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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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    • By Kathryn Casey
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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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    Notorious C.O.P.

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    • By Derrick Parker, Matt Diehl
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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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  • The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

    "The Banality of Evil"

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    In 1996, FBI profiler John Douglas, (the inspiration for Thomas Harris' Agent Jack Crawford of "The Silence of the Lambs" (1988)) wrote a book with Mark Olshaker called "Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit." Douglas had profiled, and hunted, serial killers including Arthur Shawcross, who killed 13 people and Robert Hansen, an Alaska hunter who made his own real life version of Richard Connell's 1924 short story "The Most Dangerous Game", taking women hostage, raping them, letting them go, and hunting them down in the wilderness.

    Douglas is able, with great difficulty, to understand these psychopaths, but that work almost killed him. Tony Ciaglia, "The Serial Killer Whisperer" has Douglas' ability to communicate with the same psychopaths, but without the moral constraints and judgments that Douglas has. Ciaglia survived a traumatic brain injury, and gained the ability - and desire - to explore what creates and sustains these killers. Ciaglia is not, by any measure, a psychopath - but he does not have the filter that causes almost everyone to recoil in horror from these individuals. Ciaglia's family supports his 'hobby', and he has helped victims families. His story is much more fascinating than any of the killers in the book.

    I've heard the phrase "the banality of evil" for years, but I didn't quite understand what it meant until I listened to "The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers" (2012). Hannah Arendt wrote a book called "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil" (1963). Earley's book gives a picture of individual psychopaths while Arendt deals with the political conditions that created a whole sociopathic society, Nazi Germany. What fascinated me about both books is that, after pushing through the sheer horror of individual killers or an entire society of killers, just how pathetic and repetitive the people who do these things really are. It's almost as if the lack of conscious causes no sense of self, leaving the psychopath to create himself only in relation to how he controls others.

    The book is more graphic than Ann Rule's books - it contains numerous excerpts from serial killers' letters recalling the details of their crimes. I liked the narrator's voice, but the audio could have used an edit - I kept hearing distracting intakes of breath.

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  • The Devil's Advocates

    "American History Pivot Points"

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    My friends and I, playing cops and robbers during first grade recess, always solemnized each capture by administering the Miranda Warning perfectly. No, we weren't living in a challenging neighborhood - Jack Webb's Dragnet and Adam 12 were early evening rerun staples out local ABC affiliate.

    20 years later, in law school, Miranda v. Arizona (1966) 384 U.S. 436, its constitutional basis, and its numerous exceptions, took weeks of my criminal law class. I did wonder who Ernesto Miranda was; whether he had actually committed the crime he was convicted of; how his case ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court; and what ended up happening to him. This book answers those questions, and more, about Miranda and other key criminal cases.

    Michael S. Lief and H. Mitchell Caldwell provide a careful historical and cultural framework for these cases, and detailed personal histories of both the accused and the victims. Chapter 1, which deals with lynching in the south, is especially chilling.

    These are the trials that are in the book, in the order that they are in (thanks Google Books for the table of contents), and I'm including the Audible concordance for anyone who wants to go to a specific case:

    Ch 1 (Audible 1-2). When Mob Rule Trumps the Rule of Law. The unfortunate case of a man lynched in 1906, after the US Supreme Court agreed to review his capital conviction for rape establishes that the state has an obligation to protect prisoners in its custody.

    Ch 2 (Audible 1-4). When the Constable Blunders. In 1956, evidence becomes inadmissible because it is obtained illegally and it is the "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" - even if the evidence is porn.

    Ch 3 (Audible 1-6). Rules of Engagement. An (overly) sympathetic look at Randy Weaver and Ruby Ridge in 1992. Regardless, Gerry Spence's tactics were legendary (he presented no defense) and his hours long closing argument was compelling.

    Ch 4 (Audible 2-3). Defending the Despised. Future president John Adams defends the British soldiers accused of killing American colonists in the Boston Massacre.

    Ch 5 (Audible 2-5). You Have the Right to Remain Silent. The Miranda decision.

    Ch 6 (Audible 2-7). The Black Doctor and the White Mob. Clarence Darrow successfully defends a Black family of professionals on trial for a 1925 killing in Detroit when a blue collar White mob attacked after the family moved into the neighborhood.

    Ch 7 (Audible 3-3). The Trial of the (Nineteenth) Century. Congressman Daniel Sickles uses the temporary insanity defense after killing Phillip Barton Key, the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, in 1859. Scandal knows no century.

    Ch 8 (Audible 3-5). Genius, Scoundrel, Traitor. Former Vice President Aaron Burr's trial for the one crime listed in the U.S. Constitution, treason. Good history of Burr, trial a bit boring.

    There were three narrators on this Audible, and that mostly worked - a few rough spots, but they weren't jarring enough so that I was distracted from the book.

    This is under the Audible category "Mysteries and Thrillers - True Crime" but it's misplaced. It belongs in History.

    When I finished this, I went looking for the first two books in the Closing Argument Chronicles - "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury" (2000) (famous trials) and "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down" (civil rights) (2006). They aren't on Audible, darn it.

    [If you are using a smart phone and would like to refer to this review later for the Table of Contents, press on the title of the review until you get the option to copy, copy the link, and paste it into your Notes.

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W. Max Hollmann

W. Max Hollmann Florida 07-12-08 Member Since 2008

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  • "Well Written"

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    Enron's financial world was complex and difficult to explain. This book does an excellent job of providng an over-view and details, in an understandable way. It is not a pretty picture, and there are times the reader will gleen a less then objective interpretation (almost a voyeur's glee) in telling some of the details. But then, some are startling. If I were a prosecutor, I would present my case exactly as the book is written. Highly recommend it as informative and entertaining.

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    Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

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    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"

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  • 4.4 (487 ratings)
    Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Kurt Eichenwald Narrated by Robertson Dean

    Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

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    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
  • 4.4 (390 ratings)
    Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin (






UNABRIDGED) by Hampton Sides Narrated by Hampton Sides

    Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

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    • By Hampton Sides
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    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
  • 4.3 (372 ratings)
    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

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    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    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"
  • 4.3 (170 ratings)
    The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story (






ABRIDGED) by Richard Preston Narrated by James Naughton

    The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story

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    "This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.

    Mark says: "Excellent and Timely!"
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  • 4.3 (129 ratings)
    Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story (






ABRIDGED) by Kurt Eichenwald Narrated by Stephen Lang

    Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
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    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material. Conspiracy of Fools is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.

    Sharon says: "Conspiracy of Fools"
  • 4.3 (101 ratings)
    Under and Alone (






ABRIDGED) by William Queen Narrated by William Queen

    Under and Alone

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    In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a "confidential informant" made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance.

    Joesph says: "terrific"
  • 4.3 (19 ratings)
    DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You (






UNABRIDGED) by Misha Glenny Narrated by Jonathan Cowley

    DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You

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    The benefits of living in a digital, globalized society are enormous; so too are the dangers. The world has become a law enforcer’s nightmare and every criminal’s dream. We bank online; shop online; date, learn, work and live online. But have the institutions that keep us safe on the streets learned to protect us in the burgeoning digital world?

    fred says: "With industry insights very interesting"
  • 4.3 (12 ratings)
    Target Lancer: Nathan Heller, Book 16 (






UNABRIDGED) by Max Allan Collins Narrated by Dan John Miller

    Target Lancer: Nathan Heller, Book 16

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    • By Max Allan Collins
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    Nathan Heller is Chicago’s most celebrated private detective, hobnobbing with Hugh Hefner, getting written up in Life magazine, enjoying the fruits of a long career that began in a one-room office and now is a coast-to-coast agency. When he does a small favor for a friend - who handles PR for the Teamsters - Heller runs into an old West Side mob crony, a small-time hustler named Jack Ruby. And when that friend is found dead, warning signals start to flash. Suddenly Jimmy Hoffa wants to talk to Nate...and so does Hoffa’s arch enemy, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

    Bull says: "The Best Nate Heller Yet"
  • The Devil in the White City (






UNABRIDGED) by Erik Larson Narrated by Scott Brick

    The Devil in the White City

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    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
  • In Cold Blood (






UNABRIDGED) by Truman Capote Narrated by Scott Brick

    In Cold Blood

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    • By Truman Capote
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (






UNABRIDGED) by John Berendt Narrated by Jeff Woodman

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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    Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".

    Joey says: "A little slow, but entertaining"
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Krakauer Narrated by Scott Brick

    Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

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    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    Elysabeth Cummings says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
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  • Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder - and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 12 (






UNABRIDGED) by Ann Rule Narrated by Laural Merlington

    Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder - and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 12

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    • By Ann Rule
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    In some murder cases, the truth behind the most tragic of crimes crystallizes with relative ease. Not so with these fascinating accounts drawn from the personal files of Ann Rule. What happens when the case itself becomes an intractable puzzle, when clues are shrouded in smoke and mirrors, and when criminals skillfully evade law enforcement in a maddening cat-and-mouse chase? Even the most devoted true-crime listener won't predict the outcome of these truly baffling cases until the conclusions revealed in Ann Rule's marvelously insightful narrative.

  • The Professor and the Madman (






UNABRIDGED) by Simon Winchester Narrated by Simon Winchester

    The Professor and the Madman

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






UNABRIDGED) by Paul Collins Narrated by William Dufris

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

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    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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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"
  • 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

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    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"
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  • Green River, Running Red (






UNABRIDGED) by Ann Rule Narrated by Barbara Caruso

    Green River, Running Red

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
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    In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become.

    Parusski says: "Suspenseful and chilling"
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Kurt Eichenwald Narrated by Robertson Dean

    Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
  • 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
    (621)
    Performance
    (335)
    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"
  • Against Her Will: Pinnacle True Crime (






UNABRIDGED) by Ronald J. Watkins Narrated by Greg Lutz

    Against Her Will: Pinnacle True Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated By Greg Lutz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Richard and Victoria Tinyes feared the worst when their thirteen year old daughter Kelly Ann vanished from their quiet suburban community of Valley Stream, New York, on March 3, 1999. But the nightmare to come was worse than they could ever imagine. Only five doors away, in the home of John and Elizabeth Golub, police found Kelly Ann's body stuffed in a plastic garbage bag. She'd been brutally beaten, stabbed, strangled, and mutilated. After weeks of intense investigation, police arrested the Golubs twenty-one-year-old son, Robert - a reclusive young man obsessed with bodybuilding and given to fits of rage. The sensational trial and subsequent conviction of Robert Golub shocked the nation and tore the once peaceful community apart. Neighbors took sides. So did the media. And no one who lived on Horton Road would ever be the same. Note on audio book: Except for the beginning and end of the book, there is no longer any music.

    Laura says: "Well-written true-crime book"
  • Circus of Lost Souls (






UNABRIDGED) by Riley J. Ford, Rebecca Hamilton Narrated by Gillian Vance

    Circus of Lost Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Riley J. Ford, Rebecca Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gillian Vance
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Cirque du Lune is killing off teenagers, but it's all part of the act. Or is it? As the body count rises with each performance, one girl at this renowned theater-based summer camp finds herself contemplating what's real and what's not. What if it's not just a horror show, but a live snuff performance perpetrated by real-life, infamous serial killers? What if the murders... are real?

    JP2013 says: "Suspenseful, unique, fascinating, interesting!"
  • 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)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (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)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (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
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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.

    Leilah says: "No real answers."
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  • 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
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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!"
  • 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
    Overall
    (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
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    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.

    Cass says: "An Ol' Country Western in the City"