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S. Fulmer

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  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,644
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,900

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

A well-written story of a sad tale.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

A wonderful book, despite the sad story-line. It’s a clear picture of a troubled time in Oklahoma.

  • Stalling for Time

  • My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
  • By: Gary Noesner
  • Narrated by: Gary Noesner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

In Stalling for Time, the FBI's chief hostage negotiator takes listeners on a harrowing tour through many of the most famous hostage crises in the history of the modern FBI, including the siege at Waco, the Montana Freemen standoff, and the D.C. sniper attacks. Having helped develop the FBI's nonviolent communication techniques for achieving peaceful outcomes in tense situations, Gary Noesner offers a candid, fascinating look back at his years as an innovator in the ranks of the Bureau and a pioneer on the front lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch

  • By shane stark on 01-11-18

Insight into FBI Negotiators

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This book offered an excellent insight into many of the events involving the FBI. Ruby Ridge, Waco and the Montana Freeman are all explained in detail. I learned a lot about the behind the scenes politics at Waco. The narrator could be a bit dry at times but the stories were compelling.

  • The Pretender

  • My Life Undercover for the FBI
  • By: Marc Ruskin
  • Narrated by: Francis J. Spieler
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

The FBI generally has about 100 UC agents working full-time in the field. In the 1990s and 2000s, Marc Ruskin had the most diverse and notorious case list of all and the broadest experience within the bureaucracy, including overseas. He worked ops targeting public corruption, corporate fraud, Wall Street scams, narcotics trafficking, La Cosa Nostra, counterfeiting - and gritty street-level scams and schemes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story, astoundingly arrogant author

  • By JD on 12-26-18

FBI undercover stories

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Great book. Articulate and well-written. Great real-life undercover cases the author worked as an FBI special agent. It also offered an inside look at the FBI’s bureaucracy and dysfunction. The type of problems you’d find in any large organization. The only downside: the narrator has a voice that puts you to sleep. He’s soft-spoken and, frankly shouldn’t be narrating audio books.

  • Columbine

  • By: Dave Cullen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

"The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror..."  So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of "spectacle murders". It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that sparked this plague grows more urgent every year. What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we "know" is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entrancing, I couldn't stop listening!

  • By Anonymous User on 05-04-18

The definitive account

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

A very well-written and evenly balanced account of the Columbine tragedy. It dispels many of the myths perpetuated by the media and still believed to be true.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,725
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,692

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Remarkable

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

A very well written book and an excellent performance combine to make this a truly outstanding experience.

  • Bloodlines

  • The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty
  • By: Melissa del Bosque
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

In Bloodlines, Emmy and National Magazine award-winning journalist Melissa del Bosque follows Lawson and Perez's harrowing attempt to dismantle a cartel leader's American racing dynasty built on extortion and blood money. With extensive access to investigative evidence and in-depth interviews with key players, del Bosque turns more than three years of research and her decades of reporting on Mexico and the border into a gripping narrative about greed and corruption.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging but confusing mystery

  • By S. Fulmer on 04-19-18

Engaging but confusing mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

The story was engaging and well-written. It describes in painstaking detail a rather complicated investigation involving multiple people and lots of moving parts. It would have been good if the author had included the dates and years to bring a clearer focus to the story as it moved ahead. My only complaint is that I didn’t care for the narrator’s imitating the voices of each subject in the story. I’d rather she just read it straight. It became annoying.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful