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  • A Dark Night in Aurora

  • Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Theater Shootings
  • By: William H. Reid MD MPH
  • Narrated by: William H. Reid MD MPH
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

On July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, a man in dark body armor and a gas mask entered a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises with a tactical shotgun, a high-capacity assault rifle, and a sidearm. Soon twelve were dead and fifty-eight were wounded.  A Dark Night in Aurora uses the twenty-three hours of unredacted interview transcripts never seen by the public and Reid’s research to bring the listener inside the mind of a mass murderer. The result is chilling, gripping study of abnormal psychology and how a lovely boy named Jimmy became a killer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Debra Tremoulis on 09-02-18

Author as Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

You would think author as narrator would be horrible like it usually is, plus he is an MD but I found the book and the narrator excellent. Very balanced for someone involved in the trail too. Highly recommend. Especially the afterword

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Evicted

  • Poverty and Profit in the American City
  • By: Matthew Desmond
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,124

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding and eye-opening

  • By serine on 11-29-16

Perfect Narration to an excellent book

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

I am so impressed with the telling of this story which could have gone bad in many ways but top notch narration and production along with an amazing story. If only all complex issues were conveyed in such an intellectual manner the world would be a better place

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spain in Our Hearts

  • Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939
  • By: Adam Hochschild
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Today we're accustomed to remembering the war through Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and Robert Capa's photographs. But Adam Hochschild has discovered some less familiar yet far more compelling characters who reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book very well written and narrated

  • By James750 on 05-12-16

Great book very well written and narrated

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

This book could make you cry. It gives a historical background and still is able to give the humanity of the war revealed in each person

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Beanie Baby Bubble

  • Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute
  • By: Zac Bissonnette
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

There has never been a craze like Beanie Babies. The $5 beanbag animals with names like Seaweed the Otter and Gigi the Poodle drove millions of Americans into a greed-fueled frenzy as they chased the rarest Beanie Babies, whose values escalated weekly in the late 1990s. A single Beanie Baby sold for $10,000, and on eBay the animals comprised 10 percent of all sales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • King of Crushed Dreams

  • By Carole T. on 03-06-15

Good Quick Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Narration was great and it's an interesting story, not an especially deep penetration of the bubble phenomenon. The sketch of the man behind the toys is pretty bleak and not really the authors fault.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder of the Century

  • The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars
  • By: Paul Collins
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,138

In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism

  • By deborah on 11-04-11

I admit I couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

What would have made The Murder of the Century better?

The narration was hard to take seriously and made me doubt the truth of the story or at least the implied importance of it

Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Collins? Why or why not?

I would keep an open mind

How could the performance have been better?

I am a fan of more of a reading style and not the voice acting used here

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The idea sounded good and I previewed but I did tire of the style of narration after an hour our so

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Operation Nemesis

  • The Assassination Plot That Avenged the Armenian Genocide
  • By: Eric Bogosian
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

In 1921 a small group of self-appointed patriots set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They named their operation Nemesis after the Greek goddess of retribution. Over several years the men tracked down and assassinated former Turkish leaders. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History Worth Learning & Remembering

  • By IRP on 06-25-15

Eric should make this in to a movie

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

What did you love best about Operation Nemesis?

It's an unknown chapter in world history and you would believe it unless you heard it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Operation Nemesis?

The moral questions will keep you thinking for a while after. What would you do if your people were killed so coldly and the world mostly ignored it. Was it right to act. Those questions remain very topical

What about Eric Bogosian’s performance did you like?

Off course he killed it

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

I immediately did a lot of review of this topic as it was so engaging

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Power Broker

  • Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 66 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,724

Everywhere acknowledged as a modern American classic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest books of the 20th century, The Power Broker is a galvanizing biography revealing not only the saga of one man's incredible accumulation of power, but the story of the shaping (and mis-shaping) of New York in the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spectacular history of New York City

  • By Paul on 01-01-13

Read the book 15 years ago and still got Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

What made the experience of listening to The Power Broker the most enjoyable?

The most thoroughly researched book I have ever read. The idea that someone was able to sit down and write it feels like a superhuman task. The story of a civil servant shaping a city and its history, though he was so much more, really demonstrates how history told from various view points gives the listener a better sense of the true history of the time

Who was your favorite character and why?

Robert Moses

Which scene was your favorite?

His friendship with Al Smith, his opposite in every way

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hollywood doesn't have the depth to turn this in to a movie and if they did they would butcher it. This is a audiobook for a person who is patient enough to get through a long detailed story

Any additional comments?

Don't be put off by the size, the chapters are pretty self contained and you won't have to wait 20 hours for the payoff.

  • A Thousand Lives

  • The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
  • By: Julia Scheeres
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103

In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Experiencing a New Emotion at the End of a Book

  • By Russell on 12-15-11

Really Great Story and Much Better than I Expected

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is told in a blanced and even way. The author takes a non judgemental view particularly toward the victims. The story builds as the sect moves to South America especially not knowing if the stories of individual are survivors. It's a memorizing story utilizing how a sidewalk preacher from the Midwest can convince 500 people to kill themselves in a jungle. I recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in the subject.

What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

Well narrated