Weighing an average of around five pounds today, mammoth teeth extended far out of their gums to provide a large surface for years of wear and tear. On vast, icy wastelands they sought any vegetation they could, grinding it up with their teeth. Climate change, as well as human hunting, is largely blamed for their extinction. Their numbers quickly dwindled as they were driven toward the poles of the planet where they struggled to find food and became easier to corner during hunts.
Believe it or not, however, evidence of a small group of mammoths living on St. Paul Island in Alaska has put them as surviving until 3, BC. Though early humans are known to have hunted mammoths, they forgot about their existence in the succeeding millennia. The area that is now the North Sea in Europe became one of the first sites where mammoth teeth were found. The area would have been passable by mammoth on foot thousands of years ago, but as the glacier receded, this left mammoth remains to be washed over by the waves of the ocean. Tumbling like rocks, some of these teeth washed up on European shores after storms.
By the 18th and 19th centuries, scientists had a better grasp of how the ancient world looked, and whole examples of mammoths were found frozen in Siberia and the Brea Tar Pits. Mega-sized creatures like the wooly mammoth and its close cousin the mastodon went on to be instrumental in our understanding of mass extinction events and what causes them.
Included are details of groundbreaking advances in crime detection, law enforcement, and forensic science. Just because I said that this book's contents-- "story" is three stars does not mean that I didn't enjoy listening to it. The reader was fairly good and I learned something that I've often wondered about-- are books from the US translated fro the UK market. The answer, at least for this one is yes. This is a compendium of true crimes. Many of them do have bits of the bizarre about them. Others are fairly banal.
Some are well known, others I had never heard of before and I thought I was fairly well versed in at least historic crime. It made for undemanding listening while I was cutting out some winter killed vines from the front flower beds and doing some other chores. The accounts seem to mainly have been retold from secondary sources. Bugliosi for whatever reason used fake names for both the victims and perpetrators in his book. The real names are now readily available on the internet and the facts are a matter of public record so repeating this doesn't Now for my favorite bit on the perils of translation.
He killed Fahey in his own residence and then with his brother's assistance transported her body in a large plastic cooler to his brother's boat and tossed the cooler overboard. What happened then definitely put it's in the category of bizarre as the cooler just wouldn't sink. However, it becomes even more surreal when the cooler is called a refrigerator.
The mental image of two men hauling a refrigerator out of a car and onto a boat, throwing it overboard then shooting at it because it won't sink and having to haul it back aboard made me wonder a bit about the facts as laid out in some of the other accounts.
At over 19 hours this is a solid listen. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? As long as they are a nut like me who loves crime stories. Any additional comments? This is a good book to be able to pick up, listen to a couple of stories and put down. I't not like one story, it's many stories. I should have liked this book, I love true crime. There just wasn't enough detail to surround myself in each case, the conclusion was there before I had gotten interested.
You have to listen very carefully every second or you will miss something important, if you can do this you may find this book to your liking. This book is a series of brief summaries of interesting cases. My preference is for detailed description of the crime as it unfolds, the characters involved, and the process of detection and prosecution. Succint descriptions organised by theme doesn't do it for me, but anyone interested in an overview of mainly murder would probably find it interesting.
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David Shaw-Parker does a good job with the narration - a good voice and presentation for the subject matter. Fun, fast-paced, informative. What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative? The narrator does a great job telling the gruesome stories in the most light-hearted way that he can. I wasn't sure I liked him at the start of the book, but I grew quite fond of him quickly.
He's also one of the best I've heard at doing accents, he was pretty amazing! How does this one compare?
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Nope, this was the first one. Of the 14 or so books he's got on Audible, this is the only one that interested me. Or, The Depravity of Human Beings. I wish we could give half stars. I'd have given it a full 5 stars, but I skipped a whole section on contract killings, mafia hits and assassins. That kind of stuff has never really interested me. But everything else was a wonderful, albeit sometimes gruesome, read.
I bought this on a whim, but realized I really am the sort of reader who likes depth and details. This book is like being read one brief newspaper article after another.
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The crimes are loosely grouped into categories. I had no expectations when I bought this book, but it has still managed to leave me with a sense of disappointment. Nothing would have made this book better. It was like listening to a bunch of boring stories told from someone who only knew a little about the subject then before you realize it, the story is over and he's on to the next one.http://abutparker.com/a-taste-of-the-berrya-sojourn.php
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What could Robin Odell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you? If the development of the stories was a little better, you could get interested in them. Unfortunately, all of them are passed over so quickly, you can't. The author could have tried focusing more on the details and quality of each story, not the quantity of them. How could the performance have been better? The man reading this book had a weird English accent and cadence that sounded like he was trying to sound British but wasn't.
It was so distracting, I could barely focus on how bad the stories were!! What reaction did this book spark in you?
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Anger, sadness, disappointment? I was greatly disappointed in this book after listening to several others and finding them all quite good. Skip this if you value your time at all. Yes, if the person is interested in basic facts about many different weird crimes. These are not in-depth, nor does the writer always give all salient facts; overall, though, it's a great compilation of bizarre crimes. The sheer amount of research done and obvious interest in the subject that the author has.
Some stories have apocryphal or urban legend-type "facts" added, which are not always true. For instance, the electric chair that killed Albert Fish did not malfunction. Also, Fish's victim Grace Budd was 10, not 12 years old. While not a great difference, there is in the public's perception of the victim and goes a bit to the horror the public felt at the time.
The stories are interesting- even to someone like this reviewer who has practiced criminal law for 32 years - and the author should be applauded for the varied historical rendering. Yet their is something disturbingly contradictory about an author who, with apparent relish, describes children being slaughtered in the most heinous fashion, or families raped tortured and burned alive, while simultaneously condemning American jurisprudence capital punishment and our lack of gun control as an apparent part of the murder problem. Great background noise. Lots of sickos, but told less as a story than a grouping of news-clippings.
Despite my mediocre rating, this is actually one book I'll probably listen to again, since there really is no story-line you already know the ending to. Most entries are very detailed, though some leave you wondering about outcomes and loose ends. Overall a good listen. The only negative I could find was the fact it made me want to find a book on every single case mentioned in here!
Excellent book. The stories of each of the murders are interior but very brief. If you know anything about the murders already you end up saying to yourself 'but what about the other victims' or 'but there was the whole thing with the bloody clothes' etc. And worse than that, the otherwise excellent reader, has clearly never left his house, watched any American TV or films or had a producer who tells him how to pronounce US place names. I ended up shouting Puh-kip-see at him every time he got it wrong.
And Joliet prison is not pronounced like it's in French. Drove me mad. A real bobby dazzler!! A veritable feast of murders, ranging from the Black Dhalia to that women I can't quite remember but she got blasted by her neighbour in Battersea with a shotgun!! Great entertaining true stories of murder and mayhem with brilliantly paced professional narration. Could listen again and again. Highly recommend. Fabulous insight into both well known and obscure crimes.
Glad I didn't buy the hard copy, although I think it would probably make a great weapon! Superb narrator helped lift what is essentially a text book. I loved it. Yes i definitely would. All of it stays in your mind really as its all true accounts. He makes you feel as if you are their at the scenes, through the eyes of the beholder's.
Why or why not? Yes it certainly does id try a sample and then decide. I seriously loved this audio book. It's done in such a way that it's not drawn out, filled with intense detail and opinions, it's short chunks make it fun, shocking and leave you to find more info or remember details from previous knowledge. Performance was great, reminded me of a show I watched as a child. With the guy reading the storybook in velvet and creepy lighting.
Super fun. But only if you love to freak yourself out with the truth of human nature. This book is good if you just want to brush lightly on a history of criminals and their deeds.