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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 - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,339

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

Total dissapointment

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

There is so much extra text, its ridiculous. It is also very choppy. Shouldn't have been published. I gave up and skipped a lot of boring chapters about the author and cops. Just the killer, please.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Serial Killer Whisperer

  • How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers
  • By: Pete Earley
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 586

From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating true story

  • By Tracy on 02-21-12

What a backstabber

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked hearing what the serial killers had to say. I liked the main character until he betrayed his friends. That's when I stopped listening.

Which scene was your favorite?

All the scenes where the whole focus was on what the killers were saying.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, the author and narrator did a good job. I listened to it on a road trip.

Any additional comments?

If you like true crime, I do think you'll like this book. I didn't finish the book because I got disgusted by the boy. He got all these serial killers to trust him and they told him all kinds of interesting things. Then he stabbed them in the back by doing the one thing he convinced them he wouldn't do.

  • Testament

  • By: David Morrell
  • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Reporter Reuben Bourne has broken a promise - to cast a paramilitary white supremacy group in a favorable light. Now, one basically peaceful man, one with a paradoxical attraction for violence, must confront a force of unrelenting hate. Somehow, he must survive - as he leads his family on a desperate flight into a wilderness as unforgiving as the fanatical humans who pursue him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really good thriller

  • By A. Larson on 08-02-16

A really good thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Testament to be better than the print version?

Yes. I've only used the print (Kindle) version once. Near the beginning there was a switch from talking about current events to giving an info dump. The print version helped me see where each started and stopped. It was the only time I needed the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Testament?

All I can say is the moment exists, but if I explained it here, it would be a spoiler.

Have you listened to any of Benjamin L. Darcie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. He's really good, though.

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

It's made me laugh. It's surprised me.

Any additional comments?

This is my first fictional book by David Morrell and I'm looking forward to listening to more of his books.

  • The Success System That Never Fails

  • By: William Clement Stone
  • Narrated by: Jason McCoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

The search for success has been prominent in the thoughts of countless millions from all walks of life. They yearn for fulfillment and desire to experience life's true riches. This goal is within each person's grasp as they discover those rules, principles, formulas, etc. which if followed properly, will lead to the goal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Old Text, Bad Direction

  • By A. Baker on 09-13-10

Why the rush?

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This narrator goes 90 to nothing. I have to slow it down to 75% speed. He doesn't even slow down between chapters. Maybe he was in a race with another narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

The content is good, the narrator is really bad. I'd rather just read the book and I'd return this if I could.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sit Like a Buddha

  • A Pocket Guide to Meditation
  • By: Lodro Rinzler
  • Narrated by: Lodro Rinzler
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Believe what you've heard about meditation: it'll focus your mind, open your heart, and sometimes surprise you with insight. And it's not complicated to learn. In fact, everything you need to get started is contained in this audiobook. Lodro Rinzler begins by challenging you to ask yourself why you want to meditate in the first place. (Good news: there's no wrong answer!)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light and inspiring

  • By GC Fourie on 04-22-15

Too young

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

What disappointed you about Sit Like a Buddha?

It's written for people who are around 21 years old. He talks about clubbing, making out, Jay Z, Parks and Recreation (TV show), and sounds like he's 15.

Has Sit Like a Buddha turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lodro Rinzler’s performances?

No.

  • Octopus

  • Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con
  • By: Guy Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Born into one of America's most illustrious trading families, Sam Israel was determined to strike out on his own. After apprenticing with one of the greatest traders of the 1980s, he founded his own fast-growing hedge fund, promising investors extraordinary returns. But it was all an elaborate charade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Audible Choice

  • By A. Larson on 06-22-16

An Excellent Audible Choice

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The author did a fantastic job of collecting all the minute details of this story. There are so many little details that it must have been a big challenge collecting and putting it all together. In addition, the book is organized and written very well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Octopus?

The resumption of the beginning, which occurs very near the end. I actually said, "WHAT?!"

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

He did a great job; I liked Jeff Woodman's narration as much as my favorite narrator, which is George Guidall.

Any additional comments?

If you like the show, "American Greed," or enjoyed the 3-part Madoff production, or liked the book on Charles Ponzi, I think you'll enjoy this book a lot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,428

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time/money

  • By Kyle Warren on 01-23-19

The future of audiobooks

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's very engrossing. The book stays on point, in the middle of action. I'm not even a scifi fan but I'm really enjoying this. I think that any of this author's books, or those of Stephen King, David Morrell, and their like, will have much higher audio book sales if they have them dramatized like this. It's much more enjoyable. When I listen to audio books, it's because I still want to watch TV, but with my eyes closed; this dramatization is the closest thing I've found.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Serial Killer Files

  • The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World’s Most Terrifying Murderers
  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 502

Hollywood's make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can't hold a candle to real-life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved, comes the ultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me feel sick, yet I didn't want it to end

  • By Neuron on 02-07-17

Great for True Crime Fans

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Serial Killer Files to be better than the print version?

I'm not reading the Kindle version, I only bought that to lower the price of the audio book.

What about Charles Constant’s performance did you like?

He does a fine job.

Any additional comments?

I love this book. I like just about everything Schechter writes, but this one moves faster than others because there are so many killers to talk about. If you like true crime, I think you'll like this audio book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Successful Novelist

  • By: David Morrell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels,

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • REALITY CHECK! Very Enlightening and practical.

  • By avoidthelloyd on 09-30-11

So thankful this book was written.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

What made the experience of listening to The Successful Novelist the most enjoyable?

David Morrell writes the type of fiction I aspire to write. This is a gem.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Successful Novelist?

When the author was narrowly saved from losing his hands.

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

He does a great job. I like his narrating and have had zero issues with it. Good choice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Confessions of a Suspense Novelist... but it really should not be a movie.

Any additional comments?

First, I looked into this author and found that he actually invented Rambo. Wow. Plus, he was unsure about First Blood ever being sold, and expressed the same beginner emotions that everyone probably feels.

So I got one of his books on Audible, "Testament", to find out if he writes the types of books I'd like to write (besides First Blood). Within minutes, I knew I wanted to write gripping suspense novels like David Morrell. "Testament" hits the ground running with a disturbing situation and dramatic question (hook) (Why is this happening to this family?). Yes, I definitely want a book by this author explaining his writing process.

"The Successful Novelist" delivers everything I hoped for. I really liked the information on opening lines and the occasional stories about Morrell's writing career. If you like books on the craft of writing, I think you'll like this book. I'm only about halfway through, and very glad this is a really long book with tons of information.

  • Manhattan Mayhem

  • An Anthology of Tales in Celebration of the 70th year of the Mystery Writers of America
  • By: Mary Higgins Clark - editor
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Peter Berkrot, Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Take a crime-filled tour of Manhattan with this collection of all-new mystery stories compiled and edited by Mary Higgins Clark - with contributions by Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Ben H. Winters, and others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • you'll never see Gotham the same

  • By B. Riddick on 05-20-16

Very good!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

Would you listen to Manhattan Mayhem again? Why?

Yes, after I forget the stories, because it was satisfying.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the surprise endings. Good stories and narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful