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  • Salt of the Earth

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

Joe Gere said he died on the afternoon his 12-year-old daughter Brenda disappeared. It was left to Brenda's mother Elaine to sustain her stricken family, search for her missing child, and pressure the authorities for justice. From the first minutes of the investigation, suspicion fell on Michael Kay Green, a steroid-abusing "Mr. Universe" hopeful, but there was no proof of a crime, leaving police and prosecutors stymied. Tips and sightings poured in as lawmen and volunteers combed the Cascades forest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling True Crime -portrait of a family

  • By Suzanne on 05-08-16

True Crime at it's best....

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Jack Olsen was one of the great True Crime authors of our time, combine that with Kevin Pierce's unequaled narration and you have a book that holds you from start to finish. Such a sad story throughout, full of humanity and such unparralled tragedy. The story tells of the loss of a child and the heartbreak it brought on to the Gere family and yet also deals with their healing and how life eventually comes full circle. Jack Olsen's tale touched me and I found myself with tears in my eyes a few times. Kevin Pierce has become one of my favorite narrator's since purchasing Audible and he has never disappointed. His performance, yet again, is delivered with such poise and timing that you never tire hearing him. You will not be disappointed.

  • Unacknowledged

  • An Exposé of the World’s Greatest Secret
  • By: Steven M. Greer MD
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

The biggest lie in history is about to be shattered. UFOs are real. In late June of 1947, three extraterrestrial craft were downed outside Roswell Air Force Base. Many more followed, revealing dozens of ET species and a Rosetta Stone to a new physics, an energy generation and propulsion system responsible for interstellar space travel. This new system could have easily replaced oil, gas, coal, and nuclear plants - and with them, the entire geopolitical and economic order on our planet. But a cabal of bankers, the military-industrial complex, and Big Oil stopped it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Of Those Must Buy Phenomenal Rare Books

  • By Vitaly on 11-09-17

it was ok....

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

To many repeated names and credentials..... Almost as if they're trying to validate their points by tossing their resume in your face. I am a believer for sure but man....5 steps above top secret yadayadyada come on...

  • Black Dahlia, Red Rose

  • The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder
  • By: Piu Eatwell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

The gruesome murder of hopeful starlet Elizabeth Short, in the noir-tinged Los Angeles of 1947, has a permanent place in American lore as one of the most inscrutable of true-crime mysteries. Now, Piu Eatwell - relentless legal sleuth and atmospheric stylist - cracks the case after 70 years. With recently unredacted FBI files, newly released sections of the LAPD files, and explosive new interviews, Eatwell has unprecedented access to primary evidence and a persuasive culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best true crime stories I’ve ever read.

  • By Mar on 12-27-17

Wow! Excellent story!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Narration is spot on and wondercully timed. He truly is a great narrator. The accents and fluidity of speech makes this an enjoyable experience, [as enjoyable as a murder story can be that is]. Author did some great research and stayed on point the whole time, I never found myself zoning out due to too much unnecessary details.

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  • Psycho USA

  • Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

In the horrifying annals of American crime, the infamous names of brutal killers such as Bundy, Dahmer, Gacy, and Berkowitz are writ large in the imaginations of a public both horrified and hypnotized by their monstrous, murderous acts. But for every celebrity psychopath who's gotten ink for spilling blood, there's a bevy of all-but-forgotten homicidal fiends studding the bloody margins of US history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True crime enthusiast's dream

  • By Athelsten on 08-24-17

Narrator is absolutely horrible

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Had some potential but I tried listening to this book for about 2 hours and was constantly having to rewind because of the narrators tempo. His style of reading is distracting and has no flow to it whatsoever. I asked my fiance a dozen times what was happening and she could not even tell me because the narration was so terrible. Don't waste your money.

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  • By: S. R. Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Linda Kimbrough
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Former social worker S. R. Reynolds has never forgotten the mishandled case of 15-year-old Michelle Anderson, a vibrant beauty who went missing from Reynolds' Knoxville, Tennessee, neighborhood years earlier. Aided by her old professor, famed forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass, Reynolds picks up the trail of this cold case. As she presses neglected pieces of the puzzle into place, Reynolds unearths a string of heinous kidnappings and rapes across the South, crimes that span decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Engrossing and Frightening Listen

  • By Joan on 09-10-16

Great book

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Excellent story. just the recording would cut out on words at the end of sentences....

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,101

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Haunting and Chilling.....

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

What made the experience of listening to I'll Be Gone in the Dark the most enjoyable?

The attention to important detail. Not so much the book lost focus, but enough to keep you listening intently.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I'll Be Gone in the Dark?

Her accounts with the detectives.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Her rhythm and timing

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

How he was always so close to being caught but always slipped through the cracks.

Any additional comments?

Great story, it is unfortunate that Michelle's life ended so quickly and tragically. I would have enjoyed reading more of her work had she been able to continue. She had the drive and ambition to be one of the great True Crime writers of her time. If only we would have had the privilege to see more of her works. May she rest in peace.

  • 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 24,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,494

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

great concept and execution

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

I didnt know how to take this format at first but it was a great story. keeps you in its grip

  • From Midnight to Guntown

  • True Crime Stories from a Federal Prosecutor in Mississippi
  • By: John Hailman
  • Narrated by: Neal Vickers
  • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

As a federal prosecutor in Mississippi for over 30 years, John Hailman worked with federal agents, lawyers, judges, and criminals of every stripe. In From Midnight to Guntown, he recounts amazing trials and bad guy antics from the darkly humorous to the needlessly tragic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thumbs up

  • By Nichole Miller on 01-29-19

good book

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

good book but it kinda drags on with too many details at certain points in the story. Sometimes I found myself grasping at every word waiting for more then others it dragged because it went off on irrelevant points.

  • Stalling for Time

  • My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
  • By: Gary Noesner
  • Narrated by: Gary Noesner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

In Stalling for Time, the FBI's chief hostage negotiator takes listeners on a harrowing tour through many of the most famous hostage crises in the history of the modern FBI, including the siege at Waco, the Montana Freemen standoff, and the D.C. sniper attacks. Having helped develop the FBI's nonviolent communication techniques for achieving peaceful outcomes in tense situations, Gary Noesner offers a candid, fascinating look back at his years as an innovator in the ranks of the Bureau and a pioneer on the front lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch

  • By shane stark on 01-11-18

Top Notch

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Mr. Noesner's narration is second to none. His voice is soothing and consistent. No wonder he had such a successful career as a negotiator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder - and Other True Cases

  • Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 12
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

In some murder cases, the truth behind the most tragic of crimes crystallizes with relative ease. Not so with these fascinating accounts drawn from the personal files of Ann Rule. What happens when the case itself becomes an intractable puzzle, when clues are shrouded in smoke and mirrors, and when criminals skillfully evade law enforcement in a maddening cat-and-mouse chase? Even the most devoted true-crime listener won't predict the outcome of these truly baffling cases until the conclusions revealed in Ann Rule's marvelously insightful narrative.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-15

Another great book and performance.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Ann Rule never dissapoints and Laurel Merlington always gives a great, consistent performance. Great Book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful