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Cynthia

Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States Member Since 2012

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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.

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    The Devil's Advocates

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    • By Michael S. Lief, H. Mitchell Caldwell
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
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    The Devil's Advocates shows us the crimes and trials that have captivated the public, cases that illuminate the underlying principles of the American criminal-justice system.

    B. Riddick says: "Excellent Book even if you aren't a lawyer"
  • "The Poisoned Past"

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    First of all, kudos to Deborah Blum and her publishers for picking Coleen Marlo to narrate this book. Marlo is fantastic narrating Amy Stewart’s “Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects” and “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks,” pronouncing complex scientific names and using foreign pronunciations easily (well, at least in the five languages I know well enough to know if she’s saying the words correctly.)

    Blum’s “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York”. Rather than focusing solely on a particular crime or group of particular poisoners, Blum’s chapters are (in order): Chloroform; Wood Alcohol; Cyanides; Arsenic; Mercury; Carbon Monoxide Part I; Methyl Alcohol; Radium; Ethyl Alcohol; Carbon Monoxide Part II; and Thallium.

    “The Poisoner’s Handbook” describes how the poisons were developed and used, and how the forensic science developed techniques to uncover the poisons. Blum weaves the tales of the scientists who worked so hard to make sure that cruel, careful murders by poisoners were detected. She also discusses a plethora of unintentional poisonings, and the public health risks that caused them.

    The biggest cause of accidental poisonings was, in Jazz Age New York, prohibition. Blum describes New York City in the early 20th century so completely, I can see it in my mind, with horses and buggies, Model-T Fords, and a scrum of long-vanished air pollution.

    "The Poisoner's Handbook" is lively and intriguing, and well worth the listen.

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    The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

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    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
  • "Detailed and Horrifying Debunking o..."

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    Columbine has been in the news recently, with the November 13, 2012 release of Andrew Solomon's "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity" (which is available on Audible). Sue Klebold, Dylan Klebold's mother, is quoted as saying that she prayed her son would kill himself or die before he hurt anyone else.

    The Klebolds, like the parents of Eric Harris, the other shooter, rarely give interviews. They did give testimony under oath as part of a lawsuit, but the testimony was sealed and only the victims and their survivors were allowed to hear the testimony.

    I'd listened to most of this book before Columbine came into the news again, and I wasn't surprised by Sue Klebold's comments.

    This book addresses the question of both how and why Harris and Klebold made their plans to massacre their classmates.

    It wasn't because they were outcasts, or were bullied, or came from horrible homes.

    The Klebolds and Harrises were never divorced, and they didn't hit their children. When the families learned of problems with the boys after both were arrested for felony theft, the families made the boys accept responsibility and got them counseling.

    Neither Klebold nor Harris were bullied. In fact, it was quite the contrary - Harris was a bully.

    Klebold and Harris weren't outcasts. They weren't part of a "Trench Coat Mafia" - that was an entirely different group at Columbine. The TCM didn't even know the shooters. The shooters wore trench coats to hide sawed off shot guns. The boys dated, and hung out with friends.

    The problem, as Cullen explains in detail, was that Eric Harris was a psychopath, and he found the perfect accolyte in Dylan Klebold, who had been suicidally depressed for at least two years. Harris wanted to kill everyone, and Klebold wanted to go out in a way that would be remembered.

    The most horrifying part is that Harris especially gave advance warning of what he intended to do - and the Littleton police never followed up on a website given to them a year before the carnage that showed his intent.

    I was not too happy with the narration - it was a little slower than I prefer, and at times, the audio sped up a bit, changing the timbre of the narrator's voice. That was distracting.

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    Columbine

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    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
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    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
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  • Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives

    "A Fascinating Barrage of Painful Truth"

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    This was one of the most riveting, informative and -- I'm almost afraid to say this, because a book on this subject should be somber and difficult -- ENTERTAINING audiobooks I've read this year. Of course, she treats the subject with all the seriousness it deserves, but she also invests it with a life that true crime writing often misses in it's cold recitation of fact after fact, detail after detail. But it's almost impossible to turn away from the parade of sad, complex and truly unbelievable stories the author relates about these "Eraser Killers." But even though almost every case she describes has the same basic plot elements and character types (sociopath kills trusting lover and elaborately disposes of body), the author reveals a compelling throughline in the stories and manages to find the genuine heart and soul of each person involved. Case in point: I'm guessing you, like me, thought you had heard everything you wanted to know about Scott and Lacey Peterson. But Marilee Strong does an amazing job relating the small, human details we've never heard about, and suddenly you're reading about real flesh and blood people who you find yourself actually invested in. Not necessarily LIKING, but invested in. The narrator plays a big part in the success of this audiobook; she is one of those rare narrators that is so good for the material, so evocative in their reading that they almost completely disappear. And that may be the highest compliment I can pay a narrator. I really enjoyed this book, and if you have even a minor interest in true crime, human tragedy, or great non-fiction writing, I suspect you will enjoy it too.

  • Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and the Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret that Tore a Family Apart

    "Fascinating, But Ridiculously Biased"

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    It's one thing for a non-fiction author to have a point of view, but this author seems to have an axe to grind. She starts out really well, but about halfway through the author turns so biased and snarky it actually took me right out of the narrative. Part of what's so mind-blowing and fascinating about this story is how impossible it is to know whether Peterson is a multiple murderer or a tragic victim of coincidence and prosecutorial over-reach. I can't think of another case where BOTH sides have such strong circumstantial arguments and neither side has any real proof. So when the author starts sounding like a scornful opposition politican instead of a credible reporter of facts, all I could think of was "why the obvious agenda?" Worse, I kept wondering what REALLY happened, because it didn't feel like I was getting it straight. Ultimately, she didn't convince me of his guilt. If anything her obvious bias made me question her point of view more than it made me question Peterson's innocence.

    With all that said, I still finished it. The narration was very good, and there was never a moment when I didn't want to know more. She has a lot of interesting facts and anecdotes, and this truly is one of the most fascinating true stories I've ever come across. But I think she torpedoes herself by making those facts feel like opinions and the fascinating story feel like a closing argument.

    If you have never read about this amazing case (or if you have never seen the excellent multi-part documentary on the case called "The Staircase"), you might want to pick up this book despite all that. It's a great read, even if it isn't great factual reporting.

  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

    "Surprisingly Compelling -"

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    I'm not sure why I got this book in the first place. Like much of the rest of the world, I watched this train-wreck of a true-crime story as it unfolded (derailed?) on live TV, and I was tired of the whole sordid mess by the time the verdict came in. Then I saw this book on Audible, and the true-crime fan in me must have overcome the tired-of-Casey-Anthony-watcher, because I bought it and dropped it into my playlist, where it sat ignored for weeks. When I finally got around to trying it out, I quickly found myself intrigued despite myself, and before I knew it I was sucked right back into it and enjoying every minute of the story. Unlike the case itself, the book flew by in no time.

    Although there were some fascinating insights throughout, I can't say that there was a whole lot of new information, particularly if you followed the story in real time. But the author (who also happens to be the prosecutor who lost the trial) does such a good job telling the story and fleshing out the characters and their motivations, I found myself fascinated even by the re-telling of facts I already knew and people I was tired of hearing about. Plus, he's very good at reading his own writing, which isn't surprising given that he's a trial attorney who has to exactly that day in and day out in court.

    I was also impressed with how little whining Ashton did about the outcome or unfairness of the trial, which isn't always the case when losing attorneys write their account of a big trial. You sort of expect "How It Wasn't My Fault That a Murderer Went Free," but while this book doesn't shy away from exposing the author's dislike for opposing counsel, it didn't wallow in constant finger-pointing or blame-shifting, which I very much appreciated.

    In closing, your honor, I went into both the real-life case and the reading of this book skeptical and unconvinced. Jeff Ashton convinced me at the trial, and many months later he convinced me to keep reading his book even though I wasn't sure I wanted to. If only he had convinced that jury as effectively as he did me, a certain narcissistic baby-killer would be living the "good life" in jail right now where she belongs.

  • Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells

    "Very Good Book About a Very Bad Dude"

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    This was one of the better True Crime books I've listened to in a while, and I thought it was Fanning's best work as well. The facts of the case are truly horrifying, and Tommy Lynn Sells' casual, almost nonchalant evil is hard to accept, but the book is all the more compelling for it. Fanning does a good job adding some backstory to each of the victims, and she recreates the monstrous details of the crimes without sensationalizing them. It's a bit difficult to keep track of all of the characters, in part because this guy took so many lives and affected so many more. You can't tell his story without telling all of theirs, and all the names do get a little lost in the crowd of ruined lives. Perhaps the author could have done a little better job adding context or recurring memory markers of some kind so listeners who aren't keeping score on a notepad can keep up with the catalog of horrors. But that's nit-picking ----- this was well-researched, -written and -narrated account that lovers of True Crime should enjoy immensely.

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  • "Gripping Investigative Look at Huma..."

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    It is no wonder that this crime haunted and intrigued Parry (Tokyo bureau chief for the London Times) for 10 yrs.; it's hard to wrap your head around such evil and remorseless crimes -- and a culture that treats both sexual deviance and prosecution of criminals so foreignly from Western societies. Kudos to Parry for keeping this tangled story so on track and objective. The author has layered the crime with insightful histories of the victim and the perp, the cultural morals, and the Japanese police and legal process, which is all fascinating. I was blown away by the behavior of the killer Obara while he was in custody, and by several other incidents that I won't go into lest I spoil some shocking twists.

    The crime itself is told mercifully free of many details -- you don't need them as the crime itself speaks volumes. The focus here is on the overall layered events, which are presented in a precise timeline. Parry himself becomes involved in the case, adding another fascinating dimension to a story that is on par with Capote's In Cold Blood (a comparison I can't credit for reaching myself; I read the obsservation in a review and found it dead on). Parry's investigative journalism is a different style from Capote's, but a reading worthy of comparisons. Aside from an horrific crime, I found the insider look into the culture and process illuminating.

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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

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    Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

    La Becket says: "The best audiobook I have ever heard -- hands down"

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    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

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    Larry says: "What a great book."
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    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
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    In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison - a crime that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder - unless he paid a one million euro ransom. Villaine believed it to be a sick joke, but that proved a fatal miscalculation and the crime shocked this fabled region of France.

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    The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm.

    Kippoe says: "The Coward and the Angels"
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker (






UNABRIDGED) by Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon Narrated by Ray Porter

    Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3311)
    Performance
    (2939)
    Story
    (2949)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (






UNABRIDGED) by John Berendt Narrated by Jeff Woodman

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Berendt
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (471)

    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"
  • The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders (






UNABRIDGED) by Anthony Flacco, Jerry Clark Narrated by Anthony Flacco

    The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anthony Flacco, Jerry Clark
    • Narrated By Anthony Flacco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
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    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, was held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, and was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, acclaimed crime writer Anthony Flacco - using never-before-heard information from Sanford’s son Jerry Clark - tells the real story behind the case that riveted the nation.

    Michelle says: "Couldn't Stop Listening."
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  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders (






UNABRIDGED) by Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry Narrated by Scott Brick

    Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1233)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
  • My Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart Narrated by Elizabeth Smart

    My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (503)

    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?"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1581)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (582)

    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"
  • Molly's Game: From Hollywood’s Elite, to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker (






UNABRIDGED) by Molly Bloom Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

    Molly's Game: From Hollywood’s Elite, to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Molly Bloom
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twenty something petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen - she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play. Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly's game became the game for those in the know - celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires.

    Verne Backus, M.D., M.P.H. says: "Poker Princess survived and excelled"
  • A Murder in Our Town (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Herzog III Narrated by Frank Seaborg

    A Murder in Our Town

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Arthur Herzog III
    • Narrated By Frank Seaborg
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    Feeling oppressed by their economic and social status, the three Duntz brothers seek revenge on the wealthy upper class, and historical Salisbury becomes their target. The brothers set fire to the Salisbury town hall, a 235-year-old symbol of the town's proud heritage. But when Earl Morey confesses to seeing one of the brothers commit the crime, he is found shot to death one early October morning.

  • Missing Wives, Missing Lives: True Stories of Missing Women (






UNABRIDGED) by JJ Slate Narrated by Karen Roman

    Missing Wives, Missing Lives: True Stories of Missing Women

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By JJ Slate
    • Narrated By Karen Roman
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    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Missing Wives, Missing Lives focuses on 30 unique cases in which the wife has never been found and the undying efforts of her family as they continue the painful search to bring her home. The audiobook covers decades older cases, such as Jeanette Zapata, who has been missing since 1976, to more recent and widely known cases, such as Stacy Peterson, who has been missing since 2007.

  • Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine (






UNABRIDGED) by Maximillian Potter Narrated by Donald Corren

    Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Maximillian Potter
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
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    (0)
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    In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison - a crime that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder - unless he paid a one million euro ransom. Villaine believed it to be a sick joke, but that proved a fatal miscalculation and the crime shocked this fabled region of France.

  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Macintyre Narrated by John Le Carre

    A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Le Carre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (4)
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    (3)
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    (4)

    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Diane says: "The narrator is incorrectly identified."
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  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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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    (0)
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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.