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  • The Devil's Gentleman

  • Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

The wayward son of a revered Civil War general, Roland Molineux enjoyed good looks, status, and fortune - hardly the qualities of a prime suspect in a series of shocking, merciless cyanide killings. Molineux's subsequent indictment for murder led to two explosive trials and a sex-infused scandal that shocked the nation. Bringing to life Manhattan's Gilded Age, Schechter captures all the colors of the tumultuous legal proceedings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book Without an Accompanying Wiki Page Is Always A Treat

  • By Carolina on 02-27-17

The first crime of the century

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

Would you listen to The Devil's Gentleman again? Why?

What made this audiobook so fascinating to me was the suspense as the story unfolded. Now that I know how it turned out, I might still listen to it again paying more attention to the many interesting details the author provided to enrich his narrative.

What did you like best about this story?

The author did not just tell a story. He placed it the context of history as a precursor to the sensationalism surrounding celebrity crime today. Before OJ, Phil Spector, Robert Blake, and Conrad Murray, there were the trials of a psychopathic poisoner son of a revered general. The 'yellow' newspapers reported on them fervently feeding America's new obsession. The characters are finely drawn and there are even a few surprises that await the listener.

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

I have never heard any of his ther performances but I did enjoy his style, more so as the story progressed and I got used to his voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I could have easily, but that would have made it less enjoyable to me. It's a long story filled with so many interesting details and so better to listen to in sessions.

Any additional comments?

Great story with a good amount of insight into the characters.

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  • The Killing Season

  • By: Alex French
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77

In the summer of 1975, the sprawling valley town of Grand Junction, Colorado, is stunned by the grisly double murders of 24-year-old Linda Benson and her baby daughter Kelley. For Jim Fromm and Doug Rushing, the two young detectives assigned to the case, the investigation is a chance to earn their stripes and prove their mettle. At first, Fromm and Rushing peg the woman's mercurial husband, a pipe-fitter who works outside of town, as the primary suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book of my dreams and my nightmares

  • By Taresa Pflueger on 09-08-18

Litany of murders, clues and frustrated dectives

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

What would have made The Killing Season better?

I don't think there was an effort to make this book into a story. Yes, there were lots of murders and they are all horrific -- but that in itself does not lend itself into a book.

What could Alex French have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Personally, I didn't get the point of why this was made into a book. There was nothing interesting about it. No characters to care about.

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

He is an excellent narrator, not his fault story is all over the place.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was annoyed with this story. Could not wait to for it to end.

Any additional comments?

This title of the book summarizes exactly what the book is about, but I certainly didn't expect just a recitation of who murdered who until it get so boring you stop caring. It's all over the place with a zillion characters. It was hard to keep track of all those people. Goes off on tangents discussing every clue, every detective, and every murder committed in Colorado and Utah in the early 70s.

  • Inside the Mind of BTK

  • The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
  • By: John Douglas, Johnny Dodd
  • Narrated by: Jason Klav
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Leslie on 08-30-11

nauseous fumes??

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

Great story practically ruined by constant mispronunciation of even basic words! It's noxious fumes NOT nauseous fumes! Doesn't author care enough to listen to his book before it's for sale?? Fantastic story so I had to give it 4 stars.

  • Two Heads Equal Two Hands

  • The Story of the Chatsworth Killer in His Own Words
  • By: Emericus Durden
  • Narrated by: Aaron Clawitter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

From 2003 to 2006, a series of 14 brutal murders summoned the deepest fears in the hearts of everyone living in California's San Fernando Valley. The killer behind the murders would become known only when he turned himself in to authorities in 2006, confessing to the murders and declaring he had "proof" that "emptiness" and "informational symmetry" made random crime impossible to prevent in modern-day society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, a rare look into the mind of a killer

  • By Sean on 08-30-15

Fascinating, a rare look into the mind of a killer

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Two Heads Equal Two Hands to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It would have to be the killer. His intellectual (and he is extremely smart) seems at odds with his distorted thinking. The others make too brief an appearance.

What about Aaron Clawitter’s performance did you like?

i thought he was great! His voice had the right mix of seriousness and irony for the story. But he whistled his s's which was very annoying until you got used to it.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

It was interesting how the killer diferentiated between psychopathy and mentl illness.

Any additional comments?

The words of a serial killer of 14 people (and two others later on.) He is extremely intelligent and well educated and one senses he comes from a rich family. His reasoning is certainly delusional and sometimes hilarious (whether intentional or not.) From simply having a nihilistic point of view, his life unravels as he stops working, abandons his apartment for life on the streets, and decides to kill more people. He especially likes to walk around his victims' mansions after he murders them. The police are clueless as to who he is because he's figured out that if he kills completely at random, leaves no evidence, and doesn't brag, he'll never get caught. He seems obsessed with the idea of asymmetry (thus the title) and he aims to fix this by killing only strangers (he can change their lives while they don't even know who he is.) He is a psychopath (not necessarily a bad thing), logical, and wants to be a teacher to society. He does not have a real mental illness like schizophrenia. Whether this is a real person, I don't know. But it is presented as a true story and is a very entertaining one either way. I would have given it 5 stars but I would have liked more of a background to this story and more about this killer. This would have made it seem more real to me.

  • The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History

  • By: Kevin M. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A REAL Monster

  • By Gayle on 10-20-14

By far the best audiobook on Ted Bundy

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously not my favorite person, but the most interesting character is the subject of the book - Ted Bundy.

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

Kevin Pierce can make most any story great. He is my favorite narrator, so I'm biased. (But a lot of other reviewers agree with me.) In this book, he sounds like what I would expect of a detective -- his voice finds just the right tone of irony as he relays Bundy's 'thought processes' and actions. I liked his performance much more than the narrator in the Ann Rule book, 'The Stranger Beside Me'.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I would say the descriptions of Ted Bundy's peculiar relationship with his girlfriend, particularly his violent episodes. Also when a casual friend brings to light an incident on how he mistreated his girlfriend. He was able to 'contain himself' but certain situations brought out his violent personality, even among those he knew personally. One of his professors was suspicious of him and reported him to the police as a possible suspect.

Any additional comments?

Fascinating account of the life and crimes of Ted Bundy. Perfect narration draws you in and sets just the right mood. This is a story where every day lives, small town America, college students, and hitch hikers meet unspeakable evil. Bundy unravels psychologically and physically from the handsome and saavy budding politician and law student as his true self -- a monster who lives to kill and hides body parts in lush forests -- creeps out from behind his mask. Yes, it's graphic, but no more than it has to be to convey this true horror story. I listened to this more than once.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • And Never Let Her Go

  • Thomas Capano, the Deadly Seducer
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Melissa Leo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

From America's most celebrated true-crime writer comes the heartbreaking, real-life drama of a doomed young woman hopelessly trapped in a web of sexual intrigue, political manipulation, and emotional deception by her charming and successful -- but ultimately deadly -- lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ann Rule never disappoints...

  • By gtpammie on 01-07-13

Abridged version leaves too much out

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It should be offered in unabridged format. So much detail and description is left out - and that is what makes Ann Rule's books so interesting.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Tom Capano's secret,double life is the most interesting. Least interesting was the repetitive and much too detailed descriptions of Anne Marie Fahey's personality. So she did have an affair with a married man - not very moral, but Ann Rule tries to compensate for her 'sin' and 'save' her reputation way too hard.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She sounded like she was very bored and sleepy and pronounced Capano like Capana sometimes - unless this is an alternate pronunciation. Other words were not pronounced correctly which is very annoying.

What character would you cut from And Never Let Her Go?

Too much emphasis on Anne Marie Fahey's family. They seem like great and caring people but a good story is balanced and more about Tom Capano and his family should have been included.

Any additional comments?

I could not finish listening to this audio book. I would recommend reading the book - it was great! So disappointed with the audio version.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful