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D. Blaskie

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  • Devil’s Knot

  • The True Story of the West Memphis Three
  • By: Mara Leveritt
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

“Free the West Memphis Three!” - maybe you’ve heard the phrase, but do you know why their story is so alarming? Do you know the facts? The guilty verdicts handed out to three Arkansas teens in a horrific capital murder case were popular in their home state - even upheld on appeal. But after two HBO documentaries called attention to the witch-hunt atmosphere at the trials, artists and other supporters raised concerns about the accompanying lack of evidence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Justice's devil's knot

  • By veruka. on 09-15-12

Fantastically written

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

If you love true crime, this book will be worth your precious credit and time spent listening. I do agree with other reviewers that the reading would have had more punch if narrated by a man, but as I slid into the book I grew used to Ms Raver’s voice.
This book is truly heart wrenching in so many ways, but what a fantastic ride!

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,065

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

Omg I love Joe Kenda!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I’m so glad he narrated his own book! He tells stories in a matter of fact way without dramatics. He is humble and can freely admit when he screwed up ( which I don’t think was very often). Hooray to his wife and children! If you’ve enjoyed his TV show, you’re sure to enjoy this book. I only wish it hadn’t ended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Sherri Crichton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories, even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country, it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils while surveilling, deceiving, and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional Surprise!

  • By Roman on 06-05-17

Entertaining story!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Dragon Teeth is a full out, old time western adventure. It has a great story line with solid characters that you want to hate or root for. Simply put, this is a wonderfully entertaining adventure story!

  • The Crime of the Century

  • Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation
  • By: Dennis L. Breo, William J. Martin
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through a quiet Chicago townhouse like a summer tornado and stabbed, strangled, and killed eight young nurses in a violent sexual rampage. By morning, only one nurse, Corazon Amurao, had miraculously survived, and her scream of terror was heard around the world. As the eight bodies were carried out of the small building, the coroner, who had seen the carnage up close, told a gathering crowd: "It is the crime of the century!"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All Of Your Roomates Murdered . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 04-21-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Although the crime occurred a couple of decades ago, the story is still fascinating and well told. The author did a great job of conveying the feeling of stark terror of the lone survivor, as well as the tenacity of the investigators and attorneys. Highly recommend!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,517

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Mel on 05-07-17

Confusing is an understatement!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I've started this book 3 different times and just can't manage to get more than a couple of hours into it. The storyline is nebulous and you aren't even sure why you are listening. Is it a murder mystery? A ghost story? This is one I'll return.

  • Ararat

  • By: Christopher Golden
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 457

Christopher Golden's Ararat is the heart-pounding tale of an adventure that goes wrong - on a biblical scale. When an earthquake reveals a secret cave hidden inside Mount Ararat in Turkey, a daring, newly engaged couple are determined to be the first ones inside...and what they discover will change everything. The cave is actually a buried ancient ship that many quickly come to believe is Noah's Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good story

  • By Shaymus on 10-19-17

Meh

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

There just didn't seem to be enough of a storyline to keep me interested. While there was some minor action and a couple of decent "creeps", I still found myself having to rewind and listen again because my mind had wandered.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in Room 305

  • By: Gary C. King
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

A shocking true crime story of sex, greed and cold-blooded murder! Veteran true crime author Gary C. King spins a gripping real-life tale of a woman caught in a deadly web of lust and violence...a riveting story of love gone horribly, tragically wrong. Kathryn Ann Martini graduated from Yale with a bright future in the banking business. Young, beautiful, and ambitious, she had everything going for her. Until she met Michael David Lissy, the sleazy proprietor of a scuba diving school.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Room 305

  • By med c on 02-24-17

Boring

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

This book seemed to circle around, often times without rhyme or reason. Too many meaningless details that seemed to be filler. The narrator is too "fluffy" and effeminate to effectively manage such a serious topic as true crime.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Hunt 2

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Scott Thomas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

George and Lou used to be thugs for hire. Now they're living in a shack in Costa Rica, hiding from the crime lord who wants them dead. Their last job, to deliver him a werewolf in a cage, went...badly. But they can't hide out forever, and when they're finally captured, it seems as if George and Lou's ultimate fate will involve being doused in gasoline and set aflame. Instead, they're given a second chance. There's another werewolf out there. This time, it's Ally, a 14-year-old girl.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I DON'T LIKE THAT YOU CALL IT, MY CAGE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-23-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

This is not a literary work of art or terribly thought provoking. It IS however, an entertaining ride filled with witty dialog. The narrator did a phenomenal job with the different character's voices and gave them each their own personality. There was one particular character who was especially whiny and the narrator did such a good job portraying him, I could visualize myself slapping him upside the head!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Red

  • Mundy's Landing, Book One
  • By: Wendy Corsi Staub
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

The razor's gleaming blade slices effortlessly through skin and tendon, and he relishes the final anguished moments of his prey. There's only one thing he prizes more: their long, silken strands of red hair. But these women are merely stand-ins...a prelude to his ultimate victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • listened to all in one day

  • By Melyssa on 10-02-15

Ugh.... Let it be over

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

Stab me in the eye with a pencil! This is an extremely slow moving book with far too much nonsensical detail. There is an underlying premise that would have made for a great story if the author would have focused on it rather than running down rabbit holes. Women are dying and the biggest thing she focuses on? What will my husband think of me because I kissed the neighbor guy 14 years ago! Seriously?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Games

  • By: Jeff Menapace
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 843

The Lambert Family is heading to Crescent Lake, a rural cabin community in western Pennsylvania, for an idyllic weekend getaway. Some fishing, some barbecue, some games...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Top Horror, Hidden in the Suspense Section

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-03-17

Totally enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

While this may not be for everyone, I enjoyed the "game playing" by the brothers. To put yourself in the family's shoes to understand and anticipate what might happen yet was difficult. Most of us cannot conceive of such nasty characters in our everyday "real" lives; they live in movies and books (thank goodness!).
I would definitely read more written by this author. The narrator did a nice job giving each player their own nuances and personality.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful