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Evil Has a Name audiobook cover art

excellent book. truly one of the best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

given how recent this is I was surprised and please with how this came out. it may be decades before we find out everything about The Golden State Killer/ East Area Rapist/ The Original Night Stalker, but given what we have now this was well put together, engaging, and held my interest. Kudos to Audible for this original.

In the Name of the Children audiobook cover art

just okay

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I struggled with this book. I don't know if all former agents have a model when they choose to write about their lives and cases, but every one I've read had the same tone. three was interesting information about some cases that I didn't know, but I just didn't vibe with it. it felt hollow and for a man who's lived such an amazing unique experience I thought there'd be more to it. and I hated the narrator, but that's not how fault he isn't Kevin Pierce

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

No Stone Unturned audiobook cover art

fascinating book for true crime and science lovers

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-18

goodness this book was amazing! Steve Jackson wtf into wonderful detail on a lot of stories of heard about on old episodes of forensic files, and gave details and insight pregnant unknown. I was officially taken with the Michelle Wallace case which granted Necro Search International their first successful body find.

the Chilton from The Pig Purple to NecroSearch Intestinal was amazing the way that these scientists and law enforcement officials came together to use multi disciplines to find the dead as well as research meticulously how the decomposition process can make the finding of clandestine graves an easier processes is a restaurant to just how, frankly, fucking cool humans are.

if you love science, true crime, and justice this is a great book.

and, of course, Kevin Pierce's narration was beautiful. that man could read a takeout menu and I'd buy it. he always adds so much depth and respect to the story, to the people, and is fantastic as usual.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Innocent Man audiobook cover art

I live in a small town probably die ina small town

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

this being my first Grisham book and his first foray into non fiction,I wasn't impressed. the story was a fascinating look into small town politics, and Ron's decent into madness was saddening. I hate those books where no one wants to talk to the author so they cobble together a book using city and court records as well as interview people on the periphery of the case. they got a lot of first hand information, but the writing was just okay and the narration was nothing to write home about.

I'm not excited about his fiction work if this is any indication.

read this book if you want to say WTF every ten minutes, be brow beaten by the corrput, cruel, and unjust "justice" system, and take a look at how enabling, hero worship, mental illness and murder came together, ruined 6 lives and brought unimaginable pain to families that may never heal.

To the Bridge audiobook cover art

just okay

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

books like this and the one on Maura Murray where purple completely involved in the case don't want to talk to the author so they could together a story using court records and people on the fringe are hollow. you don't learn very much at all and the authors constant connecting of the family and Amanda herself I found distasteful, boorish, and gross. this book is just okay. adequately written, good pacing, good narration, but it could've been a half hour special or a 20/20 episode and done the same thing.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

Innocent Blood audiobook cover art

a real missed opportunity

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I was so excited to read a book about a serial murderer that I hadn't heard of, instead I got this jerky mismanaged poorly done book that probably would've done better in the hands of someone else. perhaps it's because we never really get to know the man at the center of the book, and perhaps that's not this author's fault. the narration was overdramatic and unbearable at times. I struggled with this book so much I returned it. it was that bad.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

Beneath a Ruthless Sun audiobook cover art
  • Beneath a Ruthless Sun
  • A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found
  • By: Gilbert King
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr

infuriatingly good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

this book gave me a migraine because of the absolutely preposterous nature of what actually happened. I can't believe this is a real story and I absolutely can believe this is a real story.

as for the book itself it referenced a prior book and case on the Groveland boys so often that if you happened to pick this one up first you'd be lost to the references, as when mentioned or rarely went into details. I thought that was poor. also, story wise it felt like it skipped around and told a lot of other stories at once, but I reasoned that it's to paint the picture of one of the last bastions of the old south.

the heroines of the book, Mabel and Pearl, and the star Jesse, were fantasticly captured. a mothers love taking up with a deeply held sense of justice together fought the law and, eventually, won.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A Killer Among Us audiobook cover art

heard it all before

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-18

This book was a nightmare to get through 90+ chapters and nothing new or relevant happens after the first 40. toxic masculinity strikes again in the story of Rick and Elizabeth. Kevin Pierce was as usual terrific as a narrator, but the book was weak, long winded, and tired. the shit in the dark attempts to make this similar to the OJ Simpson case was tired. find a forensic files episode or something this didn't need to be a book.

Son audiobook cover art

Folie à Deux - a madness shared by two people

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Frederick Harlan "Kevin" Coe was a name I'd heard in true crime circles but never paid much attention to, with Jack Olsen's "Son" and a running time of just over 21 hours, I knew I was in for a ride.

Washington State consistently leaves me wondering how there are any young women left living in that state. the book tells the tale off the South Hill rapist who terrorized Spokane in the late seventies and early eighties with 32 confirmed cases at the *least* a horrifying number of lives forever changed.

Kevin Coe, as he liked to be called, reminded me very much of Ted Bundy without the finesse. Bundy can be said to have gone off the rails after confinement in both Utah State prison and Colorado State prison while awaiting trials. his deadly unhinging ending in Florida with the attacks of seven women and girls in that state leaving three dead.

the world watched Ted as he tried unsuccessfully as defending himself in trial. they witnessed a man who didn't seem to understand the world we all shared.

THAT was Kevin Coe.
that was also his mother Ruth.

several times in the book I was left speechless. the absolute ironclad denial in reality was shocking. surely anyone living in our plane could understand, or, we would like to think so. for when it comes to dealing with true psychopaths and narcissists you'll never meet anyone better at the game than them.

Jack Olsen is masterful with the care he takes with the victims and loved ones of the monsters he profiles. each woman's story was told with tenderness. the updates on them far less neat, and much more realistic. most of the survivors moved on - and that's really all that one can ask for.

I found myself feeling sympathy for Kevin at times, he was clearly a very sick individual with no real grasp on reality. the psychopath has no ability to delay gratification. what Kevin wanted he wanted now. The success owed to him, as demanded by his mother, surely would have come if only had has the ability to try.

He didn't
he couldn't
and that failure and rage drove him to exact his revenge and take out his frustrations on the helpless women of Spokane.

a mother's love is never-ending and Ruth Coe took that seriously. I found her fate to be a surprise at the end of this book, for as much as true crime lovers know, I still holding out a belief that sanity would win.

it did not.

you learn of Kevin from his friends, many of whom still speak warmly of him, as well as his lovers, some of whom still, throughout the pain and strife, feel warmly about him. as Kevin's friends Jay said "he was eccentric, but never boring"

Kevin struck me as someone who wanted so much to be normal. He might've gotten close here it not for the toxic and symbiotic relationship with his mother. one that both courted tragedy and needed drama.

mother and son of two minds.
neither could survive without the other, and neither would.

Kevin Pierce was as usual terrific as a narrator. truly one of the best in his field. He could read the phone book and I'd pay $35 for it hahaha.

this book was disorienting and I think that's the best part. I likened it to putting on beer goggles. you get to enter the mind of the narcissist and of the psychopath. with Jack Olsen's pacing you never in that state for long, and or that I'm grateful.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Charmer: A Ladies' Man and His Victims audiobook cover art

Georgie Porgie sinister and sly

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-18

I thought this book was okay. it tackles a story I haven't heard of seen on true crime television shows which was refreshing. it had Jack Olsen's wonderful detailing. Kevin Pierce was as usual terrific as a narrator.

as for the content of the book, it was midrange. it kept my attention long enough to finish it, but I can't see myself listening to it again like other books. you get the sense that you don't really find anything out about George, which, given his penchant for secrecy about his own life, gives the reader a brief glimpse into the confusion and disorientation that victims experienced.

the tenderness and respect common in Jack Olsen's writings give depth to those caught in George's web, but not a lot of info on the victims themselves. there was an air of gaps filled with white noise. the flow a bit jerky.

overall it's not a bad book, and if you like true crime this will read like McDonald's. trusty, hits all the spots and then some that one may desire when diving into a true crime book. but it won't be memorable and it won't be filling and you might just wish you'd waited a bit longer to grab something a little more substantial.