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Grandma

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  • Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jane Velez-Mitchell
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    On June 9, 2008, the butchered body of Travis Alexander was found in his Mesa, Arizona, home. The grisly nature of his death made instant headlines: With 29 knife wounds, his throat slit, and a gunshot to the head, Travis was left to die. The prime suspect in the case was Alexander's ex-girlfriend, the attractive and soft-spoken Jodi Arias. Though Arias initially said that she was nowhere near the scene of crime, little about this case was as it seemed, and before long she had been caught lying to police. As the investigation progressed, her lies evolved multiple times before finally resting on an appalling claim: She had killed Travis in self-defense.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Biased view of Jodi Arias"
    "Nothing new in this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you didn't follow the trial, this would be a good read. If you followed the trial, this is just a summary of the murder case and court coverage.


    What could Jane Velez-Mitchell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Done some more background research on Jodi Arias. There has to be some "family secrets" out there that formed her twisted personality.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing


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

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    Basically this book was an HLN summary of their trial coverage.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Damage Done: Twelve Years of Hell in a Bangkok Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Warren Fellows
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    In 1978, Warren Fellows was convicted of heroin trafficking between Thailand and Australia. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the notorious Bang Kwang prison - better known as the Bangkok Hilton. It was the beginning of 12 years of hell in a place where sewer rats and cockroaches are the only nutritious food, where prison guards laugh as they deliver pulverising blows, and where the worst punishment is the khun deo - solitary confinement, Thai style.

    Grandma says: "Foreign Prison Systems are Brutal"
    "Foreign Prison Systems are Brutal"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Damage Done to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen. Felt like I was in a prison cell suffering alongside the guy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal Intent

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sue Russell
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    As a child, she was abandoned, abused and raped. By her teens, she was deep into a lifestyle of hitchhiking, petty crime, and the sex trade. In her twisted mind, uncontrollable bouts of violence were pure survival skills.

    Sheryl says: "Gets your attention and keeps it throughout."
    "Hard to stay interested"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Lethal Intent? What did you like least?

    Good history on the actual case


    Would you recommend Lethal Intent to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was fine


    Do you think Lethal Intent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, fascinating story of a female serial killer. Story did tend to drag out at times and cause me to lose interest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terror by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Caffey, James Pence
    • Narrated By Maurice England
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In one evening, Terry Caffey lost everything. His wife, Penny, and his sons, Matthew and Tyler, were brutally murdered; his home was burned to the ground, and his 16-year-old daughter, Erin, was in jail, charged with thiree counts of capital murder.

    Jill says: "Wonderful book"
    "Powerful!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Terror by Night in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful human grace


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Terry


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

    Haven't listened to narrator before but he did an excellent job.


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

    Very sad but uplifting


    Any additional comments?

    If you love true crime, this is not long on actual details of the crime. It is a powerful story of a victim's survival and their journey with God to find the grace and dignity to live on after a horrific loss. I'm annoyed by the anti-religious who choose to write biting reviews because of the victim's belief in God. If religion isn't your thing, put the book down and be graceful, like the victim in this story. Terry is an unlikely example of human nature at its best, a negative soul will miss that important detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6993)
    Performance
    (6481)
    Story
    (6496)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "One of King's Best Works!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Fans of King will love the storyline and characters. If you haven't read his work, you'll get sucked in and become a fan.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    The way the story ties into The Shining, but don't want to spoil it for new readers.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved the narration. Kept me interested, great use of inflection and different voices to help you visualize the story and feel part of the action.


    Any additional comments?

    The Stand has always been my favorite book by Stephen King. I would put this in the #2 spot!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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