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leelee8888

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  • 55 reviews
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  • Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
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    (1998)
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    (1990)

    Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

    david says: "Great book, but you need the stomach for it"
    "I have purchased every book J.E.D. Has made available"
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    And this one by far was the most interesting to me in terms of cases. One thing about his books , he always takes the first 3 chapters or so ( about 2 hours), talking about his background that gets tedious and I’ll be honest, I usually skip those chapters. This one is no different and even with the loss of the first hour or so, I would still recommend this for the really , juicy, detailed and interesting cases that after his initial bio , seems to be back to back for the next ten hours.
    Great book, I’m hard to please and I really liked this one a lot.

    47 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2017: Annual True Crime Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rebecca Lo, Jack Rosewood
    • Narrated By Kevin Kollins
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    (30)
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    Every year, we look back in horror at the sheer evil mankind is capable of, and 2017 was no different. Across the world, but particularly in the United States, startlingly horrific crimes have almost become commonplace, causing us to double-lock our doors at night and look over our shoulders, wondering if we're safe, no matter how crowded or well-lit our location is. In this true crime release, we've compiled some of the most gripping and gruesome crime stories of 2017.

    Polly Poizendem says: "THE Murder Yearbook . . ."
    "Have not even gotten through the prolog and already"
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    You know this is not going to be a fair and accurate account of the crimes when during the prolog , before the book begins , the author felt the need to not only ridicule and criticize our President but has blamed him and his winning the election as the primary reason for the increase in crime overall. I wish I could return this because that left a bad taste in my mouth.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Heart: A True Story of Sex, Manipulation, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Rebecca Lavoie, Kevin Flynn
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (32)
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    (31)

    Was murder part of the game? Seventeen-year-old Kat McDonough grew up with theater in her blood - and a penchant for make-believe. More than a decade older, Seth Mazzaglia was well-known in the community theater circle of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He, too, had a rich inner life - and he soon had Kat convinced that they were soul mates. To intensify their bond, Seth lured Kat into a world of violent sex and role-playing, where she was his slave. Enter Lizzi Marriott, the new girl in town. And when she accepts an invitation to Kat and Seth's apartment....

    Amazon Customer says: "Great New True Crime... Finally!"
    "This was decent"
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    I prefer my true crime to be verbatim quotes that are told from interrogation rooms and court transcripts rather then summary after summary of the events which can leave room for Misinterpretation. But in whole, it was not terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken from Home: A Father, a Dark Secret, and a Brutal Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Eric Francis
    • Narrated By Timothy Andrés Pabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
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    (25)
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    (25)

    Grand Junction, Colorado, 2001: When Michael Blagg's adoring wife, Jennifer, and his six year-old-daughter, Abby, disappeared from their home, Michael led the charge to find them, even going so far as to make a nationwide appeal on Good Morning America for information. But seven months later, investigators found Jennifer's remains in a Mesa County landfill, and things took a darker turn. While Michael, a respected prayer-group leader, played the part of grieving survivor, authorities became increasingly suspicious.

    leelee8888 says: "This was great!"
    "This was great!"
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    There are many different tastes for people who love true crime, in terms of how the author presents the material. This was exactly how I like my true crime written. He verbatim recounted the police interviews, the evidence and covered the trial. I love that in no way did he add any boring redundant filler , give any bias or bad mouth the perp. Unfortunately, that seems to be a bad habit that a lot of true crime authors pick up , in order to make the book longer and seem more relevant ie, William Phelps . I can’t even listen to Phelps even when I’m interested in the cases he writes , due to his poor writing style and ,that simply isn’t the case with Eric Francis. Looking forward to listening to more of this author.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops, and the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McGowan
    • Narrated By Bill Fike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (42)
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    (37)
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    The very strange but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a 1960s hippie utopia. Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. But there was a dark side to that scene as well. Many didn't make it out alive, and many of those deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day.

    John M. ONeal says: "What a blast!!!"
    "A lot of information , albeit somewhat scattered"
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    I like the premise of this book overall. However, his overall presentation of these historical and sensational facts are a bit unsatisfying.

    He is touching and I mean tiptoeing from one murder to the next , or it was suicide and so on...so quickly, my head is spinning. We are getting the most basic facts including a name, the band they played with, the age of death and whether it was ruled a murder or suicide .

    It leaves me wanting more info and having to seek google . There was one in particular murder he mentioned, "Jan Doe 59". He stated she was a "Jane Doe " murdered in 1969 by way of 159 stab wounds. That's it. That's all he said. So , now I'm left having to google this person , something that I feel I should not have to do when reading a book like this.
    But the part that bothers me is she is not a "Jane Doe" any more. In fact, her name was Jeet Jurvetson And in 2016, they had a positive ID from her sister in Canada , who confirmed it with a DNA sample. She was 19 and the theory is that she possibly fell victim to one of Manson's crew.

    A simple google search would have been useful on his part to make sure his info accurate and updated. It makes me question how many more of these " outdated " facts is being retold .

    The other thing I noticed and don't really care for , is his sarcastic tone and Facetious way in which he writes these accounts. It's done purposely, and I'm don't know why because it's not funny, in fact, it's rather annoying.

    Other then that it's a decent account of the 60s counterculture and nefarious characters who inhabited it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Out for Blood: Britain's Thorney Dyke Knife Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary C. King
    • Narrated By Dan Orders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    This is the disturbing account of 31-year-old Joanna Dennehy, mother of two; the man under her spell, Gary Stretch, 47; and the murder investigation that led them and others to the Old Bailey for trial. A true crime short, plus 17 additional true crime stories.

    Polly Poizendem says: "Tasty Morsels of Murder . . ."
    "When will these authors learn"
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    A bad narrator , will take a good book and make it intolerable to listen to, and the adverse effect is true. A so so book can benefit ten fold if the narrator makes it interesting and gives it life. The former is true here. This book is well researched and interesting I'm sure, but this narrator is so wrong, the voice inflection so distracting , I can't
    Listen for more then 15 min without shutting it off. I just can't seem to get through it. Disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Peter Vronsky
    • Narrated By Charles Constant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
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    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Society is conditioned to think of murderers and predators as men, but in this fascinating book, Peter Vronsky exposes and investigates the phenomenon of women who kill - and the political, economic, social, and sexual implications.

    Cindy says: "bookgirl"
    "Extremely well researched"
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    Lots of info on each criminal, some well known and others not. I found it very interesting and I was pleasantly surprised that it was much more the usual basic info that we hear on every other true crime show or book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Overkill

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lyn Riddle
    • Narrated By Callie Beaulieu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
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    (30)
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    (30)

    Laurie Show was as compassionate as she was hardworking. The outgoing high-school junior worked part-time to pay for the home she and her divorced mother shared. Yet she always had time to tutor friends struggling in school. And she befriended a dejected classmate after his traumatic breakup with his pregnant long-time girlfriend Michelle Lambert. But soon things spiraled into jealous obsession, stalking, and a brutal attack that left Laurie murdered in her own bedroom.

    leelee8888 says: "Better then I expected.."
    "Better then I expected.."
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    Sometimes with true crime books, they will sound very interesting in terms of the details regarding the particular crime. However, because the " who ,what where , when, why " are usually known prior to reading the book, it takes a good author to make it interesting enough to want to read ( or listen) to the book in its entirety, at least without getting bored.
    Unfortunately, there are not enough that fall in that category; this book however, is one of the few.
    I felt that the author stuck to the facts, and didn't overdue it on the backgrounds of the persons involved; which was the problem for me with the last true crime book I read "Pure Murder" by Corey Mitchell.
    I thought the testimony was interesting and didn't feel like trudging through slush to get through it.
    Overall, true crime buffs will enjoy it mand I would recommend this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Touching the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joe Simpson
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott, Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
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    (461)
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    Joe Simpson, with just his partner, Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in June of 1995. But before they reached the summit, disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured.

    Kathy says: "Frightening, emotional & heart-warming true story!"
    "Liked this ALOT!"
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    Very good first person account of the harrowing True story of one man story of survival in the Swiss Alps.

    The book did not hesitate to jump right in to the life changing , harrowing event , and did not waste anytime on the typical and sometimes boring backgrounds of the climbers or the family , which has its pro and cons.

    It does maintain its pace throughout even for those who are not familiar with the sport of climbing. I sucked right in and felt the bitter -20° windchill with them as it was recounted detail by mind chilling detail.

    It's a quick and interesting read and I promise you will have mixed feelings in the end about what you consider "right" thing vs "moral" thing and I still wonder what I would have done. So I think the book has left a mark , as long as I have a question then I am sure this book will stick with me for quite some time to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pure Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Corey Mitchell
    • Narrated By James Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    On a hot summer night in Houston, two teenage girls-bright, beautiful, success-bound friends took a shortcut home from a friend's apartment to make their curfew. They never reached their homes. The next morning, the families of the two girls began a frantic search, organizing friends and neighbors and posting thousands of fliers across the sprawling city. But not until an anonymous 911 call four days later were the bodies of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena finally recovered.

    bebe says: "One of the most intense book EVER!"
    "I wanted to love this ..."
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    I'm reluctantly writing this because I had been so excited to listen. I had originally bought this years ago in print , and just never had the chance to read it.

    The problem I'm having is there were WAY to many , unnecessary people , with so many back stories, and endless stories for each. Now , that wouldn't normally bother me as much , but because the author doesn't describe the incident in question, until after he has spent 4 hours jumping from story to story and introducing what seems like dozens of perps. I had no idea who I should focus on and who was simply the friend of the perp. I was lost by time the murder occurred .

    I'm interested in the girls, the murders , the arrest and trial , and aftermath. I don't care about what schools the parents went to, or every fist fight each of the murderers ever had their whole life, or the back grounds of friends and friends of friends.

    Maybe if he touched on these after explaining the murder, so I knew who the murderers were, then I would be more interested in the elaborate life stories, but hard to care when there were so many to keep track.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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