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  • The Great Bridge

  • The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 27 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515

This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Historian and not a Novelist

  • By Tim on 06-01-12

Fascinating Brooklyn

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

This book has so much history in it and even though I have never been to the Brooklyn Bridge I was fascinated with the story; the history; and the possibility of the 'actual' engineer. I have gone so far as to look for; visit; and find a bridge mentioned in the book just so I could have some tactile experience related to the feats of those engineers and the risks that so many took-

I will likely listen to this book again-

  • People Who Eat Darkness

  • The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up
  • By: Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,979

Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the audiobook against I rate all others.

  • By El_Ron on 03-08-13

A Scary Truth

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Really Interesting- It is a story that must be fictional and yet it isn't- It is something that could happen to anyone's daughter if they were put into the same scenario- Very interesting to me was the divide between the cultures of Japan and the United States. If you were a fan of some movies and genres of the '90s that first opened the window to cultural Japan you may find the background of this story nostalgic-

  • The Michigan Murders

  • The True Story of the Ypsilanti Ripper's Reign of Terror
  • By: Edward Keyes
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

In 1967, during the time of peace, free love, and hitchhiking, 19-year-old Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One month later, her naked body stabbed over 30 times and missing both feet and a forearm was discovered on an abandoned farm. A year later, the body of 20-year-old Joan Schell was found, similarly violated. Over the next two years, five more bodies of female students were uncovered around the area.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing true crime!

  • By Stephanie Lee Sheppard on 07-07-17

Give It Some Time

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

In all honesty, 10 minutes into this book I wanted to return it- I am not sure if it was the narrator or the story, but I was on a long drive and so I pressed on- Somewhere along the way the book just took on a life of its own- I was truly fascinated with the story, the police work, the beginning of forensics, and of course the amazing twists that happened ! Very glad I let the book develop on its own-

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  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

Similar To The Knife Man

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Not a bad listen- The history on Dr. Lister is as expected in interest level- There was a lot of this book that I would compare to The Knife Man so if you liked that one you will probably like this one- I did feel that the book missed some opportunities to really give us details about how life and death were in that point in history; just as a 'story' was getting really interesting it just ended- Anyway- Solid book-

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  • 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

Very Good Story

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

A good enough story that I was disappointed when it was over- The detail and the suspense was part of the experience. Even though this person has been caught for some time I had only a small fraction of the details and this book took one step by step through the entire process of investigating this killer. If this were not fact it would have made for interesting fiction-

  • Mindhunter

  • Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
  • By: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,479

Bonus material! Includes an excerpt from John Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s Obsession! Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have purchased every book J.E.D. Has made available

  • By leelee8888 on 10-29-17

It Pains Me To Not Like This Book

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Having read and watched a lot of material prior to this audible book I was only thinking positively when I began this selection. Unfortunately this book is one of only I believe 3 books that in all these years I have been unable to finish - I tried and tried again but the lack of new perspective and detail is just too much or too little to get over. I think this book would be a good one if you had never read or heard any of the materials related to the author-

  • 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 19,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,962

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 very solid true-crime story !

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I am an avid true-crime reader/watcher/listener- The story behind the story behind the story is riveting- I had not realized who the author was until I listened to the first chapter- Knowing that and knowing the story behind the author made the book seem more 'real' as I had some context as to how the book was pursued- Really a good book and one of the few that I was disappointed when it was over because I was still interested-

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,949

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be required reading

  • By Blue Zion on 12-22-18

Started Out Good

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

But then devolved into one long sentence. I understand why the book topic is interesting, I mean it is about us and the first chapters take us on that journey- The section about religion was quite interesting but there are sections where I did not even realize I was listening to an audiobook and that is not a good sign-

  • No Stone Unturned

  • The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators
  • By: Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

No Stone Unturned recreates the genesis of NecroSearch International: a small ,eclectic group of scientists and law enforcement personal, active and retired, who volunteer their services to help locate the clandestine graves of murder victims and recover the remains and evidence to assist with the apprehension and conviction of the killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forensic Superheroes

  • By Mark on 09-14-16

Good History Of Forensics

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Very good, detail driven-
I thought the book was solid-
The original cases in the book set the standard for forensics for the next decade-
I wish I could have been part of the experience-

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematory
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Frizzle Takes the School Bus to a Morgue

  • By Ren on 06-02-16

Interesting Perspective

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

It was an interesting book- As someone whose family was in the mortuary business for generations I found the book interesting enough to continue to listen to but that is it- Every time I listen to a book, if I enjoy the book I immediately buy the paper-version and re-read it - This book was worth only the listen-