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  • The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 596

Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large? These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book! Well organized, great narration

  • By Jaybird on 05-24-17

Why was this woman not CELEBRATED for her talents?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

SPOILER ALERT:

you've been warned:


Because, thanks to the MOB, she was killed and it was made to look like an OD/suicide!
Shaw lays it all out, she was a woman of talents and drive to get to the story, a true journalist of the time, she HAD the story on JFK/Oswald/Ruby, and she was killed because of it! Her 'sheaf of notes' disappeared at her death, and has never been recovered!

This woman, ahead of her time, was truly a renaissance woman! She did it all, and was celebrated, a media icon!

We don't hear of her because of the sad circumstances of her death (murder).
and that is the worst, she should be a part of any discussion of accomplished famous WOMEN!

Was the story somewhat repetitive? yes
Could it have been a shorter read/listen? yes
Does it matter? No.....

This story was too important and the author (I'm sure) was trying to be thorough, and he succeeded!

So move past some of those negative reviews, this "TRUE CRIME" story will hopefully shed light on the story of Dorothy Killgallen and help right the wrong that ended her life and tarnished her life story!

The narration by Gabra Zackman always adds to a story, she is perfection.




  • Wild Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 475

It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh--total disappointment!

  • By Kathy on 04-26-12

NOT worth it; sophomore effort FAIL

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I really liked Beat the Reaper, and quickly went for this second effort, BUT.....
Its like a choose your own adventure, but every option written into the story. Talk about a HOT MESS!
Note to author; stick to your globalist politics, you'll have more success, that diatribe at the end was your undoing.....
Not making this mistake again; need to read the reviews!
The only good thing was the great narration.... but unfortunately
this is a RETURN!

  • The Black Book

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,149

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-03-17

Overall It's a 3.75 STARS- No spoilers!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-18


Did I like it? -- Yes
Was it the best Patterson--No
Did it keep my interest-- Yes and No, It had a lot of misdirection and suspense, but some of the improbable situations tempered my interest.
Will I listen to it again-- Probably, it would be a good 2nd listen to hear some of the twists I didn't catch the 1st time.
Was it a good narration? Absolutely, Ballerini did a great job...
Is it worth a credit?- Yes
So looking at what the stars mean, its between
Pretty Good and Great!

  • Brain on Fire

  • My Month of Madness
  • By: Susannah Cahalan
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,519

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those interested in neurology & psychology

  • By Brian Quaranta on 01-07-14

SO SAD that this happens......... and

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

So HARD to diagnose!
A cautionary tale for young adults who need advocates for their mental health!

I had a patient who had a daughter who had been institutionalized for 30 years, according to the father she was a normal, sorority girl in college (in the 60's) who one day, much like Susannah started having 'episodes'. Her path was very different due to the times. Tragically, there was none of the critical intervention from healthcare at the time. So, she had become a sad shell of what could have been.

The moral of this story, like Susannah's, INTERVENE, INVESTIGATE and ADVOCATE for your loved one.....

Very well written, and voiced.

  • Mrs. Saint and the Defectives

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Lawson Timmer
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 789

Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of "defectives," to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of a narcissist complaining

  • By Nomad 2009 on 09-22-17

A sweet 'Cozy' with a twist!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Mrs. Saint and the Defectives to be better than the print version?

Nah.... I thought the narration really added to the story, and it was easy to hear and identify the different voicing. Elizabeth Wiley did a nice job.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was an interesting cast of characters presented and all were important and favorite in their own way. 'It takes a Village' and each were part of the whole!

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

A narrator brings an important dimension to the story and she did that and it was a 5 star performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Some people change your life for the better!

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed the small-town feel and could be thought of as a nice little 'cozy' mystery....

  • Beat the Reaper

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,087

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2009, What Happened?

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-07-16

What the HECK!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-18

This is a CRAZY, INTRIGUING,ENGAGING novel that just won't quit!
It is a thrill ride, without a seat-belt!
Mafia, Medicine and a dose of Witness Protection thrown in.....
just listen and enjoy!
I am a mystery and suspense lover, and this has both, but in a novel format....
Well narrated by Robert Petkoff, the next Dr. Peter Brown story is on my wish list!

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 181,063
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 169,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168,825

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

OH Heck YEAH!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-18

not my usual genre (mystery, suspense) BUT it is full of mystery and suspense and is the MOST imaginative story that stays with you long after the listen!
Great story, wonderful narration.... you must have this in your library!
I'm sure a second, third and so on listen will bring new nuances! It is such a complex and fascinating listen....really timeless.
Looking forward to the Spielberg movie now too!

  • The Chalk Man

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,307

In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sufficiently interesting and fast paced

  • By Aquakittie on 01-16-18

Don't Erase this one!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

1. Doesn't have characters who do things that make you say 'don't do that'!
2. Doesn't have characters who are obsessed with doing stupid things!
3. Doesn't have characters who you shout at during the listen because they're so stupid!

That my friends is the most important thing to know.....

The characters are believable! In the schlock that is out there now, an important fact!

Yes, there are some weaknesses.... but on the whole a believable and interesting listen, well voiced and atmospheric. And.... you may want to listen a second time!

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,192

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT.

  • By Ilia on 03-07-18

For the 'True Crime' listeners!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I really like the 'True Crime' genre and have listened to many of the more popular podcasts of that ilk as well and this is among the BEST! ('S' town, Serial)
Very well done, and thorough relating of this very mysterious unsolved murder and the many characters involved with the victim and the village/city they lived in, and how it changed so many lives.
If I were to voice a 'complaint' it would be that the suspected murderer is given the meat of the story, and I feel we still only have a outline sketch of the victim.
Of course, he is still living and among the interviewees so his voice is there and the VICTIM can only be seen through the eyes of those who are left behind, and it is still so sad.
It is told in an interview/and narration style with the 'authors' piecing the events together and conducting the interviews.
You really get a sense of the locale and scenery through the story as it is told 'in their own words'.
Thanks Audible for this great presentation.

  • Scores

  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850

Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme. All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking. Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals

  • By Greeny on 02-06-17
  • Scores
  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich

Too Bad its TRUE; LOTS of people got HURT plus:

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-18

the author glosses over HIS misdeeds! An INSURANCE SCAMMER who hurts many with his CRIMES for financial gain and popularity and success in NYC becomes the toast of the fringes.... drugs, money, sex, gambling, mafia is all there in its seedy glory.
He wrote an entertaining book, and narrated it well, but at the end you have to wonder about all those he hurt, financially or emotionally or physically.... and though he 'paid' his price, he is still just a CRIMINAL, that will always be how he is described.