Really, James Sheehan? I should engage a lawyer to sue you for the torture of listening to this nonsense.
How could I possibly know? I didn't view the print version.
I would venture to say that it's a weak "any" Grisham book.
Mr. Powlus is quite monotone, which may be largely responsible for the boredom I experienced throughout. Trials are "my thing," as I have been involved in hundreds over several decades, and I am generally pleased to read or listen to fiction or nonfiction books. Quite disappointed that my mind wandered throughout.
Boredom and several inaccuracies.
Mr. Wishman claims he has prosecuted and defended (civil or criminal?) cases. How is it then that he states as fact that most (all) criminal defendants testify at trial.As this book is written about a criminal trial, I can only address Mr. Wishman's claim as to the testimony of a defendant. Mr. Wishman could not be more inaccurate as to his claim that most/nearly all defendants testify before the trier of fact. Not true. It is rare, indeed, that a criminal defendant testifies. In county, state and federal courts, I have been an integral part of hundreds of trials,ranging from the most boring (as in watching paint dry) engineering fiasco such as the settlement of the Sears building in D.C, federal agency civil cases, a horrific plane crash that occurred in whiteout conditions, killing all aboard, etc. Despite many interesting and not so interesting civil cases, criminal jury trials occurring during whiteout conditions ranging from a horrific plane crash which was due to whiteout conditions, and the like. In civil cases, a high percentage of defendants testify.However, as to criminal, contrary to the author's claim, very, very few defendants testify before the trier of fact. Why is this? Let me count the reasons: (1) a lawyer ethically cannot put a client on the witness stand who has admitted the crime to him/her (2) defendants tend to incriminate themselves as they are very poor, nervous witnesses (3) contradicting a police officer is fruitless, as police officers are the most experienced and confident criminal trial witnesses (4) juries, though instructed not to do so, often identify with the victim in a criminal case, (5) rarely have corroboration as to their version of events, and on and on and on.The reason I address this misstatement of most/nearly all/all criminal defendants is that the author claims a huge factor in the outcome of the case was the defendant not taking the witness stand. The author must not have been a trial attorney or he wouldn't have misled his readers. Maybe this particular "fact" as told by the author would slip past people as irrelevant, but it is not accurate and the author throws it in as a major factor in the outcome of the trial.
While I do not wish to glamorize what Bulger did in his crime-centered existence, I must say that he was a cool cat. Loyal to his parents, brother and immediate "families." Whitey did have his principles - Sunday was a thug-free day. He adhered to the mobster code that bystanders and children were never to be hurt.
For me, when Whitey, gun in hand, looked through a front-facing window of a rival's house, drew down on the man, but smiled and walked away instead. He passed up on an easy kill because there was a child in the room with his nemesis.
I have not. What a gem I have missed.I greatly admire James Colby's credibility in his reading. It's as if either Bulger is telling the story, his FBI "handlers" or other gangsters. Colby was a perfect fit for this book. My next step is to search Audible for books read by Mr. Colby.
Irish wiseguy ... I have no clue. Wiseguy offs other wiseguys (who need killing)?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Engrossed and hooked from the first chapter.
Against Her Will is one of the best true crime books I've purchased on Audible.com
My favorite character was actually Kelly, though we hardly hear her voice.
The naming of the suspect by the cops.
Deep sadness for a senseless act committed by a psychopath.
Highly recommend this book. The narrator's reading style and voice are PERFECT for this particular book. I applaud the author on his excellent choice of narrator.
It was just okay. With the information being past its prime time, one should at this point choose a more current book - no later than 2013. The world of couponing has drastically changed since 2011. Of course, I do not fault the author for telling those strategies pertinent to 2011.
Ditched the chain-smoking narrator and cut back on the author's bragging and constant horn-tooting. It was very disrespectful to gloat about giving others "handouts."
The author "pumped herself up," but deflated and insulted those in need.
Just about any female with clean, healthy lungs.
Wouldn't be a movie b/c of the nature of the content.
Remind myself to never purchase another book narrated by Hillary Huber. Her name is actually on my written list of "horrible narrators."
A somewhat plausible story. A continuation of BOULEVARD but in a boring, tedious manner.
Stopped while Schartz was ahead. This second book offers nothing new and just feels like the previous novel is being BEAT to death. And, who cares?
The consistency of a good reading.
No, it didn't.
Highly recommend that one NOT PURCHASE.
The word "enjoyable" is an inappropriate description and will not be justified with an answer.
"Favorite?" All the victims, their families and friends.
None in particular. I was engrossed in the telling and not conducting a popularity contest.
Devil Mother Aids Killer of Children
A stand-up comedian poking fun at a great American tragedy.
Perhaps a comic book or the announcement of their firings.
With respectful, serious readers who gave a damn about this great American tragedy - or who could at least fake the respect to which these victims and families are entitled. How dare they have gleeful tones.
All scenes read by these "happy" narrators. I don't expect doom and gloom but let's tone down the implied giggles.
Wish I could have continued this factual book as I felt the content was very interesting and credible.
Tried to ignore the narrators as the book went along, but the glee made me complacent in "enjoying" the destruction of innocent lives and the heartbreak of their families and many friends.
Seems to me the family must have been led astray as to the choosing of the narrators. How dare the narrators "enjoy" this reading. One of this century's most horrific and sad crimes SHOULD NOT be read as though one was skipping down the yellow brick road with Dorothy.
Would recommend to a somewhat liberal friend as there are some intense sexual scenes. The protagonist cop struggles with his addiction and keeps "falling off the wagon."
The get-back-up and try again persistence of the oversexed cop.
Just about everything. His voice and tone are well-matched throughout.
Yes, but it was too lengthy.
The book may have been better cut down about two hours. However, it's addicting, as the reader, and quite interesting how a "sex addict" handles himself. I was totally unfamiliar with the "suffering" as well as the "benefits" of a sex addiction.
At least SOME interesting facts. Rule's books are now so painful and disappointing I can't tolerate any further words.
The very first story, much too lengthy, is a warning that the pain will soon be unbearable. Much rather have my toes extracted and wobble around. At least THAT would be interesting!
The length and the boredom. It's truly disappointing that such a formerly great writer has either lost her talent - or her mind.
Enjoyed Merlington's narration the first 1000 books (exaggerated) but at this point each and every one sounds the one before. I find myself ignoring the narrator as I'm nearly positive I've heard it all before.
Time to switch narrators so the books sound fresh.
Oh, goodness. I'd chop them all up, douse in gasoline, and throw in the fire pit. The narration makes me resent them all.
Strongly DO NOT recommend.
(Same reviews are coming as to other Rule books. They're all the same at this point.)
Yes, I would read another Gregg Olsen book even though he tends to write too much, repeat, and generally tell the temperature of the puddles out front. He really needs to scale down his books. Being paid, like a lawyer, for each word?
Never, ever Kathleen Godwin. She reads with such speed and never-changing monotone, hat I kept adjusting to"slow speed." The pace was then much better the words got slurred. Never again.
Is there someone out there with the job of screening narrators?
Too lengthy. Lots of useless details before the actual story starts. I gave up and erased the annoying "noise."
Probably the first third of the book. It was unnecessary and boring. I knew the basic story and kept wondering if I had the wrong book. I'd go back and read the description and had to convince myself that I had the right story.
Nope. Don't recommend.
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