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  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,476

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this style of King!!!

  • By Joyce on 07-07-14

Great book AMAZING NARRATOR

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This is a very solid book good pacing in the story and isn't really odd like some Stephen King books can get. But Will Patton is AMAZING! I listen to a lot of Audiobooks and he and Scott Brick are my favorite. Will Patton brings the story alive really

  • Made Men

  • The True Rise-and-Fall Story of a New Jersey Mob Family
  • By: Greg B. Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

For years, the DeCavalcantes, the most powerful Mob family in Jersey, labored in the shadows of the more famous families in New York - the likes of the Gambinos and the Columbos. Dismissed by the big-city capos, the DeCavalcantes finally came into their own when they found their lives mirrored in the television hit, The Sopranos. Overnight it legitimized the made men of the Garden State. Now they were a familia to be reckoned with. Unfortunately with high profile came high risk. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Real Sopranos

  • By jonathan meharg on 10-25-18

Real Sopranos

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I am a huge fan of The Sopranos and I'd heard this was the family the showed was somewhat based on. They narrator did an a great job making a watered-down story more interesting. this book isn't the worst mafia-related book I've ever listened to but it's not the best either. I'm not disappointed but not thrilled it's not bad not great just average. I did learn about the New Jersey side of the mafia. I'd give this book a 7/10

  • The Sinatra Club

  • My Life Inside the New York Mafia
  • By: Sal Polisi, Steve Dougherty
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

The Mob was the biggest, richest business in America...until it was destroyed from within by drugs, greed, and the decline of its traditional crime family values. And by guys like Sal Polisi. As a member of New York's feared Colombo Family, Polisi ran the Sinatra Club, an illegal after-hours gambling den that was a magic kingdom of crime and a hangout for up-and-coming mobsters. But the nonstop thrills of Polisi's criminal glory days abruptly ended.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The gangster with a heart of gold...

  • By Rodney on 03-03-18

Good mafia book but

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

This was a good book about the mafia but it relies to much on name dropping. Sal Polisi talks about turning over a new leaf but even then you don't believe him. This is the second book where I dislike the author more after I was done reading it then before I read it. The first book like that was The Wolf of Wall Street. this is an enjoyable book for anybody that's interested in the mafia some of the more famous things have conflicting stories from what you may have read in the past so it's hard to tell what's true and what's not

  • Showtime

  • Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s
  • By: Jeff Pearlman
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Best-selling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost 300 interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of America’s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the players’ decadent Hollywood lifestyles. From the Showtime era’s remarkable rise to its tragic end - marked by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV - Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight into one of my favorite teams

  • By Andrew on 10-11-18

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Great book for any basketball fan but a must read for all the obnoxious Laker fans out there. Unfortunately this book mentions Kobe Bryant only once or twice so I'm sure there are people that will say it's the worst book in history just because of that alone.

  • Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man

  • By: Martin Corona, Tony Rafael
  • Narrated by: Jacob Vargas
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

Martin Corona, a US citizen, fell into the outlaw life at 12 and worked for a crew run by the Arellano brothers, founders of the Tijuana drug cartel that dominated the Southern California drug trade and much bloody gang warfare for decades. Corona's crew would cross into the United States from their luxurious hideout in Mexico, kill whomever needed to be killed north of the border, and return home in the afternoon. Martin Corona played a key role in the downfall of the cartel when he turned state's evidence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather Disappointing

  • By Betty Von Schnuuglestein on 08-03-17

Eh

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Interesting story but it wasn't what I thought it would be. I was going for a book about the Cartels and their hitmen. Mr. Corona has a fascinating story which would be fine standing on its own as a biography. But when you think you're going to hear about Mexican drug cartels and things like that it's a little disappointing

  • League of Denial

  • The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth
  • By: Mark Fainaru-Wada, Steve Fainaru
  • Narrated by: David H. Lawrence XVII
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America's most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players - including some of the all-time greats - to madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, well worth the credit

  • By David P. McGivern on 03-07-14

Shocking

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

This book starts with the story of Mike Webster. Any big football fan will know his sad story but the book goes into more detail and just breaks your heart for his family. I never thought I'd look at the NFL like I do the tobbacoo companies but if you read this book. Imsure you will also.

  • All-American Murder

  • The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers' Row
  • By: James Patterson, Alex Abramovich
  • Narrated by: Peter Coleman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

He was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later a Super Bowl veteran. He was a star tight end on the league-dominant New England Patriots, who extended his contract for a record $40 million. Aaron Hernandez's every move as a professional athlete played out in the headlines, yet he led a secret life-one that ended in a maximum security prison. What drove him to go so wrong, so fast?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sadly, I had to stop listening...

  • By T. Migliaccio on 01-25-18

As interesting as it is frustrating.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

it's amazing somebody that young that talented who seem to have the life most people dream I can throw it all away because of idiotic wannabe gang banger persona. the narrator did a great job letting you know when somebody else was talking when he spoke a quote from Hernandez he did make him sound will idiotic witch seemed a little bit of a cheap shot but with the exception of that I have no complaints it was fascinating listen to.

  • The Cases That Haunt Us

  • From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won't Go Away
  • By: John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736

Did Lizzie Borden murder her own father and stepmother? Was Jack the Ripper actually the Duke of Clarence? Who killed JonBenet Ramsey? America's foremost expert on criminal profiling and 25-year FBI veteran John Douglas, along with author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, explores those tantalizing questions and more in this mesmerizing work of detection. With uniquely gripping analysis, the authors reexamine and reinterpret the accepted facts, evidence, and victimology of the most notorious murder cases in the history of crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Douglas is AMAZING

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-17-16

Eye Opening

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

I mainly got this book because of the JonBenet Ramsey case because I wanted to know the profile of who they thought had committed the crime. I remember John Douglas being a pretty staunch supporter of the Ramsey family. even though I'm a fan of True Crime Jack the Ripper has never been interesting to me but the way he profile. Just based on the crimes was actually very interesting so if you like shows like mindhunter or Criminal Minds you'll really enjoy this book.

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  • Who Killed These Girls?

  • Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders
  • By: Beverly Lowry
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

The facts are brutally straightforward. On December 6, 1991, the naked, bound and gagged bodies of four girls - each one shot in the head - were found in an I Can't Believe It's Yogurt! shop in Austin, Texas. Grief, shock, and horror spread out from their families and friends to overtake the city itself. Though all branches of law enforcement were brought to bear, the investigation was often misdirected, and after eight years only two men (then teenagers) were tried.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story ruined by terrible narration

  • By Kristy M on 01-19-17

Sad on several levels.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

this case is always been pretty interesting to me and when I saw there was a book about it I was excited to read it. I never heard the story of the multiple trials and things of that nature. But hearing what the Austin Police Department detectives did especially to one of the suspects you could tell was not very intelligent I'd say close to handicapped. And the fact that they coerced him into saying what they wanted and it really answers the question of how could you confess to something you didn't do. But the saddest thing of all of it is what happened to those four girls and what their parents continue to go through

  • The Game

  • Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers
  • By: Jon Pessah
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

In the fall of 1992, America's national pastime is in crisis and already on the path to the unthinkable: cancelling a World Series for the first time in history. The owners are at war with each other, their decades-long battle with the players has turned America against both sides, and the players' growing addiction to steroids will threaten the game's very foundation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Narration

  • By Sally Harrison-Pepper on 08-15-15

Should have been called Bud and George

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

I'm fully aware you can't have a baseball book about the last 20 or 30 years and night feature the New York Yankees prominently in the book. The book I'd listen to before this was the Yankee years by Joe Torre and at least of the fourth of a book was basically repeated from the Yankee years. I learned more than I knew going into it it's a good read or listen for any baseball fan. But it's basically about bud selig and George Steinbrenner. I did come away liking George Steinbrenner more than I used to which after listening to the Yankee years was really hard.

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