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It is imperative to have read or know the story of Gary Gilmore to fully take advantage of the background this book gives. I read Norman Mailer's book many years ago because I was intrigued at the time of Gilmore's death by the State. This book gives a rounded account of the family life of the children as they grew up and how that life affected them and made them all feel as they became adults. Definitely an excellent follow up to the life of Gary Gilmore and his family. Was easy to listen to and the narrator wasn't intrusive.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful