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  • I: The Creation of a Serial Killer

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

In February 1990, Oregon State Police arrested John Sosnovke and Laverne Pavlinac for the vicious rape and murder of Taunja Bennet. Pavlinac had come forth and confessed, implicating her boyfriend and producing physical evidence that linked them to the crime. Authorities closed the case. There was just one problem. They had the wrong people. And the real killer wasn't about to let anyone take credit for his kill. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE LAST AND THE BEST OF JACK OLSON'S BOOK

  • By Steve Horwitz on 11-02-18

THE LAST AND THE BEST OF JACK OLSON'S BOOK

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

GREAT STORY...DON'T MISS LISTENING TO ONE OF THE BEST TRUE CRIME STORIES I HAVE EVER HEARD! IT COMES RIGHT FROM THE SERIAL KILLERS OWN WORDS AND IS SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE AND TERRIFYING AT THE SAME TIME!

This is the shortest review I have ever written!

Thank you for reading my review...I have nothing more to say but get this true crime story! I listened to it non stop. I could not break my concentration even when I tried!

Best to you and your great listen,
Steve

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896

In this intimate, haunting, literary memoir read by the author, an American icon tells her story for the first time, in her own gorgeous words - about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Life Story of Sally Field's

  • By Doris Anna Wright on 09-20-18

I COULDN'T GET THROUGH THE INTRODUCTION

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

DON'T WASTE A CREDIT!
Needless to say I am one of Sally Field's biggest fans and have seen all her movies. She certainly did deserve the Academy Award for NORMA RAY, and did a wonderful job as Mrs. Lincoln in the made for TV movie. That being said, after listening to the introduction I felt as if she was speaking to a group of rocket scientists in a different language that I could not follow.

It's too bad her editors didn't say she was speaking to her fans, average people that love her as a person and as a great actress. I wish I could say this was an audio book similar to Robbin William's story called ROBBIN!

Why she took this approach to her writing I will never understand. Maybe I'm wrong and others will criticize my review of this book. Every biography I have read has been OK to Brilliant. This particular book was neither. I had to put it down and go on to another book.

I also apologize to Miss Fields because I have loved her work for over forty years. I can only ask her why she wrote this story in a very deep way. It was too deep for my taste. I'm truly sorry Sally Fields for this review. I plan on returning IN PIECES to Audible. Maybe someone else out there will give her a great review after reading the entire book. I certainly hope so because in my mind Sally Fields deserves only positive reviews from the public. She is and always has been one of America's Greatest actors.

PLEASE PROVE ME WRONG! Thank you for reading my review of IN PIECES! Steve

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Kill for Me

  • By: M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Aspiring model Sandee Rozzo's big mistake was being kind to Timothy "Tracey" Humphrey. After Rozzo refused the 'roided-up ex-con's advances, she described how he imprisoned, raped, and brutalized her for two days. When the courageous woman pledged to testify against him, Humphrey knew he had to silence her. That's when he turned to 19-year-old Ashley Laney. She had fallen in love with Humphrey, her personal trainer, and would do anything for him. On their wedding night, he made a strange request - one that would end with eight gunshot wounds and a dead body. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ONE OF THE AUTHER'S BEST

  • By Steve Horwitz on 09-04-18

ONE OF THE AUTHER'S BEST

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I could not stop listening to KILL FOR ME! This is at the top of my favorite 500 or more True Crime books I have in my Audible library. If I heard this story told to me by a stranger I would not believe it! Some people are true murderous Psychopaths that have to be stopped like the late Charles Manson. The defendant in this case, in many ways, reminded me of Manson who had an uncanny ability to take vulnerable young people under his influence and mold their behavior in every way possible including committing murder for them.

In this case the person who did the actual murder was not the defendant. However, through the defendent's Svengali psychosis, he was able to manipulate others to do his evil acts. This is a man that personifies pure evil. Tracy Humphrey is a rapist, wife beater, and a murderer. Once you start listening to Kill For Me, it will be impossible to turn off your ear buds! This is the kind of story that could get you fired from your job because once you start listening at work YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STOP!

If I say anymore about this horrifying case, it will ruin the story for you. However, I will say this: You will want to listen to this book more than once because it is very hard to believe it is a true story. IT IS SIMPLY A GREAT TRUE CRIME BOOK! Like I said earlier in my review, KILL FOR ME IS AT THE TOP OF THE TRUE CRIME BOOKS I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO.

Thanks for reading my review. Steve

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • My Girls

  • A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
  • By: Todd Fisher
  • Narrated by: Todd Fisher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 178

In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, two unspeakable losses. The stunned public turned for solace to Debbie’s only remaining child, Todd Fisher. The son of "America’s Sweethearts" Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Todd grew up amid the glamorous wealth and pretense of Hollywood. Thanks to his mother, Todd remained down to earth, his own man, but always close to his cherished mom, and to his sister through her meteoric rise to stardom and her struggle with demons that never diminished her humor, talent, or spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Written with Love from the Inside Looking Out

  • By Ivonne on 06-27-18

TRULY A GREAT BOOK

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

After listening to Todd Fisher's MY GIRLS, A lifetime with Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds you will never envy anyone again. I enjoyed this listen more than most celebrity books. In fact, I can safely say, MY GIRLS is the best autobiography of three of the most interesting people in Show Business. The third of course is Todd Fisher, the only son of Debbie and the one sister that Todd adored. At times I felt that I was listening to the most truthful telling of a story that has captivated the world for more than sixty five years.

This book is worth owning! After your first listen you will want to hear it again at a later date. Usually an author that reads his or hers own works are boring and dull. However, Todd Fisher did a fantastic job narrating his own work. It felt real to the point of making me cry, laugh, and lastly never to be jealous of anyone's life or envy people you may perceive have it all, because they don't. It's easy to perceive in our own minds that money, fame, or great success makes us happy. DON'T BELIEVE THIS FOOLISH LIE! IT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE!!!

I always felt jealousy was a wasted emotion. After reading this book. or listening in this case, I really came to believe all of us are basically the same. Pitfalls in life exist in everyone, including the rich and the famous...that are often worse than our own life's experiences.


I have no idea how Todd turned out to be a kind and generous soul he became as an adult. In fact, I commend Todd for this one accomplishment...that speaking for me only, I probably never would have achieved.

This is a book not to be missed. It's worth more than one credit! You will not be able to stop listening to MY GIRLS! It's simply a wonderful story.

Thank you for reading my review. I know after you hear it you will agree.
Best,
Steve

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Robin

  • By: Dave Itzkoff
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287

From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’ comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Robin...

  • By Leigh on 05-24-18

FANTASTIC

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

DO NOT BELIEVE THE ONE STAR RATING! I cannot understand how a reviewer can give this wonderful story about the life of Robin Williams only one star and blame it on the narrator.

The narrator is fantastic. He actually becomes Robin Williams during his reading of the book. I give this story five stars because it is worth ten stars and Audible won't allow me to go up that high. Itzkoff takes you on a journey of this unbelievable artist from the time he was a boy until his death. I feel the author answers many of the questions I had immediately following this tragedy. For instance, did the author ever meet Williams? How did he really die? What happened to his estate? Was depression the actual catalyst that caused his death?...and so many more unanswered questions I wanted to know about this great artist.

It is my opinion that any person, fan or not, will love this story from its opening page to its last. This is an in-depth look into more than just a comic genius. It's a story that explores not only his life in show business, but answers the most important questions! Those questions include: What happened after his death...How did Williams reach such sights in show business and What made him so great!

I listened to the story in about three sittings and can't give it enough praise, from the narrator to the author.
ROBIN IS SIMPLY A WONDERFUL BOOK!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,991

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

HEFT IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Run...don't walk to use a credit for this fantastic book. I would never make a clame like this if my logic and emotions were not telling me the truth. If you don't cry and laugh at the same time something is wrong.

I actually lived these characters. The drama was so wonderful and the ending was so surprising to me I actually started crying. This is a lot for me to say because I never get this emotional while listening to a book. There are two main characters, Arthur and Cal. Arthur is a five hundred pound man an 18 year old boy. The similarities between two of the most kindest people I've ever met in a book came alive for me in a way I wanted to believe everything in this story was the true. Better than that, for me this WAS a true story. I loved every second of this listen.

if for some reason if you do not like this book, I will give you one of my credits. I even wrote to the author congratulating her on a literary work that should be a broadway play or an NPR Radio Broadcast. PLEASE USE A CREDIT AND YOU WON'T BE SORRY.

Thanks for reading my review, Steve

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Better Off Dead: A Sordid True Story of Sex, Sin, and Murder

  • By: Michael Fleeman
  • Narrated by: Michael Kinzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

A frustrated, unhappy wife. Her much younger, attentive lover. A husband who degrades and ignores her. The stage is set for a love-triangle murder that shatters family illusions and lays bare a quiet family community's seedy secret world of sex, sin, and swinging. Better Off Dead, the latest true crime book from New York Times best-selling author Michael Fleeman, strips away the pleasant veneer of the Silver Lakes neighborhood in California's high desert to tell a shocking story about a headline-grabbing crime.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Okay but I'm spoiled by other True Crime writers

  • By Susan on 08-06-18

A FANTASTIC TRUE CRIME STORY

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

So far BETTER OFF DEAD is my favorite true crime story published in 2018. I felt as if I knew all the key players personally. Yes, there is such a thing as pure evil. Mix religion into the mix along with sex, this book was impossible for me to stop listening to. I did not want it to end. I felt Jon wanted to protect Sabrina, his lover, from facing charges of murdering her husband...AND HE DID FOR CLOSE TO THREE YEARS! It’s worth more than one credit. I’m convinced you will find this listen as intriguing as I did. Human nature is so strange. Evil is found everywhere, especially if you listen to this book about the human factor that is surrounded by the evil that people are capable of. Loved it. Steve

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 277

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Recording Technical Issues are distracting

  • By Anna E. on 02-21-18

BRILLIANT

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is listed as "Historical Fiction". However, after researching the history that surrounds this wonderful story, I truly believer there is nothing fictional about it. I have heard several interviews by the author and about the old man that told her his story.

Needless to say I have read many books on the Holocaust and cannot remember one that actually captured the feelings of two people that shared so much during their days in the deadly Auschwitz concentration camp.

All Jews were given numbers tattooed on their wrist for identification. Lolly, the main character in this story was given this wonderful and awful job. It was wonderful because it saved his life. It was terrible because of the guilt the tattooist carried around his entire life for what he was forced to do.

Not only will you be exposed to the horror of the camps, you will also get to know the feelings, the deep deep feelings and emotions the inhabitants of these camps experienced. I had no idea that out side contractors were hired to build the ovens and buildings that housed the gas chambers and crematoriums where over six million jews lost their lives.

It's tragic and wonderful at the same time. How Can that be you ask? Listen to the great narration and you too will see for yourself. Heather Morris has written a masterpiece she calls "historical fiction". I call this story a non-fiction look into the minds of mad men capable of horrible atrocities that one could only imagine or see in the scariest look into the psychotic minds of the worst form of human nature.

I enjoyed every single bit of the story. It was heartwarming scary, and so realistic you will not be able to take off your head sets.

I hope my review was helpful. I can only wish kindness to each and every person that listens to THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ! Steve

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Way It Was

  • My Life with Frank Sinatra
  • By: Eliot Weisman, Jennifer Valoppi
  • Narrated by: David Aston Reese
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

In the best-selling tradition of Henry Bushkin's Johnny Carson comes The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra, a candid and eye-opening inside look at the final decades of Sinatra's life, told by his long-time manager and friend, Eliot Weisman. Eliot Weisman worked with Frank Sinatra from 1975 up until Sinatra's death in 1998 and became one of the singer's most trusted confidants and advisers. In this book, Weisman tells the story of the final years of the iconic entertainer from within his exclusive inner circle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shameful that Sinatra was maintained on drugs.

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 02-02-18

FANTASTIC FLY ON THE WALL BOOK

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

I loved listening to THE WAY IT WAS. There have been very few true icons in our world. Frank Sinatra was one. Worth two credits. I recommend this book to everyone. Steve

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of the Secret Service

  • The History and Uncertain Future of the U.S. Secret Service
  • By: Gary J. Byrne, Grant M. Schmidt
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

The American public knows the stories of Secret Service heroism, but they don't know about the hidden legacy of problems that have plagued the agency ever since its creation. Gary Byrne says that decades of catastrophic public failures, near misses, and bureaucratic and cultural rot threaten to erode this critical organization from the inside out. Today, as it works to protect President Trump, the Secret Service stands at a crossroads, and the time needed to choose the right course is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE ONLY TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE SECRET SERVICE

  • By Steve Horwitz on 01-05-18

THE ONLY TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE SECRET SERVICE

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I have listened to at least 12 books related to the White House and the secret service within the United States of America. SECRETS OF THE SECRET SERVICE is one of the best of the best. It gave me a true account of what really happens behind the walls of the secret service. I felt like a fly on that invisible wall only seen by people from the inside. This listen is more than exciting. It’s simply a fantastic listen and worth your time and only one credit for pure enjoyment. I hope you agree with me after you listen to the book. The secret service is supposed protect our president and fight crime. HOWEVER, THIS ORGANIZATION HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SUCCESSFUL! If you want to find out why...well you know what to do.

I loved every single bit of information I was exposed to through the author’s words and the narration. Thanks for reading my audible review. Steve

9 of 9 people found this review helpful