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Nancy Olson

Denver, Colorado | Member Since 2010

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  • Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David King
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (236)

    Death in the City of Light is the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld. The main suspect was Dr. Marcel Petiot, a handsome, charming physician with remarkable charisma.

    Caitanya says: "Too many facts too little story"
    "We expected it to read more like a story."
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    It was good material but it was written full of dry, dull boring facts. It was not arranged in such a way as to keep the interesty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2987)
    Performance
    (2679)
    Story
    (2691)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Honestly I wanted to like this book!"
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    What disappointed you about Ex-Heroes?

    It was all gory battles, no real meaty stories about the characters.


    Has Ex-Heroes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I was pretty much never a fan of the zombie genre but thougth because of the reviews this might be one that was different that I would like.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    St. George, idealistic and humanistic.


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

    Gross out.


    Any additional comments?

    I may try the next book in hopes it moves beyond endless and pointless battles and gore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10931)
    Performance
    (9920)
    Story
    (9942)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Kind of a who dunnit inside a supernatural story."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    I didn’t read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it appeared to be one kind of story but as it went along the mystery deepened into more of a supernatural story. It kept me guessing the whole way and I was surprised at the end.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ray did the voices including the women’s very well. You always knew which character was talking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Move in and you may never move out again!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (482)

    Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

    Eileen C says: "You must buy this audio only if..."
    "Too vicious and real for me"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn’t because I found it depressing in a way fiction isn’t. The idea that anyone could be vicious and cold enogh to beat their wife into a miscarriage really bothered me not to mention all the other terrible things this cold blooded man did.


    Has The Ice Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was too monotone for me.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paperboy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Pete Dexter
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    The sun was rising over Moat County, Florida, when Sheriff Thurmond Call was found on the highway, gutted like an alligator. A local redneck was tried, sentenced, and set to fry. Then Ward James, a hotshot investigative reporter for the Miami Times, returns to his rural hometown with a death row femme fatale who promises him the story of the decade. She’s armed with explosive evidence and aims to free - and meet - her convicted “fiancé.”

    A. Paes says: "Better then the movie"
    "Movie was better"
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    Would you try another book from Pete Dexter and/or Sean Runnette?

    I might try anther book by Pete Dexter but not the narrator. He was monotone and boring.


    What was most disappointing about Pete Dexter’s story?

    It was a toss between how bad the narrator was and how slow the book moved.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get someone who reads aloud with expression.


    Did The Paperboy inspire you to do anything?

    Only to stop reading before the book was done.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Guy P. Harrison
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? Longtime skeptic Guy P. Harrison shows you how in this down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims.

    Mr Conway says: "Skepticism, so Dull & Condescending"
    "Some things can’t be proven."
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    I know what this author is trying to prove. He wants you to believe that if there isn’t hard scientific and factual proof to back up a belief it can’t be true until there is this proof. He is a scientist and wants that hard proof. The problem is some beliefs are faith based and will likely never have this proof. I finally had to stop listening because while some of the beliefs he picked apart I think are ridiculous too others like God, Heaven and the afterlife are entrely faith based and I got irritated at his insistence that if it can’t be proven it doesn’t exist and I got a feeling of condesention from him. So, if you too believe there has to be hard scientific proof and that softer proof or simply faith based beliefs are bunk then this is the book for you. I feel like I wasted my money.

    0 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3050)
    Performance
    (2659)
    Story
    (2697)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "I read this book 3 times before listening to it"
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    It is one of my all time favorites. The characters are all very 3 dimensional and you care about them. You hate the villians and love the good guys. This is a post apocalyptic book about what happens after a nuclear strike and reprisal. One of the main characters, Swan, transforms from a girl to a young lady in the book and her protector, a washed up wrestler, is fierce about protecting her. The villians, a psychotic young man who thinks he is in a King’sKnight game protects the King, a washed up former Army Captain. While the story is long it does not drag and will remain one of my favorites. I will read it many more times after this too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (2065)
    Story
    (2047)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Surprisingly boring."
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    I have been a Stephen King reader since Salem’s Lot and have enjoyed most of his books. My husband and I are particular fans of the Dark Tower series and looked forward to this novel with anticipation. Unfortunately not only is the story not up to par with King doing a story within a story within a story but he narrates himself and shouldn’t. His voice just isn’t suited to it and his inflections and voices are awful! Such a dissappointment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (780)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    "Very off beat subject"
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    This was a great book. While the narration wasn’t super special it was adequate and the story was not only informative but interesting and held your attention well. I learned a lot I didn’t know about prohibition and the variety of poisons which were the murder weapon of choice during that era and about the efforts of the fledgling ME’s office to develop ways to identify these poisons. Definitely a great book and well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Randy O. Frost, Gail Stekeete
    • Narrated By Joe Caron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (376)

    What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper thats ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a woman like Irene, whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or Ralph, whose imagined uses for castoff items like leaky old buckets almost lost him his house?

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "Interesting insight into the psychology of hoardin"
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    The author provides case histories of different hoarders which is something I always enjoy in a nonfiction pschological type book. It is well written and yo care about these people as they struggle with the odd form of obsessive/compulsive disorder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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