hipster, not a woodland hermit. "I've been living with clean burning propane instead of fire using wood. It harms the environment".....

Yea I am probably rambling at this point, but if there are two things I hate, it is thieves and liars. This is a book about a thief, written by a liar..

Never spoke/No social interaction. The guy stole TVs and radios and gameboys and etc etc etc. How often do you see a gamer talk when they are playing a game? A reader talk when they read a book? Someone constantly talking while watching TV? Listening to the radio? These are all forms of social interaction and social stimulation. They are interacting with things, especially the gaming ones. He even says at one point he didn't play the killing games because of some reason, meaning he old played the more stimulating ones. This book is based and fosters nothing but lies..

Ever have a thief break in and steal your belongings? Ever have something that you saved up for months just to get, then have someone take that from you? Ever need to stay warm? Enjoy time with your family? I don't get a lot of time with my family and the thought of having to spend extra money because someone stole all the things I needed to give them a good time, and for me to have the memories of their smiling faces because they choose to be a glorified thief is reprehensible. Ever have irreplaceable keepsakes from loved ones long past? These are but a small list of the things stolen during the course of this book, glossed over by the writer as "all he did was steal a few things". I hope this writer constantly loses what is important to him.

But one thing to show the true character (BTW, "true character" should be the title of this review) of both the writer and our lord and saviour, Christopher Jesus, is a brief mention of a woman. A parable, if you will. One part of the book mentions a woman who expresses the stress of having her house broken into countless times. That she works, and this place was supposed to be her getaway. From the world, from the stress and noise and everything of everyday life. Almost as if she were following in the footsteps of someone else trying to get away from it all... But anyway, she cant do it, because the one place she has to do this, to go away, to get away from it all, that must have cost her hours of work to have this one thing, she could not enjoy because the was a thief that stole her piece of mind. They could have been armed and dangerous, and who is to say they weren't? Imagine having one place in the world that can be a safe place that you can go to recharge that you spent years of your life attaining, and it only brings you stress because of the selfishness of someone else. Then imagine that's all i say about it, because its no big deal because all he did was steal a few things, and then never mention it again because,no big deal. Yup, that happens, who cares old woman. This guy wants to live in the woods and steal, get over yourself for having worked hard for something.

There is even one part of the book where a guy mentions the title character is a thief who steal from a camp for the disabled, and they gloss over it. This book makes me sick. The writer makes me sick. I have lived in the wilderness before and survived and I never stole to do it. I would never call myself a hermit, but I can imagine how disgusting it must be for those hermits, those people who actually live outside the norm without ruining the lives of others, must feel. This is taking people that generally want to better themselves, one way or another, spiritually or whatever, but generally without harming others or the world around them and ignoring who and what they are and calling someone else the "last true hermit".

I do not recommend this book. Usually I will for a joke or laugh, but this is bad, and I refuse to promote any support for this.

A bad child's book

Au global
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Histoire
1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-26

I don't know why audible suggested this book to me. "you liked helter skelter, you might also like..." a poorly written child's book. I guess I say poorly written but that is probably hyperbolic. It is boring. Slow. Predictable. I just found out you can give books you have as gifts and thought this would be a marvelous thing to do instead of returning some of the books I don't like, but I feel here it would do more harm than good. I don't recommend.

Huh, not at all what I was expecting

Au global
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Histoire
1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-26

The cover and summary seems to paint a very different picture than what was delivered. It seemed overly self indulgent and ham fisted. It just kept hitting me wrong, from the narrative to the eventual point. I'm a strong advocate for the right kind of vulnerability in the right situations and, while I'm incapable of that, I feel it is important to get that across. But I don't get that from this book. I didn't care for the narration because it almost felt too full of herself. Like listening to Harlan Ellison. But it works for him because that's what he is. It came off as antithetical here in a book about vulnerability. Anyway, I seem to be the outlier here so you don't have to take my word for it, but I can't recommend this book at all.

The courage to be disappointed

Au global
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-04

So, the courage to be disliked. I will start with the positives. First, I think the title is fantastic. It describes the book better than most other titles will. I know this because I hate myself for listening to it. So give credit when credit is due.

I think that's all the positives. Let's briefly give something negative.

It is structured so strangely. If I know I'm not going to like a book, I don't bother finishing it because I have others I want to listen to that I can enjoy. So, I don't know if it gets better, but the first hour is a chore.

The book is structured as if you are an outside observer. You are listening to differently people carry on a conversation about all these different topics. And the narration is so mundane it does not give any of these characters any kind of differentiation. It is like a spoken version of a chat log. Person 1: help, person 2:with what? Person 3: I think he needs help, person 2: I know but with what, person 1:.............

And the fact that they are voiced so similarly makes it feel you are listening to triplets you have never met or seen before carrying on a conversation about philosophy. No, I can't recommend this book at all. The content could have been ok because where I gave up he had started making something beyond the most basic of points. But at that point the narrator talking to himself style just hurt my head.

But hey, if you ever needed a reason to dislike yourself, take a dive.

A really good story, now a really good audiobook

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-04

As the headline states, this is just a great story on its own. I don't know anything about George's other works other than his space opera, but this one has always stuck with me since the mid nineties. Back when I was just getting into the hardcore stuff, like Anne Rice. Ah, youth..

Anyway, this audiobook does the book justice. The voices are all great, at least the memorable ones. The more or less sound how I had heard them in my head. If you are a fan of more down to earth stories that take little investment to enjoy, I highly recommend this book.

Very dry

Au global
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-09-04

This book has huge reviews. Everyone seems to be raving, and I mean if it's your thing then that is great. But this book managed to hold my attention so little. The narrator sounded exactly like that in my opinion. Not bad. It just felt like narration more often than not. Very dry narration of a very dry story. Now this is a 45 hour book, and I am reviewing this not having finished 5 hours because I'm returning it, but there should have been a hook by now. Something to make me go "oh my God, what's going to happen next? What's going to happen in thirty more hours??". But it didn't. It made me forget names. It reminded me a lot of the star wars prequels. You remember some fun scenes but there was a lot of politics and peace talks and humdrum boring stuff.

Maybe it gets good, but I feel if you have to strain yourself to pay attention then the book probably isn't for you. And it wasn't for me. Which is unfortunate as this has certainly put me off this author.