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A.R.

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • 197 titles in library
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  • Fatal Shadows: The Adrien English Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (208)

    Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

    Tony Squared says: "A Good Mystery, Well Read"
    "Gripping till the last moment!"
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    Excellent writing, and wonderful detective story! It keeps you guessing who is the real killer till (almost) the last moment. The main charater (Adrien) is very likable and the supporting cast is revealed as more than one dimensional. I was slightly thrown when the story ended before any action between Adrian and his love interest (I won't spoil it!), only to discover that there is a second book.I can't wait to get it now! Laynon shows that he is up there with the other great crime authors. The fact that he also adds in steamy m/m romance is a big, big bonus. I will definately be searching out other books by him. Patton also gives a great performance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Cries Mary: Murders that Shook a Power Town

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Erika Grey
    • Narrated By Lia Frederick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    On May 27, 1969 in the sleepy power town of New Canaan, Connecticut, ten-year-old Mary Mount, the daughter of an IBM research scientist was abducted and murdered. Several persons including serial killers became suspects. A year and a half after Mary's abduction and murder, John Rice, a 17-year-old honor student and Boy Scout in New Canaan, brutally murdered four members of his family. Rice became another suspect in Mary Mount's murder.

    A.R. says: "The author should have quit while she was ahead"
    "The author should have quit while she was ahead"
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    I agree with other reviews that this book is not really all about Mary Mount, although her abduction and murder comprises the first half of the book. The second half is about the murder of his family by the teenager John Rice Jr (only his father was not killed). In terms of true crime accounts I think these are both resonably good, although a bit more detail might have been nice. The premise of putting them together in one book is that there is some "suspicion" that John Rice Jr may also have killed Mary (he lived nearby). However this is very tenuous and based only on proximity of the crimes and township rumors. No proper evidence at all is given.

    I had to take a whole star off as I got to the end of the book as the author lists all possible murders in a vast area around where John Rice Jr now lives. Does she think he is guilty of all of these? Even if he may be, there is absolutely NO evidence of his involvement, and it seems that he was never even considered by any of the investigations. It was very un-professional to suggest he is linked to these killings just for the sake of sensalization.

    Other serial killers known to have been active at the time and in the area are also discussed, and I liked that these were included. I think one of these killer is a much more viable suspect (for the Mary Mount murder), and should have been dealt with in considerable detail (although there is some discussion of him). The begining of this book is ok, but might have been better presented as novella-size stories ala Ann Rule. As it goes on, however it becomes rambling and spurious and looses the otherwise decent rating it could have had.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Pirate King: Adrien English Mystery Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Chris Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Gay bookseller and reluctant amateur sleuth Adrien English's writing career is suddenly taking off. His first novel, Murder Will Out, has been optioned by notorious Hollywood actor Paul Kane. But when murder makes an appearance at a dinner party, who should be called in but Adrien's former lover, handsome closeted detective Jake Riordan, now a Lieutenant with LAPD - which may just drive Adrien's new boyfriend, sexy UCLA professor Guy Snowden, to commit a murder of his own!

    Nimue says: "Excellent performance of an excellent book"
    "Will Adrien ever get a happy ending?...!!!"
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    I was so excited to see the next book in the "Adrien English" series up on Audible. I'm so in love with this series, although at times I want to give Adrien a good shake and tell him what's what! I was not to be disappointed!

    "Death of a Pirate King" sees the continuing saga of bookseller, writer and (sometimes) sleuth Adrien English who is now about to have one of his fiction books made into a movie. Things (as usual) don't go exactly to plan, and not for the first time is Adrien considered a suspect in a homicide investigation. Worst (or best) of all, Jake Riordan is back, trying to keep Adrien out of Jail and work out their complicated relationship in the process. I won't give anything away, but needless to say that this new book brings both warmth and anguish in equal measures. It is also a pretty fine murder mystery, and although it is clear who the villain is, it seems to add positively to the tension as Adrien also quickly works out who the murderer is- only he has to prove it! In the process (in typical Adrien style) he puts his own life, and Jake's, in danger to catch the bad guy.

    I love Josh Lanyon's work (have I said that enough?) and am anxiously awaiting with fingers crossed and baited-breath for the fifth book in the series. Can I possibly hope Adrien will finally have a happy ending?? Great listen, as always expertly narrated by Chris Patton (aka the voice of Adrien English).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkling Thrush

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Max Miller
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword's Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches' grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries' old murder.

    Tony Squared says: "A Magical Story"
    "Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones..."
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    This was the first "fantasy"-style book I've listened to from Josh Lanyon, and I have to say straight up, it's not one of my favourites. Although I remain a die-hard Lanyon fan, I have to say this genre just didn't seem to work well.

    I feel I should start off with what I LIKED about the story, which was definitely the characters, although I have to say Septimus Marx did very closely resemble a certain Potions Master from a very popular series! But I'm not adverse to a little fanfic now and then. Colin Bliss was also likeable, and the world-building was intriguing, I just felt it really didn't go anywhere.

    Now with the negative: to begin with the story was badly paced. Although Lanyon is usually the master story teller who builds up the relationships between characters (with great pay-offs at the end!), in this book, the relationship felt very rushed. The story then dragged in the middle, but the ending was extremely hurried, and left me wanting. I felt that the narrative was suddenly cut off, which would make sense if there were to be a sequel book, but as far as I can tell there isnt. It was almost (and it pains me to say it) as if he got tired of the story, and just ended it abruptly.

    Never the less I still remain a HUGE fan, and this book seems to be a small blip in an otherwise stellar collection. I just think his detective works are much better. Sorry, Josh!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God's Nobodies: Misguided Faith and Murder in the Life of One American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Obbie
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Four years after his father died a hero's death fighting a fire, Tim Ginocchetti was behind bars for killing his mother. How one tragedy led to another is a true story that puts a horrifying twist on the familiar one of bullied gay teens. In this case, the bully was the teen's own mother, and instead of harming himself he killed her in a momentary but irreversible explosion of rage.

    A.R. says: "Well worth it!"
    "Well worth it!"
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    This was an excellent listen! It details the tragic case of a young man continually bullied by his religious mother for not being "manly" enough. Later she was to question his sexuality (he was attracted to men, but never really identified as gay till after the murder). She relentlessly berated and ridiculed him for being too soft and effeminate. She and her fundamentalist cult-like church condemned him even before they even knew what to condemn him for (he was just a boy with a high voice). Eventually he snapped and killed his mother. Although this was a terribly brutal crime, it was not without provocation. He was held accountable for the murder, and rightly so, but one cannot help feeling sorry for the tragic life the perpetrator had to lead.

    I was a little put off by the length of this audiobook because I have been burned by short true crimes "audiobooks" before. However I would assuage anyone's doubts by saying that this is just as good as any full-length true crime, both in the quality of writing and in the production values. One hopes that the author can get more audiobooks produced in the future whether they be short or novel sized. I would highly recommend this for true crime fans, or anyone interested in religion and sexuality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horror in Hocking County

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Don Canaan
    • Narrated By Charles Craig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Dale Johnston was arrested, tried and convictedfor the dismemberment murders of his stepdaughter, Annette Cooper, and her fiancé, Todd Schultz. He was sentenced to die in the electric chair. His conviction by a three-judge panel was later reversed by the Ohio Court of Appeals and that decision was subsequently upheld by Ohio's Supreme Court. However, the original question still remained: Was there a reasonable doubt?

    A.R. says: "Boring...."
    "Boring...."
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    This book sounded good in the description, but it was dead boring. It was mostly about the rather dull trial proceedings. Now I know why it was only 1 hr 41 mins. I wouldn't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Early Graves: A True Story of Murder and Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    Evil has a way of finding itself. How else could you explain the bond between Alvin and Judith Ann Neelley, who consecrated their marriage in blood? Before the killings started, they restricted themselves to simple mischief: prank calls, vandalism, firing guns at strangers’ houses. Gradually their ambition grew, until one day at the Riverbend Mall in Rome, Georgia, they spotted Lisa Ann Millican. Three days after Lisa Ann disappeared, the 13-year-old girl was found shot and pumped full of liquid drain cleaner.

    A.R. says: "Horrifying true crime"
    "Horrifying true crime"
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    A very horrific couple of murders committed by this serial killer couple, written in a classic true crime style. I definitely enjoyed this book, however I was left wondering why the author chose to focus almost exclusively on the female of the pair, Judith Neelly. I think its possible that she played a very important role in the murders as the author has presented, but I was left wondering about her husband's part. I take it that the evidence of his guilt was not straight forward, but I would have rather heard the author's discussion of his life and crimes, and what part he may have played, rather than focusing exclusively on her guilt. Even so, the author presents a convincing story about Judith Neelly's culpability

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sam L. Amirante, Danny Broderick
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (62)

    “Sam, could you do me a favor?” Thus begins a story that has now become part of America's true-crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga - the story of a young lawyer fresh from the public defender's office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in our nation's history. This is a gripping true crime narrative that reenacts the gruesome killings and the famous trial that shocked a nation.

    A.R. says: "Ultimately an excellent listen"
    "Ultimately an excellent listen"
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    This audiobook ultimately rated 4 stars, although I did have some issues with it. However for the most part I was enthralled by the narrative of Gacy's defense lawyer's quest to give his client a fair trial. Most of it was extremely well written, and both interesting and engaging, even for someone familiar with this case. I found myself more interested in the defense lawyer's experiences than I would have expected. It is a bit of a shame that only a couple of murders were dealt with in any detail, although one senses that the authors wanted to refrain from repeating what had been written many times before. The book could have done with some editing most notably the last 2 hours which almost exclusively dealt with the closing arguments of both defense and prosecution. This entire section could have been cut, and made me less enthusiastic about a full star review. Another point I found irritating was the constant repetition of the author's argument that Gacy deserved a fair trial. I thought that the authors made a rather convincing and elegant argument in the introduction, based on the American Constitution's insurance of a fair trial for everyone, no matter how repugnant (as Gacy was). But the authors return again and again to re-word this argument and it beleaguered the point. I couldn't help thinking: Sir, thou doth protest too much! However the absolute BEST thing about this audiobook was the standout performance given by Robin Bloodworth. His portrayal of Gacy's confession to his lawyers was outstanding and riveting. He must surely have studied Gacy's affectations as he nailed it perfectly. On the whole this was an excellent book, and well worth the listen. Recommended!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Reason to Believe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Diana Copland
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (161)

    Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core - and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

    Christine says: "Skin Crawling"
    "Addictive listening"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very hard to take a break from listening to this excellent story. Not only are the intimate scenes hot and fulfilling, but there is actually an exciting, intriguing and mysterious thriller story as well... yes a STORY! I enjoyed it even more because of this. But lets not forget, the sex scenes are everything you could hope for! Because the characters are carefully built up to this point, it is even more of a pay off.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and the Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret that Tore a Family Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Diane Fanning
    • Narrated By Rob Granniss
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Michael Peterson was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, a candidate for mayor and a New York Times best-selling novelist. His wife Kathleen was the first woman ever admitted to the Duke University School of Engineering, a brilliant executive and a loving and fun-filled mother-the last woman who one would expect to become a victim in her own home.

    Dave says: "Fascinating, But Ridiculously Biased"
    "One of the better Dianne Fanning books"
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    What did you love best about Written in Blood?

    This is one of the better Dianne Fanning books I have listened to in a while. Story was well written and the narrative well formulated. The performance was also very good. On the critical side, It was quite biased in parts and I wish that there had been an updated section on the developments of this case in the last couple of years. However it presents a good detailed starting point for anyone interested in the case.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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