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Steve

Pembrooke, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Divorced from the Mob: My Journey From Organized Crime to Independent Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrea Giovino, Gary Brozek
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    From mob wife with blood on her hands to straight-arrow breadwinner for her four kids, a tale of transformation and empowerment from a woman whose life in organized crime makes Carmella Soprano look like June Cleaver.

    Victoria says: "A monument to the power of denial"
    "Wonderful!!!"
    Overall

    Just a few words:

    Andrea, you are an outstanding woman. Your life was one that very few could have survived. Kudos to you, your family, and especially your children.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6145)
    Performance
    (2313)
    Story
    (2337)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "FANTASTIC"
    Overall

    Only one thing to say...In my opinion MIDDLESEX By Jeffrey Eugendes is the best book I have ever listened to. This is one author that actually experienced everything that he wrote. One can never imagine what Mr. Eugendes went through as a child and an adult. DO NOT MISS THIS WORK OF NON-FICTION!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Marilee Strong
    • Narrated By Deb Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Based on five years of investigative reporting and research into forensic psychology and criminology, Erased presents an original profile of a widespread and previously unrecognized type of murder: not a hot-blooded, spur-of-the-moment crime of passion, as domestic homicide is commonly viewed, but a cold-blooded, carefully planned and methodically executed form of erasure.

    Dave says: "A Fascinating Barrage of Painful Truth"
    "GREAT TRUE CRIME"
    Overall

    GREAT LISTEN...Do not miss reading or listening to this book! You won't be able to stop listening

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (456)

    He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

    Diana says: "Nelson does it again"
    "GREAT LISTENING"
    Overall

    I couldn't turn off my IPOD. 28 hours is a long listen, however, it was well worth my time. Fascinating...I lived through the Vietnam war. I can understand why this tradgedy happened. WELL WORTH THE LISTEN. Word of Honor was one of the best books on Audible I have ever listened to.
    Thanks,
    Steve, Hollywood, FL

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Il Dottore

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ron Felber
    • Narrated By Jim Knobeloch
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Il Dottore is the true story of a "nerdy Jewish kid" from the Bronx who, through a series of circumstances, became physician to top Mafia Dons including John Gotti, Carlos Gambino, and Joe Bonanno. At the same time, his reputation as a medical genius was spreading, and he was fast becoming one of the nation's leading cardiac surgeons. Ron Felber paints a vivid portrait of this doctor's unlikely life in the fast lane as he becomes a top confidante of New York's most notorious criminals.

    Ella says: "Enlightening Story of a Very Different World"
    "NO NEGITIVE REVIEW HERE"
    Overall

    This is one of the most intriguing books I have ever listened to. Would the good Doctor do as the Mafia Bosses wanted to save his own life, or commit the unspeakable act of murder. The pressure must have been unbelievable. I'm not sure what I would have done. In the end the Doctor does what was a SHOCK to me!!! A GREAT LISTEN...DO NOT PASS ON RON FELBER'S GREAT WORK OF NON-FICTION. If it was me, I would have saved myself. Maybe the Doctor did. Listen and find out. The ending was SHOCKING!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Are You There Alone?: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Suzanne O'Malley
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    As a journalist, Suzanne O'Malley began covering the murders of Noah, John, Paul, Luke, and Mary Yates hours after their mother, Andrea Yates, drowned them in their suburban Houston home in June 2001. Over 24 months, O'Malley interviewed or witnessed the sworn testimony of more than a hundred participants in this drama, including Yates herself.

    Carel says: "Are You There Alone? Andrea Yates Story"
    "GREAT TRUE CRIME STORY"
    Overall

    No doubt most people have read about the Andrea Yates Story...about a young woman that killed her five children. Suzanne O'Mally wrote an excellent book on this very tragic true crime event.

    I know part of the Andrea Yates tragedy had to do with the system failing to realize how sick she really was. After reading this very telling tale about Andrea, I couldn't help feeling sorry for her. I know the crime was horrible. I also feel her husband recognized the signs and did all he was able to do. This tragedy should fall not only on Andrea, but the Doctors that treated her, and the hospital's inability to recognize how dangerous she would become. Why is it always after terrible event people blame the criminal?

    There were so many variables involved in this crime. Andrea does not belong in prison...She should be in a hospital setting. My feeling is one day in the not so distant future Andrea should be released after her childbearing years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I'll Be Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By M. William Phelps
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    In September 2001 Carmen Rodriguez, a beautiful 32-year-old Hartford mother of four, went missing. At first police were stymied - until a killer's crucial mistake led investigators down a long, dark road of cold, calculated murder.

    Steve says: "TRUE CRIME AT ITS BEST"
    "TRUE CRIME AT ITS BEST"
    Overall

    My only fear about the book "I'll Be Watching You", by William Phelps was I might have been fired from my job if any person saw me listening to it while working.

    Between Phelps and his reader J. Charles, it was impossible for me to be disappointed. The characters are real. There will be times while listening, you will also have problems taking off your headset.

    Ned is a SERIAL KILLER. As I listened to this fantastic Audio Book, my imagination went wild. I actually felt as if I was looking through a window experiencing the entire story.

    For me, regardless of any negative reviews from others, "I'll Be Watching You" ranks in my top five True Crime Books I have ever read.
    FANTASTIC!!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Donald H. Wolfe
    • Narrated By William Atherton, Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    With explosive new revelations concerning the "National Security Matter" that led to the cover-up of her murder, The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe is a fascinating and riveting account of one of the most shocking crimes of the century. Donald H. Wolfe meticulously chronicles her final days, names the killer, documents the mode of death, and identifies those who orchestrated the cover-up.

    Linda says: "Highly recommended...."
    "PLEASE PUT UP THE NON-ABRIDGED"
    Overall

    Great...If after listening to this book you still believe the Marilyn Monroe died at her own hand DON'T!!! If what Donald H. Wolfe said is correct, Ms. Monroe was MURDERED!!! We will never know for sure because of all the cover-ups during the period of my growing up. I love this short but informative book on Marilyn Monroe. I never have been a big fan of hers; however, it did not matter to me. WHAT A WONDERFUL LISTEN...INTRIGUE...MURDER...AND CAPTIVATING. The price is right as well. Give THE LAST DAYS OF MARILYN MONROE a listen...You won't be sorry.

    Steve

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    In "the most exciting bio of the year," Richard Hack uses recently uncovered (and in some cases, recently declassified) personal letters, court testimony, FBI files, autopsy reports and exclusive interviews to reveal the man who was a legendary lover, record-setting aviator, award-winning film producer, talented inventor, ultimate eccentric, and, for much of his lifetime, the richest man in the United States.

    Ian says: "Truely Incredible"
    "THIS AUDIO BOOK IS THE ONLY ONE TO BELIEVE"
    Overall

    There is not much to say. Every penny I spent was worth it. I literally stopped my life for two days listening to the real life story of Howard Hughes.

    I felt as if the authors place me in the mind of the most incredible, corruptible, business tycoon to ever be born on this earth. There will never...and I use the word NEVER...because of all the autobiographies I have read, be another Howard Hughes. If the last ten years of his life were not so sad, I would have laughed until I cried.

    Thanks for reading this...GET THIS AUDIO BOOK...YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers'

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Malarkey, Bob Welch
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne. Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Taccoa Camp in Georgia and was the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings.

    Rex says: "Really Rounds out Band of Brothers"
    "I AM SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN"
    Overall

    If ever you find yourself disappointed in our great country listen to the book "EASY COMPANY SOLDIER". UNABRIDGED) It is the most heartwarming true story I have ever listened to. After completing the listen, I realize how lucky I am to be an American. I also realized how much our soldiers gave and continue to give to our great nation without expecting anything in return.

    It is a story about the sadness of war, and how one person survived it. The book describes in detail the horrors he experienced. There is no movie that could come close to Don Malarkey's experiences. If I could give this listen more than five stars, I would rate it over a thousand stars for its honesty. I'm sure I will listen to it again and again.

    EASY COMPANY SOLDIER IS BRILLIANT.
    Thanks for reading my review PLEASE READ IT. YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID.
    Thanks,
    Steve

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Poison: A Female Serial Killer's Deadly Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By M. William Phelps
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    In Northampton, Massachusetts, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Kristen Gilbert was known as a hardworking, dedicated nurse - so why were her patients dying? So many emergencies and sudden deaths occurred while Kristen made her rounds on Ward C that her colleagues jokingly called her the "Angel of Death".

    heather says: "Men are naive"
    "COULD NOT PUT DOWN"
    Overall

    Here is another of my "FIVE STAR READ"! My credo is to only review great reads! If I can't review a book with a 5 STAR rating, I will not say anything. That way you can take what I say to the bank. So much has been said about Kristan as the Killer Nurse. The story got front page headlines throughout the world. For Good Reason...This is one of the most interesting and books I have ever listened to. EVERY WORD IS TRUE. Yes, I do my research as well. Usually I am not a fan of true crime (Female Serial Killers) However, this is so unique and strange, I know any person that enjoys listening to true stories about people that do bad things, you won't be sorry with William Phelps' PERFECT POISON! From her lovers to her life sentence or was it the Death Sentence...You will have to read it to find out. Throughout all of my reviews, I try to rate my best reads or audio listens. This is number 2 in my top 10 list of TRUE CRIMES. It was very close to being number 1. The price is right and the story is unbelievable. Look up female serial killers and read only a small portion of the case. DO NOT SPOIL THE STORY BY READING ALL THE INFORMATION about a nurse that probably killed over 400 people during the time she worked at a Veterans's Hospital. Although, she was only found guilty on five or six very sick men, this unlikely looking murderer probably killed many many more. The book is so well written, your imagination will run wild.

    GET THIS READ...YOU WON'T BE SORRY!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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