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Bonny

Although I read all types of "books" I usually review non-fiction. I have found that reviews of fiction are easily available while many people shy away from the "harder" non-fiction reads. In my opinion, many good reads are thus lost to the average person. I especially enjoy history - both past and present, individuals and countries.

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  • Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Trevor Marriott
    • Narrated By Norman Gilligan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    There have been countless attempts to solve the brutal murders committed by Jack the Ripper more than 100 years ago. It seems that almost everyone has their own theory and their own suspect, ranging from the reasonably likely to the entirely preposterous. What this most famous of British criminal cases has always required is a professional eye to analyse it with all the benefits of modern investigate techniques. Now that has been provided in the shape of the man most qualified to solve the case: former British murder-squad detective Trevor Marriott.

    Galadriel says: "A must for the Ripper-obsessed"
    "Was this the Ripper?"
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    A new theory on the identity of the Ripper. The author starts with all the information available on each murder (police, coroner report, etc.) then continues in the same manner with all the past and current Ripper identities. The organization of data in this manner brings to light some very interesting conclusions. The author thoroughly supports his new entry into the ongoing Ripper mystery.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped!: The Story of Floyd Collins

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert K. Murray, Roger W. Brucker
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The sensationalism and hysteria of the rescue attempt in early 1925 of caver Floyd Collins generated America's first true media spectacle and one of the seminal events of the century.

    John says: "A real gem of an audio"
    "At Last!"
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    When very young, I found an old "78" record with the ballad of Floyd Collins (can be found with a Google search). Of course, I fell in love with it. Over the years, I found very little information about the man in the song - usually just a short "cave explorer, died trapped during a cave exploration". At last, an informative book about someone I have been curious about all my life. I enjoy doing cave tours and really enjoyed how some of the caves were originally explored and set up for tourists that are still popular today. I found that the ballad was a very accurate recounting of the tragedy of a young man who died doing what he loved - cave exploring.

    Very interesting look at the country and the people during the 20's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (214)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "The beginning and fall of Enron!"
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    I, like millions of others, was a loser when Enron fell. Again, like others, I watched the hearings and tried to understand how this could have happened. Now, it has been clearly explained! The full story of Enron is unbelievable and opens up the main reason for the domino fall of the other major companies and their subsequent bankruptcies which followed shortly thereafter. The average person will be dumbfounded to learn how these executives "thought" while the manipulation by the investment and accounting companies of the "stock" would appear to have been for the financial gain of everyone involved. It is easy to see why the current attitude of corporate malfeasance is so widespread.

    I have enjoyed this book many times and each time something new comes to my attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard J. Evans
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (525)

    There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time.

    Tad Davis says: "Compelling and depressing"
    "Great read for both the expert or beginner!"
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    The author has divided the book into sections such as education, military, history, culture, etc. which makes it very easy to see and for the first time understand how the country was taken over. Most books and documentaries attempt to give a linear history which becomes very complicated resulting in the loss of a lot of information. Some of the information given has been mentioned previously but the overall relationship to the coming of Hitler has never been as thoroughly explained until now. I have been reading on Hitler for several years and like others, have been searching for the reason that the German people turned to him for a leader. In my opinion, this book finally answers the question. Whether you are already familiar with the story of the German people and Hitler or just beginning - there is much to learn from this author's research and his organization of the massive amount of data available on the subject.

    The book is in narrative form and is the first of a three book series on Germany. I am now reading the second book in the series, The Third Reich in Power, which is focusing on the actual take-over of Germany by the Nazi Party..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Knife: A Beautiful Woman, a Phony Doctor, and a Shocking Homicide

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Diane Fanning
    • Narrated By Cyndee Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Beauty business entrepreneur Dean Faiello's "life of the party" attitude was constantly leading him to disaster. When his thriving business wasn't enough for him, he jumped into the world of plastic surgery, without any medical degree or experience.

    Laura says: "Horrible narrator! Beware!"
    "Unbelievable!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of having any type of body cosmetic changes-.liposuction, laser surgery, etc. The licensing and monitoring of these procedures is very scary or non-existent. I had read of several surgeries


    Would you be willing to try another book from Diane Fanning? Why or why not?

    Yes. I read a lot of true crime but in this book she has opened another area of crime that I have seldom found.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. I did not like the narrator at all. The characters in this story were homosexuals. The narrator's portrayal consisted of using a very soft, female voice used with a slow cadence. Although the story involves several main characters the voice is always the same when carrying on conversations. When relating general background, etc. the only change in the voice is the tempo. The narrator merely speaks a little faster and not so soft.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1131)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Loved it!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was wonderfully refreshing. Having Dr Watson narrating was different in that you felt you were more involved than with the normal naration. Loved it so much that I have now downloaded another Sherlock book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dust and Shadow?

    When he revealed the identity of the Ripper. After all the books that I have read on Jack the Ripper the author has come up with someone new who possibly could have been the Ripper!


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

    No, but he made the book with his Watson and the other characters. He moved from


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Day the World Ended at Little Big Horn: A Lakota History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    The Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana in 1876 has become known as the quintessential clash of cultures between the Lakota Sioux and whites. The men who led the battle, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Colonel George A. Custer, have become the stuff of legends.

    Bonny says: "Little Big Horn viewed from the other side"
    "Little Big Horn viewed from the other side"
    Overall

    The author, who is also the reader, makes this a story told among family and friends. I have "read" audio books for years but this was a totally different experience. The story is told not read - and there is a difference. It reminded me of sitting with my grandparents as they talked about the "old days". Along with the actual battle you learn about the Plains Indians, their way of life, their great chiefs, why the tribes were gathered at that place and time, family life, and much more. This is a wonderful piece of history told from the other side.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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