One of the most fascinating law enforcement agencies in the world is the FBI. From the J. Edgar Hoover days to the present, the Bureau has investigated the most famous cases, including, mobsters, gangs, bank robbers, and terrorism. They have also received a few black eyes, including the Waco siege and the Ruby Ridge case.
In Top Cases of the FBI, RJ Parker captured 12 of those cases and prepared case files on these criminals, up to and including their sentencing or demise.
These cases include:
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What a bore. As someone else mentioned there is no new information here. And the stories are way to fast to get any meaningful information. Its the equivelent of reading a short blurb in a newspaper column to get you back up to date by highlighting all of the essential information but leaves out the parts that would give more depth to the stories.
Top Cases of The FBI consists of twelve of the most notorious criminals cases involving the FBI, from crime families to events such as Waco Siege and Ruby Ridge (two of the more familiar 'black eyes' the FBI received because of the way they handled the situations).
The book is well written and researched. The narrator is very professionally spoken and telling the stories made it quite enticing. I highly recommend this audio format as it's not too long and compared to some of the prices I've seen, it's relatively inexpensive.
Very well produced and most enticing. He reads at a good pace. I've downloaded others and some narrators reads slow and drags the story out. Mr. Gilmore done a bravo job.
I wasn't aware of the 1986 FBI shootout in Miami which prompted police from changing from revolvers to semi-automatics because several FBI agents were shot in the hand or arm and couldn't reload their weapons.
I would recommend it to someone new to true crime books. If you're into true crime, you will already have read the books on these cases and find the book so-so. Parker is a good writer so I many pick up other books by him now that I know that.
This is a first and I like his writing style. I'm definately going to read more of his books.
He's ok, but not excellent.
Only if he gets fresh cases that true crime buffs wouldn't have read about already.
If you are new to true crime reading, you should check out this book. It will make you want to read more about the cases he talks about.
If all that was wanted was a quick overview of the cases and a listing of films on the subject, it would be fine. Otherwise, it would be cheaper to use Wikopedia and you might get more detail.
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This book feels like it was dashed off in a few weeks.
Dry dry dry! Reads like an encyclopedia. Nothing but information. No story, no drama, no adventure. Couldn't pay attention to it more than 5 minutes before my mind started wandering off. First book I couldn't finish. All I heard was blah, blah, blah blah.....
Top Cases of The FBI by RJ Parker is fraught with details of twelve notorious criminals and event cases in US History. Criminals such as John Gotti, Al Capone, Bonnie & Clyde and events including Jonestown Massacre, Waco and Ruby Ridge to name a few. Great for my True Crime collection. Highly recommend this book.
I honestly write these reviews in a spirit of sharing and helpfulness. I have no idea why I always end up sounding so snotty...
This audiobook is like having someone read a handful of wikipedia pages to you. Not bad but... weird.
The individual stories of each of the criminals in this book reveal more back-story than most people know about the events that lead up to the crimes committed by the offenders, and include follow-up that bring the stories to closure. Mr. Parker took the time to really dig, and fleshed out each chapter with extensive detail.
Each chapter brought out little-known facts about the perpetrators histories.
He (I) uses deep, mellow tones, paced the read nicely, and took the time to find the correct pronunciations of the individuals' names.
No, I listen to audiobooks during my commute, which is 45 minutes.
This book is only one of many fascinating collections of crime stories researched by RJ Parker. In today's times of "Hollywood-ized" TV shows that race you through entire cases in 44 minutes, it was interesting to hear how these cases actually played out in real life.
superb tone inflection of narrator and ultimate outcome of top players included
Weavers (Ruby Ridge) - i didn't realize it was SO botched
he's 3/4 of the book's success ON AUDIBLE (note ON)
the major scores and belly-flops of the FBI
I was surprised that most of their major successes were practically ancient....c'mon, John Dilinger??? Surely there's something more recent. Or is there?
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