LISTENER

JET

Helper, UT, United States
  • 16
  • reviews
  • 7
  • helpful votes
  • 81
  • ratings
  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,479

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I didn't have really high hopes with this book but I was pleasantly surprised. McNamara does a nice job putting the murders into the cultural context of the times. She doesn't dwell on gory details. The researchers that worked on the book after her death also did a nice job finishing her work. The only problem is the end gets a bit boring because we now know who the Golden State killer is. I wish McNamara was still alive to receive this information.

  • The Cat Who Came to Breakfast

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

The development of a major resort complex at the southern end of Pear Island, affectionately known as Breakfast Island, is turning the town upside down. Local residents, summer people, and mainland fishermen are all hopping mad that the peace of their retreat is being shattered. But who is angry enough to murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the cat who is for any age group

  • By Kathy on 05-11-12

Worth a Listen

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

The story isn't one of the best but if you are a Cat Who ..... fan this is a must listen. As always, the narrator is wonderful.

  • The Romanov Sisters

  • The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive, and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution - the nightmare that would sweep their world away and them along with it. The Romanov Sisters will surprise people, even aficionados.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made you want to change the ending

  • By MissSusie66 on 01-23-15

Intimate View of the Czar's Family

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Sometimes history is wonderful as an audible book, sometimes it is rather dull. This book was wonderful! I didn't think the end would be so emotional because we all know how it ends.

  • Milat

  • Inside Australia's Biggest Manhunt - a Detective's Story
  • By: Clive Small, Tom Gilling
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

A true insider's story of the backpacker murders from the detective who led the team that arrested Ivan Milat. Milat - the serial killer who preyed on young hitchhikers. The backpackers - the innocent victims of a brutal murderer. Belanglo - a place that became synonymous with pure evil. It was the biggest and most complex manhunt in Australian history, an investigation that gripped a nation. Behind the many false leads and dead ends, precious clues emerged that pointed to one man.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A story poorly told.

  • By Carl D Saff on 08-06-16

Unusual Progression

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

True crime stories can take many different directions. I prefer true crime that focuses on the victims' lives and the social and cultural settings of the murder. I don't need a lot of gory crime details or hypotheses about the killer's life. This story takes a different direction entirely. In the first half, the Backpacker crimes are discussed, the evidence against Milat is presented, and Milat is convicted. It is very short. The author, a lead investigator on the team, goes on to talk about the damage caused by another investigating officer he had to remove from the team. In the second half, random crimes are discussed. They start will crimes potentially committed by Milat and then the crimes not connected to Milat at all are presented. It is a little puzzling, but it wasn't a bad story. The narrator was very good.

  • Thin Air

  • A Shetland Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Shetland to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends. But one of them, Eleanor, disappears - apparently into thin air. It's midsummer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. And then Eleanor's body is discovered lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • weird pauses throughout

  • By JEN MONTI on 05-19-15

Classic Cleeves

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

Thin Air wasn't my favorite Ann Cleeves' story, but it was well read and enjoyable.

  • Never See Them Again

  • By: M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

In the summer of 2003, the Houston suburb of Clear Lake, Texas, was devastated when four young residents were viciously slain. The two female victims, Tiffany Rowell and Rachael Koloroutis, were just 18 years old - popular and beloved. But when a killer came knocking, it turned out to be someone they knew all too well. Seventeen-year-old Christine Paolilla was an awkward outsider until the girls befriended her. In this gripping true story, M. William Phelps delves into the heart of a baffling mystery to get to the truth of an act so brutal it could not be understood - until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Coverage of Why 4 Youths were Heartlessly Murdered

  • By Mary Burnight on 01-15-18

Good Story, With Good Flow

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Any additional comments?

This book provides a very engaging story. I would have liked a little more cultural/historical context to the book. However, it is a fairly recent case so that would probably be difficult to do. The details and facts were not over dramatized. I really liked the narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The I-5 Killer

  • By: Ann Rule, Andy Stack
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

As a young man, Randall Woodfield had it all; he was a star athlete with good looks and an award-winning student. Working in the swinging West Coast bar scene, he had more than his share of women. But he wanted more than just sex. An appetite for unspeakable violent acts led him to cruise the I-5 highway through California to Washington, leaving a trail of victims along the way. As the list of the dead grew, the police mobilized to stop a twisted killer who had 44 known deaths to his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting from beginning to end.

  • By Mami hermosa on 01-12-18

Good Read (or Listen)

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Where does The I-5 Killer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book, although not the best, was a very good true crime book.

Any additional comments?

Other reviewers complain that there are holes in the story. There were a couple of times I thought, "Hey, what happened to ...." or "Wait, where did that come from ..." But, overall, the story was easy to follow.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Mother's Reckoning

  • Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
  • By: Sue Klebold
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon, Sue Klebold
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives. For the last 16 years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I kept on driving just to listen to a few more chapters

  • By Sharon on 02-23-16

Interesting Read

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

What did you like best about A Mother's Reckoning? What did you like least?

We all have to deal with something terrible in our life. Sue Klebold has to deal with something really, really, really terrible. It's insightful to see her she processes it.

If you’ve listened to books by Sue Klebold before, how does this one compare?

N/A

Would you listen to another book narrated by Andrew Solomon and Sue Klebold ?

Yes

What else would you have wanted to know about Sue Klebold’s life?

We learn enough about Sue Klebold's life, it would have been nice to get more insight into Dylan and how he saw things.

Any additional comments?

One regret Sue Klebold has about how she raised Dylan is that she didn't listen to him. She comes to this realization in this book, but does not overcome it. We still don't hear from Dylan much. This book with provide insight into how Sue Klebold deals with the terrible aftermath, but Dylan stays silent.

  • Murder in the Stacks

  • Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away
  • By: David DeKok
  • Narrated by: Eddie Frierson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

On the day after Thanksgiving in 1969, Betsy Aardsma, a 22-year-old graduate student in English at Penn State University, was stabbed to death in the stacks of Pattee Library at the university's main campus in the small town of State College. For more than 40 years, her murder went unsolved. Aardsma was smart, pretty and kind, and the Pennsylvania State Police could not figure out why anyone would want to kill her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FASCINATING! SOLVED!

  • By Eddie38 on 11-11-15

Focuses on Society and Crime in the Late 1960s

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

Would you listen to Murder in the Stacks again? Why?

Yes - there was a lot of interesting information pertaining to a wide variety of events.

What other book might you compare Murder in the Stacks to and why?

Maybe The Bundy Murders

Have you listened to any of Eddie Frierson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like the first half of the book. It really goes into the like of Betsey Aardasma.

Any additional comments?

Some people didn't like this book because it is not focused on the crime so much as the circumstances around it. I, personally, like this about the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nutrition Made Clear

  • By: Roberta H. Anding, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Roberta H. Anding
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032

Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a side book

  • By Angela on 08-26-13

One of the best Great Courses!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

What did you love best about Nutrition Made Clear?

The information was presented in an intelligent and clear way.

What other book might you compare Nutrition Made Clear to and why?

Salt, Sugar, and Fat - It is engaging and informative.

Which character – as performed by Professor Roberta H. Anding – was your favorite?

N/A

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

N/A

Any additional comments?

The pdf guide that comes with these lectures is a gem! I printed the whole thing off and I use it for reference.