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S. Jackson

Steve R

Virginia | Member Since 2012

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  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Trevor Marriott
    • Narrated By Norman Gilligan
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    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"
    "I Wanted to Like This but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. As a reference book, I think this would be helpful with all the detail, but I found that that did not translate well into a recorded book. So much of the first volume sounded like a reading of the transcript of the coroner's inquest. I found this to be pretty slow and not engaging. Also, the narration was done with little inflection and something approaching a monotone.


    What could Trevor Marriott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Summarize more of the records that were read, presumably, in their entirety.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Norman Gilligan’s performances?

    No.


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

    Doubtful.


    Any additional comments?

    This recorded book might work well for a researcher but I did not enjoy it.

    2 of 3 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
    (1348)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1002)

    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"
    "Wonderful presentation!!"
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    What did you love best about Dust and Shadow?

    The dramatization was fantastic! The author did a wonderful job of integrating Sherlock Holmes into the recorded history of the Jack the Ripper story. It also had some great twists and turns.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It was wonderful listening to getting Sherlock Holmes' take on these infamous crimes that took place when would have lived in London.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Hands down, Sherlock Holmes!


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

    Jack the Ripper Solved.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to listen to more of Vance's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3745)
    Performance
    (3337)
    Story
    (3349)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Timeline Toward Tragedy"
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    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed
    Fascinating
    Inevitable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln. Obviously, you know from the beginning what is going to happen. And yet, as the narrative progresses, you hope that something will derail Booth's plan.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lincoln's commitment to reunite the Union without punishing the South.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the book, especially the detail and some unknown facts about the historical figures involved. O'Reilly does a nice job on the narration, even though another performer might have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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