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Robyn

Robyn Modbury, Australia Member Since 2012
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  • "first class true crime"

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    True crime readers will not be disappointed. Anyone wanting a quick overview of the Stella Nickell story may not be happy with all the detail which Olsen has meticulously tracked down and recounted, but if you want all the ins and outs of the plot and the characters, this book has it all. I wasn't counting, but this family must be in the race for the highest number of house moves and taking up temporary make-shift accommodation with friends or family, the most partner swaps, the most one night stands, the amount of alcohol consumed, and general bad parenting. On the other hand, they were either in work or looking for work, family (except mothers and daughters) were close-knit and stood by each other through thick and thin, and there was always a friend they could turn to in a crisis. Fascinating family, fascinating plot, intriguing outcome. Olsen's research is painstaking and he writes well, although the interweaving of the stories of the two victims' families was a bit confusing at first. Also I felt a bit of the story was missing in my version because it went straight from the jury room deliberations to after the verdict had been handed down which left me baffled about when the verdict had been reached and even more baffled about the phone call to a juror and possible re-trail which were being mentioned. I went back and listened to that section again to make sure it wasn't just me, but it still seemed that part of the book just wasn't there. It is very competently read by Kevin Pierce - a simple straight-forward emotion-free narration - just right for this type of book.

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    Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders

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    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff - until authorities discovered that Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella did the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a 'random casualty' of cyanide-tainted painkillers.

    Scott says: "Page turner"
  • "triumph of true crime writing"

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    This book has it all - plot, characters, surprises, suspense, rollercoaster of emotions - sadness, horror, sympathy, amazement, incredulity, frustration, anger. In short, the book has everything you could want to keep you interested. I took every opportunity to do something during which I could keep listening. I was a bit taken aback for the first few minutes by Richard Ferrone's narration but after a very short time I loved his voice and his presentation. He's just right for this book.

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    Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

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    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!"
  • "historical true crime - great!"

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    This book combines two of my most-read genres, true crime and history. Events from long ago, especially those involving cover-up at the highest level, often lack enough detail to be informative and certainly not enough to fill a book. But Jager has enough material to document the terrible crime, and to set the events and the characters within their social and political context. Everything is recounted in rivetting detail.Jager has obviously conducted a great deal of painstaking research, and the writing is excellent, as is the narration by Auberjonois whose voice and delivery are just perfect for the story.

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    Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

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    On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer - and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

    Robyn says: "historical true crime - great!"
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A Peek at Lisa Dailey's Bookshelf

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  • People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

    "Instantly engrossing."

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    I had seen a review of this (book) from a friend and decided to get it on Audible. I was instantly hooked into the story from the first moment. What sets this apart from the traditional true crime book is the way the story is told from several different perspectives, based on interviews with friends, family and acquaintances of the victim, but also acquaintances and family of the perpetrated. It ends up being both a chronological story of a crime, its investigation, and the trial and a character study of many of the most prominent characters, not just the victim. It also presents a portrait of the difference between Japanese and British/American world views about crime, justice, society, and family. It really was almost impossible to stop listening once I started, and I highly recommend it if you're looking for an engrossing listen.

    The narrator, who I have heard on several other audio books, was excellent.

  • Columbine

    "Walks a difficult line with great skill."

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    Dave Cullen has accomplished a difficult task with this book- he presents a balanced, unsentimental story about the killers and their victims, the rampage, the run-up, and the aftermath. This is harder than it sounds considering how far into the minds of the killers Cullen must delve in order to formulate the narrative of what caused them to do what they did, and hot-button topics like the misconceptions about the Cassie Bernall story. The picture that emerges is just that- a picture. The author does not attempt to argue a perspective. What I found especially interesting, as I had not known about it, was the attempt by the local county sheriff's office to cover up and hide information. The Columbine shooting comes across as less the product of bullying than it is the unfortunate pairing of an explosive young depressive with a budding psychopath, leading to tragic results. I didn't realize how thoroughly inaccurate the news accounts of the incident, and its causes, had been. In a way, the real story is much scarier than the media version.

  • Anne Perry: The Murder of the Century

    "Gratifyingly detailed."

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    I was pretty familiar with this story already, having seen Heavenly Creatures when it came out and having read a few things about the case, but there were many details included in this book that I hadn't known and enjoyed reading. The detail available, including actual testimony from the case, lengthy passages from diaries, and information from many close to the case, was very impressive. I was frankly astonished to hear accounts of the way both girls maintained their sickeningly grandiose superiority complexes well after they were separated and in prison. I suppose I had imagined that it wouldn't have taken long for them to come back down to earth, but this was not the case at all.

    Knowing that Juliet Hulme would go on to become a famous and well-respected author, I had hoped to see some iota of remorse or guilt, but the book ends with no such epiphany. It was very discomfiting, actually, to consider the possibility that perhaps Anne Perry truly is not and was never able to appreciate the wrongness of her conduct. Likewise I would have liked to have heard more about when and whether Parker came to truly regret what she had done. There are no answers about this to be had, however, as neither woman was involved in the research of the book and there is little information available about what either thought of what they had done when they were adults.

    The narrator was a bit annoying to listen to, primarily because of the mechanical way he was reading, but it didn't bother me unduly.

  • Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America

    "Myths aside, still a fascinating story."

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    Having double-majored in English and psychology before going to law school, I've heard the name Kitty Genovese brought up many, many times. The case is frequently brought up to describe the bystander effect (psychology), the cold-heartedness of modern man (English), and the duties or lack of duties of people toward third parties in danger. What I didn't know until reading this book was that the template story which is literally ALWAYS used to illustrate these points didn't happen the way it is described to have happened at all. It's still a fascinating story, however, both for the way it became mythologized and in its own right.

    One thing I had not known was that Kitty was an out lesbian in the pre-Stonewall era. It was interesting to see how the natural fear of cops among some homosexual witnesses (and the NYPD does not come across sympathetically in this book at all) affected the investigation. It is truly astounding how the media took up the story just as the NYPD framed it, regardless of the truth. It's an early example of how a narrative that people want to believe can supplant the actual facts and be stubbornly resistant to correction.

    Kitty herself really comes across as a vibrant, independent character. I also thought the author did quite a good job of painting a three-dimensional portrait of her killer. No one will ever understand his motivations, most likely, but you do get an idea of who he was. I had never known about the subsequent escape, either.

    This was a very engaging book, particularly for someone who thought I already knew what the Kitty Genovese story was all about.

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W. Perry Hall Mobile, AL 05-19-14 Member Since 2012

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  • "Zodiac behind Big Blue Wall; the IR..."

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    I found the book compelling, not only for revelations about the identity of the Zodiac, but for the interplay of SF politics on a murder investigation and later, a coverup. I think the author has nailed it, when I consider the credibility of the presenter and the publisher (HarperCollins), the support of a qualified handwriting expert of a definitive forensic handwriting match of a few documents written and signed by Van Earl Best, Jr. and those written by the Zodiac, Best's name is embedded in two (2) of the Zodiac ciphers, the fact that both the Zodiac and VE Best, Jr. had identical scars on the same index finger. The motive, means and opportunity also support the finding but aren't needed. The only thing missing for a slamdunk beyond a reasonable doubt finding is DNA. And, Mr. Stewart and his biological mother have offered DNA to an expert who now has the markers to match to the DNA of the Zodiac.

    BUT, the Blue Wall of the SF Police Dept stalled it all and closed the investigation in 2004, the week the author began making inquiries for the Best file. Above all else, they must protect their own: a black police detective who married the Zodiac's former wife (the author's biological mother) and who was somewhat of a bit player in the whole investigation behind Toschi and Armstrong.

    To hell with the public's interest and the families of the victims.

    This book and the author's narration made me want to continue listening.

    Can I find something to criticize? Yes. Some of the investigation part repeats what was already in the life story of Van Earl Best, Jr. and I thought there was much too lengthy a discussion of the relationship between the bio mother and her husband Rotea (the detective), presumably to bend over backward to appear that no one is pointing the finger at him.

    A definite 5 STAR book.

    I just hope to hell this puts continued pressure on the higher-ups in the SFPD to get off their ASS and stop looking out for numero uno!

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    The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father…and Finding the Zodiac Killer

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    • By Gary L. Stewart, Susan Mustafa
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    Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world. Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues—including forensic evidence—that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Zodiac behind Big Blue Wall; the IRONY of it all"

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    Larry says: "What a great book."
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    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
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    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson rocked the literary world with his mind-bending style of Gonzo journalism. First published in 1966, Hell’s Angels is Thompson’s up-close and personal look at the infamous motorcycle gang during the time when its moniker was most feared.

    Joe Bloggs says: "Visions of the Future of Motorcycle Gangs"
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition) (






UNABRIDGED) by Jordan Belfort Narrated by Eric Meyers

    The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jordan Belfort
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
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    By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort's own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street.

    Elisabeth says: "My most inthralling listen in a while"
  • Crooked City (






UNABRIDGED) by Martin Preib Narrated by Steve Williams

    Crooked City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Martin Preib
    • Narrated By Steve Williams
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    In this second collection of connected essays, Chicago cop Martin Preib takes on seemingly unrelated murder cases, all dating from one year (1982), including some in which offenders were released as part of the wrongful conviction movement. This audiobook shatters listener assumptions - about the workings of justice, the objectivity of the media, and the role of the police in the city of Chicago, even calling into question allegations of police torture in the notorious cases against Jon Burge.

  • Disposable Income: A True Story of Sex, Greed, and Im-purr-fect Murder (






UNABRIDGED) by Tammy Mal Narrated by Michael Kramer

    Disposable Income: A True Story of Sex, Greed, and Im-purr-fect Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tammy Mal
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    Factoryville warmly welcomed their new neighbors, who seemed eager to fit in - at first. Soon, however, the Homeyers' pleasant disposition began to change. Anna, once highly visible and engaging, was rarely seen at all anymore, and Charles, who was always kind and neighborly, became distant and withdrawn. Local residents were baffled by their behavior. But their curiosity soon turned to suspicion when Anna Homeyer suddenly disappeared, leaving the town with a number of unanswered questions.

  • Lost and Found: The True Story of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the Abduction That Shocked the World (






UNABRIDGED) by John Glatt Narrated by Randye Kaye

    Lost and Found: The True Story of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the Abduction That Shocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Glatt
    • Narrated By Randye Kaye
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    In 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped on her morning walk to the school bus. But despite her family's tireless efforts, Jaycee's disappearance remained a mystery. Then, in August 2009, a registered sex offender named Phillip Garrido appeared on the University of California, Berkeley, campus alongside two young women whose unusual behavior sparked concern among campus officials and law enforcement. That visit would pave the way for a shocking discovery: That Garrido was Jaycee Lee Dugard's kidnapper.

  • Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity's Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity (






UNABRIDGED) by Carla Del Ponte, Chuck Sudetic Narrated by Dina Pearlman

    Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity's Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carla Del Ponte, Chuck Sudetic
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
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    Carla Del Ponte won international recognition as Switzerland's attorney general when she pursued cases against the Sicilian mafia. In 1999, she answered the United Nations' call to become the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. In her new role, Del Ponte confronted genocide and crimes against humanity head-on, struggling to bring to justice the highest-ranking individuals responsible for massive acts of violence in Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo.

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  • Buried Memories: The Bloody Crimes and Execution of the Texas Black Widow (






UNABRIDGED) by Irene Pence Narrated by George Newbern

    Buried Memories: The Bloody Crimes and Execution of the Texas Black Widow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Irene Pence
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    1985. Gun Barrel City, Texas. Police searching for missing Fire Department captain Jimmy Don Beets dug inside a wishing well in the neatly tended garden of Beets's wife, forty-eight-year-old Betty Lou Beets. Not only did they find his body, but they also found the body of Betty Lou's fourth husband, Doyle Wayne Barker. It wasn't long before investigators unearthed the terrible truth. As Betty Lou's sordid past emerged, so did her chilling trail of marital violence.

  • Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting (






UNABRIDGED) by John Shiffman Narrated by David Drummond

    Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Shiffman
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    In Operation Shakespeare, investigative journalist John Shiffman traces a high-risk undercover operation launched by an elite undercover Homeland Security unit created to stop the Iranians, Russians, Chinese, Pakistanis, and North Koreans from acquiring sophisticated American-made electronics capable of guiding missiles, jamming radar, and triggering countless weapons - from wireless IEDs to nuclear bombs.

  • Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan E. Moldea Narrated by Andrew Ingalls

    Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan E. Moldea
    • Narrated By Andrew Ingalls
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    According to investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea, for decades the National Football League has had a strong and unspoken understanding with a dangerous institution: Organized crime. In his classic expos, Interference, Moldea bares the dark, sordid underbelly of America's favorite professional team sport, revealing a nest of corruption that the league has largely ignored since its inception.