Apex, NC, United States | Member Since 2001
I have read all Ms. Rule's books, and listened to this one, and have never been disappointed. She combines meticulous research, interviews and case files and weaves a story that pulls you into the world of the participants and doesn't let you go. I always come away feeling that I have walked in each character's shoes and understand the five "W"s - who, what, where, when and - most importantly - why.
This audio book has the additional pleasure of Blair Brown as narrator which is a particular treat as she helps us empathize with the victims. This isn't the best Ann Rule book - read the "Killer Beside Me" about Ted Bundy - but it's a close second. A definite must for any true crime buff. Highly recommended!
I adore Texas history! I've lived in Texas off and on for many years and the people and the state really speak to me. This book, however, does not. It's well researched and contains some interesting material but the writing just doesn't shine...and with this topic it needs to. James Michener's "Texas" which, albeit, is historical fiction, will really give you a much better idea of Texas and Texans. I recommend Michener over this.
Dull, tedious, ponderous. I honestly can't find any reason to recommend this title. Don't waste your time.
I went into this book thinking that I had a good, basic knowledge of the BP oil company after following all the news reports and profiles during the time of the blow-out of the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico a couple years ago. Turns out I didn't have a clue!
To be honest, I got this book because there wasn't anything available that really captured my interest and I had a couple book credits left that I didn't want to expire and I like the narrator. No other reason! I'm glad I got it because this history of BP oil reads like a novel, is extremely well narrated (only 2 mispronunciations!!) and provides a clear look at a truly dangerous corporation that has no business being in the oil industry. This book alarmed me so much that I will never purchase a BP product again - and, I would suspect, if you purchase this title you will feel the same way...and be alarmed about the ecological future of the North Slope fields of Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.
This is truly worth a listen! Highly recommended.
I rarely give an unqualified 5 star rating...wait, I NEVER give a 5 star rating, but this audiobook rocks! Baby boomers know the Turtles as an iconic MOR pop band that ruled the pop charts in the late '60s (They knocked the Beatles out of the #1 position at one point) and then had a stereotypical breakup due to the usual: musical differences, drugs, changing public preferences, management, etc. It's all told here by Howard Kaylan (with a "Y"!) in an honest and very funny autobiography that grabs you from the first sentence and never lets up.
With a refreshing lack of ego, Mr. Kaylan dishes the whole storyline of the Turtles to the Mothers of Invention to Flo & Eddie and beyond. Be forewarned: YOU WILL LAUGH OUT LOUD so pick your listening times carefully. I often listen in bed before going to sleep but I couldn't do that with this book - I kept waking up my slumbering spouse with my chuckles and laughter. I also had to avoid many concerned looks in the Doctor's office, on public transportation, in the grocery store...you get the idea.
This production shines throughout. Mr. Kaylan provides a perfect wedding of writing and narration. Even my pet peeve about mispronunciation is absent here - a first in 13 years.
If you have the slightest interest in The Turtles, the '60s and '70s or pop music in general you will love this book.
You CAN'T MISS this one!
The book length section of this title, "In The Name of Love", is an interesting case but Ms. Rule stretches it thin to make it a book length section of this collection. There are several chapters that could have been edited out...and should have been. This is the first time I've had this complaint about one of her collections, and I've read or listened to them all. Still, a sub par effort by this genre's acknowledged queen is still better than most other writers.
The other cases in this collection are more interesting and the writing and editing much tighter.
Laura Merlington does her usual excellent job of reading throughout...although I wish she would use a dictionary for correct pronunciation of words, although she only misses a few in this volume. Altogether, she is a good fit for Ms. Rule's prose.
Is this Anne Rule's best collection? No. Is it worth the listen? Absolutely.
If you didn't know that this is an actual crime going in, you might think that this was a novel! It has everything: real bad guys, questionable lawmen, good guys in white hats, innocent bystanders, and more! I hesitate to give any details because it might taint your enjoyment. This is a very nice listen. It's compelling and fast paced with the characters fleshed out. This well written and performed audiobook draws you in from the start and doesn't let go. Do yourself a favor and schedule some serious listening time to this title - you won't regret it.
The performance is very well done. Arthur Morey matches the narration to the scenes with excellent style. Well done!
The personal accounts of patients' psychological challenges recounted here are truly unique and fascinating. What sets this apart from other POV accounts of psychology is that we see the illness from both patient and therapist perspectives. This allows the listener/reader to better understand the illness and treatment.
The illnesses recounted and the patients' telling of how these came about and progressed is something not often presented in other works of this particular sub-genre with such clarity and grace.
Well researched and written, this title is worth listening to. You'll find yourself drawn into the cases and finding an understanding and sympathy for these patients. There is a lot of humour to be found here, but it is never presented at the expense of the patient. Kudos to the authors for that!
The performance leaves something to be desired...a bit to light, for my taste...but not enough to keep you from listening.
This is not a title that may jump up and grab your attention, but it's certainly a nice surprise if you do!
Scott Brick's reading makes this title shine! The best audiobook reader adds humor and pathos to these charming, sad and funny stories of baseball's biggest losers, unlucky players and cheats.
This book is well researched and structured with a humorous take on players, coaches and owners who have had the misfortune, hubris or just plain bad luck to be considered the worst in baseball history.
Scott Brick's reading adds another dimension to the title, as usual. I'll get a title just because he is the narrator - he's that good.
If you like baseball...and even if you don't...this is a great, fun and easy listen. WELL WORTH THE CREDIT!
If you're an assassination conspiracy fan you won't want to miss this audiobook by Phillip F. Nelson. The author has obviously put years into researching his premise and builds a very convincing structure of a conspiracy that puts LBJ at the forefront of the assassination of JFK. I've read every (and I mean every!) publication on this topic and this title ranks at the top of the pile when it comes to research and writing. It makes you truly consider LBJ as a primary conspirator. It could benefit from some editing - perhaps the abridged version is actually a better listen - because it is a long audiobook and there are some tedious expositional sections. Still, it is WELL WORTH THE LISTEN if you enjoy this topic. There are certainly many out there that don't reach this level of documentation and writing.
The narration is average - no great contribution. Fred Sanders gives a journeyman performance with too many mispronunciations (my pet peeve) for comfort. But, it's not a bad listen...just average. The writing is good enough to carry the performance.
If you like this subject go ahead and use the credit.
There are plenty of books out there that detail Steinbrenner's time with the New York Yankees and this audiobook falls in the TOP TEN. Most of the information in this book has been told elsewhere, but not usually this well. Madden & Klein have gathered all the stories into this book with some additional detail not found elsewhere. The writing is top-notch and while the narration isn't great, it's good enough that it doesn't distract. Well worth using a credit on this title or spending the dollars if you're out of credits. If you're a baseball fan, this is well worth a listen!
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