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  • Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alisa Statman, Brie Tate
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss, Gabra Zackman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    The gruesome murders of the beautiful and talented actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child, and four others that same night at the hands of the notorious “Manson family” rocked the nation. As one of the most horrific crimes in modern history, these atrocities, the trial, and the subsequent conviction of Charles Manson and his followers caused a media sensation, spawning movies, documentaries, and best-selling books, including the classic Helter Skelter.

    keith says: "A story of love and passion"
    "Narrators enjoy the telling of murders"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A stand-up comedian poking fun at a great American tragedy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alisa Statman and Brie Tate again?

    Perhaps a comic book or the announcement of their firings.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Restless Souls?

    All scenes read by these "happy" narrators. I don't expect doom and gloom but let's tone down the implied giggles.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (3133)
    Story
    (3162)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "The USA's Finest Offing the WORLD'S SCUM"
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    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TEN STARS VERSUS FIVE


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authenticity, the bravery, the no-holding back in erasing a depraved animal.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trial Junkies: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Ethan "Hutch" Hutchinson hasn't seen his old college pals in nearly 10 years. Now fate has brought them together again as one of the gang is put on trial for a brutal, senseless murder. The Chicago police and prosecutor think they have their perp, but Hutch isn't about to sit silently in a courtroom as someone he cares about is wrongfully convicted.

    When Hutch and his friends join forces to search for the real killer, what they find shatters every notion they have about friendship, loss, and redemption....

    Laura says: "Grab Your Dr. Dre Headphones"
    "Grab Your Dr. Dre Headphones"
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    What would have made Trial Junkies better?

    An author with talent, other than the usual so-so
    and
    A narrator whose voice isn't fingernails on a blackboard


    Has Trial Junkies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Divorces: Ten True Stories of Marriages That Ended in Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Tammy Cohen
    • Narrated By Jamie Laird
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    You fall in love, you get married, and you build a lifetime's worth of dreams around each other. Then suddenly, it's gone - the past tainted, the present a living nightmare, the future wiped out. Divorce is the blade that cuts the still-beating heart out of a marriage. What's left is a gaping wound that festers and can all too quickly become infected. Where once was love, now comes hate, where once was purity, now comes corruption. Dreams of happy ever after are replaced by visions of revenge.

    Laura says: "Can't live with or -- well, just push DELETE"
    "Can't live with or -- well, just push DELETE"
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    Would you listen to Deadly Divorces again? Why?

    Maybe. It was a great book!


    What about Jamie Laird’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed Laird's performance very much. Will definitely keep an eye out for his narration in the future.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Law and Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    For 25 years, John E. Douglas worked for the FBI, where had a brilliant and terrifying career getting inside the minds of notorious killers. Written with Mark Olshaker, Law and Disorder is Douglas’ most provocative and personal book yet. In it, he addresses every law enforcement professional’s worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason or another, justice was delayed - or denied.

    andrea says: "Informative...And a Miscarriage of Justice!!!"
    "Douglas & Olshaker - golden"
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    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Joe Barrett is an excellent reader for this genre.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    These authors are the FBI's original profilers. Smart, gutsy, creative and determined.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
    • Narrated By John E. Douglas
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins -- including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray -- for a landmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds.

    Laura says: "John Douglas - the Original Profiler"
    "John Douglas - the Original Profiler"
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    What does John E. Douglas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoy the credibility John Douglas brings to the table by narrating his own book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff - until authorities discovered that Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella did the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a 'random casualty' of cyanide-tainted painkillers.

    Scott says: "Page turner"
    "Interesting"
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    If you could sum up Bitter Almonds in three words, what would they be?

    I remember this incident, so it was nice to learn more of the background story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between mother and daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    The book could have been cut down quite a bit. So much detail re minor characters, I became frustrated. Didn't finish the book b/c it dragged on and on, but had heard enough and was satisfied when I stopped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Game

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (31)

    When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

    shelley says: "Much better unabridged"
    "Shhh ... narrator is whispering"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Iles again?

    Maybe


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should not have been stuck in a library voice. Had to stop torturing myself.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only that I pulled the plug.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    1800s. San Antonio, Texas: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo itself, a woman renowned for her beauty was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found.

    One year ago: In that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace. Her blood was everywhere... but her body was never recovered. Now: In the last month, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies. All young women, many of them long missing, almost all forgotten. Until now.

    Jessica says: "I heart Luke Daniels!!"
    "Cursed by incompetent narrators?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Could be just me ... I absolutely had to stop listening to this book b/c the narrator was so annoying.
    I would not recommend this book as I think it's a waste of time and $$$.


    What was most disappointing about Heather Graham’s story?

    I couldn't finish it b/c the narrator is mediocre.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    NEVER


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (286)

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "two stars"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found this book creepy - but I don't really know what was going on. Two stars instead of one b/c maybe I just wasn't smart enough to figure it out. Put it down. Money down the drain ...


    How could the performance have been better?

    I've read books since and can't put my finger on it, but I do remember I didn't care for the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost and Found: The True Story of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the Abduction That Shocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Glatt
    • Narrated By Randye Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    In 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped on her morning walk to the school bus. But despite her family's tireless efforts, Jaycee's disappearance remained a mystery. Then, in August 2009, a registered sex offender named Phillip Garrido appeared on the University of California, Berkeley, campus alongside two young women whose unusual behavior sparked concern among campus officials and law enforcement. That visit would pave the way for a shocking discovery: That Garrido was Jaycee Lee Dugard's kidnapper.

    Laura says: "Narrator should skip around on her own time!"
    "Narrator should skip around on her own time!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I know a good bit of this sad story, and knowing John Glatt was the author, I expected greatness. I never got to the actual "story" b/c the narrator, Randye Kaye, couldn't have been more monotone and full of glee in her voice. I truly felt nearly out of control and considered throwing my iPod across the room. Glatt, Secrets in the Cellar had first-class writing and Gildart Jackson was perfect narrator. Dump Kate and I'll give your books another chance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Her skip-to-my-loo voice and monotone to boot. What a loser.


    Any additional comments?

    My only other comment is that I wish I could block Kaye from any book I may be interested in. She's one of the most annoying narrators I have ever come across.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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