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Eric

Easton, PA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bryan Christy
    • Narrated By Tony Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    When Bryan Christy began to investigate the world of reptile smuggling, he had no idea what he would be in for. In the course of his research, he was bitten between the eyes by a blood python, chased by a mother alligator, and sprayed by a bird-eating tarantula. But perhaps more dangerous was coming face to face with Michael J. Van Nostrand, owner of Strictly Reptiles, a thriving family business in Hollywood, Florida.

    Kim says: "Snakes on a plane!!!"
    "Informative and entertaining"
    Overall

    This is a book about international smuggeling, and federal criminal investigation, more than about reptiles.
    The characters are very real and intriguing. The author obviously did extensive research into the lives and smuggeling operations of reptile dealers of the 1970s through 1990s.
    I'll never look at a pet store, or a zoo, the same way again.
    At times the narrator seemed overly dramatic, especially in the beginning when the book introduces the world of smuggeling and its main players.
    Overall, a very good book and recording. I'm happy I bought it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Objection!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nancy Grace, Diana Clehane
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    As host of Closing Arguments on Court TV and Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News, Nancy Grace has won legions of devoted fans with her intelligent, plainspoken approach to the law. A passionate advocate of victims' rights and outspoken critic of the often circus-like atmosphere surrounding high-profile cases, Grace addresses the critical issues at the heart of the criminal justice system.

    Dawn says: "Non-Apologetic & Spunky"
    "extremely biased and unrealistic perspective"
    Overall

    The theme of the book is "people who commit crimes are horrible!! The lawyers who represent those horrible people are filthy too, but sometimes very smart!! Watch out!!"
    This is a book for people who would say something like "why on earth the mother visited her son in prison is beyond me - let him rot!". If you find that statement a bit callous and idiotic, or even slightly offensive to the human condition, then you might be disappointed with this book, as I was.
    The author of this book sees the world as very black-and-white. Everyone is either good or evil, and anyone who has committed a crime is evil. What a boring and frustrating perspective. It's also unproductive in that it does nothing but stir emotions of condemnation. I'm ashamed to see that an attorney is capable of such mindless myopia.
    I guess she knows what sells. She is a television personality, after all. Maybe it's my fault for expecting something thoughtful or original.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We, the Jury: Deciding the Scott Peterson Case

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By various
    • Narrated By Shannon Engemann
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    We, the Jury is the dramatic story of the seven jurors who convicted Scott Peterson of murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner, despite a series of internal battles that brought the first major murder trial of the 21st century to the brink of a mistrial. The Peterson jurors argued and disagreed but eventually bonded to seal the fate of the icy killer who dumped his victims into the bullet-gray waters of San Francisco Bay.

    Leslie says: "Same Ol' Same Ol'"
    "good story, horribly read"
    Overall

    I was amazed at the poor narration of this title. The narrator frequently mispronounced words, and there were times that a line was read such that it should have gone to a "take two", but didn't. Not a big deal, but it was of a level of poor quality and shoddy work that I have never witnessed. But it fits, because the book is rather mediocre too.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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