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  • Mafia Summit

  • J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob
  • By: Gil Reavill
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

In a small village in New York, mob bosses from all over the country - Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino, Joe Bonanno, Joe Profaci, Cuba boss Santo Trafficante, Jr., and Paul Castellano - were nabbed by Sergeant Edgar D. Croswell as they gathered to sort out a bloody war of succession. For years FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had adamantly denied the existence of the Mafia, but Robert Kennedy immediately recognized the shattering importance of the Apalachin summit....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something I Didn't Know

  • By Kevin on 03-29-13

Something I Didn't Know

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

Reviewed: 03-29-13

Would you try another book from Gil Reavill and/or Keith Szarabajka?

Yes. The book was well-enough written and Keith Szarabajka did a great job!

If you’ve listened to books by Gil Reavill before, how does this one compare?

I have not listened to his books.

Which character – as performed by Keith Szarabajka – was your favorite?

Again, Keith Szarabajka did a great job. I think the narrator is hugely important and love when they use subtle inflection to seperate characters without trying to do impersonation. All the caracters were done perfectly.

Did Mafia Summit inspire you to do anything?

I was inspired to research some newspaper articles on the topic. Again, it gave me knowledge and inspired me to seek more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • O. J. Is Innocent and I Can Prove It

  • By: William C. Dear
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

To this day, the LAPD, Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, mainstream media, and much of the world at large remain firmly convinced that O. J. Simpson literally got away with murder. According to private investigator William Dear, it is precisely this assuredness that has led both the police and public to overlook a far more likely suspect. Dear now compiles more than 16 years of investigation by his team of forensic experts and presents evidence that O. J. was not the killer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Groundbreaking content, horrible writing

  • By KRS on 04-09-15

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of O. J. Is Innocent and I Can Prove It to be better than the print version?

Yes, because someone else reads it to me.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator did a GREAT job. I loved the writing and the research done to compile the acts. Best of all, I liked that it did what it set out to do: Change my mind as to who killed Nicole & Ron.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think the interview with Dr. Henry Lee was great.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I never even knew Jason was a suspect. I think he may be charged one day.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Tangled Web

  • The Life and Death of Richard Cain—Chicago Cop and Mafia Hitman
  • By: Michael Cain
  • Narrated by: Clinton Wade
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

The Tangled Web tells the dramatic story of detective Richard Cain's criminal career as revealed by his half-brother, Michael. Cain led a double-life—one as a well-known cop who led raids that landed on the front pages, and the other as a "made man" in one of Chicago's most notorious mob families.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just not Enjoyable

  • By Kevin on 02-25-13

Just not Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

What would have made The Tangled Web better?

Another narrator. It had no inflection and even seemd like punctuation was ignored. If I had been told that the book was read by a computer, I would have believed it. I think it was an interesting story, but it was certainly lost in the delivery.

What was most disappointing about Michael Cain’s story?

The narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Clinton Wade’s performances?

No

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

I think the story could have been great, but I couldn't get past the performance.

  • The King of Sting

  • The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw
  • By: Craig Glazer, Sal Manna
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58

Craig Glazer was an ordinary college student when he planned and successfully executed his first fake sting to get back at some drug dealers who had robbed him. The rush he got from the experience led him and a crew of 11 accomplices to mastermind a two-year, 33-sting spree that stretched coast to coast, posing as everything from local police to IRS agents and hotel managers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my Favorites

  • By Kevin on 02-25-13

One of my Favorites

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. For anyone that likes true crime and is intrigued by clever "bad guys", this is a great read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The King of Sting?

The great thing about this book is that there was no ebb an flow leading to that peak. The whole book was a flow and it was all very memorable.

What about Robin Bloodworth’s performance did you like?

His voice an inflection was wonderful and he made the characters come alive. The were subtle differences to their voices and tones, without sounding overdone, which carried throughout the book. One of my favorite listens.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think there were sad moments, but for the most part, this was about clever and even witty criminals ripping off other criminals.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case

  • By: Cathy Scott
  • Narrated by: James Dark
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Multi-millionaire Ted Binion, son and heir to the estate of cowboy gangster and gambler Benny Binion who helped mold Las Vegas, was found dead in his million-dollar home on September 17, 1998. Binion's girlfriend, a one-time exotic dancer, and her lover, Rick Tabish, a contractor from Missoula, Montana, each were convicted, then, in a second trial, acquitted of killing Binion by forcing him to swallow a mixture of black tar heroin and the sedative Xanax.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • dry

  • By Anonymous User on 08-04-14

Narrator Ruins it

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

Reviewed: 01-24-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The story may be compelling if read by someone else

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Little history tidbits were certainly interesting, but the narration made them less so

Would you be willing to try another one of James Dark’s performances?

NO

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

Disappointment

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Mass

  • Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal
  • By: Gerard O'Neill, Dick Lehr
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein, Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 367

In this gritty New York Times best-seller, the true story of a crooked deal between the FBI and the Irish Mob is exposed. By providing a penetrating look into the mean streets of mid-1970s South Boston, the author shows how two kids from the neighborhood cross paths again years later, ending in the biggest informant scandal in FBI history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By John L. Mahan on 06-18-15

Informative and Well Done

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

Reviewed: 01-24-13

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

Above average

Who was your favorite character and why?

Whitey because he was what every lover of organized crime books wants to read about

What about John Rubinstein and Christopher Evan Welch ’s performance did you like?

It was well done and well read. That seems like something all audio books have, but it is NOT.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing exreme. Just well done.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • I'm with the Band

  • Confessions of a Groupie
  • By: Pamela Des Barres, Dave Navarro
  • Narrated by: Pamela Des Barres
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars' backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Un-listenable....

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-12

Could have Stomached it with a Narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-24-13

Would you try another book from Pamela Des Barres and Dave Navarro and/or Pamela Des Barres?

No

Would you be willing to try another book from Pamela Des Barres and Dave Navarro ? Why or why not?

The narration completely drove me to not want to listen

Would you be willing to try another one of Pamela Des Barres’s performances?

Absolutely Not

Could you see I'm with the Band being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It might be a good movie as long as narration was not done by Ms. Des Barres

Any additional comments?

I couldn't even finish it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil in the White City

  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,992

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

One of the Best I have 'Read'

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

Reviewed: 01-24-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book was completely fascinating from beginning to end and provided: drama, suspense, and a history lesson in a wonderful and entertainging manner.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the way Scott Brick delivered the reading and loved every part of it.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

The book wasn't written to have huge character parts, but I think Scott did a great job delivering every piece. I will be looking for others read by Mr. Brick.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the last few weeks leading up to the fair and the vast amount of work to be done was awesome.

Any additional comments?

Great book. I don't rate 5 stars across the board very often, but this one is deserving!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells

  • By: Diane Fanning
  • Narrated by: Thomas M. Hatting
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Ten-year-old Krystal Surles watched as her best friend was murdered before the intruder slashed her throat with a 12-inch boning knife. Despite the odds, she survived and led authorities to 35-year-old Tommy Lynn Sells, a former truck driver, carnival worker, and drifter. Through the Window includes his confession to the murder of 10-year-old Joel Kirkpatrick, playing a pivotal role in obtaining justice for wrongfully convicted Julie Rea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Book About a Very Bad Dude

  • By Dave on 08-07-12

Haunting and Scary

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

Reviewed: 12-04-12

Would you listen to Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells again? Why?

I am not sure I would listen again, as many parts were very hard to hear the first time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It ws tough to like any of the charactrs in this book. I think the surviving victim would have to be the bright spot.

Have you listened to any of Thomas M. Hatting’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my forst, but I will keep him sa a favorite.

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

No. Your mind definately needs a break from this.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Morning Miracle

  • Inside the Washington Post - a Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life
  • By: Dave Kindred
  • Narrated by: Dale Connelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In Morning Miracle, Dave Kindred takes an in-depth look at the 21st-century newspaper by spending time in the inner sanctum of one of the country's most venerable: The Washington Post. With unprecedented access to every nook and cranny of the paper, Kindred provides a comprehensive, entertaining, no-holds-barred look at what it takes to turn out a world-class paper day in and day out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacks in Entertainment

  • By Kevin on 12-04-12

Lacks in Entertainment

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

Reviewed: 12-04-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I think I was expecting something more than just the gradual death of the newspaper idustry. There were some interesting bits, but more a history lrsson than entertainment.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Over the years, there had to be some interesting stories and witty happenings. I would have highlighted a few more of these...

What aspect of Dale Connelly’s performance would you have changed?

It was fine.

Do you think Morning Miracle needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Just the newspaper industry obituary

1 of 3 people found this review helpful