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Mary Burnight

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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  • 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, Patton Oswalt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,887

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

Disorganized Story in Jumbled Non-Sequence

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Usually, I do not feel moved to review Audible books unless I truly appreciate some aspect about them...but I have to make an exception here because this book seems like text-on-on-a-pogo-stick since it jumped around all over the place! The chapters move at random from one decade to another either backwards or forward at apparent whim so confusing to me. Also, editor’s notes pop up incidentally to inform the reader that the following chapter was put together using the author’s unfinished notes. Added to the muddle, life stories from the author’s past crop up here and there. Her writing is quality prose but her style is incredibly disjointed to the point that I couldn’t continue listening to it anymore even though I really did try for several hours because it is wonderful news that the sadistic crimininal was recently captured. I cannot recommend this book...(Sorry, not sorry as the expression goes).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,190

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Emily - Audible on 07-17-15

A Brilliant Masterpiece of the Stalker Genre

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

I don’t know which to praise most in this unique book—the writing, the narration or the plot? As they are all terrific! The author is highly imaginative and so clever with the story development along with its descriptive words and phrases; the narrator is the best I have ever heard bar none; and the plot moves along swiftly as in a river current moving towards rapids or falls (downfalls actually ... several of them). It’s an intense story of dark obsession but it is unexpectedly amusing at times too—go figure, lol. All in all, a stunning novel. Fair warning: be prepared for erotic content and sexual dialogue at times but if that would not deter you then I recommend this outstanding book very much.

  • The 57 Bus

  • A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
  • By: Dashka Slater
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But, one afternoon, on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C. E. Wilson on 11-15-17

An Unusual True-Crime Event...Beautifully Written.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

This true-story book blazes with terrific writing in a successful attempt to describe the highly unique and brilliant victim who was/is an agender teen so interesting and exciting a human being that I fervently wish I knew them (they, them, their being Sasha’s preferred pronouns). The teen was asleep on a public bus home from school when a random teen (Richard) set fire to Sasha’s skirt which exploded into flames almost instantaneously since it was of a filmy fabric. This resulted in much hospitalization, pain, skin grafts etc. for one while serious legal consequences occurred for the other. Was this a cruel hate crime or the impulsive unthinking act of a playful prankster intending just to singe the skirt’s hem? Added to the excellent reporting here, author Dashka Slater also included thorough info re the juvenile rehabilitation system...overall, a fascinating book in my opinion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Never See Them Again

  • By: M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

In the summer of 2003, the Houston suburb of Clear Lake, Texas, was devastated when four young residents were viciously slain. The two female victims, Tiffany Rowell and Rachael Koloroutis, were just 18 years old - popular and beloved. But when a killer came knocking, it turned out to be someone they knew all too well. Seventeen-year-old Christine Paolilla was an awkward outsider until the girls befriended her. In this gripping true story, M. William Phelps delves into the heart of a baffling mystery to get to the truth of an act so brutal it could not be understood - until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Coverage of Why 4 Youths were Heartlessly Murdered

  • By Mary Burnight on 01-15-18

Superb Coverage of Why 4 Youths were Heartlessly Murdered

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

This true mystery of 4 young lives cut short (3 were teens and 1 just past 20) on a sunny Texas afternoon baffled the public and Houston Police Department profoundly. The popular 4 friends were just watching television and enjoying each other's company when they were suddenly murdered together. Who could have done this ... and why? is answered in this well-written and thorough police investigation narrated in excellent fashion. There are also human interest chapters about the suffering families longing for justice and the overworked detectives dedicated to solving this case. And by the way--yes, they do! (You will not be left wondering!) The riveting story held my attention well and even the epilogue was interesting for me to read.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,567

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Omg its so boring

  • By Halloween on 10-09-18

Spellbinding and WOW

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

This book really surprised me because I hardly ever read sci-fi fantasy books and find the topic boring...but not this book! I got hooked very quickly and liked most of the characters and cared about their outcomes...also I wanted to see how far the author would carry us: very far as it turned out. The plot development was well written by Clines and wonderfully performed by the narrator. Overall, an A+ listening experience.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Loner

  • A Novel
  • By: Teddy Wayne
  • Narrated by: David Bendena
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 531

David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. But, initially, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Struck by her beauty, wit, and sophisticated Manhattan upbringing, David falls feverishly in love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Inner Dialogue of a Psychopath

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-17

This Author is a Spellbinding and Talented Writer!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I loved this book! I don't think I've ever listened to a novel so compelling to hear in the early chapters and verbal portraits painted of the three main characters (freshmen at Harvard) were intricate and fascinating. I was stunned by the impressive quality of writing from this author Teddy Wayne, likewise the performance artist (David Bendena) delivered in an appropriate voice worthy of this psychological plot unfolding to a possibly worrisome ending. The story does move into intense focus later on but that is how obsession plays out, no? There are interesting incidents and turns which occur but I don't want to provide spoilers. I only wish I could create here a review as well written as this exciting book but then I would be a great author myself and remain silent out of deep professional jealousy....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood of Emmett Till

  • By: Timothy B. Tyson
  • Narrated by: Rhett S. Price
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Mississippi, 1955: 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered by a white mob after making flirtatious remarks to a white woman, Carolyn Bryant. Till's attackers were never convicted, but his lynching became one of the most notorious hate crimes in American history. It launched protests across the country, helped the NAACP gain thousands of members, and inspired famous activists like Rosa Parks to stand up and fight for equal rights for the first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Edifying

  • By Jean on 07-15-17

Excellent Book Worth 5 Stars *****

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

This true story recounts the cruel kidnapping and savage murder of a fourteen year old youngster in the racist Mississippi environment of 1955. Speaking from my own point of view, I never believed Emmett whistled at the white lady (Carolyn Bryant) with disrespect in mind but with an impish impulse to show off to his teen friends. Therefore, this makes the brutal consequence of his lighthearted child play even more horrific...if possible. The book is thoroughly researched, well written, and narrated by a brilliant performance artist with a talent to deliver dialogue in various character voices.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Children's Blizzard

  • By: David Laskin
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

January 12, 1888, began as an unseasonably warm morning across Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Minnesota, the weather so mild that children walked to school without coats and gloves. But that afternoon, without warning, the atmosphere suddenly, violently changed. One moment the air was calm; the next the sky exploded in a raging chaos of horizontal snow and hurricane-force winds. Temperatures plunged as an unprecedented cold front ripped through the center of the continent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Account of 1888 Prairie Blizzard

  • By Mary Burnight on 01-09-17

True Account of 1888 Prairie Blizzard

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

This book is very well researched and the first third of it includes much information about settlement of the American mid-west and the gathering of meteorological data and weather forecasting at that time. This was so well written that it managed to hold my interest but if you prefer to skim over those chapters, the historical stories of the January 12, 1888 devastating blizzard (and its aftermath) begin with chapter 5 entitled "Cold Front". There are many human interest tales revealed of children and/or adults desperately trying to just get home through zero visibility, high winds, freezing temperatures and stinging snow! It's an unforgettable, spellbinding read.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • I'll See You Again

  • By: Jackie Hance, Janice Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Jackie Hance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

One woman's journey through unbearable loss. A true story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Undertaking: from Devastated to Hopeful

  • By Mary Burnight on 12-05-16

An Amazing Undertaking: from Devastated to Hopeful

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

There were times, when Jackie Hance threatened suicide, that I thought I could not continue this true story, but I'm glad I did. She and her husband Warren had lost all 3 daughters in a tragic car smash-up (under mysterious circumstances) so how were they to carry on when they had loved their precious children (and parenthood) so much? The book reveals raw feelings and coping-actions of both parents (Jackie more so) but when her anguish escalated, I was pleased that Warren pushed back in order to release some of his pain too. I grew to admire both of them and the girls as well---their personalities and gifts of love were brought out through anecdotes of happy earlier days. The adult friends of the Hances were helpful, wise and loyal and I was also impressed by therapist Dr. O'Brien and his understanding for the "coin" Jackie needed "in her pocket". Likewise, Dr. Rosenwaks was an impressive and skilled specialist. SPOILER ALERT! When the fourth daughter was born, I was full of joy for Jackie and Warren to have hope re-born in their lives...even though it must have been frightening to open their hearts to a baby once again. I have found Kasey Hance on Google and in YouTube (search hard through interviews) and she seems to be a delightful person in her own right. The story is well-written and even though Jackie is not a trained performance artist, the fact that she narrates it is courageous and special to my thinking. This is a terrific book, outstanding even. I recommend it highly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Please Don't Take My Baby

  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

"I'm going to love my baby and give her lots of attention," Jade said. "I'll show my mum she's wrong." Jade, 17, is pregnant, homeless, and alone when she's brought to live with Cathy. Jade is desperate to keep her baby, but, little more than a child herself, she struggles with the responsibilities her daughter brings. Cathy is worried as soon as Jade arrives: she's never looked after a pregnant teenager before, but none of the mother-and-baby carers is free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Munchie on 06-23-15

An Absorbing Book with Outstanding Narration!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

This book held my interest throughout: I really worried about the eventual outcome for this young mother and child....even for her younger boyfriend involved too. There was something so adorably human about the protagonist teen, namely -- It's not that Jade was necessarily lazy but she preferred to sleep in (when she could) and let the foster mother change and feed Baby, LOL. Ditto when she was sometimes napping. HAHA. Also, she drank alcohol and smoked, a definite no-no. I did complete the story many months ago so I forget a lot of the details but the plot certainly had twists & turns which made it exciting to follow. I think you will grow to care about what happens to all the main characters in this true story too. Personally, I really loved this audible.com book and I thought Denica Fairman was (and still is) a brilliant narrator/performance artist.