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Shot in the Heart

Auteur(s): Mikal Gilmore
Narrateur(s): Will Patton
Durée: 3 h et 36 min
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 évaluations)

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National Book Critics Circle Award, Biography/Autobiography, 1995

Mikal Gilmore is the youngest brother of Gary Gilmore, executed at his own urging for the murder of two innocent men. His execution by firing squad in 1977 was the first enactment of the death penalty in America in over a decade; it became the first of many, inspiring a new enthusiasm, some believe, for capital punishment in the US. Gary Gilmore's last days became the subject of The Executioner's Song, an award-winning book by Norman Mailer and a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. 

But the true story of Gary Gilmore lies in the story of his family, a painful and difficult one that has taken Mikal Gilmore many years to face. In researching his family's history, he searched through 300 years of ancestral records, many of which were provided by the extensive archives of the Mormon Church - the history of which plays a fascinating role in this haunting memoir. Mikal also tracked down lost family members, discovering in the end a story even more troubling than his memories. 

In an eloquent, mesmerizing voice, Mikal Gilmore weaves us through generations of his family's history to uncover the sources that led Gary Gilmore to murder, and the crippling aftermath of Gary's deed on his family. A vital and deeply American story, Shot in the Heart raises many compelling issues of concern in a country that grows ever more violent. 

©1994 Mikal Gilmore (P)1994 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, All Rights Reserved

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Remarkable, astonishing....Shot in the Heart reads like a combination of Brothers Karamazov and a series of Johnny Cash ballads...chilling, heartbreaking, and alarming." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

"Mesmerizing...riveting and immensely moving...Shot in the Heart is a gesture of sustained courage that just happens to be a page-turner." (Daphne Merkin, The New Yorker)

"One of the most beautifully written, moving nonfiction books published in the past five years." (Deidre Donahue, USA Today (1994))

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Hp
  • 2019-06-05

He skips a lot of the book

When I was listening to the story I realized he was leaving pages unread over all pretty good though I got a good jist of the story.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Enquiring Mind
  • 2004-09-01

Affected writing and production

The story, although dark and troubling, is moving. The writing is a bit affected -- the author tries too hard to be expressive and insightful. The same over-effort can be seen in the production as well. The narrators?f whispery voice is too dramatic and the musical interludes remind me more of Public Radio's Mystery Theater than a narrated book. The overall effect is the feeling of someone trying to manipulate the listener?fs emotions. This is a book that I would recommend, but it could be much better if the author and producers didn't try so hard for the dramatic and theatrical.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Najima Rainey
  • 2015-07-30

Punch in the Gut

This book is not everyone's cup of tea, but if you are looking for something that is haunting and heart rending this is it. While The Executioner's Song is the definitive story of Gary Gilmore's crimes and events that lead to his death, this is the definitive story of the demons that lived in the heart of each of the Gilmore boys. I especially appreciated the discussion of blood atonement and Gilmore's inherent need to bleed for his sins. The only thing that made me upset was realizing this is an ABRIDGED version!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa
  • 2004-04-10

too bad it's abridged

This is the first audiobook I ever read, but since then I have heard hundreds. It remains one of my favorites, although I believe it is a crime to abridge books, and didn't realize they did such a thing when I bought it years ago. Mikal Gilmore is a wonderful writer, and the story of his family is haunting and transfixing. He paints a portrait of his family, beginning with his mysterious paternal grandmother and his mother's mormon family in Utah, and reviewing the physical and psychological destruction that follows. It is far better than any Stephen King novel, and it is the true story of a family, told by its only successful member.

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • chris
  • 2010-04-10

I'm glad its shortNo

I wanted to like this book. It reminds me because of the time period, of In Cold Blood a little bit. that the stories are similar, but the time period. What got annoying about the book was that the author tries to hard to be spooky. He consistently talks about his dreams and ghosts. I didn't care after a while. I went into this book without knowing anything about the case and still didn't know much about what had happened until the book's close. I give it three stars, because the narration was good. And its not horrible. And I think some people might like it although I did not.

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  • Jessica Tate
  • 2019-02-15

Why is it abridged??!

I read this (physical) book about 20 years ago when it first came out and I loved it. I didn’t remember many of the details so I wanted to listen to it. I can’t imagine why they abridged this - who does that anymore?? But what they left out was the full backstory about the family and their Mormon roots, as well as the stories of the non-Gary brothers. I understand why they did that if they were abridging, but it added so much more weight to each death, why Gary chose a firing squad, the (metaphorical) ghosts that haunted each of them, etc.

I hope they do a full production — but with a different narrator. I love Will Patton and have listened to him narrate many books, but he phoned this one in. There was barely an inflection anywhere in 3 hours.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Leila
  • 2018-06-15

This audio book would be perfect if it wasn't abridged!!!

I read this book years ago, it was so good I read it more then once, so I was so excited when I found the audiobook available on audible, and I was even more excited when I realized that Will Patton was the narrator, he is one of my favorite narrators and does an excellent job reading this book too. But the party was over when I realized that this audible edition is abridged!!!! There is so much material missing. I was so dissapointed! I don't understand why anyone ever thinks it's a good idea to remove part of a book. I don't care if I have to pay more, or if the book costs less for an abridged version. I want the book in it's entirety. I hope audible will offer this title unabridged, soon. This is a very interesting book written by Garey Gilmore's brother, Mikal Gilmore, about growing up in their violent, disfuntional family. Read The Executioners Song, which audible has, unabridged, about Gary Gilmore, who killed two men and then fought for his right to die, written by Norman Mailer. Both books are excellent, but like I said, this version of Shot In The Heart is abridged....sigh.....very, very bad audible.com. Don't cheat us, we want our audio books uncut!! At least I do.......

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • FIA
  • 2017-04-17

Shot in the heart

Shot in the heart. Excellent story teller. Loved his presentation with music and his personal involvement.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • LONNIE
  • 2016-11-23

good

if you know the story then this adds more to the family dynamics. I liked it alot.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Raven
  • 2015-10-25

Shorten version

I actually got this to follow along with the book and HUGE chunks were missing, which really confused me and eventually I put the book down to just listen to this version.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mary Murrey
  • 2015-03-20

IfYou want to understand family dysfunction....

Shot in the Head is an insightful, beautifully told true story of an incredibly dysfunctional, weird family. Mikal Gilmore is a great writer and gives psychological insights that are rare even in a trained psychiatrist/psychologist. The reader is wonderful, and you would believe he is Mikal Gilmore himself, he reads with such sensitivity and mood. My only regret is that it is abridged. The book is a wonderful supplant to Mailer's book, Executioner's Song, delving into Gary Gilmore's parents and family dynamics.