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Susan

Iowa City, IA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Pat Brown, Bob A. Andelman
    • Narrated By Pat Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    In 1990, a young woman was strangled on a jogging path near the home of Pat Brown and her family. Brown suspected the young man who was renting a room in her house, and quickly uncovered strong evidence that pointed to him - but the police dismissed her as merely a housewife with an overactive imagination. It would be six years before her former boarder would be brought in for questioning, but the night Brown took action to solve the murder was the beginning of her life's work.

    Clydene says: "The Hero's Journey or Heroine's Journey"
    "Unbelievably Irrelevant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Profiler?

    This woman is not an FBI Profiler. She is a housewife with questionable judgment who decided to call herself a profiler after letting a murderer live with her and her children. Why would I want to hear the musings of someone who not only lacks common sense, but does not have the wisdom to hide her lack of common sense from her readers? I wish I would have not bought this audiobook so hastily.


    What could Pat Brown and Bob A. Andelman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tell me about cases in which Pat Brown actually solved a case and was instrumental in putting someone in prison.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She took long pauses after each sentence. I don't know if she was given advice to do that, but it sounds like she thinks every sentence is profound.


    What character would you cut from The Profiler?

    Pat Brown


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Norah Vincent
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Norah Vincent's Self-Made Man ended on a harrowing note. Suffering from severe depression after her 18 months living disguised as a man, Vincent felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist she committed herself to a mental institution.

    RaisinNut says: "Self indulgent."
    "Welcome to a 10-hour Rant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is not a revealing story or a well-thought-out treatise on mental health care. It is a 10-hour rant of uneducated suppositions about what the author thinks about psychiatry and mental health care. As someone who has been committed to a psychiatric hospital for almost a year and who later went on to become board certified in psychiatric nursing, I am horrified that anyone would take this author's ramblings seriously.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something about crime


    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    The reader did not do the story any favors. She read the book so fast and with such a complaining tone, that it added to the "rantyness" of the prose.


    What character would you cut from Voluntary Madness?

    Norah Vincent


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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