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Member of the Family Audiobook

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties

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Publisher's Summary

In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson, revealing for the first time how she became the youngest member of his Family and offering new insights into one of the 20th century's most notorious criminals and life as one of his "girls".

At age 14, Dianne Lake - with little more than a note in her pocket from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them - became one of "Charlie's girls", a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson. Over the course of two years, the impressionable teenager endured manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson's true nature revealed itself. From Spahn ranch and the group acid trips to The Beatles' White Album and Manson's dangerous messiah complex, Dianne tells the riveting story of the group's descent into madness as she lived it.

Though she never participated in any of the group's gruesome crimes and was purposely insulated from them, Dianne was arrested with the rest of the Manson Family and eventually learned enough to join the prosecution's case against them. With the help of good Samaritans, including the cop who first arrested her and later adopted her, the courageous young woman eventually found redemption and grew up to lead an ordinary life.

While much has been written about Charles Manson, this riveting account from an actual Family member is a chilling portrait that recreates in vivid detail one of the most horrifying and fascinating chapters in modern American history.

©2017 Dianne Lake (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jeffrey Cella
    Vancouver, wa
    19/11/17
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    "very interesting from a true family member"

    she did a great job telling the facts even when it didn't always put her in the best light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LaHenson
    18/11/17
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    "Excellent!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this honest, heartfelt recounting of the traumatic events of this young person and her struggle find her place in her world after being exposed to so many bad influences by the very adults who were charged with the responsibility of protecting her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polly Poizendem
    New Orleans
    18/11/17
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    "Dianne sets the record straight . . . Finally."


    I found it interesting hearing what life was like for Dianne (Snake) growing up as a young hippie child in the 60s, but the part that drew me in the MOST, were the events after she joined The Family. I found myself hating to break away from the story (to do something else), and would often say - okay, just FIVE more minutes. Did that a lot. Lol.

    There were MANY surprising little details that I never knew about, and over the years were wrongly attributed to Manson himself - or to others as having said or done. For me, THAT made it all worthwhile. It was great to finally hear something NEW in this case, and not simply the same old rehashing of events, but REAL everyday life at the ranch, and then some! Wow. Very pleased that I gave this one a shot.

    I thought Dianne did a pretty decent job with the narration ... and in THIS instance, I WOULD rather listen to it straight from the horses mouth so to speak, than have some sing-songy storytime lady voice. If reading about the Manson case intrigues you, then this is a must-get. Some good juicy stuff in here :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Maria Beebe
    17/11/17
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    "Fantastic story."

    I always wonder what happened to the others. This is a great account of life before the Family, especially how she came to be a member. Its a great account also of life inside the Family from an actual member. She was not a killer but was very close to those who were. Its also a great telling of how she came out the other side. Narration was ok. She is not a professional obviously but I appreciated her personal telling. I thought it might have been a bit cathartic for her. What's great about her story is that she had nothing to gain and quite a lot to lose. I think it is very brave for her to tell her story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toni
    HOUSTON, TX, United States
    17/11/17
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    "Very personal point of view of the Manson cult."

    Dianne Lake’s brutally honest memoir of a sad & tragic childhood that lead her to find sanctuary in the Manson family. I have read and watched a lot about Manson as I was growing up in Long Beach during those years. I believe our young teen years may have been spent in some of the same areas at the same time, making this a very relatable story. I was very happy at the turnout for Dianne By the time you finish this book you really fel as if you know her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea C.
    13/11/17
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    "Not great to listen to..."

    I’m a few chapters in on audible and I’m not thrilled by the narration. I️ understand it’s her story, but she’s just not the right person to narrate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    12/11/17
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    "Amazing story, horribly inept narration"

    Great story, but why not use a professional narrator? The poor narration takes fokus from the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • GGIRL
    04/11/17
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    "Amazing"

    Thank you Diane for sharing your amazing journey God bless you and thank you for the great insights into this tragedy god bless you always

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica R. Arntson
    Kenmore, WA.
    03/11/17
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    "Great Story"

    I just finished re-reading Helter Skelter and was looking for another book about the Family and Manson. This is a great story. The author also narrated the book. She was a bit shaky and at first, I thought it was going to be rough listening to her through the whole book, but as it went on, it was easy. I appreciated her story and grew to love her by the end. The story left me in tears. It's terrible that she was so young when she went through all of this, but I think that because she was so young, she wasn't so far lost that she couldn't come back. Great story. Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    31/10/17
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    "A must read for anyone interested in The Manson Family."

    There are so many books about the Manson Family, but this insider’s perspective is truly unique.
    It is clearly written. The author does the narration herself (something that I always appreciate). And you get a first hand glimpse at how someone could get wrapped up in all of this Charles Manson craziness.
    Additionally- the author dispels incorrect information repeated in almost every book about this subject. A truly fascinating audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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