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  • Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2017

  • Annual True Crime Anthology
  • By: Rebecca Lo, Jack Rosewood
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Every year, we look back in horror at the sheer evil mankind is capable of, and 2017 was no different. Across the world, but particularly in the United States, startlingly horrific crimes have almost become commonplace, causing us to double-lock our doors at night and look over our shoulders, wondering if we're safe, no matter how crowded or well-lit our location is. In this true crime release, we've compiled some of the most gripping and gruesome crime stories of 2017.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE Murder Yearbook . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 01-23-18

Have not even gotten through the prolog and already

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

You know this is not going to be a fair and accurate account of the crimes when during the prolog , before the book begins , the author felt the need to not only ridicule and criticize our President but has blamed him and his winning the election as the primary reason for the increase in crime overall. I wish I could return this because that left a bad taste in my mouth.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Heart

  • A True Story of Sex, Manipulation, and Murder
  • By: Rebecca Lavoie, Kevin Flynn
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Was murder part of the game? Seventeen-year-old Kat McDonough grew up with theater in her blood - and a penchant for make-believe. More than a decade older, Seth Mazzaglia was well-known in the community theater circle of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He, too, had a rich inner life - and he soon had Kat convinced that they were soul mates. To intensify their bond, Seth lured Kat into a world of violent sex and role-playing, where she was his slave. Enter Lizzi Marriott, the new girl in town. And when she accepts an invitation to Kat and Seth's apartment....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great New True Crime... Finally!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-03-17

This was decent

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I prefer my true crime to be verbatim quotes that are told from interrogation rooms and court transcripts rather then summary after summary of the events which can leave room for Misinterpretation. But in whole, it was not terrible.

  • Taken from Home

  • A Father, a Dark Secret, and a Brutal Murder
  • By: Eric Francis
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Grand Junction, Colorado, 2001: When Michael Blagg's adoring wife, Jennifer, and his six year-old-daughter, Abby, disappeared from their home, Michael led the charge to find them, even going so far as to make a nationwide appeal on Good Morning America for information. But seven months later, investigators found Jennifer's remains in a Mesa County landfill, and things took a darker turn. While Michael, a respected prayer-group leader, played the part of grieving survivor, authorities became increasingly suspicious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was great!

  • By leelee8888 on 12-11-17

This was great!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

There are many different tastes for people who love true crime, in terms of how the author presents the material. This was exactly how I like my true crime written. He verbatim recounted the police interviews, the evidence and covered the trial. I love that in no way did he add any boring redundant filler , give any bias or bad mouth the perp. Unfortunately, that seems to be a bad habit that a lot of true crime authors pick up , in order to make the book longer and seem more relevant ie, William Phelps . I can’t even listen to Phelps even when I’m interested in the cases he writes , due to his poor writing style and ,that simply isn’t the case with Eric Francis. Looking forward to listening to more of this author.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Mindhunter

  • Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
  • By: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112

Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much ego

  • By Kourtney on 01-27-18

I have purchased every book J.E.D. Has made available

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

And this one by far was the most interesting to me in terms of cases. One thing about his books , he always takes the first 3 chapters or so ( about 2 hours), talking about his background that gets tedious and I’ll be honest, I usually skip those chapters. This one is no different and even with the loss of the first hour or so, I would still recommend this for the really , juicy, detailed and interesting cases that after his initial bio , seems to be back to back for the next ten hours.
Great book, I’m hard to please and I really liked this one a lot.

69 of 72 people found this review helpful

  • Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon

  • Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops, and the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream
  • By: David McGowan
  • Narrated by: Bill Fike
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

The very strange but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a 1960s hippie utopia. Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. But there was a dark side to that scene as well. Many didn't make it out alive, and many of those deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a blast!!!

  • By John M. ONeal on 12-26-17

A lot of information , albeit somewhat scattered

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

I like the premise of this book overall. However, his overall presentation of these historical and sensational facts are a bit unsatisfying.

He is touching and I mean tiptoeing from one murder to the next , or it was suicide and so on...so quickly, my head is spinning. We are getting the most basic facts including a name, the band they played with, the age of death and whether it was ruled a murder or suicide .

It leaves me wanting more info and having to seek google . There was one in particular murder he mentioned, "Jan Doe 59". He stated she was a "Jane Doe " murdered in 1969 by way of 159 stab wounds. That's it. That's all he said. So , now I'm left having to google this person , something that I feel I should not have to do when reading a book like this.
But the part that bothers me is she is not a "Jane Doe" any more. In fact, her name was Jeet Jurvetson And in 2016, they had a positive ID from her sister in Canada , who confirmed it with a DNA sample. She was 19 and the theory is that she possibly fell victim to one of Manson's crew.

A simple google search would have been useful on his part to make sure his info accurate and updated. It makes me question how many more of these " outdated " facts is being retold .

The other thing I noticed and don't really care for , is his sarcastic tone and Facetious way in which he writes these accounts. It's done purposely, and I'm don't know why because it's not funny, in fact, it's rather annoying.

Other then that it's a decent account of the 60s counterculture and nefarious characters who inhabited it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Out for Blood

  • Britain's Thorney Dyke Knife Murders
  • By: Gary C. King
  • Narrated by: Dan Orders
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

This is the disturbing account of 31-year-old Joanna Dennehy, mother of two; the man under her spell, Gary Stretch, 47; and the murder investigation that led them and others to the Old Bailey for trial. A true crime short, plus 17 additional true crime stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tasty Morsels of Murder . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 03-10-17

When will these authors learn

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

A bad narrator , will take a good book and make it intolerable to listen to, and the adverse effect is true. A so so book can benefit ten fold if the narrator makes it interesting and gives it life. The former is true here. This book is well researched and interesting I'm sure, but this narrator is so wrong, the voice inflection so distracting , I can't
Listen for more then 15 min without shutting it off. I just can't seem to get through it. Disappointing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Female Serial Killers

  • How and Why Women Become Monsters
  • By: Peter Vronsky
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Society is conditioned to think of murderers and predators as men, but in this fascinating book, Peter Vronsky exposes and investigates the phenomenon of women who kill - and the political, economic, social, and sexual implications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • bookgirl

  • By Cindy on 07-12-17

Extremely well researched

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Lots of info on each criminal, some well known and others not. I found it very interesting and I was pleasantly surprised that it was much more the usual basic info that we hear on every other true crime show or book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overkill

  • By: Lyn Riddle
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Laurie Show was as compassionate as she was hardworking. The outgoing high-school junior worked part-time to pay for the home she and her divorced mother shared. Yet she always had time to tutor friends struggling in school. And she befriended a dejected classmate after his traumatic breakup with his pregnant long-time girlfriend Michelle Lambert. But soon things spiraled into jealous obsession, stalking, and a brutal attack that left Laurie murdered in her own bedroom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better then I expected..

  • By leelee8888 on 06-19-17

Better then I expected..

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Sometimes with true crime books, they will sound very interesting in terms of the details regarding the particular crime. However, because the " who ,what where , when, why " are usually known prior to reading the book, it takes a good author to make it interesting enough to want to read ( or listen) to the book in its entirety, at least without getting bored.
Unfortunately, there are not enough that fall in that category; this book however, is one of the few.
I felt that the author stuck to the facts, and didn't overdue it on the backgrounds of the persons involved; which was the problem for me with the last true crime book I read "Pure Murder" by Corey Mitchell.
I thought the testimony was interesting and didn't feel like trudging through slush to get through it.
Overall, true crime buffs will enjoy it mand I would recommend this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Touching the Void

  • By: Joe Simpson
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

Joe Simpson, with just his partner, Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in June of 1995. But before they reached the summit, disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frightening, emotional & heart-warming true story!

  • By Kathy on 04-14-14

Liked this ALOT!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Very good first person account of the harrowing True story of one man story of survival in the Swiss Alps.

The book did not hesitate to jump right in to the life changing , harrowing event , and did not waste anytime on the typical and sometimes boring backgrounds of the climbers or the family , which has its pro and cons.

It does maintain its pace throughout even for those who are not familiar with the sport of climbing. I sucked right in and felt the bitter -20° windchill with them as it was recounted detail by mind chilling detail.

It's a quick and interesting read and I promise you will have mixed feelings in the end about what you consider "right" thing vs "moral" thing and I still wonder what I would have done. So I think the book has left a mark , as long as I have a question then I am sure this book will stick with me for quite some time to come.

  • Pure Murder

  • By: Corey Mitchell
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 188

On a hot summer night in Houston, two teenage girls-bright, beautiful, success-bound friends took a shortcut home from a friend's apartment to make their curfew. They never reached their homes. The next morning, the families of the two girls began a frantic search, organizing friends and neighbors and posting thousands of fliers across the sprawling city. But not until an anonymous 911 call four days later were the bodies of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena finally recovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most intense book EVER!

  • By bebe on 08-24-17

I wanted to love this ...

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I'm reluctantly writing this because I had been so excited to listen. I had originally bought this years ago in print , and just never had the chance to read it.

The problem I'm having is there were WAY to many , unnecessary people , with so many back stories, and endless stories for each. Now , that wouldn't normally bother me as much , but because the author doesn't describe the incident in question, until after he has spent 4 hours jumping from story to story and introducing what seems like dozens of perps. I had no idea who I should focus on and who was simply the friend of the perp. I was lost by time the murder occurred .

I'm interested in the girls, the murders , the arrest and trial , and aftermath. I don't care about what schools the parents went to, or every fist fight each of the murderers ever had their whole life, or the back grounds of friends and friends of friends.

Maybe if he touched on these after explaining the murder, so I knew who the murderers were, then I would be more interested in the elaborate life stories, but hard to care when there were so many to keep track.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful