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  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,717
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,704

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rank this with the best in true crime.

  • By Allison Smith on 11-16-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I enjoyed this -- well laid out, the narration was perfect. I've been following this story for years, and this was the natural follow up after reading Michele MacNamera's book.

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,615
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,185
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,148

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

Wonderfully long

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I enjoyed this set so much, hated to see it end. I've read a few Sherlock Holmes over the years but this was wonderful having so many all in the same place -- and the narration was superb!!!

  • 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 17,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,005

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

Well written, well narrated -- great job

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Wish there was more Michelle to read -- I would have enjoyed more of her work.

  • The Dead Ringer

  • The Agatha Raisin Mysteries, Book 29
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

The idyllic Cotswolds village of Thirk Magna is best known for the medieval church of St. Ethelred and its bells, which are the pride and glory of the whole community. As the bell-ringers get ready for the visit of the dashing Bishop Peter Salver-Hinkley, the whole village is thrown into a frenzy. Meanwhile, Agatha convinces one of the bell-ringers, the charming lawyer Julian Brody, to hire her to investigate the mystery of the Bishop's ex-fiancee: a local heiress, Jennifer Toynby, who went missing years ago and whose body was never found.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No more

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-22-18

Not as good as previous, but

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

that said, I enjoyed listening to it. And I can't wait to see how the next one starts!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Monastery Murders

  • A Stanton and Barling Mystery, Book 2
  • By: E.M. Powell
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Christmas Eve, 1176. Brother Maurice, monk of Fairmore Abbey, awaits the night prayer bell. But there is only silence. Cursing his fellow brother Cuthbert’s idleness, he seeks him out - and in the darkness, finds him brutally murdered. Summoned from London to the isolated monastery on the Yorkshire Moors, Aelred Barling, clerk to the King’s justices, and his messenger Hugo Stanton, set about investigating the horrific crime. They quickly discover that this is far from a quiet monastic house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Write faster!

  • By Jacki on 12-02-18

Write faster!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I need more books about Stanton and Barling. I enjoyed both books in this series, and I'm going back to listen to previous books before this series - hope they're just as good!

  • Moon Bayou

  • Samantha Moon Case Files Book 1
  • By: J.R. Rain, Rod Kierkegaard Jr
  • Narrated by: Kathy Vogel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Samantha Moon loses everything - her kids, her beloved, the very unlife she knows - when a powerful curse catapults her backwards in time, to Louisiana during the days of Marie Laveau.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator ruined the story!

  • By keysclaudia on 03-22-16

Worst narration ever

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

Any additional comments?

I love the Samantha Moon series, but there is no way I will ever listen to another one of the casebook files.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Depraved Heart

  • A Scarpetta Novel, Book 23
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,728

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer-genius niece, Lucy. But how can it be? It's clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost 20 years ago. As Scarpetta watches she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece. That film clip and others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A train wreck you can't look away from.

  • By GH on 10-29-15

Thank goodness it's over.

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing could have helped this book -- except a complete rewrite.

What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

It took forever to get anywhere -- and then where it 'got to' wasn't worth get to.

How could the performance have been better?

She had crappy material to start with, so she did the best she could.

What character would you cut from Depraved Heart?

The writer.

Any additional comments?

I can't believe this is the same author I fell in love with all those decades ago. I'm going to have to go back and reread the early books -- maybe I just had no judgement back then -- but this book was actually among the worst books I've ever read.

I actually yelled at it during the narration -- begged it to get somewhere.

I'm so disappointed -- I can't see myself ever spending money on another Scarpetta novel and that is such a shame. I have fond memories of reading these new characters back in the beginning -- and now it is just torture.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,230

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

I loved this book, hated when it ended

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Any additional comments?

I loved everything about this book -- nervous about reading a 'Stephen King' book -- but so glad I did. It has stayed with me -- lots of food for thought!