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  • "Please...Don't Kill Me"

  • The True Story of the Milo Murder
  • By: William C. Dear, Carlton Stowers
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Dean Milo was a phenomenally successful businessman. Along the way, he established a lengthy list of enemies. His fast-track ride to the top came to a violent halt on August 11, 1980, when Milo was found dead in his luxurious Ohio home, shot twice in the head. A blank telegram form lay nearby.  This is the gripping story of the remarkable collaboration between Texas private eye, Bill Dear, and the police detectives of Akron, Ohio, that led to the convictions of the people responsible for the death. It is also a tale of the human weakness, desperation, and overwhelming greed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best true crime stories

  • By Rhonda on 04-25-18

Fascinating story that could have been told far better

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This is one of those books where the author gets caught up describing the murder, the suspects and the path that they followed in the course of identifying who, of the vast cast of characters potentially linked to the crime, was actually their prime suspect; And then, *poof*, there’s a trial, a verdict and an epilogue; this last part told over the course of a few sparse chapters. I had to go back and replay chapter 17 because the fact that there was initially a mistrial for one of the suspects was barely discussed. While I thoroughly enjoyed the story in the end I was left with a vague sense of confusion accompanied by a gnawing hunger for something richer from the dessert table.

  • 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

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I am an avid audio book listener who never purchases a selection without reading through a cross section of other listener’s reviews first. This AB had overwhelmingly positive reviews which was what helped to both inform my decision and inspire me to put it at the top of my list to hear. I have to say that I feel cheated as well as incredibly underwhelmed. The story, while interesting, felt unidimensional and without depth; while the flat, monotone performance of the reader sucked every molecule of emotion from this unfathomable tragedy. I didn’t think it possible to remove all feeling from so vicious a crime. However, the author chose to narrate the book himself, maybe mistakenly believing that no one could do the story the same justice as he could. I respectfully advise Mr. Reid to not quit his day job. He possesses a deep, rather flat and somewhat nasally voice; reading the text without inflection, in a manner that has the mind numbing effect of lulling the listener into a coma. It’s really a shame. Further disappointing is the absence of any added insight or understanding of what motivated the perpetrator to commit so heinous a crime. My mind is spinning with unanswered questions and missed opportunities for reflection and deeper understanding. The incongruous flow of details with emphasis on exploring aspects of Mr. Holmes history to the most insignificant levels of minutia, while skating superficially over other areas that were seemingly far more influential to who this man was and what he became, brought added frustration. Having just finished listening, I am left with the same gnawing feeling synonymous with being left entirely unsatisfied after having just eaten a gourmet meal.
Unfortunate.

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  • Columbine

  • By: Dave Cullen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268

Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I've been hit by a freight train

  • By Dave on 06-23-09

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

This is a thoughtful, extremely well researched and well presented accounting of the Columbine tragedy. The senseless loss of young, innocent lives, the pain of those who were injured physically and emotionally as well as those who fought to save others, preserve life and bring an end to the tragedy; the family’s of those who’s children were killed, and those who’s children were left with life altering debilities, the friends that live with survivor guilt and those who live with the horror of memories they should never have had to endure, and the parents of these two boys, who were also victims - each are addressed with care with sensitivity; and always with an emphasis on factual accounting and the hope for a future where such events never recur.
This book is well written and impossible to put down or stop listening to. I give it 5 well deserved stars. Outstanding!

  • 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 646
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

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

Great book, horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I am an avid fan of John Douglas’ work; having read or listened to every one of his published books. I find his books thorough in detail of the crimes he is analyzing, combined with an artist’s ability for storytelling. He has the gift of being able to transport his reader’s to the scene of each crime, both at the time the crime is committed as well as when the crime is being investigated; with such clarity that you feel that you too are bearing witness to the horror that he has studied throughout his career. I find his books instantly gripping and impossible to put down. It’s with this in mind that I find it so astonishing that someone with such painfully bad skills in narration would be selected to read this book. The flat drone of this narrator’s intonation was already painful. When he repeatedly mispronounced words, particularly medical terms, I became so irritated that I almost stopped listening. In a single paragraph he pronounced the word ‘larynx’ twice as ‘lareynex’; referenced a ‘ruse’ as a ‘’rus” and, at one point escalated the tone of his voice as if reading a question, where no suggestion of a question was implied. I can’t recount anymore the times I winced at the pathetically poor grasp of the English language he had. My word, if you’re going to narrate a book with medical terms, the least you can do is learn how to pronounce them. But the worst part is that most of his mispronunciations and/or painful diction weren’t when reading complex medical terms as all; they were frequently in the course of recounting average terms used in basic everyday conversation. I give the narration a big thumbs down and hope that Mr. Douglas’ books aren’t subjected to such torture in the future. The book itself, however, is outstanding.

  • The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716

Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large? These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book! Well organized, great narration

  • By Jaybird on 05-24-17

Informative and extremely well written and well told

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I had never heard of Dorothy K prior to this book which I consider as great a crime as the circumstances that led to her death. Her work and all she stood for should have been a key part of my own and every other American’s education. It is comforting that persons such as this author continue to keep her story and spirit alive; while encouraging ongoing pursuit of the truth about how she died. I pray these efforts pay off one day.
This book is extremely well researched and beautifully written. The story is captivating. You won’t be able to put it down.

  • Cold Kill

  • The True Story of a Murderous Love
  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

David loved Cindy and was loved in return. Or so he thought. The troubled young man clung to his new love and dreamed of their future together. So begins the chain of events that was to evolve into a horror of terrifying proportions. Jack Olsen, best-selling author of Son, now reveals the details of a true-life romance gone hideously awry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Cindy Calls - DON'T Answer!

  • By Polly Poizendem on 02-12-17

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

An incredible story, well told, well performed and as terrifying as anything you could possibly imagine. I couldn’t stop listening. Don’t miss this gem,