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Julia Fierro

Author of Cutting Teeth, a novel (St. Martin's Press, 2014)

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  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1218)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Great book, great reader"
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    I was surprised by how much I was engaged by this book. Bugliosi must be THE world's best lawyer turned author. Really, an amazing writer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (490)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "perfecy book, perfect listen."
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    overall, a wonderful listen. skillfully researched and written. i admire the author's ability to capture this world and its bizarre characters with clarity and compassion.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Christian Rhodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    It is midnight on 30th June 1860 and all is quiet in the Kent family house in Road, Wiltshire. The next morning they wake to find that their youngest son has been the victim of an unimaginably gruesome murder. Even worse, the guilty party is surely one of their number - the house was bolted from the inside. As Jack Whicher, the most celebrated detective of his day, arrives to track down the killer, the murder provokes national hysteria. This true story is the original Victorian whodunit.

    Margaret says: "The game is afoot..."
    "A perfect listen."
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    Riveting, eye-opening, a true crime beautifully written. This listen gave birth to my turn of the century true crime fascination.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (756)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    "Wow - a great read and a learning experience"
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    I must have turned to my husband many times during this listen and said, "Wow, are we lucky we weren't around during prohibition". An incredible read and an amazing peek into NYC at a pivotal time. The story of the dialpainter girls is enough to make you buy this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Douglas Starr
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (136)

    A riveting true crime story that vividly recounts the birth of modern forensics. At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher, known and feared as “The Killer of Little Shepherds,” terrorized the French countryside. He eluded authorities for years - until he ran up against prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era’s most renowned criminologist.

    Praetor says: "Masterly introduction to modern forensic science"
    "Truly the best true crime/forensic science"
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    This is my pick for my audible book of the year. Mesmerizing. A perfect listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Biography: Lucrezia Borgia

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By A&E Television Networks
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    The story of the illegitimate daughter of a Renaissance Pope, who has been called "the most depraved woman in history". This profile investigates reports that she killed her enemies with arsenic-drenched rings and may have had an incestuous affair with her father.

    Julia Fierro says: "Felt a bit flimsy"
    "Felt a bit flimsy"
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    It wasn't until I realized that this was probably the actual taping of the A&E episode that I understood why music was constant in the background. Distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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