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  • The Evil Within

  • By: Trevor Marriott
  • Narrated by: Yaz Shah
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

Throughout his time as a murder squad detective, Trevor Marriott has seen firsthand the wanton slayings and butcheries that have been committed by both men and women who have warped, depraved and sadistic minds. In this fascinating and chilling book, he examines the world's most notorious serial killers and the despicable crimes they committed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as the blurb says

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-24-16

HOWEV' VER

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Would you try another book from Trevor Marriott and/or Yaz Shah?

NO!!!!

Has The Evil Within turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. Just this author and this narrator

How could the performance have been better?

Well, of course we have to make allowances for the fact the the narrator is British, but seriously the accent was really getting on my nerves.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Complete irritation with the word "However". I am not joking, when the book had 5:10 min left I wrote down the time stamps every time she said "However" for the next 30 minutes. 10X in 30 minutes. A word can be over used. In fact it irritated me to the point that when I got to the next book every time I heard the word however I was annoyed again.

Any additional comments?

The material was good or I would have never made it to the end of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Tell a Soul

  • By: M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Cherry Walker was a devoted, trusting, uncommonly innocent young woman who loved caring for a neighbor's little boy. But when she was asked to testify in court against his abusive mother, Cherry never got the chance. She couldn't lie if her life depended on it - and it did. Cherry's body was found on the side of a Texas road, after being doused with lighter fluid and set aflame. Attractive, manipulative, and violent, mother of four Kim Cargill had a wealth of dirty secrets she'd do anything to keep hidden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some narration issues

  • By Karen on 03-10-17

Return to Classic Phelp's Style

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

What made the experience of listening to Don't Tell a Soul the most enjoyable?

I was getting to where I was ready to stop reading Phelps. Most of what he's put out in the past few years did not live up to his earlier writings, but this one? This one is amazing!

I love that Phelps does extensive research, he interviews as many people as he can. Phelps reports on the history of both the victim and the perpetrator. He does an full coverage of the trial, and the aftermath. He talks to family and friends of both women. This was a most satisfying read!!! Thank you Mr. Phelps for returning to your earlier style. I hung on every word so to speak.

I would recommend this book to anyone who looks for case studies on women killers, or psychopathy in women.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Tell a Soul?

N/A

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Yen – was your favorite?

N/A

If you could give Don't Tell a Soul a new subtitle, what would it be?

A Story of Female Psycopathy

Any additional comments?

N/A

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire

  • By: Kathryn Casey
  • Narrated by: Moe Rock
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Trophy wife Celeste Beard wasn't satisfied with a luxurious lifestyle and her rich Austin media mogul husband's devotion - so she took his life! The wife: She wanted everything, but her husband stood in the way. The lesbian lover: A love-struck, middle-aged woman with a history of mental illness, she would do anything to set Celeste free. The beauty salon receptionist: Celeste hired her to tie up the loose ends ... in a second conspiracy to commit murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By AH on 02-28-13

Narrator was to whiney to enjoy

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

What would have made She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire better?

Well the book was extremely boring. I have in the past liked this author, but this one was just dragging on and on and on and on and on... You get the idea.

What was most disappointing about Kathryn Casey’s story?

That's hard to say, I think that it is just plain boring.

Would you be willing to try another one of Moe Rock’s performances?

No! Her voice is whining and sounds like a petulant preteen any time she is reading dialog. It made it that much harder to listen to the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The research was if accurate well done.

Any additional comments?

I can't think of anything else except that if you are considering this book, listen to the sample first to make sure you don't find the narration as painful as I did.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Thousand Miles to Freedom

  • My Escape from North Korea
  • By: Sebastien Falletti, Eunsun Kim
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914

Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child, Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the countrywide famine escalated. By the time she was 11 years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun too was in danger of starving. Finally her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Much New Here, but Courage and Hope to Spare

  • By Gillian on 03-25-16

Nothing but Guts

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

Where does A Thousand Miles to Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not a fair question, I have something like 600-700 audio books. I would say it falls in the top 200. It is a book I will listen to again and probably again. It is one I will recommend, in fact I already have. It is one I will share.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Thousand Miles to Freedom?

I think when Eunsun was able to go to South Korea and then to the United States. Her gratitude, her pleasure, her persistence are incredible.

Have you listened to any of Emily Woo Zeller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I've never heard her reading before. She was wonderful!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Freedom Does Not Come Free

Any additional comments?

Everyone should read this. Everyone. It should be opened with an open heart, and an open mind, and Eunsun might just find a way to open the eyes of the reader into some greater truth of the human spirit. She is possibly the woman I admire most at this time. She ranks right up there for me with Elizabeth Smart, Harriet Tubman, and Helen Keller. None of their stories are the same, all of them were exceptionally strong, courageous, and inspiring.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Witness

  • The Karla Brown Murder Case (Onyx)
  • By: Don W. Weber, Charles Bosworth
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

An account of the murder of Karla Brown describes how, after years of investigations, a prosecutor's brilliant courtroom strategies won a conviction against a long-time loser with a vicious hatred of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding book!

  • By Rebecca on 06-10-16

Weber comes of as a parading peacock

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

What disappointed you about Silent Witness?

This book should have been a testament to Karla Brown. This book should have focused on the injustice of her death, the solace and minimal justice available to her family, friends, and fiance. The majority of this book was a lot of preening on how brilliant, clever, and oh so important Don Weber was as the prosecutor. To hear him tell it it was he alone that shouldered the great burden of seeing to justice for Karla. It was an embarrassing display of peacock parading that I have ever encountered in a true crime book and I was ashamed for Weber and Bosworth.

Would you ever listen to anything by Don W. Weber and Charles Bosworth again?

I have purchased others. I'm going to have to go back and listen to see if I just missed this in past books. If this is in fact their usual style then no, I most certainly will never purchase another book by them.

Which scene was your favorite?

This question is not applicable to true crime. There is no favorite scene.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Silent Witness?

Everything that is gloating about Weber and his actions other than what is necessary to tell the reader/listener what happened to bring the case to justice.

Any additional comments?

I am truly sorry for Karla's family, friends, and fiance. I believe Weber and Bosworth owe them an apology.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Little Killers

  • The Truth Behind the Savage Murder of Skylar Neese
  • By: Daleen Berry, Geoffrey C. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

After killer Shelia Eddy pled guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison and Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to thirty years for second-degree murder, family, friends, investigators, and other key sources reveal the facts you would have learned if the case had gone to trial.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • "I finally decided to get this....

  • By leelee8888 on 02-01-16

Social Media and the Age of Entitlement

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

What did you love best about Pretty Little Killers?

This story is so completely incomprehensible that the best part about this book is that the authors attempt to make since of what so clearly makes no since.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pretty Little Killers?

It id difficult to answer this question without offering a spoiler. I would say that the most memorable moment for me in this story is when one of the killers, Rachel, confesses. However, I cannot say I wasn't equally rattled when Rachel pleads guilty to the crime, and apologizes for her actions acknowledging that it simply isn't enough. The father's response is about what I suspect would be my response, only he was far nicer about it than I think I could have been.

What does Pam Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sometimes when I read a book myself, especially one with this much information I forget to give a different voice to the individuals than the narration that fills in between the dialog. I think that's something Pam Ward does for this story.

If you could give Pretty Little Killers a new subtitle, what would it be?

I think I would give it the title of this review, "Social Media and the Age of Entitlement". In reality, those two things are the real motive for this crime.

Any additional comments?

The book concludes with recommendations for ways to try to protect your child from today's technology and how to stay engaged in your child's life. The sad truth is, there is no way to protect them from the friends that they have had all through growing up. There is no way for a parent to predict these kinds of things. The Neesen's could not have protected Skylar by being stricter with her. They could not have protected her by monitoring her friends more closely. The only thing they could possibly have done is be more aware of the tensions and strife between the girls that would have been evident from their social media accounts. This does NOT make them in any way at fault. This story will be the fodder of my fears for the next 3-6 years while my daughter finishes high school and college.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Follow You Home

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura's travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilization, they must hike along the tracks through a forest...a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • One of the worst I've listened to so far

  • By jennifer on 07-17-15

Feels A Little Like Bram Stoker

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

If you could sum up Follow You Home in three words, what would they be?

Complex Fear and Frustration

Who was your favorite character and why?

Daniel, I suppose. As the majority of the story is written from his point of view, it is easy to empathize with him.

What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

This is a very good narrator. His tone is appropriate and interested in the material. He pauses to give the reader a chance to keep up. You know when he is changing persons from the tone and cadence. Langton will go on my list of preferred narrators. (Yes I actually keep a list)

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

Yes. This book keeps you interested in what's happening.

Any additional comments?

As my title suggests, this book is written to a large extent in the beginning as Bram Stoker wrote Dracula. It is written as a first person account. It begins in Romania. There are creepy things and spooky things that make your spidey senses tingle.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pay It Forward

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Pay It Forward, is the moving story of Trevor McKinney, a 12-year-old boy who accepts his social studies teacher’s challenge to come up with a plan to change the world. Trevor’s idea is simple: Do a good deed for three people and ask them to "pay it forward" to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading beyond his small California town and across the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I haven't read a book by this author I didn't like

  • By Anonymous User on 04-26-16

Touching and Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

If you could sum up Pay It Forward in three words, what would they be?

Innocence, Beauty, Tragic

What other book might you compare Pay It Forward to and why?

The only book that comes to mind is "Defending Jacob" by William Landay. The stories are in no way similar. The comparison comes to mind because to some extent you are expecting a happy ending, and well, though there is some joy in Trevor's accomplishments, the ending cannot be said to be happy. In fact I think it is the tragedy at the end that makes me select "Defending Jacob."

Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other narrations by William Dufris, but I will say this, you hear every character as a separate voice. He is excellent at drawing the pauses where they should be so that the reader can take a breath with him. He is beyond excellent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Where Wonder Begins

Any additional comments?

So I saw this movie years ago. The book as so often is the case, far outstripped the movie. Things that took me by surprise included:

1. This book literally had me bust out laughing on more than one occasion. It was fantastic to have such sarcasm and wit mixed into a story I would consider a drama.

2. I didn't remember things from the movie that were present in the book, like the enormity of the project, how it had taken on a life of it's own, that by the narrator's introduction tells you has changed the world as we know it.

3. I do not remember Trevor meeting Bill Clinton in the movie. That was a fabulous addition to the story.

This book was such a great story because it is the ideal of what we could be if we as a society chose it. The ending is sad, but I would still strongly recommend this book for any audience 13 and up. It may not be appropriate for a younger audience because there are some items a parent would not want to have to explain. One example, to illustrate, includes a transsexual who experiences a great deal of violence.

If you have seen the movie, definitely get the book. It's worth every minute.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Psycho

  • By: Robert Bloch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates Motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty, but clean, and the manager seemed nice, if a little odd.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We're All Not Quite As Sane As We Pretend To Be

  • By Andrew on 05-14-13

Ahead of it's time

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

Where does Psycho rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have hundreds so placement does not come easy. I'd say in the top 100.

Who was your favorite character and why?

NA

Have you listened to any of Paul Michael Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Paul Michael Garcia is one of my favorites. Some books make my wish list because he is the narrator. How does this one compare? It is right up there with all of his other performances.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

NA -- As this book has already been a movie and a mini-series, another version would be overdone.

Any additional comments?

Wow this book was intense. Honestly I had to remind myself I wasn't enjoying a Stephen King novel. It has all the thrill, excitement, twists, etc. I know, I know, it's a classic and I have no excuse for having not read it before now. It's just when I normally think of classics I think of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and the Bronte sisters. Well, anyway this book is spooky and exciting, and I completely recommend it, especially if like me, you've never bothered to watch the movie. This was an incredibly fun experience for me.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Precious Victims

  • Penguin True Crime
  • By: Don W. Weber, Charles Bosworth Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,059

The police in Jersey County, Illinois, accepted Paula Sims' story of a masked kidnapper who snatched her baby girl, Lorelei, from her bassinet. Three years later, her second newborn daughter suffered an identical fate - and this time the police were unable to stop searching until they had discovered the whole horrifying truth. This is the full terrifying story of twisted sexuality and hate seething below the surface of a seemingly normal family and of the massive investigation and nerve-shattering trial that made the unthinkable a reality.

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

  • By Mary on 12-12-15

Well Written and Tragic

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There is not enough character building done. It is impossible for the reader to connect to any individual in this book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Don W. Weber and Charles Bosworth Jr. ? Why or why not?

Yes, because the book is very well researched.

What three words best describe Kevin Pierce’s voice?

I Like Him.

What else would you have wanted to know about Don W. Weber and Charles Bosworth Jr. ’s life?

I don't need to know about their lives to appreciate the story. This question does not make since to me.

Any additional comments?

This book is well written, but so very sad. I cannot say it had the added bonus of letting me connect to any of the players. That always takes a little away from the story for me, but truth, you can't help but feel pity for Paula Sim's babies. Weber does a good job going in depth on the energy and effort it took to convict Paula for the murder of her 6 week old infant daughter. He further goes deeply into the trial. More back story would have been good. It is a heart breaking story. I would compare this work to Jerry Bledsoe.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful