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Brenda

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  • Serial Killers True Crime Anthology 2014: Annual Anthology (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By RJ Parker, Peter Vronsky, Michael Newton, and others
    • Narrated By Don Kline
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Serial killers: They cross the bounds of evil. They murder at random without logic or reason other than the one twisting in their sick and evil minds. They are diabolical, vile creatures devoid of morality or pity. You will meet a chosen few of them in this audiobook. We will see that serial killers are roaming among us all, from small towns to big cities. They are not limited to a particular place, gene pool, culture, social class, or religion. They are not restricted to any particular demographic or political propensity and they can be of any gender.

    Brenda says: "Oh...... My...... Gosh. He reads.... Like this"
    "Oh...... My...... Gosh. He reads.... Like this"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The actual written book might be great. I can't tell, because the reader halts in mid sentence, often multiple times. You can't follow the story because his CONSTANT pausing makes it impossible. This is not a case of a few stumbles. I'm very tolerant of different readers and have never, in my 10 years with audible, and at least 1000 books, come across anything like this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have always been fascinated by this subject. Not because I think there is anything good about it, but more wondering why and how a person could do these things. And having 4 teens, I want to know all the danger signs and situations to avoid.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Don Kline’s performances?

    No way. And I've never said this before about any reader.


    What character would you cut from Serial Killers True Crime Anthology 2014?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Did the people producing this story LISTEN to any of this? It's like a teen reading out loud for the class for the first time, the whole time. Example: "As forensic psychiatrist........ James Money......more recently explains..... the limbic region of the brain is responsible...... for predation and attack and defense.... of both the self and the species." And some sentences are worse. The more complicated the wording, the more pauses. Sometimes after only a word or two. This makes it impossible to follow where a sentence begins and ends. You can't just relax and get into the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Evil Intentions: The Story of How an Act of Kindness Led to Senseless Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated By Greg Lutz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Evil Intentions explores to depravity of this crime, taking the listener into the lives and minds of the killers, relating the tragic consequences to her family and loved ones. Written by the court investigator who prepared the presentencing reports on the killers, it offers rare insight into the criminal investigation, plea bargaining, and trial.

    Brenda says: "Always a bad sign if the narrator isn't great"
    "Always a bad sign if the narrator isn't great"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Ronald J. Watkins? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    What didn’t you like about Greg Lutz’s performance?

    He wasn't too bad, most of the time. It was very distracting when he would seriously mispronounce words. For example. The word "picture" was pronounced "pitch-er". "Deputy" was pronounced "depedy", as if pronouncing the word correctly was just too much bother. It makes a narrator sound stupid and uneducated, and is very distracting.


    Was Evil Intentions worth the listening time?

    It was okay. I love a good story, including details. So I am not the type to say a book is too long. But this book has a long drawn out lead up before the story. To the extent, that for a long time I couldn't tell who would even be the victim. That's all fine if the whole book is that way. However the part that had to do with the crime was very brief. Basically I'm not sure there was enough here for a full book. It was just made that long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Serial Killers Case Files

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By RJ Parker
    • Narrated By Don Kline
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    The horror genre is tremendously indebted to serial killers. Something about their twisted psychology and abhorrent acts have turned folks like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, David Berkowitz, and Andrei Chikatilo, to name a few, into household names and media figures. In Serial Killer Case Files, true crime author RJ Parker offers several cases that deal with the names above and also shine a light on killers that are not as present in popular culture but whose bloody actions are worse than any horror movie out there.

    Kippoe says: "Straight Facts of Serial Lillers"
    "Horrid Quality"
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    What would have made Serial Killers Case Files better?

    A good editor and reader


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The subject and info is interesting, if you can follow it with this reader


    Any additional comments?

    Bad writing with incorrect English, and a reader who paused mid sentence.... Sounds done with a sentence, then adds on a few more words. Mumbles sometimes and clearly leaves words out. It gets worse as the book goes on. Found out its self published. Tried to leave a message on the site, but even it doesn't work right. Nothing happens when the submit button is clicked. This book would need good editing and a good reader to really be any good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4296)
    Performance
    (3215)
    Story
    (3226)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Best Trilogy I've Ever Read"
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    What did you love best about The Blade Itself?

    There is no one thing. The story line is great, the writing is so clever and realistic. The story is serious and full of action, but the clever responses are often funny for being so true. The characters are more like real flawed people. The "good guys" are flawed in various ways, as people really are. It keeps you interested and waiting for what happens next through the whole trilogy. I have at least 900 audible books. I love history, but also a great fantasy story. This is the best overall I've ever read. I wish he had more books!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are all so complex I couldn't pick just one.


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

    I listened to Heroes first, unaware that they were mostly characters from this trilogy. It was so good, I looked for his other books. I would listen to the trilogy first, if you have the choice.


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

    It kept me on edge listening. It's not a comedy, but I couldn't help really laughing at his clever and original lines.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it. I am pretty busy and rarely take time to do more than just rate it by stars. But I had to on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Predator

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowbound Boston, one as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team, Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli, to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now.

    Babs says: "What's next? Scarpetta kidnapped by aliens?"
    "No longer "Thrillers""
    Overall

    I read several of her early books with these same characters. They were pretty good and indeed had the suspense/thriller aspect to them. I read a few more, and found they were less so, but kept trying. These last couple have gotten a long way away from thrillers and in my opinion, even the way people would really act or react. Its much more about how Lucy and Marino act odd, and say unkind and angry things to Kay. In real life, people would actually argue, because neither Lucy or Marino are making much sense. But they dont. They just carry on, all wondering what to do about the others.

    Not a thriller at all. The crime part of it actually is a side thing and then suddenly wraps up with us jumping to the "after it all happened and everyone is OK" before we even find out anything about the very anticlimactic end. Its almost like its one of those not very important scenes they just allude to in movies after just long enough to let it be known it "happened" for the sake of the story, but not important enough to show or give detail to. (like a first night spent together, but without us needing the details and so fading out and moving on)

    The whole thing also seems to REALLY center on the drama (old news drama at that) of Lucy being gay and how those around her worry and act about that. Thats all well and good for a book ABOUT those things and people can choose to read about that kind of story or drama. But with these titles of Predator and so on, along with the descriptions that are clearly supposed to mean mystery/suspense/thriller, it falls way short. I have over 400 books on tape. I have not loved them all, but this is the first time I felt like going to the trouble to give a negative review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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