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A. Mackenzie

Palo Alto, CA
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  • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

  • A True Story of Injustice in the American South
  • By: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham - foreword
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes and the legally condoned failures that allowed it to happen. Balko and Carrington will shine a light on the institutional and professional failures that allowed this tragic, astonishing story to happen, identify where it may have happened elsewhere, and show how to prevent it from happening again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gothic Horror-Show, With A Few Digressions

  • By Gillian on 03-01-18

Excellent book - sheds light on horrific injustice

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Would you listen to The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist again? Why?

I don't know that I'd listen to it again, it's not that kind of a book, but it's an excellent book and CLEARLY documents the fallacies and injustices in both Missouri and the larger US legal system.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist?

The end - tying it all together, showing how the legal system votes in their favor with scientific evidence, but votes against defendants consistently. This book exposes just how evil Steven Hayne, Michael West, Jim Hood (still attorney General of Alabama!), & Forrest Allgood (DA) are. How their desire to not look bad has kept innocent men in Jail, how they have said one thing to the press and actually taken actions that repudiate what they just stated. Horrific that we as a society allow this to happen in the US. If you have read this book and not been shocked or disturbed, you've failed to understand its implications.

What does Robert Fass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Fass has a good clear voice that is easy to listen to and added to the book

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Mostly cry - it's horrific what happened to these people and how the State of Mississippi has constantly sought to obfuscate or deny justice.

Any additional comments?

If you have an interest in criminal justice reform, read this book.

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  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,941

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun But With A Couple O' Caveats--

  • By Gillian on 02-22-17

Most mind blowing book I've read in several years

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

Much better than his first book and totally relevant to the future. Would highly highly recommend this to everyone.

  • The Monkey's Raincoat

  • An Elvis Cole Novel
  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Patrick G. Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 818

When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book for the first in the series.

  • By John on 06-18-08

Great book

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Book was recommended as a really good crime. Was great. The main character is funny as hell. Totally enjoyed it.

  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,834
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,101

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

Great book

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

When I got this book for my wife I thought of it as the literary equivalent of a chick flick, but my wife loved it so much I thought I would give it a read. Shonda Rimes is so brutally authentic about everything. This book is highly enjoyable and I recommend it.

  • Dealing with Dragons

  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: Words Take Wing Repertory Company of Syracuse, NY
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimerone has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird or a stone prince either. Princess Cimerone ran away to find some excitement. She's found plenty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun for girls or boys

  • By Richard on 11-18-03

Great book - funny w/ positive message

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-10

Kids loved this book. Deals lot with not doing what is expected, but what you actually want to do. Kids liked it a lot.

  • Freddy and the Flying Saucer Plans

  • By: Walter Brooks
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

While Freddy the pig relaxes in his best cowboy outfit and sings a song, he decides that he needs a vacation. He will ride his pony, Cy, out West. He'll see some wide-open spaces and maybe find some excitement. But before Freddy can leave, the excitement finds him first. Uncle Ben races up to the farm and asks Freddy for help. A pack of sneaky spies is trying to steal Uncle Ben's plans for building a flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never fails to entertain

  • By FishHouse on 10-20-17

Great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-10

The Freddy books are great, they deal with complex issues, yet are quite funny and engaging to kids, plus it's perfect for long trip at 3+ hours. Highly recommended

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