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  • Law and Disorder

  • The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice
  • By: John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

For 25 years, John E. Douglas worked for the FBI, where had a brilliant and terrifying career getting inside the minds of notorious killers. Written with Mark Olshaker, Law and Disorder is Douglas’ most provocative and personal book yet. In it, he addresses every law enforcement professional’s worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason or another, justice was delayed - or denied.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well worth the read!

  • By Melinda on 06-14-14

Truth and Justice, the American Way

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

You will like it--everyone else did! But not me and one other guy.

Yes, John Douglas fancies himself as a sort of super man. He feels he is brilliant, is the best profiler ever, and his beliefs are gospel. It is amusing how he can see all the failings in law enforcement officers trying to make their cases, but doesn't see that he is doing the same things. He comes up with firmly-held beliefs from his profiling skills and and takes all the questionable evidence and turns it in his direction, either ignoring it or dismissing it.

I am not saying that the Ramsays are guilty of killing their beauty queen six-year-old daughter, but there are alot of inconsistencies in the happenstance of her death that really can't be explained away by John, who befriended them and became their foremost ally.

I am also not saying that Amanda Knox is guilty of her roommate's murder, but John practically cannonizes her. Did he not even read her own book, "Waiting to be Heard." That girl is no saint and she didn't listen to anyone's advice when she found herself in hot water, being accused of murder. Wearing a tee shirt to court that said, "All you need is love"?

I would have liked this book alot more if John Douglas toned down his ego and recognized that he may have some failings of his own. After all, only the pope is infallible, right?

Narrator Joe Barrett did not sound like himself. He was okay but not at his usual best.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,299

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

Not Sure Why I Keep Writing Reviews But . . .

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I will keep on for my own records and as reminders of my favorite audio-books and all the others, too. Too bad the listener pages were killed, it was so cool to be able to follow my favorite reviewers.

Joe Kenda's book needs to be known about and listened to, as it is fascinating and compelling. Kenda, whom I haven't encountered before, is the real deal. He is a police officer from Colorado Springs. He solved most of his almost 400 cases during his career there and has decided to detail and write about some of him most affecting and gruesome case solving experiences. For any fan or follower of true crime stories, this is a must. You probably already listened to it! Kenda is a spectacular narrator, a great writer, and a beautiful human being. This book will leave you wanting more and lucky for us all, there is more! He has a tv series, Homicide Hunter, which I can't wait to start watching.

This one is a keeper, folks. Get it now.

  • A Spark of Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,496
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,290

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter. Then he finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Least favorite Picoult book

  • By Stephanie Stupack on 10-09-18

What A Disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Being a new fan, I have loved several of Jodi Picoult's books, which I selected by topics that interested me. In addition, Bonnie Turpin is a great narrator. So how could I go wrong with this one? I trusted too much and really didn't explore the subject matter enough or read all the reviews. Big mistake on my part.

It wasn't the controversial subject, as I felt Jodi Picoult was presenting both sides equally (at least for the first 5 hours I listened). It was the incessant, confounded skipping around in time, every time something began to happen. As a result, almost nothing happened--as there was all this filler. Life history, memories, thoughts--it killed any story line there would have been. I got so very frustrated waiting for events to play out, I finally decided to give up as I have so many more worthy books sitting in my library.

I must add that the characters were child-like and rather boring. The perpetrator? How many hours must pass before I get any idea of what his motivations are? Who even cares?

I will be much more careful if I ever choose another Picoult book in the future. What happened here Jodi?

  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,491
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,769
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,736

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Raises The Bar On True Crime Genre

  • By R. Squyres on 11-16-18

Unforgettable and Compelling--A Must Listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I started in the evening and finished up the next afternoon, it was just that engrossing and compelling a production! This is not your typical true crime audiobook with one author and a narrator. It is put together by the FBI profiler, the detective, and the criminologist who were at the heart of the investigation for over 20 years. Paul Holes can be given credit for awakening a long cold case and for his unyielding tenacity in refusing to give up til the perpetrator of 13 documented murders and at least 50 rapes was identified and captured.

While this audiobook was put together by Holes, Clemente, and McDonnell, the true stars of it are more than JUST these three players. The book consists of interviews of many people who played a role in the investigation--prosecutors, law enforcement, the FBI, etc. and most touchingly, the actual crime survivors and family members of the Golden State Killer's multi-decade violent rampage.

Paul Holes was at the heart of this cold case investigation, with his 20 plus year search for this psychopathic serial killer and rapist. You will not get a more thorough investigation than this audiobook production presents. If you are a true crime fan, listen to podcasts, or read Michelle McNamara's book, I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK and were left wanting more, then this is the book for you. Get it now, you won't be sorry!

  • Payback Trail

  • By: David R. Lewis
  • Narrated by: David R. Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 211

When Ruben Beeler joins Marshal Marion Daniels to investigate an incident of theft and murder, Rube is plunged into a world of dark deeds and black hearts. With the help of an abused and courageous young woman, Rube, Marion, and Marshal Addriss Tippideaux head south of the Missouri line into the hills and hollows of Northern Arkansas, and take on an entire clan to see that justice is done. Suspicion of outsiders and hate for the government abounds, and the marshals are much farther from home than the miles they've traveled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Series!

  • By Susan on 08-26-17

Great--Butcha Better Start From the Beginning!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

'The Trail' books are so engrossing on a road trip. I would have listened to the entire series by now if it weren't for that fact! Combining a fantastic author/narrator (David R. Lewis), a great deal of humor, a good story with a happy ending, fun and likeable characters you want to keep hearing from, along with mean and deadly protagonists--it seems I have found the best experience in audio listening to a series which I don't want to end.

And strangely enough, I am not a fan of series or westerns. How can that be? Give David R. Lewis's Reuben Beeler a chance to enchant you, too!
(And don't even think about getting the paperback copies--you would miss too, too much of the fun!)
(Read my first three reviews if you aren't convinced yet!)

  • Seraffyn's European Adventure

  • By: Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Join cruising legends Lin and Larry Pardey as from England they proceed into the Baltic, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Germany. During their voyage they dealt with armed guards on the Polish waterfront who watched while the people greeted them with flowers and fruit. They weathered a fierce mast-under broach in a Baltic gale. And experienced great friendships found in harbors large and small.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen Despite It Being A Tad Dated

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-08-18

Wonderful Listen Despite It Being A Tad Dated

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This audiobook really gives you an idea of what it was like travelling around for extened periods on a very small "yacht" in the mid 1970's. The Pardeys, Lin and Larry, tell an engrossing story of what the day to day existence was like, the people they met along their journey, the incredible comraderie of fellow cruisers they met in the varioius ports and moorings, and much, much more. Sonja Field does a very pleasant, upbeat narration that adds to the enjoyability of the listening experience.

If you love the water and cruising, or if you are an armchair cruiser like me, this should be a really fun listen for you. I planned on getting another travel book by the Pardeys but am not so sure the other narrators would live up to my expectations after trying out a few samples. As far as this book is concerned, I give it a thumbs up!

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,095

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Anonymous User on 04-09-17

Fun Listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

It reminded me somewhat of Scalzi's funnier books, but I liked this one more. It had everything--good writing, interesting characters, a serious story line interlaced with moments of humor, and a good ending. Oh yes, and the author gave a very good narration. I would certainly listen to another book by Yahtzee Croshaw.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,207

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Who The Man Is? or, Dare to Dream

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I disagree with a previous reviewer who said the book is not about Elon Musk, the man, but instead about his companies. In order to want to know anything about his companies, you must first understand who Elon is, what drives him, what he was like as a kid, what he is really like now, and just how he came to be where he is now. It's all here.

Sure, I have a degree in psychology and am very interested in human behavior, nature vs. nurture, and how our childhood affects us in adulthood. But this book is not for psychology buffs, it is for everybody. It is the story of how Elon Musk rose to where he is today, why he is so future-oriented when so many of the successful business wizards are living greedily in the present, and where Elon hopes to be going.

Along the way, you will learn a great deal about his companies--his early successes and experiences all the way up to his current day successes, the trials and errors, and what we might expect in the future. You see those Tesla cars on the freeway and all you think about is how expensive they are. You hear about Space-X launches and wonder why you should be interested. It is all laid out nicely in this book.

Ashlee Vance, the author, did thorough research. Fred Sanders gives a great narration. Besides being an important book, it is a fascinating listen. Highly recommended!

  • Cold Kill

  • The True Story of a Murderous Love
  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

David loved Cindy and was loved in return. Or so he thought. The troubled young man clung to his new love and dreamed of their future together. So begins the chain of events that was to evolve into a horror of terrifying proportions. Jack Olsen, best-selling author of Son, now reveals the details of a true-life romance gone hideously awry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Cindy Calls - DON'T Answer!

  • By Polly Poizendem on 02-12-17

Olsen and Pierce Are A Great Combo!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I have always enjoyed true crime stories, and I knew what a dynamite combination Olsen and Pierce are. So it was easy to select this book for my next listen. I had immensely enjoyed their previous collaboration, simply "Son". Please see my review of that book below.

While this is an interesting and very good listen, it just did not grab me quite as strongly as "Son." I don't think it was through any fault of the author or narrator. I just did not find Cindy Ray and David West, the protagonists, very compelling or fascinating, nor did I engender any empathy for David for being a gullible follower of Cindy, who was clearly mentally ill. I found them to be two lowlife, not very bright, jerks who reeked devastation on Cindy's family for no real reasons whatsoever.

Despite my dislike of the two main subjects (and of course I should not like murderers, anyway), this is a good listen for true crime buffs. If it interests you, go for it! I have no regrets at all and will easily choose another Olsen/Pierce collaboration in the future.

  • Ghosts of the Tsunami

  • Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone
  • By: Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings and met a priest who exorcised the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village that had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting True Story You Didn't Hear On The News

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-05-18

Riveting True Story You Didn't Hear On The News

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

If you are curious about the Japanese tsunami of 2011, this is a good place to start. If you want to learn some surprising facts about the Japanese culture, get this book, too. However, if you are concerned in your school age child's safety and well-being, as well as your own--and you ought to be--most definitely start here, download and listen to this audiobook. Don't put it off.

It is beautifully written, expertly narrated, and tells the story you didn't read in the newspapers or see on the 11 o'clock news. It details how 78 elementary school children in one village lost their lives in the tsunami. I don't think the loss can be blamed on the tsunami but from the inaction, passivity, and ignorance of the school officials.

Before I retired, when I was still working, I was sent to a training on Safety given by law enforcement. One of the key takeaways for me was the paralysis of trauma victims, that is, the inability to act or think for themselves along with the passivity of meekly waiting to be told what to do. What apparently happened at one Japanese school is a prime example of this phenomenon. When it comes down to it, it could happen anywhere given the right set of circumstances and "officials in charge."

Read the excellent publisher's summary and choose this audiobook if this review peaks your curiosity. It is, after all, up to you.

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