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Memyselfhjb

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  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (869)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "Speed it up home skillet"
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    What did you like best about Going Clear? What did you like least?

    I have to say I gave up after two hours, I cannot believe the praise this book received as an audio book. Maybe in paperback where one could skip pages it would be decent but never in audio.


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

    I don't know if it is informative, it seems that most people think so. I wanted to hear about the radical Scientology beliefs, but my attention span hated it so much I give up.


    What three words best describe Morton Sellers’s performance?

    Slow quiet boring


    Did Going Clear inspire you to do anything?

    Ha


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to a lot of non fiction and I would have to say I normally agree with most reviews not this one. If you like to sleep get it and use it for pleasant white noise. Otherwise YouTube has some great ten to twenty minute clips on anything under the sun that is even slightly conspiratorial so hit it up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story: a Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Shanna Hogan
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Travis Alexander was a handsome, hard-working, practicing Mormon who lived in Mesa, Arizona. His good looks and easygoing manner made him popular with everyone, especially the ladies. So when he was found with a bullet wound in the face and his throat slashed, the brutal murder sent shock waves throughout his community. Who could have done something so sinister? But soon a suspect was singled out-Jodi Arias. A beautiful, aspiring photographer, Jodi had been in a long-distance relationship with Travis the year before.

    Memyselfhjb says: "Better than HLN's book"
    "Better than HLN's book"
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    If you could sum up Picture Perfect in three words, what would they be?

    Don't tease crazies


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well as this is true crime I can't say I liked anything best, however I did like this account better than HLN's Author Jane Mitchell.


    What three words best describe Emily Durante’s voice?

    Fifteen girlish okay


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

    Nope, just think if Travis would have followed his own lead being as though he was a " mormon elder" and sex before marriage is a no go he would be alive today. Jody Arias was treated like trash and thrown away and being as though she was crazy this was the outcome.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a detailed account of Arias's life for a better understanding of why she was so insane and more information on this case is general. This book is not nearly as bad as 50% of the reviews led me to believe, I followed the case and I think this book was pretty spot on, its the best book on this case out for now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kathryn Casey
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron-star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl". The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when Belinda's lifeless body was discovered in a closet. Her skull had been shattered by a shotgun blast at close range. She was eight months pregnant.

    jaye says: "a very good story told very well!"
    "Decent"
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    If you could sum up Shattered in three words, what would they be?

    Narcissists scare me


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really


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

    No however I prefer audio so she did a decent job. Her reading pace is a little fast for my liking.


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

    Over and over again I wonder how the victim missed the signs.


    Any additional comments?

    I like true crime but the books are a little slow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Warrant to Kill: A True Story of Obsession, Lies, and a Killer Cop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kathryn Casey
    • Narrated By Melanie Haynes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Problems had always followed Susan White, but when she remarried and moved to Houston's posh suburbs, she thought the past was behind her - until she met a deputy sheriff named Kent McGowen who would soon become her worst nightmare. McGowen was an aggressive cop with a spotty record. When Susan rebuffed his advances, she claimed he stalked and harassed her, using her troubled teenage son as bait. And then, in an act of arrogance and revenge, he made good on his threats, setting her up for the kill.

    Memyselfhjb says: "Good Enough"
    "Good Enough"
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    What did you like best about A Warrant to Kill? What did you like least?

    Not the best true crime not the worst. If you like Ann Rule you will enjoy this book.


    Did Melanie Haynes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Decent narrator


    Did A Warrant to Kill inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I love true crime and this is not a bad listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Escape from Alcatraz

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. Campbell Bruce
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Mobster Al "Scarface" Capone, "Machine Gun" Kelly, Robert Stroud, aka the Birdman: only the most violent, desperate criminals went to Alcatraz Island, called "The Rock" and known for its harsh conditions. This gripping true crime classic, originally written in 1963 and newly reissued, tells the story of life on The Rock and of 14 ingenious escape attempts by the prisoners.

    Memyselfhjb says: "Four star history"
    "Four star history"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Escape from Alcatraz to be better than the print version?

    I think it would be easier to read than to listen to, it is more historical than entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Escape from Alcatraz?

    Probably the information on the way they kept the prisoners isolated from each other and without any news on the outside.


    What about Patrick Cullen’s performance did you like?

    I think he did a great job in general.


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

    Prison of the mind.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a history buff than you will like this detailed account of Alcatraz and its detailed account of some notorious inmates.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    They were best friends, four talented and charismatic young men who lived charmed lives among the evergreens of Washington state: Kevin, the artist; Steve, the sculptor; Scott, the nature lover and unabashed ladies' man; and Mark, the musician and poet. With their stunning good looks, whip-sharp minds, athletic bodies - and no lack of women who adored them - none of them seemed slated for disaster. But few knew the reality behind the leafy screen that surrounded Seven Cedars, Scott's woodland dream home....

    Memyselfhjb says: "The End Of Ann"
    "The End Of Ann"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Laural Merlington drives me crazy, she has ruined the listening experience of Ann Rule.


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

    All of her new short story cheapies she is throwing together, ahhhhhhhh.


    What three words best describe Laural Merlington’s voice?

    Make me cringe


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe the bank robber story but that is only because I watched the 20/20 episode on these guys years ago, sad story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am over Ann Rules hastily done garbage. If Merlington is narrating I am not buying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1106)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Odd Over Done Dean"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not if you are not drawn to over repetive material.


    Would you recommend Odd Hours to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I prefer to recommend books with more substance. This series has lost its ability to charm.


    Did David Aaron Baker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Baker is a pro, he seems to be Mr. Thomas no complaints.


    Was Odd Hours worth the listening time?

    No better books to spend hours on.


    Any additional comments?

    I find that Dean Koontz is trying to preach in this series and since this is very out of character for him, it gets old after the first book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets in the Cellar: The True Story of the Austrian Incest Case That Shocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Glatt
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family - though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been "lost" to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth's children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls' doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth's disappearance.... For 27 years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon.

    Charles says: "Too terrible to listen to."
    "Ahhhhhhhhh"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No way, it was very well done, but it made me feel ill.


    Would you recommend Secrets in the Cellar to your friends? Why or why not?

    Is this the same question I just answered, or am I missing something?


    Have you listened to any of Gildart Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, not that I am aware of.


    Did Secrets in the Cellar inspire you to do anything?

    Stay away from creepers......


    Any additional comments?

    This is a truly tragic disheartening story, with nowhere close enough too true justice served, if you have a strong stomach you might like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Practice to Deceive

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    One wintery night on tiny, quiet Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington, Russ Douglas spent Christmas with his estranged wife, Brenna. He left Brenna Douglas's home in Langley on the morning of December 26, 2003 to run some errands. He didn't return - dead of gunshot to the head. The suspects included an aging beauty queen, her guitar-teacher lover, and Russell's widow, Brenna. With her trademark aplomb, Ann Rule unravels the fascinating story of a murder, a small town, and a number of potential killers.

    Mary says: "Really disappoints! What happened Ann Rule?"
    "Practice to confuse"
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    What did you love best about Practice to Deceive?

    Ummm, thats impossible for me to pinpoint, probably that Ann Rule had a different narrator.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How complicated it was, compelling no I meant confusing.


    If you could give Practice to Deceive a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Practice to Confuse


    Any additional comments?

    I was thrilled that this book had a different narrator so I gave her a four on performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Harold Schechter
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930s: SKYSCRAPER SLAYER, BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again - and enthrall the nation. The young man who committed these murders would come to be known in the annals of American crime as the Mad Sculptor.

    Charles says: "Great , interesting story!!!"
    "Pick a Topic"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The reason why is simple I hate books I cannot follow, after about three hours I could not figure out why the author was introducing a whole cast of characters that had nothing to do with " the mad sculptor".


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

    Well In my humble opinion I thought the book could be a little less chaotic.


    What three words best describe Peter Berkrot’s voice?

    Over the top


    Do you think The Mad Sculptor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the title, did not love this book. I love true crime this book was all over the place.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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