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  • Rampage

  • MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila
  • By: James M. Scott
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The 29-day battle to liberate Manila resulted in the catastrophic destruction of the city and a rampage by Japanese forces that brutalized the civilian population. Landmarks were demolished, houses were torched, suspected resistance fighters were tortured and killed, countless women were raped, and their husbands and children were murdered. American troops had no choice but to battle the enemy, floor by floor and even room by room, through schools, hospitals, and even sports stadiums. In the end, an estimated 100,000 civilians lost their lives in the massacre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TRUE CRIME OF PURE HELL

  • By Steve Horwitz on 12-18-18

TRUE CRIME OF PURE HELL

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I AM WRITING PART OF THIS REVIEW IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE THE STORY ITSELF SHOUTS FOR JUSTICE IN THE WORST ATROCITY MANILLA FACED BY THE JAPANESE DURING WORLD WAR II.

It is the BEST TRUE CRIME story of the 20th century. Over 500,000 civilians were slaughtered, killed, raped, stabbed and left to die during a four month period in the South Pacific for no reason except FOR THE LOVE OF MURDER!

BEWARE OF THE DESCRIPTIONS AND THE GRUESOME GRAPHIC DETAILS PAINTED IN THE SAGA OF RAMPAGE. It is so detailed that I literally got sick listening to it...yet I could not take my headsets off.

One does not have to be a history buff in order to understand what mankind is capable of. It is the kind of story that all high school students should read or listen to.

I've said this before. THIS IS THE BEST TRUE CRIME BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO. I guess when something better comes along I want to correct my other true crime reviews. It is not for the faint of heart. In fact it is almost X-Rated because the author paints a picture that I probably will never get out of my mind. JAMES M. SCOTT PAINTS TRUE CRIMES OF PURE HELL!

Do not pass this listen up. The characters in this book makes Gacey, Manson, and Jeffery Dalmer look like Boy Scouts.
YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT!

THANKS FOR READING MY REVIEW, Steve

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • All That Heaven Allows

  • A Biography of Rock Hudson
  • By: Mark Griffin
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

The definitive biography of the deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Devastatingly handsome, broad-shouldered, and clean-cut, Rock Hudson was the ultimate movie star. The embodiment of romantic masculinity in American film throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, Hudson reigned supreme as the king of Hollywood. But in a more conservative era, Hudson’s wholesome, straight-arrow screen image was at odds with his closeted homosexuality. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE BEST BIOGRAPHY I HAVE EVER READ!

  • By Steve Horwitz on 12-06-18

THE BEST BIOGRAPHY I HAVE EVER READ!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

"All that Heaven Allows", A biography of Rock Hudson, is the best biography I have read in the past five years. If you are a movie star junkie, like me, YOU WILL LOVE THIS AUDIO BOOK".

I enjoyed this book because it is a tell all story of a man that was tormented most of his life because of his sexual orientation. It is a known fact now that Rock Hudson was a homosexual. Can anyone even imagine what it was like for this actor to keep a secret like this in the fifties, knowing he was the most famous man on the planet. I personally feel Hudson was a very underrated actor. For me he was a GREAT ACTOR, probably the greatest that ever lived. I know what you're thinking. How can I make a statement like that knowing that great stage actors. like Richard Burton, and so many of the other British and American icons could I make such a statement. Let me explain. He was a great actor off the screen, NOT IN MOVIES!

Keeping the secret of his sexual identity, from my point of view, took more of an acting job than the talent he displayed in his movies. YES, he was an excellent actor on screen! But his most impressive acting ability took place off the screen covering up his homosexuality to the world, however not Hollywood. His peers knew he was gay. In fact it was an open secret in LaLa land. Yet, Hudson was such a caring and wonderful person no one would say anything at the time. Personally I have no idea how he kept this from the world for almost fifty years of his life. THIS ALONE TOOK A GREAT DEAL OF ACTING, IN FACT I FEEL THIS ALONE MADE HIM ONE OF THE GREATEST ACTORS THAT EVER LIVED. It came at a very high price however, because he was never able to be himself...SO SAD!

The 50s and 60s was the worst time to be famous and gay. HE HAD TO STAY IN THE CLOSET OR RUIN HIS CAREER. Just imagine what it would feel like to be known all over the world as the sexiest man alive and gay at the same time. NOW THIS TAKES ACTING...AND THIS IS WHY I SAY ROCK HUDSON WAS A GREAT ACTOR.

The only acting job he had to do was keep his sexual identity secret. This task is hard enough for the average person at the time and in many cases even in today’s world. However, can anyone even imagine what it would be like if you were Rock Hudson?

You won't find a better book on Rock Hudson than ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS. I laughed, cried, and had every emotional feeling possible while listening to this book.

DO NOT PASS THIS BOOK UP. Even if you were never a fan of Hudson,, I guarantee you will love this audiobook.

If I could, I would give the author, Mark Griffin, 100 stars. If you are a fan of old Hollywood you will not be able to stop listening. I COULD NOT REMOVE MY HEADPHONES FOR EVEN TEN MINUTES!

Run...do not walk, just down load this story! Thank you for reading my review, Steve

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

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 of Jack Olsen

  • By Jodi Pearce on 11-19-18

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

14 of 16 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 3,551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,237

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

9 of 14 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 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

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

12 of 12 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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 241

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
  • ✍️A Woman’s Place Is In the Resistance💪🏻💪🏻💪🏼💪🏼💪

  • By Gretchen SLP on 12-31-18

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

6 of 8 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 1,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497

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 4,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,071

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

2 of 2 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 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good

  • By Bonnie L. on 01-26-19

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 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 330

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