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  • The Lost City of the Monkey God

  • A True Story
  • By: Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by: Bill Mumy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,319

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danger and Discovery in the Jungle

  • By Jim N on 01-08-17

Wow!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Every syllable of this true story impressed me. Okay, I exaggerate, but it truly is a fascinating read. I can’t imagine ever choosing to travel into a jungle, so this is a way I could learn about rainforests, recent exploration, global warming, Honduras, and the fall of great civilizations. I don’t want to preach about any of the above so I won’t continue to tell you what I learned. I hope many of you will read this book.

  • Blood Royal

  • A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris
  • By: Eric Jager
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer - and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Anonymous on 04-23-16

Royal Read

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

I liked this book very much. However, given that the murder took place over 600 years ago and in a place I, unfortunately, have never lived/visited, much of this book is truly a history book rather than the true crime book it purports to be. There are many interesting details of life, political intrigue, and French history, as well as the true crime. So, if you like history, give this one a try. Don’t be turned off if you’re not into true crime. And, if you are very opposed to learning about those who have gone before us, skip it. Again, I found it enjoyable.
I only gave the narrator four stars, because his style had to grow on me. After a little while, I was pronouncing French phrases after him, so he probably deserves 4.5.

  • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

  • A True Story of Injustice in the American South
  • By: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham - foreword
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes and the legally condoned failures that allowed it to happen. Balko and Carrington will shine a light on the institutional and professional failures that allowed this tragic, astonishing story to happen, identify where it may have happened elsewhere, and show how to prevent it from happening again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • riveting

  • By T. Pratt on 03-12-18

Blew Me Away

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Oh, my goodness! I know the world has always had injustice, ignorance and con men. I just had no idea that this kind were so firmly entrenched in the legal system. This book should be widely read and discussed throughout our nation. Too bad we can’t require that it be required reading for all judges.
The book has a snazzy title and mentions true crime, but most of the book is eye-opening history. It tackles injustice in Mississippi, but some of it applies to all the US. It also ponders the lack of insights built into legal vs. science mind sets. The book would make a good companion book to Ghost of the Innocent Man by Benjamin Rachlin.
I highly recommend this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bloodsworth

  • The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence
  • By: Tim Junkin
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland's gas chamber. Maintaining his innocence, he read everything on criminal law available in the prison library and persuaded a new lawyer to petition for the then-innovative DNA testing. After nine years in one of the harshest prisons in America, Kirk Bloodsworth became the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good, but Hard Read for Me

  • By Jean on 08-16-18

Very Good, but Hard Read for Me

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

If you, like me, find it extremely scary as well as horrendously unjust for an innocent man to be subjected to incarceration, you may have trouble reading this book, even though you know he will eventually be exonerated. This truly is a great read; I encourage you to choose to read it despite any misgivings you may have.
The narrator is excellent also.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Every Mother's Nightmare

  • By: Charles Bosworth Jr
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Reveals the harrowing story of two mothers, Jude Govreau and Mari Winzen, whose children were brutally killed by a vicious murderer, and recounts their efforts with a lone district attorney to bring the murderer to justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking but interesting

  • By The book lover on 11-19-15

Great Pair

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Charles Bosworth (author) and Kevin Pierce (narrator) were the winning pair in my first true crime read. Many books later I continue to appreciate their talents. This is a good book. Occasionally, I had to remind myself that different people grieve in different ways, but that’s always a good reminder.

  • Switching Time

  • A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities
  • By: Richard Baer M.D.
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

Switching Time is the first story centering on multiple personality disorder to be told by the treating physician. It is the incredible saga of a young woman stranded in unimaginable darkness who, in order to survive, created 17 different versions of herself. One by one, Karen's "alters" began showing themselves: men, women, young boys, a toddler, black, white, vicious, nurturing, prim, licentious. And their "stepping out" confronted Baer with the challenge of a lifetime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't help myself

  • By Tech Nut on 12-31-07

WOW

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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

This has been a fascinating day. I have listened to the entire audiobook in one sitting. What courageous people “Karen” and Dr. Baer were! What horrendous things happened to “Karen” and yet she endured with the help of her alters. It is almost unbelievable and yet I am more convinced than not that occasionally multiple personalities save horrifically abused children.
I must add that the narrator, Lloyd James did a marvelous job portraying so many different voices so well.

  • Blood in the Snow

  • The True Story of a Stay-at-Home Dad, His High-Powered Wife, and the Jealousy That Drove Him to Murder
  • By: Tom Henderson
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

In Washington Township, Michigan, on Valentine's Day, 2007, Stephen Grant filed a missing persons report on his beloved wife, Tara. The stay-at-home father of two was beside himself with despair. Why would Tara abandon him and their family? Was she involved with another man? Stephen's frantic, emotional search for Tara made national headlines, and the case was featured on Dateline among other television shows and news outlets. But key elements in Stephen's story still weren't adding up....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mortifying!

  • By Ellen on 02-19-18

GREAT Listen in True Crime

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

This true crime book was a very good read. I started reading it, thinking it might be run of the mill, but I have no complaints! I listened to this and am very impressed with the narrator, Paul Michael Garcia, as well as the author, Tom Henderson.

  • Detroit

  • An American Autopsy
  • By: Charlie LeDuff
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Avid Reader and Listener on 07-09-13

A Warning to America

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-17

This is an excellent book. LeDuff sure knows how to report. The book tackles a difficult subject: death of a once mighty American city, Detroit. That makes it a rather depressing read, but it is also the story of a newspaper reporter who goes home and faces many truths. If the larger story gets difficult to read, the personal information gives the reader a respite. Even when the personal story itself has grim details, there are accounts of people who are genuine, who love others and who are loyal to their home. I worked in Detroit for a year, though I commuted a long way. I did indeed meet such good people.
The fate of Detroit is, as LeDuff observes, is a prequel to the dying of all the other American cities. And that is a dismal prediction. As many have noted, there are those in our society who want the death of the middle class. When and if they have their way, our cities' deaths will come and it may indeed be as ugly as Detroit's.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Once a Cop

  • The Street, the Law, Two Worlds, One Man
  • By: Corey Pegues
  • Narrated by: Corey Pegues
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

New Jack City meets Serpico in this provocative memoir of a crack dealer-turned-decorated NYPD officer - a timely reflection on the complex relationship between the police and the communities they are meant to protect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and timely

  • By Philip M Schrader on 07-17-16

Timely, Fascinating, Well Written

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Some listeners have found the author's narration difficult; that was not my experience at all. I'm glad I got to hear Mr. Pegues' account in his own voice. He did a fine job - narrating and writing - and, I believe, serving his city.

I'm appalled at the prejudice that minorities still experience. Mr. Pergues was able to explain what he experienced and observed in a manner that was very calm, rational, and convincing.

I appreciated his view on events that took place in New York city.

I highly recommend this book.

  • The Pecan Man

  • By: Cassie Dandridge Selleck
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120

In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief's son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Thinking About this Book

  • By L. O. Pardue on 08-01-16

Read in One Sitting

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

This novel considers many issues, not the least of which is the challenge of living in a way that is true to yourself despite the heartaches that might bring. All of the issues presented in the novel are dealt with well and in keeping with the characters' personalities. I am glad that I chose to read this book and am pleased to recommend it. I almost didn't get it because I prefer longer books. Glad I did!

The narrator of the audio edition did a marvelous job.