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Subject: The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston
Date Posted: 7/20/2008 7:14 AM ET
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Thought I would start a thread rather than add to the one about what everyone is reading... I just finished this one. I got in in audio from my library as well and it took me 2 tries to get thru it. the first part is very dry...boring and full of just fact after fact. It does pick up in the second half so if you started it and did not like it I suggest to try to get thru to the Douglas Preston part. I love Preston and Child and this book is ok but nothing spectacular in my opinion. still I am glad I read it because i found the "injustice system" in Italy to be interesting.  I think if i had tried this one in print I would have stopped reading it though...the names got to me

deborah

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 9:24 AM ET
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I'm with you Deborah, I am reading it and am part way through Preston's section. Not what I was thinking but like you I love these two authors. Worth the read or listen,  I wish I'd have got it on tape though. Also if for those who've never tried Preston & Childs? Don't base your opinion on this read. They are two awesome authors alone or together.

Lena

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 1:17 PM ET
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I'm also listening on CD but finding the narrator irritating, especially when he launches into his Italian accent.

Subject: the narrator got on my nerves too LOL
Date Posted: 7/20/2008 7:25 PM ET
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But wait till you finish it...there is an interview with Douglas Prston at the end. And I have read almost everything these 2 guys wrote..I have The Cabinet of Curiosities on my "must find" list and then I am done with the whole pendergast series. I am on the waiting list for Mount Dragon and I have death Match waiting on cd. then I think i will have read everything licoln Child and Douglas Preston wrote. My favs are Still Life with Crows and Deep Storm

deborah

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 5:46 PM ET
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ooh you've got some good reading ahead of you. I love their books but when I finish I feel like 'Oh phooey, now I got to wait again for more' lol

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 4:52 PM ET
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I totally agree with the names/confusion issue. I love true crime, and love Italy, but this was a difficult read for me. I wouldn't say that it is boring, but I struggled through it. I read the e-book, so I would be interested to know if the "paper" book has pictures/photos.
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 2:28 PM ET
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Is this book about the couples killed on lovers lanes? Or am I confusing it with a diffrent case?

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 4:58 PM ET
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You're correct, Heather.  In all, 16 murdered, IIRC.

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 4:30 PM ET
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I must be struck stupid but I can't find this book listed to put on my wishlist? Help :)

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 12:31 AM ET
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It's there if you search for all books and not posted books.  I would have disliked this book if I had tried to read it.  All the Italian names would have drove me nuts.  I listened to the audio and I thought it was ok..but not great

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 1:38 PM ET
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I finally found it! Just had one of my blonde days lol theres like 280 people with that book on there wishlist so I'm confused if I should buy it or not becauze from what i saw on the two Doc I watched on it ,the Italian police really dropped the ball and as far as I know except for conjecture about who they think did it no one has been charged. Thanx for the heads up!

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 12:11 AM ET
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I thought it was just so..so Heather but I still listened to it all. ( I listened to a library audio copy)  The wish list will go fast because all those Italian names will have people skipping paragraphs..  The documentaries were probably more interesting..

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 10:56 AM ET
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Super late, but yes Lisa there are pictures in the actual book.  Crime scene photos, photos of suspects that were arrested, etc.

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 10:57 AM ET
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I had really been looking forward to reading that book, I have it on my wishlist, but maybe I'll take it off if the book is boring and uninformative. The case itself is fascinating. So there's no more details or info provided in the book than has previously been provided on TV documentaries and in news articles? I was hoping the name of the suspect that Preston is convinced is the true rapist/murderer would be revealed, in hopes of making any future would-be victims aware of potential danger and who it might be coming from. Plus, I just want to know.

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 11:07 AM ET
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Personally, I thought it was excellent.  The names do get confusing just because I'm not Italian so they all kind of sound the same to me.  But I found it to be an interesting read.  He does speculate on who the actual killer is.

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 12:25 AM ET
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Erika, Thanks for the further info and your opinion the book is excellent. I think I'll keep it on my W/L after all! I can always re-post it if it's too boring.

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 10:50 PM ET
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this case makes me shiver knowing how Italian courts seem to work in light of the recent convition of Amanda knox interesting that santanism was thrown in the mix during this case like the monster of Florence case and wild sex orgy,am I the only one that saw the parrelll in these cases as far as the sensationalism and no real proof?

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 6:19 PM ET
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I agree with you too Heather..the Italian courts seem to be obsessed with Satanism and sex orgies. Perhaps I lead a sheltered life but I have never been exposed to either!!! I too liked "the Monster of Venice. If the Italian police were more worried about solving the crime and not getting all the glory it would have had a different ending.

 

Denise



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