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  • Deadly Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By M. William Phelps
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    In the lovely town of Pleasant Valley in upstate New York, the maple trees were ablaze with fall's blood-red color. The air was crisp. And a woman named Susan Fassett left her weekly choir practice at a church - when a killer emerged from the shadows and mercilessly gunned her down.

    Breinah says: "Great Book!"
    "Narration is Frustrating"
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    I am writing this review prematurely, as I have not yet finished the entire audiobook, but I just had to weigh in on the narration. It's AWFUL! I constantly have my hand on the volume control, adjusting to where I can hear the narrator's mumbling, which then becomes too loud because he starts to speak and enunciate clearly. Another reviewer said that the narrator swallows his words at the ends of sentences - that is an accurate description. This is the second time I've listened to this narrator read a book; I'll never make that mistake again. It's a shame, because so far, this is a great "page turner"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (96)

    "A Rose for Her Grave" - the principal story of this collection - vividly recreates the cautionary tale of Randy Roth, a misogynistic sociopath from the Pacific Northwest whose rage was directed primarily at women and children. Addicted to his own greed, Roth exercised a powerful aura of control over his victims, using his ability to charm and boyish good looks to lower their defenses. By the time they saw the reality of the madness in his eyes, it was usually too late.

    Laura says: "Interesting nonfiction cases"
    "Can't Get Enough Ann Rule!!"
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    I've been an Ann Rule fan for years - but now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I'm even more of a fan. It's been a while since I was so hooked to a story, I listened to the events unfold during every spare moment I could steal away from the daily grind. The story of Randy Roth was utterly fascinating. My only criticism - and I admit, I'm probably being picky - is the narration. This is the second time I've listened to an audiobook narrated by Laural Merlington (and again, that was another fascinating audiobook I couldn't put down), and ... she over-enunciates. For example, every time she says "our," it sounds like "ow-wer." But she does read at a perfect pace, I'll say that. So overall, if you are a True Crime fan, get this audiobook!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (175)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "Addicting and Comprehensive!!"
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    I wasn't sure purchasing this audiobook was a wise choice. "Thirty hours? Really?" I thought. Having read and seen "The Smartest Guys in the Room," however, this book seemed like the next step. I was not disappointed!! It was like crack in audiobook form. From the first chapter, the listener is drawn into the fascinating financial maelstrom that is the notorious Enron legacy. Eichenwald's writing provides much detail without it being overwhelming, while moving the story along at a compelling pace - not an easy combination to achieve - and Robertson Dean's narration ... I would listen to that man read from the telephone book. I'd have to say this is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. My only recommendation would be to keep a running list of all the players, because so many people are involved.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and What Medication Can't Give You

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard O'Connor
    • Narrated By Richard O'Connor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Like heart disease, says psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, depression is fueled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, environmental. In this refreshingly sensible book, O'Connor focuses on an additional factor often overlooked: our own habits.

    John says: "Eye & Mind Opening!"
    "A Comprehensive Resource"
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    This is a treasure trove for any and everything you'd like to know about depression. It's written in layman's terms. There is an abundance of research presented. Best of all, the author himself has experienced depression, so he knows what he's talking about. I am slogging my way through a major episode of depression at this time, so I understand what people mean when they say, "Listening to this book made me feel depressed/worse." While the information is bleak in nature, the author also expresses an attitude of hope, and stresses again and again that recovery is possible.

    All of that being said, while I give the author his props, another narrator would have worked better for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

    Lily says: "My house is clean, my dogs are exhausted!"
    "A biased review"
    Overall

    I live in Oregon, so I apologize for what might seem a picky complaint. I'm a fan of Ann Rule, have been for years. I'm used to her writing style and this book doesn't disappoint. It was made into a Lifetime movie that was also well-done. Having said all of that, as Chris stated in his review, the narrator's voice had that creepy/sinister edge to it. If that wasn't bad enough (here comes the picky part), he kept mispronouncing "Willamette," which, for Oregonians, is a big thing. Every time he said it, I cringed. So I'd have to say read the book, watch the movie, but this audiobook? Meh.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven and Earth: Making the Psychic Connection

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Van Praagh
    • Narrated By James Van Praagh
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Millions of people have been enthralled � and had their lives changed � by James Van Praagh's amazing psychic ability to communicate with other spiritual realms. Van Praagh has shown us what lies beyond our own visible world, explaining that death is not the end of existence, and how communication with the departed can bring solace, hope, and love into our lives.

    Barbara says: "Great Psychic Primer"
    "Great Psychic Primer"
    Overall

    eksentrik1's review stated, "If you are looking for Supernatural Studies 101, this is the book for you," and I wholeheartedly agree. This was a great introduction to the world of psychic phenomena and mediumship. James Van Praagh's personal stories highlight the information presented.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Wisdom: Practical Treasures to Transform Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Zhi Gang Sha
    • Narrated By Marilyn Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Trained as a Western medical doctor in China and a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine in China and North America, Dr. Sha takes integrative medicine to a whole new and exciting era that goes beyond mind over matter, emphasizing soul over matter.

    Barbara says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Horrible Narration"
    Overall

    The information in this audiobook and the way it's written are confusing enough, and on top of that, the narration! Oy! She's awful! As I've listened to this, I keep thinking, "What is the author trying to say?!?" because the narration is so stilted it detracts from the message. Her articulation is too perfect (never thought I'd be saying something like that), and her cadence is not at all natural.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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