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Geff

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  • Between Good and Evil: A Master Profiler's Hunt for Society's Most Violent Predators

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Roger L. Depue, Susan Schindehette
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    In this first-person account of becoming the FBI's top serial-killer hunter and a member of a religious order in an attempt to discern the true nature of good and evil, Roger L. Depue searches for an understanding of how evil develops. Between Good and Evil is Depue's look back at a life spent apprehending criminals, especially serial killers, first as a small-town police chief, then an FBI-SWAT team member, Behavioral Sciences Unit chief, and a developer of revolutionary law enforcement programs.

    Victor says: "an autobiography more than a career retrospective"
    "the real deal"
    Overall

    this is a moving, biographically-based journey into the modern study and investigation of violent crime, but more, it is also a psychological and philosphical journey, of an observant, articulate - and deeply spiritual - man, who also happens to be a founding father of FBI behavior profiling. his approach and conclusions reagarding violent offenders are frank, hard-earned, long pondered and not to be ignored. much more than i had bargained for, this is one of my favorite audio books ever.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elvis Presley: The Man, the Life, the Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pamela Clarke Keogh
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It was that voice, those eyes, that hair, the cars, the girls. Elvis Presley revolutionized American pop culture when, at age 21, he became a modern superstar. A Memphis Beau Brummel even before he found fame, Elvis had a personal style that, like his music, had an immediate impact on his audience that continues to influence us today.

    Jane says: "An odd take on a complex man"
    "The BIG book of Elvis!"
    Overall

    After wrapping up the excellent "Beautiful Mind" bio of John Nash I was so impressed with the narrator (Anna Fields) that I went looking for another bio from the exact same narrator, and found it with this fairly extensive portrait of Elvis' life. Fields does a good job with providing just the right amount of "twag" when required to keep it all moving, a tough job for book of this length. Punctutated with colorful backroom conversations recounted from various consorts to the King, and equal parts history and personal recollections, author Keogh captures a glimpse of the huge talent and inner clockworks of this amazing one-of-a-kind fellow whose life - and legend - seemed to outgrow even him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Their Heaven: Why the Dead Never Leave Us

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Allison DuBois
    • Narrated By Allison DuBois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    The inspiration for the hit television series Medium, Allison DuBois now brings listeners into her psychic experiences in We Are Their Heaven. Recalling her communication with spirits who have touched her over the years, she reveals that the dead are trying to reach their loved ones all the time, not because they're bound to us, but because we are their happiness, we are their heaven.

    Geff says: "The real thing"
    "The real thing"
    Overall

    The experience of hearing Allison DuBois, the psychic vs the author, is defintely a push-pull experience, as this audiobook serves well to demonstrate. While (judging from this audiobook) I cannot describe DuBois as articulately gifted (as a writer OR speaker) her more exalted gifts come across loud and clear: she appears a sincere and sensitive human window to the "other world". I enjoyed listening to her case studies and views of spirituality (and spiritualism)and also came to appreciate a certain lack of pretension in her personal style that many other mainstream psychics (such as Sylvia Brown) have long since either lost or never had in the first place. Imperfect, but also inspiring and occasionally even a goose-bumper, I enjoyed this audio book -- and I'll look forward to her next.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3628)
    Performance
    (2097)
    Story
    (2111)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "A lively read!"
    Overall

    This is one of those books that could be a POSTER CHILD for audio books in general - simply one of the most inspired works I've ever experienced. The marriage of a charming, wry and astute author (think David Sedaris as a forensic journalist) with a narrator who's own talents - not to mention sense of irony - is definitely up to the task. In an engrossing span of chapters ranging from airline crash investigators to funeral directors brushing up their cosmetic skills on anonymous decapitions, Roach never forces a cheap laugh, but unearths many as she explores the history and state of our mortal ends with a scientists eye and a wisecracking mouth. There are certain chapters I enjoyed more than others (and found lesser and more compelling) but overall I have rarely seen such deft journalistic skills more hilariously demonstrated. Defintely a 5-star listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    L. Frank Baum's sequel to The Wizard of Oz is a delightful account of the further adventures of the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman and their strange experiences of the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, Jack Pumkinhead, the Animated Saw-Horse and the Gump.

    Geff says: "A gentle but exciting journey"
    "A gentle but exciting journey"
    Overall

    I went looking for other books narrated by Anna Fields after I'd wrapped up her excellent reading of "A Beautiful Mind", the John Nash bio by Sylvia Nasar -- so imagine my delight when I stumbled over this classic! Fields does a great job of bringing Baum's playfully warped imagination to life as we are introduced to the Land of Oz, both again and also for the first time. Note: I saved this audiobook to savor over quiet afternoon naps -- it was a pure JOY!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13584)
    Performance
    (5979)
    Story
    (6059)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "A colorful & sweet adventure"
    Overall

    Author Sara Gruen has spun a charming and unaffected tale of love, revenge and renewal that is made even more enjoyable by the equally gifted talents of David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones (dual narrators). This audio book was a giggle and a tear rolled into one. I'm very tempted to read a hard copy of this now just to see how it compares (and holds up) to what is now one of my favorite audio books. Superb!

    48 of 49 people found this review helpful

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