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Neal

PHOENIX, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (795)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "Great Crime Story"
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    What did you love best about The Murder of the Century?

    Being a history buff I was fascinated to listen to a story about how life was back at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th. I really enjoyed learning about how police work, and court proceedings how they differ (and for that matter how they led to today's forensic evidence handling) today.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murder of the Century?

    The description of the execution proceeding and it's aftermath.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the trial proceeding and how well it was arranged and conducted.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it was fascinating.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (372)

    Best-selling author Neal Bascomb has garnered critical acclaim for such riveting nonfiction as Higher and Red Mutiny. Based on extensive interviews and previously classified details, Hunting Eichmann is a compelling account of the relentless hunt for the nefarious Adolf Eichmann.

    Scott says: "A Fascinating Story of Eichmann's Capture"
    "Great True Historical Detective Stolry"
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    If you could sum up Hunting Eichmann in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, True, Factual


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the book brings this true story to life. The book tells a true story in such a way that you wonder if it is really a detective novel, which it is not. Everything in the book is true. The book really draws you in to the "hunt" and to the lives of the participants.


    What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

    He does a great job of telling the story giving life to all of the characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time. I did not want to put it down


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2179)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (979)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Best True Murder Mystery I've LIstened to"
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    If you could sum up In Cold Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic, Amazing, Senseless


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought that the author's telling of the story was very true to life and really brought the story to life when I listened to it. Truman Capote when to extraordinary detail in telling the story which really brought it home for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cannot settle on one scene, but I would say that the trial segment was among the most interesting


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Again, I could not settle on one tidbit,. but I did enjoy the epilogue which told what happened to he survivors after the trial and executions


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Zach Grenier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (961)

    The president's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes....

    Lannette says: "Wait for "almost free" before buying"
    "Fantastic!!"
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    Would you listen to Kill Alex Cross again? Why?

    Maybe, I am actually not yet finished with the entire book yet but am really enjoying it and find it both fascinating and wonderfully acted as well. I may actually want to listen again, at some point.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex Cross. He is presented wonderfully and is well portrayed by Andre Braugher


    Have you listened to any of Andre Braugher and Zach Grenier ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but if there are others I would definitely be interested in hearing about them


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No laughing or crying, but the story itself does generate a reaction, given its topical nature and how it relates with how we, as Americans are thought of by some other cultures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1767)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1003)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Great for Foodies and Anthony Bourdain Fans"
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    Would you listen to Medium Raw again? Why?

    Probably not, but only because I rarely listen to/read the same books over again. This does not represent any slight of the author,


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have been watching Anthony Bourdain on Travel Channel (


    What about Anthony Bourdain’s performance did you like?

    He really brings the story to life by telling the story himself. It comes across as truthful when it comes directly from him.


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

    I was most moved by the end of the book when Anthony recapped how all of the people he had mentioned in Kitchen Confidential were doing today, some doing well, some having disappeared or doing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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