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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
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,258
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,219

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

A must listen!!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

Two modern day heroes that tell an almost unbelievable story. Paul Holes' dedication to this case and Jim Clemente's years of insight make this a requirement for any true crime fan.

  • 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 22,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,194

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

A true crime masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

If you are a fan of the true crime genre, you probably already know this story from the headlines lately. It is still worth the read. Michelle methodically researched this relentlessly and wrote the definitive book on it, even though she didn't get to finish it.
Read the headlines, skim the articles etc but get your info from this book and give Michelle ALL the credit for his capture!

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,233

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I Hadn't Cliff Noted This in High School

  • By Joel on 03-27-17

Always a classic but I don't like this telling.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

this book will always hold up and be relevant. It's a great book and you pick up little things every single time you read it or listen to it. But I found the narration on this particular version very distracting and hard to follow. The voices back and forth did more to disrupt the story and the flow of the narrative than it did to separate out the people who are actually talking.
Tim Robbins is a great actor and has spoken out on many issues that are relevant to this books but I don't feel that he was the best choice to narrate it. They should have rain them in a little bit more and not lost some of the story and the impact it has. The concept of the book and the events of the story are too simple and compact to have such a broad, sweeping, exciting narrator.

  • Lost Girls

  • An Unsolved American Mystery
  • By: Robert Kolker
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 587

One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert, after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life, went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the 24-year-old: She was a Craigslist prostitute who had been fleeing a scene. The Suffolk County Police, too, seemed to have paid little attention - until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan's.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No answers

  • By Sam on 07-24-13

Fantastic, amazingly told story.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

This is an in-depth and personal look at the case. There is so much media coverage of this case and this book breaks it down well and gives it a personal touch by telling the stories of the victims.

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  • Road to Jonestown

  • Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830

In the 1950s a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious blend of the Gospel and Marxism. His congregation was racially integrated, and he was a much-lauded leader in the contemporary civil rights movement. Eventually Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to Northern California. He became involved in electoral politics and soon was a prominent Bay Area leader.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting to Learn About the Events

  • By Celeste on 04-13-18

One of the most fascinating stories of all time

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I have followed the story of Jim Jones and peoples Temple since I was in junior high or early High School. I'd never listened to a full audiobook on the subject until I heard the show Last Podcast on the Left mention this one. I knew I had to check it out! This is by far the most comprehensive telling of the story I've ever seen. I even learned things about the history of Jim Jones and his family I've never heard before.

If you are at all interested in this story and what happened with the peoples Temple I highly recommend that you check out this book. The narrator is unobtrusive and tells the story in a very clear and concise manner. The story is chaotic and crazy enough that a narrator with a big personality was not necessary. I applaud the Publishers decision on that choice. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book.

  • True Crime Addict

  • How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray
  • By: James Renner
  • Narrated by: James Renner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

When 11-year-old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession led James to a successful career as an investigative journalist. It also gave him PTSD. In 2011 James began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray, a UMass student who went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest. Surprising. Fascinating.

  • By River Holmes-miller on 05-27-16

Eh.. It was ok.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

As a self admitted true crime addict, I was super excited about this book. I didn't know much about the story, not sure how I missed this one, so I wanted to know everything I could.
I found the book melancholy and uneventful. Renner's retelling of his own events is unenthusiastic, even all the way back to Amy Mahalevik's case, and doesn't make me value his opinions or investigating techniques at all. He did admit on the cover that this book is about him just as much as Maura but I feel like he overshadows the research he did on Maura and her case with all the talk of his life during that time.
Every time he puts out some information he found out about Maura, he adds something about himself. This definitely wasn't the book to read if you want to learn about the case of Maura Murray. This is the book to read if you want to know what happens when you obsess over something completely outside your control and let it run you in circles.
Ultimately, I will be returning this book and passing on a negative review. Bums me out....

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,838

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined Ari for me

  • By Andrey Barsukov on 06-03-18

Interesting story and perspective

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

I loved Auri in Pat's other books. This story is all about Auri and her world. It's a little slow moving but the title should tell you that. If you'd like a change of pace from typical fantasy novels, and you're familiar with the world Pat has created, you'll love this.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Arrangement

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Dunn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145

Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a 200-year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic whose verbal ticks often sound like a broken record, and 17 chickens, at last count.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Teresa on 05-16-17

Didn't live up to the hype

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. Bad recommendation, Amazon. The story jumped around too much and I don't feel that all the parallel story lines were necessary.
The narration was also just not done well. The narrator's voice was annoying in parts and always sounded slightly condescending. It made it hard to listen to.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,717
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,270

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

I loved the story and the performances. It makes a better audiobook than a novel. I couldn't stop listening!

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,740

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

I couldn't turn it off!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

It was like visiting another world for 27 hours. Fantastic! Adventure, magic, love, and a little humor.