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J

Santa Clara, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes: Incredible Real-Life Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robin Odell
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (73)

    A gripping collection of stories of human criminality at its most bizarre.

    These unusual, sensational murders recall not only gruesome historical crimes, but also touch on shocking and macabre modern murders. Included are details of groundbreaking advances in crime detection, law enforcement, and forensic science. This is the top-secret report on the most grisly, and unusual, criminal activity of our time.

    Sires says: "True Crime for the Beach or Vacation Reader"
    "Complete waste of time"
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    What would have made The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes better?

    Nothing would have made this book better. It was like listening to a bunch of boring stories told from someone who only knew a little about the subject then before you realize it, the story is over and he's on to the next one.


    What could Robin Odell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If the development of the stories was a little better, you could get interested in them. Unfortunately, all of them are passed over so quickly, you can't. The author could have tried focusing more on the details and quality of each story, not the quantity of them.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The man reading this book had a weird English accent and cadence that sounded like he was trying to sound British but wasn't. It was so distracting, I could barely focus on how bad the stories were!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was greatly disappointed in this book after listening to several others and finding them all quite good.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this if you value your time at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Green River, Running Red

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (188)

    In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become.

    Parusski says: "Suspenseful and chilling"
    "A little long on the victim's biographies"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Green River, Running Red to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version of this book so I have nothing to go by.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book had many characters in it, none were the exact focus of the book since it was a true crime book and not a fictionalized version with a hero protagonist.


    What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

    I liked that the narrator read with a sense that she was truly performing and not just reading to get through it.


    If you could give Green River, Running Red a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Green River Killer...and detailed biographies of EVERY PERSON he killed.


    Any additional comments?

    Ann Rule is a good author, but tends to sympathize SO MUCH with the victims that she spends nearly half the book on their biographies. While it's sad that these women were killed, I bought a book about the Green River Killer, not Several Women Who No One Ever Heard Of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Depravity: A Narrative of 16 Serial Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Harvey Rosenfeld
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Their crimes span the globe, but one thing unites them: They are 16 of the 20th century’s most notorious serial killers. In this well-researched volume, discover their motives and what made them tick. Walk the path of the investigators who broke their cases and listen to the killers’ own words. All of them made their communities tremble in fear.

    B. Riddick says: "If you enjoy books about Serial Crime....Skip this"
    "Dry As Burnt Toast"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy dry, analytical, and really boring accounts of serial killers, this book is for you. It documents serial killers from 100 years ago until about 30 years ago in mostly European countries. If you like serial killers from WWI era Russia, you're in luck. If not, then this book is a snore.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Since this book is non-fiction, there is no real ending. No conclusions are drawn, and no real point to the book is made.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The descriptions of the various killings are quite matter of fact, and there is no "edge of your seat" feeling to any of it. Again, since most of the killers in this book lived 100 years ago, there is no sense of urgency and everything is quite flat.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed with this book. It was far to dry and not at all the kind of book I would recommend to anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    I would rather read another Ann Rule book than anything else like this...and I don't really like Ann Rule.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walking Among the Dead: True Stories from a Homicide Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ken Lang
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In his debut release, former homicide detective Ken Lang transports you from your cozy, comfy chair to the cold, hard streets surrounding Baltimore, Maryland. Witness first-hand the vicious brutality that a human being can inflict onto another, search for that one piece of evidence needed to solidify a conviction, and desperately try to identify a shooting victim whose mangled and burnt body is found at a scene where no clues are left behind.

    Christie says: "The Narrator ruined the story"
    "Staggering Among The Sentences"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've never "read" a book narrated by Mike Vendetti so I don't know if it was his style, or the way the words were presented to him, but listening to this book was difficult. The abrupt...cadence...that ended before sentences did...and started just as...abruptly...became frustrating.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The descriptions of the Baltimore underbelly and its crime was interesting. The needlessly flowery descriptions made me want to fast forward to the good parts.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was terrible. The only improvement would be to get another person to re-read this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed with this book. I've "read" many crime books and this was sub-par.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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