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  • Beautifully Cruel

  • By: M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Iowa housewife Tracey Pittman Roberts seemed to have it all: natural beauty, three loving children, and a fairy-tale second marriage to a wealthy, handsome businessman. But beneath the happy façade was a woman who used lies, manipulation, sex, ugly allegations, blackmail - and even murder - to serve her own selfish ends. In 2001, police rushed to Tracey's home after a shooting left her vulnerable young neighbor dead. Tracey claimed it was an act of self-defense. Nine gunshot wounds - and a decades-long trail of extortion and fraud - said otherwise.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to follow all the characters.

  • By Thomas on 01-09-18

Narrator is very irritating!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I have read all of this author's true crime books; they are well-researched and interesting, but he leaves the reader with no question about where his sympathies lie. In fact, he tends to beat the reader over the head with his opinion of the people involved in the story. The narrator drives me up the wall with his constant emphasis on certain words, as if they were direct quotes. This causes his narration to be very jerky instead of flowing in a more natural way. I always finish his books but grit my teeth trying to ignore the choppy narration.






  • If You Love Me

  • True love. True terror. True story.
  • By: Alice Keale, Jane Smith - contributor
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Everything about Joe seemed perfect, and Alice was the happiest she'd ever been. Then one day Joe saw a message on her phone and discovered something that changed everything. Although it was from an old love, he ignored Alice's explanations and desperate pleas. And soon the violence and abuse began. As she attempted to prove to Joe that he really was her world, Alice gave up everything that mattered to her, including her family, her friends and her job. But still it wasn't enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!

  • By Anonymous User on 02-04-19

This can't be a true story!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

It's hard to believe that a man could scream obscenities to a woman while biting her, in public place, and have everyone just pretend to not see what's happening. Every time someone tries to help her, she lies to protect her abuser. During this time she sees several therapists, relates to them the abuses, but not one reports this to the police. I got so weary of hearing her beg for forgiveness, tell this abusive maniac how much she loves him and continue to think that he will suddenly change, I just about stopped listening. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The entire book is about this type of insane behavior.

  • Banquet of Consequences: A Juror's Plight

  • The Carnation Murders Trial of Michele Anderson, Volume 1
  • By: Paul Sanders
  • Narrated by: John Torrente
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

On Christmas Eve 2007, Judy and Wayne Anderson's daughter, Michele, and her boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe, arrived at their home for a family meal. Unbeknownst to them, their daughter was armed with a loaded 9 mm pistol, and McEnroe was carrying a .357 Magnum. Both parents were callously shot dead by the pair, and their bodies were hidden from view. Two and a half hours later, Michele's brother, Scott, his wife, Erica, and their two children, Olivia (5) and Nathan (3), arrived at the house. Within the hour they, too, had been pitilessly slain in an act of violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, awful narrator!

  • By Charlaine Hill on 09-25-17

Good story, awful narrator!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

The author was very thorough, in fact, a little too thorough; he described the outfit of every witness, down to his tie. He also tended to dwell on the fact that he once served as a juror. I think it would have improved the story if some of the repetition had been edited out. I appreciate his sympathy for the victims, but I didn't need to hear all six of their names reiterated in every chapter.

The narrator used a "sing song" cadence, especially when reading female dialogues.

In spite of these drawbacks, it was a very interesting account of Michelle Anderson's trial for her part in the "Carnation" murders.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bitter Remains

  • A Custody Battle, a Gruesome Crime, and the Mother Who Paid the Ultimate Price
  • By: Diane Fanning
  • Narrated by: Karyn O'Bryant
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

On July 13, 2011, Laura Jean Ackerson of Kinston, North Carolina, went to pick up her two toddler sons. It would be the last time she was seen alive. Laura's ex, Grant Hayes - the father of her two sons - and his wife, Amanda, the mother of his newborn daughter, both pointed the finger at each other as the one guilty of murdering Laura, cutting up her body, and then transporting and disposing of the remains on the shores of Oyster Creek, Texas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • COMPELLING ACCOUNT - WRONG NARRATOR!

  • By The Louligan on 03-18-16

Torn between listening and returning!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

The narrator drove me crazy with her "sing song" cadence. The story was definitely up to Diane Fanning's usual quality of reporting, but I almost stopped listening several times because the narration was so distracting. Karyn O'Bryant was able to read passages of dialog with a passable southern accent, using a normal cadence, but could not seem to do this when not reading dialog.

  • A Criminal Defense

  • By: William L. Myers Jr.
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,325

When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, is Mick's best friend, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death. Mick's played both sides of Philadelphia's courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he'll need every one of them to win.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The reader ruins it!

  • By Matthew Jarka on 05-15-17

Good story, bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

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

The narrator sounded enraged throughout the story. At certain points, when anger was appropriate, I was worried he might rupture his vocal cords. Other than that, it was a very good read with unexpected plot twists. I would recommend it in book format.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Criminal Defense?

The highly original ending.

What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

He sounded like a person in desperate need of anger management.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I needed breaks from the narration.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Wasting Talent

  • By: Ryan Leone
  • Narrated by: Jeff Wiley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

His music could have made Damien Cantwell the star of his generation. But living fast has its consequences, and Damien soon finds himself spiraling into a dark world full of unfettered debauchery and brutal violence.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No redeeming value

  • By Charlaine Hill on 05-26-16

No redeeming value

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Looking at the other reviews, I guess I'm the only reader who found nothing of value in this book. The author sounds like a teenaged dropout whose sole purpose in life is to eat, snort and inject every mind-altering drug he could get his hands on, by whatever means necessary. I read many books in this genre and find the authors usually have a keen wit despite the self-absorption that goes hand-in-hand with addiction. Many incidents the author describes stretch credibility to the limit, for example, when the police stop a car full of drugged to the max young people, one of whom is dead, Damien scares them away by telling them his dad is a high-powered attorney! Really? The story seems to me, to be a vehicle for describing explicit sexual acts, including child pornography and the myriads of ways drugs can be ingested, with the bare-bones of a storyline to give it some structure. I'm in a minority of one or maybe two people to give this book a bad review. Maybe it's me, what am I missing?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Losing Faith
    
    
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        Andy Caploe
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    434 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • Losing Faith

  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Aaron Littmann, the chairman of one of the country's most prestigious law firms, has just been contacted by a high-profile defense attorney whose client is Nikolai Garkov, a Russian businessman arraigned on terrorism charges for pulling the financial strings behind recent treasonous acts. The attorney informs Aaron that Garkov is looking to switch representation and will pay $100,000 just to take the meeting.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is awful

  • By Chris on 04-17-15

Fascinating legal drama, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 04-22-15

Having thoroughly enjoyed Mitzner's first two books, I couldn't wait until he wrote his next legal thriller. The storyline of "Losing Faith" met and even surpassed my expectations. Unfortunately, I couldn't get lost in the story because I was so irritated by the narration. His attempts at female voices were almost cartoonish, most of his male voices sounded like mafia thugs. I was so conscious of the reader, I had difficulty enjoying the book. I almost decided to just give up, but then I got caught up in the story. I gritted my teeth and continued to the end because Mitzner's writing is that good.




  • Nightwoods

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Frazier
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 705

Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful writing and powerful narration

  • By Molly on 10-20-11

Among the best audiobooks I've ever purchased!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

The story is very original in it's plot and the characters are unique and interesting. But, best of all is the narration. Will Patton's performance gives perfect texture to the spirit of the story. I lost all awareness of him reading and felt like I was listening to a wonderful story teller.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Uncanny

  • By: Andrew Klavan
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The Uncanny is the story of Richard Storm, a producer of horror movies. He comes to England searching for the real counterpart of the ghosts that have made him rich. At a party he reads aloud the classic British ghost story which inspired his Hollywood career, and suddenly, uncannily, starts a chain of actions that literally brings to life his first horror movie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Charlaine Hill on 11-16-11

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 11-16-11

Once I realized it was a satire, I found it delicious. At the very beginning, I thought this is dreadful, I wasted a credit. Then I got it, and the overly dramatic narration made sense. I read a lot in this genre and it's great to find a unique twist in a ghost story. It's one of those books that I don't want to end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful