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  • Sons of Cain

  • A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present
  • By: Peter Vronsky
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

In Sons of Cain - a book that fills the gap between dry academic studies and sensationalized true crime - investigative historian Peter Vronsky examines our understanding of serial killing from its prehistoric anthropological evolutionary dimensions in the pre-civilization era (c. 15,000 BC) to today. Delving further back into human history and deeper into the human psyche than Serial Killers - Vronsky's 2004 book, which has been called "the definitive history of the phenomenon of serial murder" - he focuses strictly on sexual serial killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting insights.

  • By LINZI on 12-31-18

Very interesting insights.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Interesting theories on this topic. Many of which I have never heard before. Compelling explanations and evidence to support them. You may not agree with all of it but it will definitely give you pause for thought. By the end I found myself searching for his next book.

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  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better Than the First One

  • By Readalot on 12-13-11

Slow start to a good story.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I struggled to get into this one initially but it was good once I got into it.

  • Tripwire

  • Jack Reacher, Book 3
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Tripwire by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. For Jack Reacher, being invisible has become a habit. He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys. He doesn't want to be found. But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out. Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off. It's time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best.

  • By LINZI on 07-31-18

Not his best.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

A typical Reacher but the ending felt really rushed. There were several characters who were right throughout the book and at the end you heard nothing about them. The ending was less realistic than usual, with the police effectively ignoring a trail of damage and dead bodies because 2 police officers had been killed. I doubt they have that much leeway ito overlook things. Resulted in a sloppy unfinished feel.

  • The Last Wish

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular Introduction to "The Witcher"

  • By Renell on 09-10-15

Great Story and a new series for me.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I played Witcher 3 and tried the book to find out more. I loved it. I always wondered about how Yen and Geralt met.

  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,597

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

A different perspective on the old classic.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

We've all been told the tale of Scrooge, but have you ever wondered about Marley? Why does his ghost come back from the dead to warn Scrooge when they were clearly not close? Why didn't Marley get the same chance? If you enjoyed a Christmas Carol this is a must read. The classic story is made new by a new perspective.

  • Billy Budd, Sailor

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 328

Written some 40 years after Moby Dick, Melville's Billy Budd is a moving tale of good versus evil. Set aboard a British navy ship at the end of the eighteenth century, a young, innocent sailor's charm and good nature put the men around him at ease. Ship life agreed with Billy. He made friends quickly and was well liked, which infuriated John Claggart, the ship's cold-blooded superior officer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good reading of a classic story

  • By Johnny on 06-11-07

A little dated but still a classic

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

I enjoyed the book. The class references seem a little ridiculous now, about things that could not be grasped by the different strata on the ship. But this is inevitable in a classic. Overall I enjoyed it.

  • Killing Floor

  • Jack Reacher, Book 1
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Killing Floor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero. Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks 14 miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing after hearing so much about Reacher.

  • By Amazon Kunde on 02-22-18

macho classic. makes the movie look like a spoof.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

l love Jack Reacher. 6ft 4 with a look that gets him into trouble without even trying. He is a credible and likeable hardman. Basic to the bone. Sympathetic but scary. Reacher is always the hero without any fanfare. How anyone decided to replace a bulky 6ft 4 , ex army hardman with 5ft 2 (in lifts) Mr Cruise with perfect teeth and coiffered hair is beyond me. I love the books. When I heard who was cast for the movie I literally felt sad for the character. Damn you Hollywood. Why can't you just tell it like it's written???

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  • Guns

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248

In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good for you, Stephen King

  • By Salt Lake Joan on 05-15-13

Interesting discussion of a peculiarly US issue.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

King makes a lot of interesting points which I am sure will make those already in favour of gun control agree. Those who are not in favour will also not be moved from their positions. It's a reasonable argument to an unreasonably dug in audience.

  • The Whipping Man

  • By: Matthew Lopez
  • Narrated by: Aaron Jennings, Charlie Robinson, Mark J. Sullivan
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Tensions run high as Caleb de Leon, a young Jewish Confederate soldier, celebrates Passover with his family's newly freed slaves in the de Leons' crumbling antebellum mansion. This gripping drama explores a little-known aspect of the Civil War, unearthing dark family secrets on the way to a shocking climax.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving

  • By Russell Bernard on 03-14-18

The sound was quiet but the play was excellent<br />

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I really enjoyed the play. I thought it was excellent and well acted. It illustrated the true face of slavery and answered those who would rewrite history with debates that the conditions were not that bad. This play illustrated the horror of ownership of fellow human beings and the slippery slide into evil needed to withold their freedom. Really good.

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  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

No bullsh..t , down to earth, horror and humanity

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I always enjoyed the series but the book brings a lot more to the stories. After a while I realised it was Kenda's humanity. He is portrayed as very stern in the series but because he narrated the book a lot of his personality shone through. There was none of the self glamorizing of a lot of American shows or the chest thumping pro gun big hero stuff. He was very down to earth, very, very empathetic. Which made the horrors of these cases a lot more understandable. I can sometimes struggle with American culture and its polarized veiws of Good Guy vs Bad Guy. I found Kenda very intelligent and articulate. He applied the law but sometimes saw the tragedy for everyone including the killer. He also has aa good sense of humour and is very self deprecating. I bet he's fun at a dinner party or good to tell your problems too. Nice to see a well rounded person for once rather than perfect heroes who never doubt, never fail, and certainly never have nightmares.

My kind of hero.

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