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Polly Poizendem

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  • Dying to Get Married

  • The Courtship and Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch
  • By: Ellen Harris
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Dying to Get Married is a modern day morality tale of the perversion of an American dream. Julie Miller was a successful executive, who, through a newspaper ad, met who she thought was "Mr. Right". Little did she know that he had a violent past and a predisposition for bizarre sexual rituals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Snake In The Grass . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 12-20-18

A Snake In The Grass . . .

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

While this book does follow the events leading up to the death of Julie, it mainly focuses on her killer husband Dennis, and what a sneaky manipulating lying psychopath slimeball he was! Wow. With every single person he came into contact with it seems. Similar to witnessing a train wreck - I could not put this one down! I just HAD to know what he was going to do next. Does he truly get the punishment he deserves for his numerous evil deeds and actions? Right up to the very end I was gritting my teeth...the outcome isn’t what you would expect. What a story!

I was given this title in exchange for my honest opinion - - - This was hands down a three thumbs up book. I was MORE than surprised that it was this good. Thank you! :)

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Ryan Green True Crime Collection: Volume 2

  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

From the best-selling author Ryan Green comes four chilling true crime stories in one collection. Volume two contains some of Green’s most fascinating accounts of violence, abuse, deception, and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like reading killers diaries . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 12-08-18

Like reading killers diaries . . .

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I LOVED the format of this compilation of True Crime stories! They are written as the author says - through the killers eyes. Its as if you are reading their personal diaries as to what they were thinking, saying and doing before, during and after the crime. Sure gives you quite a sense of being there! Wow. And...there are pretty much NO details spared, so be prepared to hear all the nitty gritty. I was totally sucked into each of the stories.

I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for my fair review/opinion, and believe me - this was a VERY easy review to write! I would have gladly spent a credit on this one....yes indeed. Thank you :)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bundy Secrets

  • Hidden Files on America's Worst Serial Killer
  • By: Kevin Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

In this audiobook is a unique, never-before-published look at the investigations undertaken to stop the depredations of America's most infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy. Presented here in an easy-to-follow chronology are the raw, unedited and most fascinating official case files as they appeared to the detectives from the Pacific Northwest to the Rocky Mountains to Florida.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Story, Brilliant Performance

  • By Shane Omailey on 05-13-17

And MORE Bundy ...

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

If you just can’t get enough of the Ted Bundy case, hopefully you have already listened to the previous two books by this author, as this will add even further depth and detail. I highly recommend all of them including this one. Worth it for those serious armchair crime studies ;)

Kevin Sullivan has done SUCH a thorough job of delving into old reports, files, interviews and detectives notes! Holy cow. I’m surprised that he STILL managed to uncover previously unknown details concerning this case. And of course, for many True Crime buffs, it’s ALL about the details. In my opinion, there can’t possibly be anything else that he has left out...it’s that packed with info. He probably even knows what size shoes Ted wore. Lol.

Kevin Pierce narrating - well THAT would be a crime right there if he DIDNT use him! Kevin is awesome. Way awesome.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Trail of Ted Bundy: Digging Up the Untold Stories

  • By: Kevin Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Within the audio of The Trail of Ted Bundy: Digging Up the Untold Stories, you'll hear the voices - many for the first time - of some of Ted Bundy's friends, as they bring to light the secrets of what is was like to know him while he was actively involved in murder. The stories of his victims are here as well, as told by their friends, including the information and anecdotes that didn't make it into the investigative files and are being published here for the first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ted Bundy 2.0

  • By pixledust on 04-16-16

More Tidbits For Bundyophiles . . .

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Certain crime cases such as this one, draw people in to the point that they relish EVERY book they can get their hands on, hoping to learn even one new detail they hadn’t know about before - which of course (for me anyways) always makes it worthwhile.

The author tracks down and interviews *everyone* who ever had anything to do with Ted, and compiled this 2nd volume (in a series of 3) thus making this not really the best stand alone story for those NOT already familiar with all the basics of Teds murder sprees. So get/read the first book! THEN this one. If you HAVE read the first book - then be ready for a few more juicy little tidbits!

Glad to hear Kevin Pierce continuing with the narration in this second Bundy book... Wonderful when listening to both books back to back :)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History

  • By: Kevin M. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A REAL Monster

  • By Gayle on 10-20-14

The Bundy Bible . . .

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Excellent! This author has done a FANTASTIC job of scratching through long forgotten and/or overlooked documents to uncover all those juicy little details that True Crime readers love to chew on. Even if you are already familiar with this case, you will surely pick up a few new facts that you didn’t know about.

Ted, while being quite charming and charismatic really had a VERY sinister side to him - I found myself dropping my jaw more than once during some of the crime scene descriptives!!! Eeek. You will have a hard time putting this one down.

Kevin Pierce narrating ....perfect. Even Ted would have approved ;)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Beast I Loved

  • A Battered Woman's Desperate Struggle to Survive
  • By: Robert Davidson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

June Briand shot four bullets into her husband's head and was sentenced to 15 years to life. This is the shocking, true story of survival - and the intense bond June shared with her pathologically violent husband, a monster who physically and sexually tortured, degraded, and dominated her so relentlessly she refused to believe he was dead even after she killed him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Beast . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 07-14-18

Beyond Beast . . .

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I’m sure many readers by now probably know at least ONE person who has been (or is) abused, but often we never know all the details of what they endure. In this book, you will get a real glimpse of just HOW BAD it can get. On a daily basis. This is extreme bullying . . .but that bully NEVER leaves the playground.

The story of what this poor girl went through will leave you horrified and angry at the same time. Wow. There may be other books written about abuse cases, but this was my first. Some of the methods The Beast used hopefully will serve as a pre-warning to those out there that recognize some of the early signs.

For June, she chose the only option she thought was available to her. But was that truly the end of all her misery? Totally worth the credit to find out! This book kept me absolutely riveted. Not one dull or boring moment start to finish.

Kevin Pierce narrating gave this a genuine realness, as he always does. Even when quoting the words of others, you can feel the intended emotion without him having to resort to mimicking anyone’s voice. Perfect. I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review, and would have GLADLY bought this anyways. It’s a keeper.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Man with the Candy

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

A full account of the most heinous crime of the century in which nearly 30 young boys were sexually tortured to death. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, wanted to know more about Killers' Motives

  • By jofi00 on 05-18-18

Sad Sign Of The Times . . .

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18


I found this story heartbreaking yet fascinating. There are very few full books devoted to the crimes of Dean Corll. Although he killed almost as many as John Wayne Gacy, perhaps even more, you didn't hear that much about him.

During that era...the 70s, the police were NOT interested in following up reports of missing kids, as many often WERE runaways, so they didn't even try. It was probably at its all time high back then - and very easy for them to leave home and find a place to stay at some hippie house, so a LOT of young teens did just that. Murderers had almost no fear of being caught either, and an abundance of well known serial killers seemed to flourish during this period. Police were apparently far too distracted by drug/marijuana users and pushers at the time, and unanswered cries of missing children fell upon deaf ears.

For those easily offended, this book does make unpleasant references to certain types of people, but one needs to remember that this WAS back the 70s, and very typical, so try to set that aside. The story is indeed a sad one though, and will have Moms out there considering barbed wire fencing. AND no more leaving the yard! EVER.

The narration was superbly delivered (as always) by Kevin Pierce, with his down to earth realness that brings you right there, like a fly on the wall. I REALLY enjoyed this book, and even though I was gifted this in exchange for my honest review - I SO would have spent the credit anyways :) Yup.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Escaping Alcatraz

  • The Untold Story of the Greatest Prison Break in American History
  • By: Michael Esslinger, David Widner
  • Narrated by: Dave Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Under the cover of night on June 11, 1962, using only crude homemade tools, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin tunneled their way out of Alcatraz, America's most secure maximum security prison. Enacting a complex escape plan, the trio broke free from the cellblock, made it undetected past patrolling guards, inflated homemade life vests and a raft, and set sail into a foggy history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alcatraz A to Z . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 03-27-18

Alcatraz A to Z . . .

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

This book was fascinating! It has a little bit of everything - the history and construction of the famous prison (I never knew it was THAT old!), what life was like *on the rock*, and the many attempted (and one perhaps successfull) escapes. Did they actually make it? Still a hotly debated subject to this very day. The amazingly creative plans that prisoners will think up in order to try and escape from a place that was considered UNescapable is incredible, and there were many that tried.

They really didnt have much to work with, as they were only given the very BARE essentials while there, unlike todays prisons. Inmates NOT getting any visitors due to its isolated location, and NO contact with the outside world except for letters. A REAL prison!!!

To be honest, I havent read any other books about Alcatraz...but surely there cannot be ONE thing that was left uncovered in this book! So much information! This book isnt done in typical story format, so it can easily be listened to in segments instead.

If you love historical non-fiction you will enjoy this. It gives you a very good idea of what convict life was like back in the day. The narrator was perfect! Excellent choice for this book and subject matter.

I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for my review opinion. THANK YOU :)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Book of Serial Killers

  • An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers - 150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers
  • By: Jack Rosewood, Rebecca Lo
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk, and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires, and monsters, and they walk among us. These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day-to-day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader's, the fathers, husbands, church-going members of the community.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT FOR TRUE CRIME DEVOTÉES, BUT....

  • By The Louligan on 10-31-17

Keyword . . . ENCYCLOPEDIA

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18


For those expecting some sort of storyline, bear in mind that this IS as the title suggests, an encyclopedia. So therefore, its also going to be read/sound like one too. Not exactly the sort of thing one would normally sit and listen to straight from beginning to end....thus it will be much more enjoyable for you doing that in increments.

Having said that, it is VERY informative as far as getting a basic rundown of nearly every killer you can possibly think of. And then some. Its wonderful for prompting further study in a case that you may be unfamiliar with, and perhaps might want to delve deeper into.

There were several that peaked my interest for sure. You could easily relisten to this one again, because there is SOOO much information. I also thought the narrator was pretty well suited for this audiobook. :)

I recieved this audiobook at no cost to me in exchange for an honest opinion. I think I might get this book (paper) for the bookshelf...nice handy reference guide. Some things are just better in print so you can look things up as needed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bind, Torture, Kill

  • The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door
  • By: Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, L. Kelly, and others
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

For 31 years, a monster terrorized the residents of Wichita, Kansas. A bloodthirsty serial killer, self-named "BTK" - for "bind them, torture them, kill them" - he slaughtered men, women, and children alike, eluding the police for decades while bragging of his grisly exploits to the media. The nation was shocked when the fiend who was finally apprehended turned out to be Dennis Rader - a friendly neighbor...a devoted husband...a helpful Boy Scout dad...the respected president of his church. Written by four award-winning crime reporters who covered the story for more than 20 years, Bind, Torture, Kill is the most intimate and complete account of the BTK nightmare

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just That Nerdy Guy Next Door . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 03-01-18

Just That Nerdy Guy Next Door . . .

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18


Scary thought indeed - If it wasn't for his driving need for recognition, he might have very well gotten away with this. Wow. Only through HIS repeated contacts with the newspapers was he finally tracked down - otherwise, he could have just faded into oblivion. Who would have ever suspected him, the dull ordinary church going guy next door? Busy with his job, wife, family, social activities, AND oh, lets squeeze some murders in between all that so I can be home in time for dinner...

I was captivated listening to this. I never knew that much information relating to his crimes, and certainly not all the vivid details of how things evolved and progressed. The stalking, the murders. Neighbors even! Him taunting the police with his cryptic messages left everywhere, leaving them stumped. For years. What a story! Very thoroughly done. Surely this will be a definitive BTK reference resource for true crime enthusiasts. The narrator was fantastic too - three thumbs up :)

26 of 26 people found this review helpful