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  • Black Dove

  • By: Robin Wyatt Dunn
  • Narrated by: Roger Wood
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Robert is a disillusioned reporter; Rachel an agent for Mossad. Modeled on the Song of Solomon, Black Dove explores the intricate interconnectedness between love and war, violence and friendship, and the complicated relationship between the United States and Israel. When Robert moves to Jerusalem to chase his beloved, he finds that changing addressees changes something within him, and he abandons the role of disinterested observer to aid in the transformation of the Middle East, and the United States. But what he discovers is that Mossad is actually working against a Jewish-only state, and that to aid the Palestinian people they must subvert parts of their own government.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Could use some editing.

  • By ROCKFORD WIGGER on 02-08-19

Not for me...

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I received the #Audible #audiobook version via #LibraryThing for an honest review.

I was utterly lost the majority of the book...Robert was absolutely "disillusioned," so I at least got the gist of that, but ultimately the book didn't flow right with me; it seemed turbulent to say the least. The transitioning made the story line confusing. I didn't like some of the metaphors - they seemed random. What was also extremely random was the explanations of word origins and meanings.

Throughout the book, I was continually getting angry with the story because it didn't make sense to me.

I appreciate having the opportunity to review this book, and I don't mean any disrespect to the author...the book just wasn't for me; the synopsis sounded like something that was right up my alley, but alas it wasn't.

  • The Haunted House Diaries

  • The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal Mystery
  • By: William J. Hall
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu, Barry Press
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67

Nestled deep in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut, a 1790 farmhouse sits near the epicenter of a paranormal commotion. The family that resides there regularly encounters its own ancestors and strangers - human and nonhuman - who seemingly occupy the same physical space in our world while remaining in their own parallel worlds. When famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated, they dubbed it "Ghost Central".

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The narration is beyond horrible

  • By Ttourang on 11-08-17

Uh...UFOs do not = Hauntings

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Sadly, I was not impressed by this book as a whole. The first quarter of the book was really great! I was hoping for more depth; specifically, why didn't the people living in that home INVESTIGATE the history of the house and/or the land. The owners continually asked, "why?" but never deemed the situation worthy enough to investigate in an archive/library...HELLO!?

Moreover, once it stepped over the line of hauntings to ETs/UFOs and whatnot, I checked out. This subject matter is not why I purchased this book on Audible...I wanted to hear of REAL accounts from people who lived in HAUNTED houses...

#punkrocklibrarian #audiobook #audible

  • City of Endless Night

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,188

When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The allusive Pendergast..,

  • By shelley on 01-18-18

Amazing as usual!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

These books...this series is one of my absolute favorite! They authors get me every time!

  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Emmie Lang
  • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve, Peter Berkrot, Cassandra Campbell, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Stopping a tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn't like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn's unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn't care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Story of Tales for All Ages

  • By Silverlyn on 11-16-17

Great concept!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I received this audiobook via #LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

What an interesting concept for a book, and I felt it was executed very well! Sadly, I wish more story was devoted to Weylyn's life, his powers, how he got his powers, etc.

This should have been a more drawn out series; there was enough intrigue to spread throughout multiple books!!!

  • True Crime Stories: True Crime Anthology Volume 8

  • 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases
  • By: Jack Rosewood
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In this gruesome true crime anthology, you will hear about twelve true crime stories that baffled investigators and continue to draw interest among the public due to their shocking details. From tragic cases of spousal murder to tragic cases of child murder, this true crime book will surely keep your attention. Follow the course of these true murder cases and learn how the investigators worked tirelessly to put these monsters behind bars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some very shocking stories here

  • By Cyn on 02-04-18

Stuff of nightmares

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

These anthologies are very well done...factual and to the point. I like that dialogue is included, details are given unemotionally (even though the details definitely make me have a range of emotional responses), and the books are relatively short in order for the listener to have time to decompress from such morbid stories.

I do not know how Jack Rosewood can continually research such horrendous murders and murderers...don't get me wrong, it's very interesting, but so disturbing. I have found after having listened to many of Rosewood's true crime audiobooks, that I have to listen to them during the day...listening/reading too close to bedtime equals crazy/scary dreams of murderers! EEK!

Very well done, Rosewood.

  • Greatshadow

  • The Dragon Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: James Maxey
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

After stealing a priceless relic from the Church of the Book, Infidel is the world’s most infamous mercenary. Now she’s got her eyes on a new prize, the fabled treasure trove of the dragon Greatshadow. Joining forces with a band of dangerous rogues, can she survive her own allies long enough to face the dragon?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you enjoy fantasy at its best, this is a must

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 08-08-17

LOVE!!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I received this #Audible #audiobook in exchange for an honest review via #LibraryThing.

TBH, the first 30 minutes or so of the book, I was not sold...in fact, I almost DNFed this one.

I am glad I didn't.

This was a very entertaining read...it reminded me a little bit of Eragon, but for adults. It was adventurous, funny, and all-together captivating!

I loved the different characters in the group...their powers were fantastic and really pushed the book forward in regards to keeping my interest...what will happen next!? I love the fantastical creatures and people, I would love to see a prequel in this series for the Black Swan...definitely an interesting character!

I really hope that I can be a reviewer for any future books in this series! The narrator was fantastic, which also helps with maintaining engagement as a listener.

#punkrocklibrarian

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  • The Serial Killer Books

  • 15 Famous Serial Killers True Crime Stories That Shocked the World
  • By: Jack Rosewood
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

There are reasons why some of the most famous serial killers in the world have names that stick in our memories, send shivers up our spines, make us double-check to make sure the doors are locked at night, and maybe peek under the bed to be sure nothing is lurking there before we turn off the lights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many well known serial killers in one book.

  • By Rhonda on 07-16-17

Truely Shocking

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I received this #Audible #audiobook in exchange for an honest review via #LibraryThing.

It doesn't seem to matter how many of Jack's books I read about serial killers, I am still utterly shocked, disgusted and horrified by the behavior of these people (if you can call them that).

With that being said, I was able to blast through this book because it's definitely rapid fire stories that keep you interested...it's digesting the material afterward that causes an issue as remembering these are TRUE stories will keep anyone up at night.

Definitely recommend to those who are interested in serial killers and their stories.

#punkrocklibrarian

Hunting the Ultimate Kill: The Horrifying Story of the Speed Freak Killers audiobook cover art
  • Hunting the Ultimate Kill: The Horrifying Story of the Speed Freak Killers

  • The Serial Killer Books, Book 2
  • By: Jack Rosewood
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Far from the glitz and glamour of Los Angles or the scenic backdrops of the Bay Area, two men embarked on a vicious campaign in California's Central Valley that left at least 20 people dead. The two men - Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog - became collectively known by law enforcement as the "Speed Freak Killers" because the duo were almost always under the influence of the drug crystal methamphetamine when they committed several strings of murders during the 1980s and '90s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched gruesome true crime story

  • By jstep on 12-19-17
  • Hunting the Ultimate Kill: The Horrifying Story of the Speed Freak Killers
  • The Serial Killer Books, Book 2
  • By: Jack Rosewood
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins

Horrifying

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I received this #Audible #audiobook in exhange for an honest review via #LibraryThing.

Wow...the demented behavior of these people is truly astounding. As someone that has strong empathy, it's hard to imagine those with little to no empathy for others. It's truly heartbreaking for those murdered, as well as their families that have to endure knowing (sometimes not knowing) what happened to their loved one.

I also couldn't fathom finding out that my HUSBAND was a serial killer/rapist...how utterly disgusting. Moreover, having the public as well as government agencies not believing that you knew nothing after YEARS of being with a serial killer must be the cherry on top. I really hope that the wives/ex-wives were truly ignorant of their spouses extra-curricular activities...otherwise, they will have to live with the fact that they knew and did NOTHING...which is just as bad.

For those interested in the psychology, history and criminal justice involved with serial killers, I highly recommend this book!

#punkrocklibrarian

  • The Big Book of Serial Killers

  • An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers - 150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers
  • By: Jack Rosewood, Rebecca Lo
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk, and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires, and monsters, and they walk among us. These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day-to-day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader's, the fathers, husbands, church-going members of the community.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT FOR TRUE CRIME DEVOTÉES, BUT....

  • By The Louligan on 10-31-17

RIVETING

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

I received this Audible Audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

As always, I am never disappointed by Jack Rosewood's accurate and precise factual writing. The information he shares is truly disturbing, but written in such a matter-of-fact way that I was able to get though the book without anxiety or nightmares at the conclusion of listening to over 17 hours/150 files on the worst serial killers!

Although the books Mr. Rosewood writes are about people that I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to learn about, I do enjoy looking into the lives of those whose path took such a heinous path (what made them the way they were, what promoted them initially to begin their reign of terror, etc.).

I look forward to future books by this author as his subject matter is truly riveting.

#punkrocklibrarian #LibraryThing #GoodReads #Audiobook #Audible

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Before the Devil Breaks You

  • The Diviners, Book 3
  • By: Libba Bray
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

After battling a sleeping sickness, The Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes - ghosts! Out in Ward's Island sits a mental hospital full of lost souls from people long forgotten. Ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the Man in the Stovepipe Hat also known as the King of Crows. With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over New York City, the Diviners must band together and brave the ghosts haunting the asylum to bring down the King of Crows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Eryn on 10-06-17

SAY WHAT?!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I loved the continuation of the intense creepiness, and although books 1 & 2 dealt with side-line paranormal events, they ultimately tie into the MAIN event in book 3. GLORIOUS!

There is a lot more political and sexual occurrences in this book in comparison to the previous two. The sexual experiences in the books are well done, not crude, but between the deaths and the sex it reminded me of a tame version of a YA "Game of Thrones" novel...LOL!

LIBBA...HOW COULD YOU!? I legit cried!!!!

The creepy factor was 10-fold and that's saying something as the previous books definitely had me in suspense with the scares! I loved the ghosts/zombies, the man in the tall hat, and definitely enjoyed more background into Jake Marlow (the jerk).

I feel like I am rambling, so before I give away anything important I am going to submit my review!

I cannot wait for book 4!