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Murder Fancier

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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,568
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,553

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Yawn

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Such a promising premise.
But
It was pointless , meandering, and slow.
Narrator did a great job , though.

64 of 71 people found this review helpful

  • I See You

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,039
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,035

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her. It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her - a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Commuters Beware!

  • By Carole T. on 02-23-17

Mind the gap

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I loved riding the underground in London. This tale brings the experience alive and exhilarating

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,754

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Why are you reading reviews when you could be listening to West Cork?

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I am hooked on this auditory opium. I hit play, and all at once, I am curled up in a cozy pub on a blustery night with my two newest hippest mates, Jennifer and Sam. With whiskey warm voices, this tandem team lay The Murder all out and then build their findings up all around me: The lure of Ireland, a gentle lady's viscous murder, a family broken, a peaceful community stained by a murder most foul, and a psychopath so manipulative, evil and calculating that I loathe him more than Mrs. Danvers. He courts notoriety and revels in strife. But don't take my word for it. Or Sam's. Or Jennifer's. The people of West Cork, Sophie's family, even Sophie herself will tell you.
Ian and Jules have plenty to say too. Perhaps too much...
So stay your jammies, call in sick to work, put on some tea (make it Irish if you like) and grab the big biscuit box. You are going to West Cork!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Killer Connection

  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

I had no idea that a monster hid behind his perfect mask, but my normally affectionate dog, Toby, instantly sensed the danger - standing in front of me was a serial killer, a sadist whose days and nights were consumed by murderous obsession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great personalized overview of her craft

  • By Murder Fancier on 05-14-17

great personalized overview of her craft

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

This short easy listen was an interesting overview of Ann's career. just enough tantalizing details to make you itch to read books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Want Ad Killer

  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

After his first grisly crime, Harvey Louis Carignan beat a death sentence and continued to manipulate, rape, and bludgeon women to death - using want ads to lure his young female victims. And time after time, justice was thwarted by a killer whose twisted legal genius was matched only by his sick savagery. Here, complete with the testimony of women who suffered his unspeakable sexual abuses and barely escaped with their lives and of the police who at last put him behind bars, is one of the most shattering and thought-provoking true-crime stories of our time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Paul Booooomer

  • By Murder Fancier on 04-08-17

Paul Booooomer

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Awful! Terrible! Keep shopping. The narrator is so bad. My navigation device has a better reading voice. What happen to Ann Rule's regular narrator, Laurel Merlington!?

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ripper

  • The Secret Life of Walter Sickert
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 518

Vain and charismatic Walter Sickert made a name for himself as a painter in Victorian London. But the ghoulish nature of his art - as well as extensive evidence - points to another name, one that's left its bloody mark on the pages of history: Jack the Ripper. Cornwell has collected never-before-seen archival material - including a rare mortuary photo, personal correspondence and a will with a mysterious autopsy clause - and applied cutting-edge forensic science to open an old crime to new scrutiny.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By BEVERLY J RICKER on 06-30-17

Rippingly good

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

PC never really convinces me, but it is very well researched, written and narrated. True Crime is my favorite genre and this was a great listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of the English Murder

  • From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock
  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide panic in the early 19th century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria's lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should Come With a Spoiler Alert

  • By Jessica on 04-15-16

Why didn't Lucy narrate this?

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

Wonderful for true crime fancier. Flosnik sounds like she has loose dentures and mouthful of spit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful