Man-Eater: the Life and Legend of an American Cannibal by Harold Schechter (narrated by Eric G Dove)

In the winter of 1873, a small band of prospectors lost their way in the frozen wilderness of the Colorado Rockies. Months later, when the snow finally melted, only one of them emerged. His name was Alfred G. Packer, though he would soon become infamous throughout the country under a different name: “the Man-Eater.”

After the butchered remains of his five traveling companions were discovered in a secluded valley by the Gunnison River, Packer vanished for nine years, becoming the West’s most wanted man. What followed was a saga of evasion and retribution as the trial of the century worked to extricate fact from myth and Polly Pry, a once-famed pioneering journalist, took on the cause of Packer. Man-Eater is the definitive story of a legendary crime—a gripping tale of unspeakable suffering, the desperate struggle for survival, and the fight to uncover the truth.

I really wanted to like this novel.

The story was so very interesting, an American Cannibal somewhat unknown to main stream media. It was also set in Colorado, my home state, which lead to an amazing interest in its history.

But everything fell short. I made is 28 chapters of this audio book when I had to give up.

The author repeated many things in the first 28 chapters. All the redundant information had me rolling my eyes and wishing for the end. Knowing that I had another 5+ hours go in this novel made me tear up.



For what purpose?!?

This novel had a great tag line. Sermon beautiful Colorado, a cannibal lived, killing 5 of his travel partners. I only wish it could hold my attention and not make me feed all the hours of listening left to go.