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Kevin

SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States

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  • 29 reviews
  • 37 ratings
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  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (799)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "Very Interesting"
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    If you could sum up The Murder of the Century in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, knowledgable, thorough


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Defense council was portrayed very well by the narrator


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He had a great way of distinguishing each character's voice and brought out emotion in the dialogue. William Dufris did a great job!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The package no one wants to open


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gil Reavill
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In a small village in New York, mob bosses from all over the country - Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino, Joe Bonanno, Joe Profaci, Cuba boss Santo Trafficante, Jr., and Paul Castellano - were nabbed by Sergeant Edgar D. Croswell as they gathered to sort out a bloody war of succession. For years FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had adamantly denied the existence of the Mafia, but Robert Kennedy immediately recognized the shattering importance of the Apalachin summit....

    Kevin says: "Something I Didn't Know"
    "Something I Didn't Know"
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    Would you try another book from Gil Reavill and/or Keith Szarabajka?

    Yes. The book was well-enough written and Keith Szarabajka did a great job!


    If you’ve listened to books by Gil Reavill before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to his books.


    Which character – as performed by Keith Szarabajka – was your favorite?

    Again, Keith Szarabajka did a great job. I think the narrator is hugely important and love when they use subtle inflection to seperate characters without trying to do impersonation. All the caracters were done perfectly.


    Did Mafia Summit inspire you to do anything?

    I was inspired to research some newspaper articles on the topic. Again, it gave me knowledge and inspired me to seek more.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • O. J. Is Innocent and I Can Prove It

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By William C. Dear
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    To this day, the LAPD, Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, mainstream media, and much of the world at large remain firmly convinced that O. J. Simpson literally got away with murder. According to private investigator William Dear, it is precisely this assuredness that has led both the police and public to overlook a far more likely suspect. Dear now compiles more than 16 years of investigation by his team of forensic experts and presents evidence that O. J. was not the killer.

    Kevin says: "Awesome!"
    "Awesome!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of O. J. Is Innocent and I Can Prove It to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because someone else reads it to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator did a GREAT job. I loved the writing and the research done to compile the acts. Best of all, I liked that it did what it set out to do: Change my mind as to who killed Nicole & Ron.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the interview with Dr. Henry Lee was great.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I never even knew Jason was a suspect. I think he may be charged one day.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tangled Web: The Life and Death of Richard Cain—Chicago Cop and Mafia Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Cain
    • Narrated By Clinton Wade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Tangled Web tells the dramatic story of detective Richard Cain's criminal career as revealed by his half-brother, Michael. Cain led a double-life—one as a well-known cop who led raids that landed on the front pages, and the other as a "made man" in one of Chicago's most notorious mob families.

    Kevin says: "Just not Enjoyable"
    "Just not Enjoyable"
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    What would have made The Tangled Web better?

    Another narrator. It had no inflection and even seemd like punctuation was ignored. If I had been told that the book was read by a computer, I would have believed it. I think it was an interesting story, but it was certainly lost in the delivery.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Cain’s story?

    The narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clinton Wade’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think the story could have been great, but I couldn't get past the performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Sting: The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Craig Glazer, Sal Manna
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Craig Glazer was an ordinary college student when he planned and successfully executed his first fake sting to get back at some drug dealers who had robbed him. The rush he got from the experience led him and a crew of 11 accomplices to mastermind a two-year, 33-sting spree that stretched coast to coast, posing as everything from local police to IRS agents and hotel managers.

    Kevin says: "One of my Favorites"
    "One of my Favorites"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. For anyone that likes true crime and is intrigued by clever "bad guys", this is a great read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The King of Sting?

    The great thing about this book is that there was no ebb an flow leading to that peak. The whole book was a flow and it was all very memorable.


    What about Robin Bloodworth’s performance did you like?

    His voice an inflection was wonderful and he made the characters come alive. The were subtle differences to their voices and tones, without sounding overdone, which carried throughout the book. One of my favorite listens.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think there were sad moments, but for the most part, this was about clever and even witty criminals ripping off other criminals.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Cathy Scott
    • Narrated By James Dark
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Multi-millionaire Ted Binion, son and heir to the estate of cowboy gangster and gambler Benny Binion who helped mold Las Vegas, was found dead in his million-dollar home on September 17, 1998. Binion's girlfriend, a one-time exotic dancer, and her lover, Rick Tabish, a contractor from Missoula, Montana, each were convicted, then, in a second trial, acquitted of killing Binion by forcing him to swallow a mixture of black tar heroin and the sedative Xanax.

    Kevin says: "Narrator Ruins it"
    "Narrator Ruins it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story may be compelling if read by someone else


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

    Little history tidbits were certainly interesting, but the narration made them less so


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Dark’s performances?

    NO


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gerard O'Neill, Dick Lehr
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein, Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In this gritty New York Times best-seller, the true story of a crooked deal between the FBI and the Irish Mob is exposed. By providing a penetrating look into the mean streets of mid-1970s South Boston, the author shows how two kids from the neighborhood cross paths again years later, ending in the biggest informant scandal in FBI history.

    Kevin says: "Informative and Well Done"
    "Informative and Well Done"
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    Where does Black Mass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Whitey because he was what every lover of organized crime books wants to read about


    What about John Rubinstein and Christopher Evan Welch ’s performance did you like?

    It was well done and well read. That seems like something all audio books have, but it is NOT.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing exreme. Just well done.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pamela Des Barres, Dave Navarro
    • Narrated By Pamela Des Barres
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars' backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa.

    Armstrong says: "Dont waste your money...........please"
    "Could have Stomached it with a Narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Pamela Des Barres and Dave Navarro and/or Pamela Des Barres?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another book from Pamela Des Barres and Dave Navarro ? Why or why not?

    The narration completely drove me to not want to listen


    Would you be willing to try another one of Pamela Des Barres’s performances?

    Absolutely Not


    Could you see I'm with the Band being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It might be a good movie as long as narration was not done by Ms. Des Barres


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't even finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (1990)
    Story
    (2004)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "One of the Best I have 'Read'"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was completely fascinating from beginning to end and provided: drama, suspense, and a history lesson in a wonderful and entertainging manner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way Scott Brick delivered the reading and loved every part of it.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The book wasn't written to have huge character parts, but I think Scott did a great job delivering every piece. I will be looking for others read by Mr. Brick.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the last few weeks leading up to the fair and the vast amount of work to be done was awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I don't rate 5 stars across the board very often, but this one is deserving!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Diane Fanning
    • Narrated By Thomas M. Hatting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Ten-year-old Krystal Surles watched as her best friend was murdered before the intruder slashed her throat with a 12-inch boning knife. Despite the odds, she survived and led authorities to 35-year-old Tommy Lynn Sells, a former truck driver, carnival worker, and drifter. Through the Window includes his confession to the murder of 10-year-old Joel Kirkpatrick, playing a pivotal role in obtaining justice for wrongfully convicted Julie Rea.

    Dave says: "Very Good Book About a Very Bad Dude"
    "Haunting and Scary"
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    Would you listen to Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells again? Why?

    I am not sure I would listen again, as many parts were very hard to hear the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It ws tough to like any of the charactrs in this book. I think the surviving victim would have to be the bright spot.


    Have you listened to any of Thomas M. Hatting’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my forst, but I will keep him sa a favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Your mind definately needs a break from this.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post - a Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dave Kindred
    • Narrated By Dale Connelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In Morning Miracle, Dave Kindred takes an in-depth look at the 21st-century newspaper by spending time in the inner sanctum of one of the country's most venerable: The Washington Post. With unprecedented access to every nook and cranny of the paper, Kindred provides a comprehensive, entertaining, no-holds-barred look at what it takes to turn out a world-class paper day in and day out.

    Kevin says: "Lacks in Entertainment"
    "Lacks in Entertainment"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think I was expecting something more than just the gradual death of the newspaper idustry. There were some interesting bits, but more a history lrsson than entertainment.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Over the years, there had to be some interesting stories and witty happenings. I would have highlighted a few more of these...


    What aspect of Dale Connelly’s performance would you have changed?

    It was fine.


    Do you think Morning Miracle needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Just the newspaper industry obituary


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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