A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.
I have Michelle McNamara envy: her beautiful writing, her attention to detail, her obsessive focus on solving the crimes. She rekindles my childhood dream of wanting to be Nancy Drew. I knew nothing about this case, despite being a true crime fan and having worked in the television side of it myself, and this case is utterly compelling. Highly, highly recommended.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
From the opening sentences, I was completely sucked into the story, the world the characters. It's heartbreaking, maddening, and completely captivating. Highly recommended.
Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute's life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.
I should have read the reviews: it was going along swimmingly as a fantasy adventure and then it turned decidedly mushy. Sorry, I'm out.
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?
Reading/listening to Agatha Christie is like watching Masterpiece Theatre: an enjoyable diversion that is expertly done, if a little dated. Dan Stevens is one of the best narrators, especially of Agatha Christie novels.
Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria Forester - even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that stone barrier, Tristran learns, lies Faerie . . . and the most exhilarating adventure of the young man's life.
It's so hard to match the sheer awesomeness that is the film adaptation of Stardust, which seems to merge the story with incredible performances and great humour. The book is still charming and lovely and as always, beautifully narrated by Neil himself. Recommended and when you're done, go out and watch the movie again!
At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.
I'm a huge fan of the series and it's clear that the source material is just as strong. A caveat that there are some opinions that are in-PC (or at least have progressed since the biographer wrote the book) but still a great listen. Wonderful narration.
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. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.
If you're a fan of true crime podcasts, this may be the pinnacle. So much compassion, suspense in a well-crafted and well-presented story that never forgets that there was a real murder victim, Sophie Toscan du Plantier. There are no easy answers but so many charming villains who have no sense as to what they've done and why they deserve their fates. Highly recommended for a weekend beings, especially on a St. Patrick's Day weekend!
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High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."
I enjoyed the story when I was listening but strangely, every time I put it aside, I had very little desire to pick it back up. All the elements that I get ally enjoy are there: fairy tales, mythology, magic and the macabre but it doesn't quite gel into a book I could love or recommend. Solid performance.
When you're all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War II medic - Samuel Riordan, the homestead's former occupant - and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him.
I tried to get past the endless descriptions of mundane objects, the irksome characters, the Scooby Doo mystery, even the breathless narrator who enacted every word she was reading. But in the end, I had to concede defeat. Life is much too short, and I frankly don't care how any of it ends.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
I had zero expectations going into this book but really loved the world . The writing, plot and characters are solid, although the performance was a little campy for my tastes. I'm curious about the series, but maybe this is the best it gets...?
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