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T.K. Starr

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  • Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert D. Hare
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (390)

    Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong....

    Douglas says: "When I gave up on books that supposedly would..."
    "Interesting, but Self Absorbed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but you only need to read/listen to half of it. It's very repetitive.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The whole concept is interesting and he does get much credit for his "psychopath" test. No question there. But nothing really new after that.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout first. Her book was newer (2007 compared to 1999) and referred to this one so I decided to give it a try. This book was a bit too self-congratulatory for me and repetitive without giving insight or answering basic questions. It's more a series of the author's experiences and how revolutionary he was in drafting the psychopath test. Stout's book went more into possible causes, contrasting and comparing which gave one things to think about. Maybe it was unfair to compare Hare's book to Stout, but I really got tired of him halfway through and I find this subject matter riveting. Based on the first book, I would have second thoughts about listening/reading a second book of his.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    With millions of copies of his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries in print across the globe, Alexander McCall Smith is one of the most popular novelists and humorists in the world. Starring the brilliant but bumbling Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs is a wonderfully entertaining showcase for Smith's award-winning wit.

    Judy says: "I couldn't finish the book..."
    "Disappointment and disgust"
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    What would have made The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs better?

    Not thinking amputating three legs off a dog by a bumbling idiot was comedy.


    Has The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has turned me off of the author which is too bad as I liked his other series (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency). There the heroine has compassion and wisdom. Wonder what happened here.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs?

    See above - What editor thinks this will appeal to to masses? Obviously, this was not meant for everyone, just a niche I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    I see from other comments that the amputated dog apparently "gets back" in the end. Nice, but still a thoughtless premise. I stopped reading after that chapter. Any humor or enjoyment from the "three stooges in one" hero was gone. If you like animals, pass on this one.

    Having said that, the performance itself was fine and I would listen to another book narrated by him, hopefully he chose a better one next time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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