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  • John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster

  • By: Sam L. Amirante, Danny Broderick
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814

“Sam, could you do me a favor?” Thus begins a story that has now become part of America's true-crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga - the story of a young lawyer fresh from the public defender's office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in our nation's history. This is a gripping true crime narrative that reenacts the gruesome killings and the famous trial that shocked a nation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ultimately an excellent listen

  • By A.R. on 03-03-13

Manipulative Coward

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

I enjoyed hearing the perspective of his defense attorney. The retelling of Gacy's confession alone is worth the price of the book. Be prepared with something a bit more uplifting to listen to when you're done this.

  • Killer Clown

  • The John Wayne Gacy Murders
  • By: Terry Sullivan, Peter T. Maiken
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

He was a model citizen. A hospital volunteer. And one of the most sadistic serial killers of all time. But few people could see the cruel monster beneath the colorful clown makeup that John Gacy wore to entertain children in his Chicago suburb. Few could imagine what lay buried beneath his house of horrors - until a teenage boy disappeared before Christmas in 1978, leading prosecutor Terry Sullivan on the greatest manhunt of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARRIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!

  • By Steve Horwitz on 12-21-17

Could have been better.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Way too much time spent on the cops utterly bizarre cozy relationship with Gacy. It was weird. You know something's wrong if you finish a book about one of the worst serial killers of all time and the cops are the ones that leave you scratching your head.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back

  • By: Dr. Aziz Gazipura PsyD
  • Narrated by: Dr. Aziz Gazipura
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908

Are you held back by shyness? Do many things seem out of reach due to social anxiety? Many people have settled into thinking this is just how life is... "This is just the way I am." However, nothing could be further from the truth. In this inspiring, breakthrough book, Dr. Aziz guides you along the path out of social anxiety and into greater confidence in yourself. You will discover what is keeping you stuck in shyness and learn exactly what to do in order to break free. After suffering from social anxiety himself for many years, Dr. Aziz became determined to find a way to social freedom. His deep understanding if what creates the social fears, shyness, and limitations, displays just how much he gets what it feels like to be shy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Katerina Kotyrlo on 03-07-18

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

If you're even mildly interested in the topic, you'll enjoy this book. If you have social anxiety, this is like having a friend with the same problem that you can closely identify with. Well written and narrated. Highly recommended.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Too Fat to Fish

  • By: Artie Lange
  • Narrated by: Artie Lange
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, as a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for: sports and comedy. Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, Too Fat to Fish is Artie Lange giving everything he's got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • great book, horrid readers

  • By John on 03-18-09

Too Fat to Finish

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I would have preferred if Artie read the whole book. I was never a big fan of his, I stopped listening to the Stern show when Jackie Martling left - I thought it wasn't as funny without him. But, I like a good story and Artie has some great stories to tell. Some funny, some incredible sad and pitiful. I hope he cleans himself up before it's too late because I'd like to listen to another book from him. If...he reads the whole thing.

  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,848

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a self-help book

  • By Jason Crawford on 08-06-18

A good pick me up.

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

If you're looking for motivation and inspiration, give this book a chance. I've listened twice, and will surely return to it when I need a kick in the pants. There is absolutely no filler here, no attempt to stretch the book longer than it needed to be. It's rare to find a book so concise - not a word was wasted.

  • Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg

  • One Comedian's Tour of Not-Quite-the-Biggest Cities in the World
  • By: Todd Barry
  • Narrated by: Todd Barry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

Hello. It's Todd Barry. Yes, the massively famous comedian. I have billons of fans all over the world, so I do my fair share of touring. While I love doing shows in the big cities (New York, Chicago, Cleveland), I also enjoy a good secondary market (Rochester, Springfield, Toledo). There's something great about performing in a place where they don't expect to see you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Todd's Delivery and Dry Wit Make This Great

  • By Jen Si on 03-21-17

Low energy. In a good way.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

I only knew Todd Barry from the Louie TV show before listening to this. His sense of humor is dry and intellectual. There's no bathroom humor here, unless you count his rants about dirty restrooms without soap. Seems like a slightly neurotic, but overall good guy that I could identify with. An enjoyable listen, and I look forward to a follow-up.

  • Almost Interesting

  • The Memoir
  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289

David Spade is best known for his harsh "Hollywood Minute" sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Tommy Boy and Joe Dirt, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me. Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the "comic brat extraordinaire" delivers a memoir.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and better than expected

  • By Eric on 08-17-16

Exceeded expectations

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

The title of the book might have set my expectations low, or it might have been because I'm really not a fan of David Spade or SNL. Reading the other reviews I thought I'd give it a shot and I'm glad I did. He's a good storyteller and he's got some good stories to tell. I always thought he was a bit of a jackass and tried a little too hard to be funny. Here, he come through as a genuinely likeable guy, and he's humorous in a subtle, sarcastic way. After hearing this, I'm a fan and hope for another book.

  • How to Get and Stay Motivated

  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435

Want a blast of motivation to start your day strong? This audiobook offers over two hours of motivational tips broken down into quick, memorable 1-4 minute segments bound to set your head in a new direction. You'll get 100 nuggets of Grant Cardone motivational mojo as he inspires you to shoot for the extraordinary and never ever settle. With over 100 ways to stay motivated delivered to you by the dynamic Grant Cardone, you'll blast through any barriers and achieve your dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Monthly Reminder to Keep Your Head on Straight

  • By Carl J Cox on 05-30-17

If you need a quick motivator

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Some excellent advice and you can't help being motivated by Grant's over the top enthusiasm. Some might find him overbearing, and the production value on this could be better, but for 5 bucks it's a good introduction to Mr. Cardone. If you like this then I recommend getting his 10x Rule book.

  • Happy Endings

  • The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch
  • By: Jim Norton
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

Comedian Jim Norton is dirty...really dirty...the kind of dirty that makes The Aristocrats look like a knock-knock joke. Fortunately for him, his kind of dirty humor has earned him the distinction of being third microphone on the immensely popular Opie & Anthony syndicated radio show. In Happy Endings, Jim brings his raw, hilarious, and offensively honest comedy to Audible® listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Uncensored

  • By christina onorio on 07-17-07

Doesn't get any cruder than this.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

If you like Jim Norton's humor, you'll love this book. If you're someone that's uptight or easily offended, you'll pop a blood vessel after about 60 seconds of listening.

  • Spilled Milk

  • Based on a True Story
  • By: K. L. Randis
  • Narrated by: K. L. Randis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home. When social services jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father's secret, it's a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she's been hiding. In her pursuit of safety and justice, Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, better than the read .

  • By Mary T Buerkle on 04-08-17

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Sad topic but an inspiring story narrated by the person who lived through it. Very well written. Only minor criticism was the author's narration made difficult to distinguish who was saying what. Minor quibble though, still a great listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful