I compared Sol Stein to Ayn Rand and he comes out on top. I've listened to him several times and keep picking up bits of advice I missed previously. I like how he separates fiction from nonfiction. His examples of other great writers who have been humbled at the beginning of their careers but were smart enough to pay heed to what the experts told them are relevant. You don't need to be brilliant to write brilliantly.
I knew the story of the murder of William Desmond Taylor, but the other stories of the obscure but no less interesting characters made for an entertaining listen.
The Osborn/Madsen angle to the Taylor murder. I always believed it was Charlotte Shelby with daughter Mary Miles Minter present.
Peavey proving he was not another "scared brotha."
No extreme reaction, just shook my head at the stories of the hypocrisy of the moral religious movements
I have a new appreciation for Will Hayes and what he was up against in performing his duties as the censorship czar.
I would listen to this again only because of the reader. He really does a great job with Screwtape.
Fun film noir
The sense of humor and fun throughout every story
I could do without the singing at the end of every show, although he is a good singer.
I enjoyed Dick Powell in "Murder, My Sweet.' He brings that character's sense of fun to this show as well.
I would listen to this again only because I know I missed some information. I usually pick it up the second time around.
The liberation of the Nazi death camps
Accents of the subjects who were not known to be foreign born because they took Anglo sounding names.
It took a while to get the story started. I was fine until they opened apartment 14. The story then took off on a tangent that I was not expecting. I liked Tim but all the characters were good. I was glad for the mix of age groups to show that they can all get along when they have a common goal.
It was so-so.
No. I think all the loose ends were cleared up by the end. What else could the author do with this story line?
This book kept me company during two nights when I was suffering insomnia from jet lag.
Yes to Ben Morton, no t D. Brown. The content was good but listening to the reader was a chore.
No thank you.
As a 2nd year law student coming up on midterm exams, it was nice to listen to this content as review.
I haven't read the print version.
Discovering more about Ben Bradley beyond the Watergate scandal, the real (?) story about Phil and Katherine Graham and the Luces, and the author's agonizing discovery about his father.
It was interesting all the way through.
This was a murder that morphed into a bizarre conspiracy. I am not surprised that the CIA may have been behind the coverups and killings. Their arrogance likely led them to make some mistakes that helped the defense counsel for the patsy in the long run.
This story was told from the point of view of those who worked on the commission. It was interesting to hear how some of the members changed their views as the investigation progressed and how some stuck with their initial impressions no matter what evidence they came across. At first they decried the conspiracy theorists, but later understood why people still questioned who was actually involved in this henious crime. Everyone comes in for their share of criticism but in the end, the CIA, the Hoover era FBI and the Secret Service all still need to account for their lapses in sharing information before and after the assassination. Is it any wonder that conspiracy theories thrive when so many questions remain unanswered?
The narrator was good.
Not really. If Hollywood got hold of this, a lot of the historical facts would probably be lost in favor of more drama.
Scott Brick is a very good reader. He reminds me of Frank Muller.
Author/reader used tracks from live congressional hearings to demonstrate the outrage of how Madoff got away with his scheme for so long.
I thought the author's recommendations were good but hard to implement because, whether he likes it or not, politicians pass the legislation on which policy and regulations are based. In this time of sequestration, few people will ask for more funds and put their promotion chances in jeorpardy. Also, comparing the SEC to the IRS is not fair. The IRS brings in revenue for the government by collecting taxes. Most other agencies spend money, although that is their job, cutting costs in budgets is what gets people promoted. Time will tell how any changes are implemented and how effective they will be.
The first few stories were written by French authors. Unfortunately the reader had not learned French and he mispronounced such simple words as "monsieur" which he pronounced as "moan-sewer." As a lifelong mystery reader, some of these stories were predictable. So, I look for how the story is told. They were so-so overall.
Anyone who knew how to speak French.
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