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William R. Toddmancillas

Chico, California United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Law and Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    For 25 years, John E. Douglas worked for the FBI, where had a brilliant and terrifying career getting inside the minds of notorious killers. Written with Mark Olshaker, Law and Disorder is Douglas’ most provocative and personal book yet. In it, he addresses every law enforcement professional’s worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason or another, justice was delayed - or denied.

    andrea says: "Informative...And a Miscarriage of Justice!!!"
    "Be skeptical of the legal system."
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Informative, interesting, provocative.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The explanations of the particular ways in which investigations can go wrong, not because of a lack of suitable technology, but because of rush-to-judgment, preconceived, prejudicial beliefs of police, district attorneys, and judges.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Specific recommendations on how the legal system can be improved (last chapter).


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    No extreme reaction. I mostly found this book sobering.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Excellent Narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (613)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Courage and wisdom in a small package."
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    What did you love best about I Am Malala?

    The clear and poignant prose.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malala: cute, precocious, profound, and disarming.


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

    Humility. This young woman teaches us much about family strength maintained in the face of cruel adversity.


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

    Arresting.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully and convincingly narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Campbell
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    New Guinea became the site of one of the World War II's most savage campaigns. Despite their lack of jungle training, the 32nd Division's Ghost Mountain Boys were assigned the most grueling mission of the entire Pacific campaign: to march 130 miles over rugged mountains and to protect the right flank of the Australian army as they fought to push the Japanese back to the village of Buna.

    richard says: "painful reading"
    "Narration is disappointing."
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    Would you try another book from James Campbell and/or Stephen Hoye?

    I think this is an accurate account of the New Guinea campaign. I don't know for sure because I found the narration so sing-songish and cloying that I just could not finish the "listen." Too bad. If you have an alternative suggestion, please send it. I will give that one a try.


    What other book might you compare The Ghost Mountain Boys to and why?

    Just about any other book on the New Guinea Campaign.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Hoye’s performance?

    Overly sweet, cloying.


    Did The Ghost Mountain Boys inspire you to do anything?

    Find a suitable alternative "listen."


    Any additional comments?

    A different narrator is likely to do this book justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Douglas Starr
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    A riveting true crime story that vividly recounts the birth of modern forensics. At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher, known and feared as “The Killer of Little Shepherds,” terrorized the French countryside. He eluded authorities for years - until he ran up against prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era’s most renowned criminologist.

    Praetor says: "Masterly introduction to modern forensic science"
    "Informative and interesting"
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    Would you listen to The Killer of Little Shepherds again? Why?

    Yes. The science is fascinating. A lot to learn and review.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I especially like the explanations about why certain approaches proved effective but others not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Several sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good "listen."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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