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  • A Serial Killer's Daughter

  • By: Kerri Rawson
  • Narrated by: Devon O'Day
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 226

In 2005, Dennis Rader confessed without remorse to the murders of 10 people, including two children - acts that destroyed seven families and wrecked countless lives in the process. As the town of Wichita, Kansas, celebrated the end of a 31-year nightmare, another was just beginning for his daughter, Kerri Rawson. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Get Through it

  • By M. Waite on 01-30-19

Rawson is strong, but guarded.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I appreciate her journey. I'm happy she was able to put some of her memories about her dad down in writing.
The content was interesting. Sort of. It wasn't real or raw or emotional in any way. It is very stiff and guarded. The opening, where she is informed by the FBI that her father had been arrested is the most "real" part of the book.
She is able to express her fear very well. Her other emotions, not so much. But who can blame her?

As a side note... I was perplexed when she complained about Stephen King's book and how it exploited the victims. King's novella was incredible. And Kerri's criticism was weird. The book in no way exploited anyone. At all. There are LOTS of books about her father that could be considered that way.
So from that admittedly biased perspective, I thought it was odd that the victims played no part in her story. Other than names and the date her father murdered them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mommy's Little Girl

  • Casey Anthony and her Daughter Caylee's Tragic Fate
  • By: Diane Fanning
  • Narrated by: Sally Blake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

The nation wept when news broke of nearly three-year-old Caylee Anthony's disappearance from her home in Florida in July 2007. The search for Caylee made front-page headlines. But Casey Anthony continued to lie to law enforcement about her daughter's whereabouts, complicating their search for the truth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Reader Makes All The Difference

  • By Synsee on 02-07-12

Doesn't cover the trial

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I didn't pay attention to the Casey Anthony case when it was happening. I think that made a huge difference on my perspective. I don't get it. People, including Diane Fanning, are so certain she murdered Caylee. I was expecting some downright undeniable evidence. But really, there's nothing. Casey is a liar and a theif? She kissed girls, had some sex and partied hard? That's it??? Her own grandmother hopes she rots in Hell, because of that?? ROTS IN HELL??? That, to me, just shows how out of control the media was.

This author didn't even cover the trial.15 minutes of biased opinion was included in the afterword. Had to get the book published to ride the media wave... who cares about integrity or hearing/telling the whole story??

Casey PROBABLY wasn't paying attention, Caylee died, Casey tried to call her parents, they didn't answer and she freaked out. She was probably terrified of Cindy! Terrified of the consequences. Maybe tried to stage it as a murder? Who knows? Not this author.


Final notes: Cindy's brother is a complete jerk. And the narrator was seriously not that bad!

  • A Clockwork Murder

  • The Night a Twisted Fantasy Became a Demented Reality
  • By: Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

In April 1997, pretty, 22-year-old Jacine Gielinski stopped her car at a red light in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had no idea that the two young men looking at her from the car next to hers would in that moment decide she would be their target for unspeakable horrors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • #MyNonFictionAddiction

  • By EinsteinzVice on 07-25-17

epilogue was pathetic

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I will not buy another book from this author. The book was ok, but the epilogue was so petty. I bought this because of the narrator and of course, Kevin Pierce was perfect :)

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,427

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Victim and crime are a bit ignored...

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I would suggest increasing the speed to 1.20. The narrators speak so slow, but worse, the music breaks drove me nuts. Other than that, everything I know about the victim can be summed up in a short paragraph. Same can be said about the crime. It was more like a showcase on the suspect.

  • The Rising

  • Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town
  • By: Ryan D'Agostino
  • Narrated by: Ryan D'Agostino
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

On July 23, 2007, Dr. William Petit suffered an unimaginable horror: Armed strangers broke into his suburban Connecticut home in the middle of the night, bludgeoned him nearly to death, tortured and killed his wife and two daughters, and set their house on fire. He miraculously survived, and yet living through those horrific hours was only the beginning of his ordeal. Broken and defeated, Bill was forced to confront a question of ultimate consequence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You won't be able to stop listening

  • By Barbara on 12-18-15

Heartbreaking.

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Not your average true crime format. I love any attempt at bending stuffy literary rules. Barely even mentions the killers. Which in and of itself is remarkable.
I rarely cry with audio books. Physically holding a book and reading? Yeah, grab the tissues. Not so much when read to me.
This audiobook, I cried. Several times. I still tear up thinking about this amazing father taking his inquisitive daughter with him on his rounds as a doctor. The story needed to be told. And I am grateful that D'Agostino did, and gave it the deference it deserves.

  • 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: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,959

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

Lovely; heart-breaking on many levels.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

McNamara is an inspiration. She was an incredible writer. Her ability to express complexities in such an easy way astounds me. My first thought when I found out he'd been caught was "dang, I'd love to know Michelle's thoughts on the man."
I'm proud she was so close. Proud! I don't know the woman, but that's how connected I felt to this incredibly complex, honest woman when reading/listening to her words. There were times I was even a bit mad at her and wanted to shake her! I cared so much because she was willing to be honest about her life. I was invested in her. Never. Ever. Have I ever felt this way about an author. Ever.
The book is great. The content is exciting considering how close they were. I can't wait to learn the real story of how they found him! I so wish McNamara was here to see it all. Thank you Michelle, for your contributions to catching the guy and to the literary world.

  • A Special Kind of Evil

  • The Colonial Parkway Serial Killings
  • By: Blaine L. Pardoe, Victoria R. Hester
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

The Colonial Parkway Murders - the name given eight murders that took place in the Tidewater region in the late 1980s, two of which were on the historic Colonial Parkway, the nation’s narrowest National Park. Young people in the prime of their lives were the targets. But the pattern that stitched this special kind of evil together was more like a spider web of theory, intrigue, and mathematics. Then, mysteriously, the killing spree stopped. Now, father-daughter true crime authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester blow the dust off of these cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Crime Book of the Finest Kind

  • By in1ear (John Row) on 04-03-18

What an odd book.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I quickly lost trust in Hester and Pardoe due to the continuous grammatical errors, conflicting statements and repetitive sentences. True crime should be written with respect and attention to detail. Not slapped together over the course of a year. Sadly, this book only adds to the genre's damaged reputation within the literary world.

Fine, whatever, it's a poorly written book. Who cares? But the thing is, it could have been great. There is so much raw material that could have been woven together in a thoughtful, reflective way and used to engage a wider range of readers. Unfortunately, the story and her characters weren't handled with care or developed in any important way.

In fact, the only person that stands out to me is Joe (hopefully a pseudonym, otherwise he better sue), due to his unfair treatment by the authors. He's suddenly listed as a suspect in the final chapters based primarily on gossip.

There's another man who seemed to have been in a wheel chair during the 4 year killing spree who is also listed as a suspect. I hope they didn't use his real name either. For one, he is dead and can't defend himself; plus, he wasn't physically capable of commiting the murders.

Getting to know any of the characters deeper than surface level was just not possible. There were so many long direct quotes that could have been rewritten and formulated into a cohesive narrative, but instead were strung together verbatim.

I'm not entirely suprised most of the interveiws were merely transcribed because it only took them "one year, plus" to do all the research and write the book! This disappointing fact is very clear throughout.

Honestly, chapters 19 and 20 were maddening. The absolute worst part of this book was a statement in chapter 20 that refers to the victims' last minutes: "Our imaginations give us far worse [images] than reality-at least that is the hope". Let me just say, with total confidence (as a reader with no expertise whatsoever), no one's imagination is capable of coming close to the terrifying last moments of any victim. Come on. That is just offensive.

Clearly, I'm disappointed, but, maybe this book will force the adherence to the FOIA requests and some questions will finally be answered.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkest Night

  • Two Sisters, a Brutal Murder, and the Loss of Innocence in a Small Town
  • By: Ron Franscell
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

Casper, Wyoming: 1973. Eleven-year-old Amy Burridge rides with her 18-year-old sister, Becky, to the grocery store. When they finish their shopping, Becky's car gets a flat tire. Two men politely offer them a ride home. Yet they were anything but good Samaritans. The girls would suffer unspeakable crimes at the hands of these men before being thrown from a bridge into the North Platte River. One miraculously survived; the other did not.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Impact Beyond the Crime: the girl that died twice

  • By Mel on 08-02-15

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Honest and real. Devestating and thought-provoking. Respectful and fair.
Beautifully written and performed.
Again, perfect.