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  • Deadly Little Secrets

  • The Minister, His Mistress, and a Heartless Texas Murder
  • By: Kathryn Casey
  • Narrated by: Gillian Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

To his parishioners, minister Matt Baker seemed a pious and good man. To his wife, Kari, he was a devoted husband and caring father. Always sunny and vivacious, Kari never questioned their frequent relocations from one small Texas Baptist church to another. Even when tragedy struck, Kari remained strong - until one day, inexplicably, she took her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outrageous

  • By Jerrilynn on 01-24-15

I'm Losing Faith in Clergy- Pun Intended

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I'm serious. Being raised in Catholicism and hearing about all the child abuse I don't trust anyone anymore. I have no use for that organization anymore.
Here we have a perverted preacher of another faith ( I believe it was Baptist).
Before anyone gets upset I realize there are monsters out there of all/no religious persuasions and good people of the same.
This story is absolutely outrageous.
I believed the perpetrator used his position to get away with so many horrible deeds.
Very well written and well narrated, although Kevin Pierce is my favorite true crime reader.
This is my first time with Kathryn Casey and she's a very good writer and researcher.
5 stars

  • The Killing Kind

  • By: M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62

The lush, green hills that mark the border of North and South Carolina are home to a close-knit community. When the savaged remains of high-spirited Heather Catterton and sweet-natured Randi Saldana were found and a local man was linked to their murders, residents were forced to face an evil in their midst. The killer was one of their own….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Manipulated to Death

  • By Pulplife on 06-29-14

Can't Get Through This One- Disgusting

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I don't like sounding disrespectful to anyone but every single character in this narrative is so disgusting I can't finish it.
I like this author but this book is really awful.
Won't finish.
Definitely asking for a refund.

  • Girl in the Grave and Other True Crime Stories

  • By: Carlton Stowers
  • Narrated by: Josh Brogadir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Engrossed by the short lives of innocent victims, Stowers uses The Girl in the Grave...and Other True Crime Stories to tell the tales of devastated parents dealing with evil forces and unanswered questions that invaded their once normal lives, and the effect on the law enforcement officers duty-bound to involve themselves in such evil and troubling situations, investigating and seeking resolve and justice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Expected

  • By Susan on 11-18-18

Not What I Expected

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

The title story was a good one.
The rest is a rambling account of various lawyers lives and tidbits of cases.
I didn't finish it and will ask to return it.
I've read/listened to Carlton Stowers full-length books and they are much better.
Narrator was good.

  • Careless Whispers

  • The Award-Winning True Account of the Horrific Lake Waco Murders
  • By: Carlton Stowers
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

When the bodies of three teenagers were found on the shores of Lake Waco, Texas, in July 1982, even seasoned lawmen were taken aback by the savage mutilation and degradation to which they had been subjected. Yet only 52 days after the gruesome triple-murder was discovered, frustrated authorities suspended the case indefinitely. Patrol Sergeant Truman Simons, who had been called to the scene that night, saw the carnage firsthand - and vowed to find the ferocious killer or killers. He soon became a man with a mission, risking his career and his family's safety in search of evidence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed

  • By Jen Roy on 11-26-18

Excellent Writing, Horrible Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Where is Kevin Pierce?
Seventeen hours of this narrator was tough. He has a very weak and shaky voice that almost ruined a good book.
However, it was a great read.
I have to admit that I've become wary of police people recently and books like this make me realize how hard their jobs are and that a few bad apples do not make up a whole profession.
The main officer in this investigation was relentless in his efforts to find the truth.
I also give the author a lot of credit for his compassion for the victims and their families.
I will look for more books by Carlton Stowers.
A gripping and very sad tale.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bogeyman

  • By: Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

For years he'd stalked elementary schools and playground looking for young girls from low-income neighborhoods to abduct, rape and murder. He thought of them as "throwaway kids" - hardly missed, and soon forgotten, except by those who loved them. He was ever parent's worst nightmare. The bogeyman they warned their children about ... the fiend who lurked outside bedroom windows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a heartbreaking audio

  • By cheryl on 07-04-16

A Tough Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

This was a hard book to listen to. I didn't realize until I got it that it was about crimes against children. I like true crime but would rather not read about young victims.

Having said this- it was excellent. I felt the author did a good job throughout.

One thing I have a great amount of trouble with is how our legal system lets monsters out of prison only to commit more crimes. If this man hadn't been let out prematurely several young girls would still be alive. This is tragic.

Kevin Pierce is the absolute best narrator of true crime.

Full disclosure- I was given this book at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Pact

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148

The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A little less drama, a lot more substance, please

  • By Karen on 02-02-08

Far-fetched and Corny

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I like this author but this book was the pits!
I found the characters one-dimensional from the start and they never did get fleshed out.
I felt this book was way too long, way too unbelievable, and way too silly to be honest.
There was so much about Emily that the author never developed. And Chris was so naive!
I realize fiction is not real but I like books to at least feel real.
The only part I liked was the courtroom scene because I like trials and she did a pretty good job with that part.
Love George Guidall as narrator.

  • A Killing in Amish Country: Sex, Betrayal, and a Cold-blooded Murder

  • By: Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris, Linda Castillo - foreward
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Thirty-year-old Barbara Weaver was content to live as the Amish have for centuries - without modern convenience - but her husband, Eli, wanted a life beyond horses and buggies. Soon he gave in to the temptation of technology and found ways to go Online and meet women. When Barbara was found dead, shot in the chest at close range, all eyes were on Eli... and his mistress, a conservative Mennonite named Barb Raber. Barb drove Eli to appointments in her car. She gave him everything he asked for: a laptop, rides to his favorite fishing and hunting spots, and sex.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid True Crime novel

  • By justin on 06-05-18

Boring- Not What I Expected from Gregg Olsen

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

This book was just plain boring. I didn't finish it and will ask to return it.

  • In Broad Daylight

  • By: Harry N. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Dave Clark
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

In Broad Daylight tells the story of the killing of Ken Rex McElroy on the main street of Skidmore, Missouri, in July 1981. McElroy, an illiterate hog farmer, had terrorized all of northwest Missouri for over 20 years, until the town, and even law enforcement, was terrified of him. McElroy was shot as he sat in his truck in front of the tavern. Over 45 men witnessed the shooting. Despite two eyewitness accounts and three grand jury investigations, no one has been prosecuted for the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to hear it to believe it

  • By Brock on 12-09-14

Pretty boring

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I didn't finish this one and am returning it. Nothing really happens. Maybe I just don't understand small towns.
I've read many true crime books and this isn't a good one in my opinion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl You Lost

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Willow Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,379

Eighteen years ago Simone Porter's six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband Matt have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them. Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace - and can Simone trust her? When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great psychological thriller

  • By Angela Hancock on 10-05-16

Pretty good but I guessed the end NO SPOILERS

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I don't usually guess how books like this end but I did with this one and was disappointed. Kind of ruined the suspense for me.
Okay book- glad I got it on sale. Wouldn't want to use a credit for it.
Narrators were excellent.

Note to other reviewers: please don't give things away. It's unfair to the people who haven't listened yet. I think spoilers should have their reviews deleted by Audible.

  • The Silver Linings Playbook

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,505

During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!

  • By Jennifer on 03-06-15

Wonderful story!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Oh, what a treat!!!!!!!!!
Once I started this I couldn't turn it off until it was finished.

I saw the movie a few years ago but didn't realize it had been based on a book.

A glimpse into the lives of two fragile people and family members. Sad at times but there was indeed a silver lining.
I like books about people who deal with real problems, just as in real life, but not talked about as much as they should be.

This one is not to be missed! And I don't even like football which is a small part of the story line.:)

Narration was wonderful.

Now I have to watch the movie again!