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Linda Lou

Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA Member Since 2007

Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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  • "WELL DONE STORY IN A DECLINING GENRE"

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    Ever since I read Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood", I became a huge fan of true crime books. At one time I owned so many print versions that I probably would have been arrested if law enforcement ever raided my house! There was a time when I could name just about every known serial killer AND describe his "signature". I always thought I'd be a great help to the detectives if I was somehow involved - innocently, of course - in a murder case. Guess what? It didn't happen like that. When my husband was shot and killed in a home invasion robbery, I was literally PARALYZED from shock and trauma for over a decade! There was quite a while where I had to lay off my "guilty pleasure" of reading every true crime book published, although not completely. When I could handle it, I returned to find that books in this genre had lost much of the in-depth research and expert writing that veteran authors such as Ann Rule and Gregg Olsen had become famous for, thereby shaping the standards for the genre. But, recently, Ann Rule's recent "True Crime Files" compilations had become out-dated, rehashed blips on the "radar screen" which barely qualify as real stories. She stopped delivering the fantastic writing quality of her earlier works and seemed to shy away from recent "millennium" crimes as if she doesn't want to bother with the requisite research. Instead, she's giving us offenses from the 1960s and 1970s BEFORE the advent of forensics and DNA. I'd just about given up on ever enjoying a true crime book again when I came across "Shattered". Kathryn Casey has picked up the baton dropped by Rule in this 1999 account of a murder in Texas. I thoroughly enjoyed this book just as much as I used to with Ann Rule's early works. It is well-researched, expertly written, and compelling. Narrator Coleen Marlo complements the book perfectly. I will be buying more of Ms. Casey's works in the future.

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    Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder

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    In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron-star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl". The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when Belinda's lifeless body was discovered in a closet. Her skull had been shattered by a shotgun blast at close range. She was eight months pregnant.

    Linda Lou says: "WELL DONE STORY IN A DECLINING GENRE"
  • "PRETTY, PRETTY, PRETTY GOOD!"

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    I actually enjoyed this book after a spate of recent true crime books which were absolutely awful. Even veteran crime writer Ann Rule has lost her "mojo" after decades of dominating this genre. In this book you get good writing, research and narration - the must-have "triple crown" in audiobooks. Well worth the price of admission.

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    The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

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    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
  • "A GREAT ACCOUNT OF THE HIP-HOP GENE..."

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    As a former record industry exec in rap and hip-hop, I give Parker kudos for his indepth account of the hip-hop nation - from the perspective of a police detective. However, many of his theories are a bit overly dramatic, especially about the deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. Parker was THISCLOSE to solving Biggie's murder but chose to focus on the more colorful alleged "East Coast-West Coast rap feud". The real motive, known by industry insiders, isn't as interesting as the tale Parker relates. Parker just didn't interview the right people. (The REAL "coastal feud" had less to with Death Row and Bad Boy than the lack of cooperation between the LAPD and NYPD.) This is a great story about his days as the first "hip-hop cop" with the NYPD, tempered by Parker's repeated chest-pounding about being the ONLY "go-to" person for "hip-hop crime" in law enforcement. He makes himself sound like some hip-hop superhero ("And that's where I come in!" proclaims Parker). Parker may know more than the average police officer about hip-hop "crime" but a lot less than those of us who are really in it. There's always been a link between rappers and gang members/drug dealers. Most of these kids are from the 'hood - it's hard to break old ties, but no RICO-style conspiracy exists. At least not to the extent that Parker claims, otherwise other hip-hop meccas like Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, and St. Louis would need "hip-hop crime intel units". Narrator Richard Allen is the perfect choice for this book. He's voice is mesmerizing, elevating what could be an otherwise sordid ghetto tale to a whole 'nother level. My biggest complaint is the recording quality of this book. The sound drops out in places with so much reverb that the narrator sounding as if he's in the bathroom. But, overall, this is a very enlightening and entertaining read for people who aren't in the music biz.

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    The stories are as infamous as the artists who tell them. With their boasts of drugs, extortion, and even murder, in today's world rappers need rap sheets before they can even hope to have a platinum record. So with all this grandstanding about their criminal nature, why haven't more hip-hop artists been busted for the crimes that they brag of, and why haven't high-profile crimes, replete with witnesses and media coverage, ever been solved?

    W. Thomas says: "A riveting journey into the dark side of hip hop."
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  • Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder

    "good, but confusing to me"

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    for true crime lovers, i recommend it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    not on the edge of my seat at all. somewhat upset at what my fellow human beings are capable of, though.


    What does Coleen Marlo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the narrator was good in that she did not detract or distract from the book. i think that is the most important quality, where the narrator is not the author.


    Any additional comments?

    what irritated and confused me about this book is just a couple features. one, in the beginning, it spends what feels like forever, explaining what an absolute ANGEL, a person PERFECT in every way, the victim was. i mean, she had no flaws. she was the true love in everyone's heart, the light in everyone's eyes. none of them could hardly LIVE without her. okay, okay. that could have been said in far fewer chapters, for my taste. i got pretty bored and angry when that line went on and on, and on.the other feature that annoyed me was how the story kept switching back and forth from how the crime and aftermath proceeded, to the background of the characters growing up, their relatives, etc. i had trouble knowing which world i was in, as i would listen and then put it away, and then listen again, etc. it was beginning to drive me nuts. after i was done with the book, i couldnt explain exactly how the story unfolded, i was so confused by all the switching back and forth. there could have been a much clearer way to handle this.

  • Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

    "Awesome in every way"

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    Where does Tulia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the very best true crime books I have ever read.


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    I do not know if this book can officially be classified as a true crime story. It leans very (VERY) heavily on actual courtroom drama, which happens to be a special fascination of mine. If you hate courtroom proceedings, then this book is not for you, unless the general revelations about a particular justice system in Texas, which I believe could well have been a lot of other places, is of interest to you. Or even if that isn't of special interest when you start the book, I believe it will be by the time you finish it. And finish it you will.

    This is all about one out-of-control "gypsy" law enforcement guy, I wouldn't call him an officer, although I suppose he officially was one, in title only. He figured out a way to actually enrich himself by setting up bogus drug busts, knowing his own word was all that was required to make the scheme work, while meanwhile he was pocketing a lot of the cash received from the sales he set up. For the sales, he used greatly watered down cocaine originally purchased by him with agency money, then thinned way down. He turned in some of the buy, then sold the altered remainder. This went on for some years. Very lucrative.

    So he succeeded in implicating a large group of mainly young black men, but some of them actually had nothing to do with the scheme and the rest, of course, were trapped by illegal means. But most of them ended up in prison with very long sentences. They had ineffective, or no, legal representation. The charges just slid right through the system, in spite of some evidence which was passed over or never presented.

    It was quite distressing to be taken step by step through the scenario where such a thing could occur and then continue for what would have been forever, had not a new element been added to the mix. And this new element is not something which the majority of such victims sitting in prisons today have access to.

    The narration of this entire book was totally EXCELLENT. It might be the best narration I have heard thus far. The reader very realistically mimicked many characters in the story. He was so good I was not even sure they were all his creations. VERY well done!

    I understand there was at least one documentary done on this story. I believe it was done somewhere in the middle, before any resolution had occurred. This documentary served to arouse interest in the case and was no doubt the impetus for the eventual resolution.

    I would urge just about any nonfiction lover to treat yourself to this quality book. You can't go wrong.



  • When The Dancing Stopped: The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake

    "The state of cruise ships, before the Titanic sank"

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    Would you try another book from Brian Hicks and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes, if they are nonfiction.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    Defiinitely. He was excellent, especially in bringing to life various characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, to me, read somewhat in a similar vein as the story of the Titanic, of which I have not read books, but did see the movie and have read what popular press articles I came across, but with the exception that it was not told from the perspective of a passenger, but a crew member whose father was a career person in the management of cruise ships. The son had a passionate love of cruise ships and everything about them.

    Other than that, it was just another story of a horrifying lack of anything resembling safety features, crew training, cruise ship building standards... all subjects that came to light even bigger time, with the sinking of the Titanic. It did display interestingly the politics of cruise ship management, the turf battles and such. It also touched on the issue of labor unions or lack thereof, and the frequently brutal persecution of union advocates.

    In this account, there was a fire on the ship that started just hours after the captain keeled over and died in suspicious circumstances. From that point, all hell broke loose and the staff did not worry about anything other than saving their own lives.

    A few things were disappointing to me in the listening to this story. The first is that to me, it seemed to take much too long to get started! I was subjected to entirely too much history of cruise ship building in general, and the Morro Castle in particular, and also the biographies of the various characters. I could have done without a lot of that background, especially because it seemed quite dryly written. It was just to be endured, until the action started.

    The other main disappointment was that, while a lot of suspicions were raised regarding the death of the captain, and the setting of the fire, nothing was resolved. I felt the author should have offered something firm about these events, even if the offerings were only his studied opinions. I didn't feel he offered as much detail and research into these two things as might have been available. He did not even offer much in the way of the speculations or opinions of the time, that might have been available.Surely there would have been endless newspaper articles. There just seemed to be a big hole towards the end of the book, with these matters left hanging and not any satisfying possibilities offered to ease the reader's mind. It was frustrating to keep looking for this during the last third, or fourth, of the book and then fearing that there would be no resolution, which turned out to be the case.

    All of that said, this WAS a pleasant listen, it did hold my interest all the way through, once I got started on the action phase. The narrator was excellent and this book gave him plenty of opportunities to showcase his talents. But if it is very meaty, complete, historical type research results you are looking for, you will not find it here. You will find a pleasant pastime for driving or doing light chores around the house and probably will not be disappointed.

  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    "Best Enron related book I have come across."

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    I am not even waiting until I finish this book to write this review. We already know how the story ended!

    This book, in my estimation, is a spellbinding unwrapping of all the events, large and small, that meshed to create the disaster that was Enron.Having worked for a major global corporation for 25 years myself during the same time period that Enron's business environment was evolving, what with the lack of central controls and the general confusion that prevailed, along with, I might add, the free reign that some new hires who were seen as "young geniuses" were given, I identified strongly with this book's description of the events that culminated in total collapse of not just the business, but countless lives and fortunes that were destroyed as a result. Many of us at my company were experiencing the same fright and uncertainty that plagued many of Enron's and other corporations' employees during that intense period, when the structures we had helped to build were blasted away with seemingly not a thought given to the consequences. I worked in accounting, so it all comes across as very real to me.

    While this book does mainly break down the more complicated aspects of the financial constructs coming to life within Enron at the time, I will admit that a certain minor percentage of these are still not clear to me. (And never were to Enron, I believe.) But mainly, the book does make clear most of the events and their settings that caused the ruination of Enron. And to no one's surprise, I imagine, your basic unbridled greed was underlying the entire course of events.

    The narration of this book is excellent. I have not encountered any irritations with it. The way it is read allows the listener to not even pay attention to the narration, but just to actually be a part of the action. This is as it should be.

    There have been many books on this same topic; I have read some of them and did not even finish a couple, due to the way the material was treated. Because general corporate accounting is a foreign language to an average person on the street, the subject has to be made both understandable and most importantly, interesting, objectives hard to attain. This book definitely meets that challenge.

    It also provides a realistic acquaintance for the listener with the characters involved, on a personal basis. This is important in understanding the motivations of characters who veered so far off course.

    To my taste, this book accomplishes both of the above objectives better than any other I have read on this topic. It is a very long listen, 20-some hours. But that only serves to extend the pleasure of listening.

    I believe very few listeners would be disappointed in this excellent book.

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  • "Haunting"

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    This true story is of a murder that shocked the City of Angels, and became the impetus for dramatic change in police procedure, both in potential hostage situations, and, much later, in recognizing and understanding emotional trauma, PTSD, and survivor's guilt.

    The characters are depicted with precision. I feel like I know them, or knew them, as the last of the four recently died (2012). Wambaugh is a master, a former policeman who writes with sensitive eloquence, an understanding of the people and places that makes his work leap off the page and seize your senses.

    I first read this book many years ago and have never been free of its spell. The audiobook is even better. The memorable individuals, immortalized in this, Wambaugh's best work, continue to puzzle and fascinate. The onion field is very near what is now Interstate 5 in California's San Joaquin valley, just over the Grapevine from LA. I travel this road frequently, and never pass it without a nod and a prayer for the victims, the fateful events so hauntingly penned here, and the loss of innocence that touched so many people. Thank you, Joseph Wambaugh, for this historical treasure.

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    The Onion Field

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    Hollywood. Saturday night. A broken taillight leads to a routine traffic stop. It shouldn’t have changed the lives of the four men involved, but it did. The Onion Field is the frighteningly true story of a fatal collision of destinies that would lead two young cops and two young robbers to a deserted field on the outskirts of Los Angeles, towards a bizarre execution and its terrible aftermath.

    Avalon says: "Haunting"

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    Two men embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the 20th century: Daniel Hudson Burnham, the brilliant director of works for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; and Henry H. Holmes, who used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths.

    KMP says: "Wonderfully evocative, and well-presented"
  • The Professor and the Madman (






UNABRIDGED) by Simon Winchester Narrated by Simon Winchester

    The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (662)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (






UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Craig Wasson

    The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (288)

    John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

    Mark says: "Good Book - Not Typical Grisham"
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Graeber Narrated by Will Collyer

    The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Graeber
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (278)

    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
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  • Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? (






UNABRIDGED) by Ann Rule Narrated by Richard Ferrone

    Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

    Lily says: "My house is clean, my dogs are exhausted!"
  • Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Graysmith Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki

    Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Graysmith
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (337)

    After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

    Zentaro says: "Interesting"
  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (






ABRIDGED) by Vincent Bugliosi Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
  • Thunderstruck (






UNABRIDGED) by Erik Larson Narrated by Bob Balaban

    Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (208)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
  • Swings and Roundabouts (






UNABRIDGED) by Jason Connor Narrated by A.T.

    Swings and Roundabouts

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Jason Connor
    • Narrated By A.T. "Al" Benelli
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    This is the story of how a private dectective "John Black" tracks down a sadistic psychiatric therapist turned serial killer. Set in New York City in 1946, it grapples with the mental illness we call depression. The main protagonist encounters many twists and turns as he delves into the tortured life of his new mystery girlfriend - who turns his life upside down.

  • Foran mørket [The Darkness] (






UNABRIDGED) by Steen Harvig Narrated by Steen Harvig

    Foran mørket [The Darkness]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steen Harvig
    • Narrated By Steen Harvig
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Brødrene Lars, som er autist, og Søren Illum har mistet deres forældre ved en bilulykke i Frankrig for to år siden, da de pludselig bliver draget ind i en uhyggelig sag om en række mord på prostituerede i København. Morderen eller morderne har tilsyneladende til hensigt at skade eller muligvis helt tilintetgøre de to brødre. Men hvorfor? Hvad har de gjort? Politiet - med den unge Morten Krag i spidsen - står endnu engang over for en makaber sag, der virker ulogisk, uforståelig og usammenhængende.

  • The Search for Anne Perry (






UNABRIDGED) by Joanne Drayton Narrated by Susannah Tyrrell

    The Search for Anne Perry

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joanne Drayton
    • Narrated By Susannah Tyrrell
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the film Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls embroiled in an obsessive relationship. This film launched Jackson's international career. It also forever changed the life of Anne Perry, an award-winning, best-selling crime writer, who at the time of the film's release was publicly outed as Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers. A new light was now cast, not only on Anne's life, but also her novels, which feature gruesome and violent deaths.

  • The Child Taker: Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Conrad Jones Narrated by Julia Farhat

    The Child Taker: Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Conrad Jones
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A stand-alone novel based on high-profile child abductions, which have been followed by millions of concerned parents on the news. Five-year-old twins are abducted from a tent in the Lake District and the hunt for a dangerous paedophile ring begins. Police procedure follows the premise that 60% of abducted children are murdered within the first four hours of being taken. The first hour is called "The golden hour" and the longer a child is missing, the less chance there is of them being recovered unharmed.

    helen says: "Chilling!"
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  • The Summer of Dead Toys (






UNABRIDGED) by Antonio Hill Narrated by Mark Bramhall

    The Summer of Dead Toys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Antonio Hill
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Evokes the master of Barcelona-set narrative, Carlos Ruiz Zafon' Independent When the death of a young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo provokes the normally calm Inspector Salgado to beat someone up, he is swiftly removed from the project. Instead, he is sent to investigate a teenager's fall to his death in one of Barcelona's uptown areas.

  • Alter Ego: A Novel of the New West (






UNABRIDGED) by Ronald Watkins Narrated by Jack de Golia

    Alter Ego: A Novel of the New West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ronald Watkins
    • Narrated By Jack de Golia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    When retired chief of Arizona Rangers, John Goodnight, stumbles on a murder, the Old West comes alive in the modern West. Treachery, betrayal, lust and greed, all the old motives, are also the new ones.

  • Laundry Man: The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jake Needham Narrated by Fred Filbrich

    Laundry Man: The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jake Needham
    • Narrated By Fred Filbrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Once a high-flying international lawyer, a member of the innermost circles of government power, Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok, where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city. A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today’s allies are tomorrow’s fugitives, Jack Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption, extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.