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david

houlton, wi, United States | Member Since 2017

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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
    Overall
    (2234)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2015)

    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"
    "Great book, but you need the stomach for it"
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    This is a great book, but it'll be my last book of serial murder books. The graphic details needed to explain the profiling is really disturbing. I don't know how these investigators keep their sanity.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of Britain: Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James Holland
    • Narrated By Shaun Grindell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world, including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle.

    Chiefkent says: "The battle up to The Battle of Britain"
    "recommended"
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    I liked the book. The only negative is that the narrative switched between Britain and Germany and many times I was left wondering with side they were talking about. also it would be good to be familiar with the location various battles before listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2754)
    Performance
    (2487)
    Story
    (2466)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "probably more than you want to know"
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    This is a long book and is probably more than you want to know about Nikola Tesla. I downgraded the performance a little because of the audio quality. The narration voice and sound quality isn't crisp and clear the way I need it for listening in a noisy car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Josh Dean
    • Narrated By Neil Hellegers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (338)

    In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii. Then it vanished. As the Soviet navy searched in vain for the lost vessel, a small, highly classified American operation using sophisticated deep-sea spy equipment found it - wrecked on the sea floor at a depth of 16,800 feet, far beyond the capabilities of any salvage that existed.

    Ben Newman says: "One of the great stories in history "
    "a really unbelievable story"
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    a must read for any cia/ nsa buff. if you enjoy this book may I also suggest Skunk Works.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of Suffering: The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey from Grief to Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Ramsey, Marie Chapian
    • Narrated By John Ramsey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Like the biblical Job, John Ramsey had it all - wealth, social position, a loving family. And like Job, Ramsey was destined for great affliction, as many of the most precious things in his life were cruelly taken from him.

    Joe says: "This is a story that needed to be told"
    "must read for anyone seeking inner peace"
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    if you aren't of faith, you may find this hard to read. Still ... it's amazing story of John's journey and that's why I read it. many tears hearing his story. loss of a child is bad enough, but the media frenzy is incomprehensible! I can only hope that this story helps shape the media's sense of responsibility! the story should help anyone struggling with tragedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won't Go Away

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (505)

    Did Lizzie Borden murder her own father and stepmother? Was Jack the Ripper actually the Duke of Clarence? Who killed JonBenet Ramsey? America's foremost expert on criminal profiling and 25-year FBI veteran John Douglas, along with author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, explores those tantalizing questions and more in this mesmerizing work of detection. With uniquely gripping analysis, the authors reexamine and reinterpret the accepted facts, evidence, and victimology of the most notorious murder cases in the history of crime.

    Amazon Customer says: "John Douglas is AMAZING"
    "Another outstanding book"
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    After Mind Hunters I thought I was through with this author's books. I found all the gory details too disturbing. This book has details, but the focus is in researching the mystery. A lot of interesting insight that I wasn't aware of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joe Kenda
    • Narrated By Joe Kenda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (978)

    Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

    Somewhat crazy dog lady says: "Typical Kenda! Veryv"
    "Like this book!"
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    no ... I love this book! Straight and to the point of a 1st person experience. Little or no censoring of what the author really thinks ... I love that.

    At first I was a little taken back by the author narrating the book. I had a little trouble hearing him while at highway speeds in my car. Ok, he's not a professional presenter. But by the end of the book I felt that the 1st person narration added to the book. No fake expressions from an actor ... this is the real guy!

    Also by the end of the book I got even more respect for what Law Enforcement and their families have to go through in this line of work. Any Law enforcement person reading this review ... Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1053)

    The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.

    Sparkly says: "My favorite science read this year."
    "almost a return"
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    This book seems really unorganized and frequently ventures off-topic. There was just barely enough to keep me interested to not return it. I reserve returns to items that I flat out can't stand. Although I haven't read anything else on this topic, a book focusing on Louis Pasteur might be a better choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1753)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1070)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Sara says: "History of Medicine in America explored"
    "Written and read a little too dramatic"
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    Good book and no regrets listening too it. With the following cautions
    - around 1/2 the book is about the state of the medical profession in 1918, not the flue itself. Important yes, but over stated.
    - too dramatic for my tastes, just give me the facts. One over-used dramatic pattern gets very annoying: "Not ..., not ..., not ..., not ..., but instead ...". Now that I mentioned it, you'll pick up on this pattern earlier in the book than I did. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael T. Osterholm, Mark Olshaker
    • Narrated By Jamie Renell
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    We are facing an overwhelming army of deadly, invisible enemies. We need a plan - before it's too late. Unlike natural disasters, whose destruction is concentrated in a limited area over a period of days, and illnesses, which have devastating effects but are limited to individuals and their families, infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt.

    Surender Dhiman says: "Call to Mankind"
    "Not an alarmist"
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    this book isn't written by someone out in left field. It is written by someone we all should listen to. Read this book to get a better understanding of our Enemy. My only hope is that government officials world wide will read this book and come up with a strategy. It's not just science, but many political and economic changes are needed to avert disaster. It didn't hurt that the book was written from someone in my home state. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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