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SketchCop Audiobook

SketchCop: Drawing a Line Against Crime

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Publisher's Summary

Orange Police Sergeant (Ret.) Michael W. Streed is the SketchCop. He's a one-of-a-kind crime fighter who's frequently called into action by police departments seeking help solving their most difficult cases.

For over three decades, Michael has provided signature images for the country's most notorious murders, rapes, and kidnappings, including the kidnapping and murder of five-year-old Samantha Runnion as well as the Baton Rouge Serial Killer.

The SketchCop has fought crime coast to coast, from Los Angeles to Baltimore, Salt Lake City to Baton Rouge. Along the way he has papered the walls of police squad rooms with sketches of their cities' most dangerous criminals.

In this collection of true crime stories, Michael shares cases from his own portfolio. He describes how he connects with and empowers courageous victims and eyewitnesses from all walks of life. Using their descriptions, the author creates lifelike sketches of the assailants with an accuracy that has led to quick identifications and captures.

SketchCop - Drawing a Line Against Crime provides listeners a glimpse at some of Michael W. Streed's career cases and the significant role he plays in the criminal justice system.

©2016 Michael W. Streed (P)2016 WildBlue Press

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    Tad B. New York 12-06-16
    Tad B. New York 12-06-16 Member Since 2015

    I love audio books.

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    "An Education In True Crime"
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    I'm a true crime junkie and am always interested in learning something new about the process by which a criminal is caught. This was a fascinating, in-depth look at the evolution of forensic art and a pioneer in the field's personal experiences as both a cop and sketch artist. Covering many different types of cases, this book had both great story telling and also a big heart. Streed is a talented writer and was clearly a great police officer. Gauffi gives a very solid performance as narrator; I would recommend this book to any fans of true crime.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Daman 10-31-16
    Daman 10-31-16 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "Intriguing and Fascinating"
    If you could sum up SketchCop in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, True, Intriguing.


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

    It was a good performance. I was kept interested till the end of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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    Mary Karowski 10-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating look at an underrated position"

    We see these sketches all of our lives. Rarely if ever do we think about the process or the people behind the sketches. This is an entertaining and interesting look at a police sketch artist and what and how he does it. I gave a 4 on story because the last chapter is rather flat. I would have preferred more information about the author or other sketch artists. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Judah's Darling California 10-29-16
    Judah's Darling California 10-29-16 Member Since 2015

    Loving life on the Snake River!

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The sketch artist is key to creating the image of a criminal through the words of witnesses. Someone we often never think about when a crime is solved, but is extremely important to helping identify perpetrators of heinous crimes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Streed, of course. His stories are captivating. Since I grew up in the O.C. and remained for 30+ years I am familiar with the places he refers to, which made especially interesting. I would LOVE to see this made into a T.V. crime series (Investigation Discovery?).


    What about Stuart Gauffi’s performance did you like?

    He has a voice that lent itself to the gravity of the stories. I felt like I was listening to the author tell the stories.

    Stuart's advice at the end of the book would be particularly helpful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ability, education and commitment of the author and his profession. He made much more of an impact in being a 'sketch cop' than a Disney artist.


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this audible book at no charge for my unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Wesson North Carolina 10-19-16
    M. Wesson North Carolina 10-19-16
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    "Not an Interesting Read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, too much of the writer's own thoughts and feelings


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make it not be so monotonous


    What aspect of Stuart Gauffi’s performance would you have changed?

    Same tone throughout


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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    Kelly watley 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Intriguing .. Story!!"

    A interesting and descriptive view of a notorious seriel killer..~ another book I just couldn't put down till my eyes blurred and the clock was saying 3am time to sleep ~ kept me right on the edge till the last page ~ great job and love the storyline ~ will I tell much about the book absolutely not and ruin it for you just know you must get this one ..

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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    Meagan 10-11-16
    Meagan 10-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed!"
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    This book it’s a new perspective through the eyes of cop… I enjoyed the book and found the cases and examples interesting.
    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobookboom”

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    Book Addict Lyons, Ks USA 10-07-16
    Book Addict Lyons, Ks USA 10-07-16 Member Since 2010
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    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

    SketchCop: Drawing a Line Against Crime
    : Michael W. Streed

    This memoir of a police sketch artist gives the listeners an inside look at some of the intriguing cases during his career. I really enjoyed this book.



    The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.

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    rhonda walker 10-07-16
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    "Interesting topic written by someone dedicated"
    If you could sum up SketchCop in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, educational and intriguing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Steed and his dedication to what he does is impressive.


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

    Stuart has a super voice for a cop book. He did a fine job narrating this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The child murders were very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 10-06-16
    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 10-06-16 Member Since 2016

    Mid 60's Male. 9,800 Kindle books, close to 500 Audible books with 200 reviews. Over 1000 Helpful votes for reviews on Amazon.

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    "Have Badge, Pens and Sketch Pads, Will Travel"
    If you could sum up SketchCop in three words, what would they be?

    Immensely Interesting Artistry


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've always been intrigued by the talents, skills and ability to take a set of diverse flashes of memories, under duress and render a portrait of a perpetrator of the "alleged" variety. Empathy with victims, interpretation of their descriptions, etc.


    Which character – as performed by Stuart Gauffi – was your favorite?

    Michael Streed, this is, after all, the author's biography. I have to positively remark about Stuart Gauffi. He has one of the most memorable voices! Remember Jack Webb of Dragnet? You probably won't recognize the name Steven 'Steve' M. Zirnkilton, but you will certainly remember his voice on the opening line to Law and Order: SVU: "In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous..."Mr. Gauffi has that kind of strong, memorable talent. It was perfect for this work!


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

    This is an eye opener into the workings of police artists. A very interesting one, in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a handful of Audible editions each week. This one has been one of the best. True Crime, but... different. Recognized memorable cases throughout. The narrative conjures images you remember seeing in famous criminal cases.

    Thanks for the listen!

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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    10/18/16
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    "The story behind the sketches"
    What did you like most about SketchCop?

    I liked the style SketchCop is written in. The author did a great job to make me feel like I know him and like I want to follow the story. I also loved the intimate details the author provides about working with victims and witnesses of crime to create a profile of the assailant.


    What does Stuart Gauffi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great voice, very suited to the book, portrays what the author wanted to convey very well.


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

    I listened to the book in one sitting, it is so full of case studies and I just wanted to listen to them all.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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