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  • The Night Stalker

  • The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez
  • By: Philip Carlo
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

Decades after Richard Ramirez left 13 dead and paralyzed the city of Los Angeles, his name is still synonymous with fear, torture, and sadistic murder. Philip Carlo's classic The Night Stalker, based on years of meticulous research and extensive interviews with Ramirez, revealed the killer and his horrifying crimes to be even more chilling than anyone could have imagined. The story of Ramirez is a bizarre and spellbinding descent into the very heart of human evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another True Crime classic...! (yay)

  • By Polly Poizendem on 11-19-16

Great story, inadequate narration

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

The middle section of the book, which re-creates Richard Ramirez’s childhood, is dull and uninteresting and can be easily skipped past without any great loss.
The best part of this book is the author’s incredible ability to describe things with an arrogant but completely perfect precision.
Most notably, in the opening paragraph of the book, he describes the neighborhood where Richard Ramirez spent much of his adulthood as the “*******” of the entire City of the Angels.

The narrator pronounces a lot of basic things completely wrong, especially the various city names that comprise the vast county of Los Angeles. However this doesn’t detract from the narration if you aren’t already familiar with these details.

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  • The Wizard of Lies

  • Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust
  • By: Diana B. Henriques
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? These questions have fascinated people ever since the news broke about the respected New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. Many have speculated about what must have happened, but no reporter has been able to get the full story - until now. Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of 3 madoff books

  • By Angela willis on 03-18-13

The audio was horrible

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

I quit listening after about 15 minutes because I couldn’t stand the narrator’s voice. Ended up just buying a printed copy of the book and reading it.

  • The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins

  • Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots
  • By: Brenda Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Lisa Renee Pitts
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Helicopters thwopped low over the city, filming blocks of burning cars and buildings, mobs breaking into storefronts, and the vicious beating of truck driver Reginald Denny. For a week in April 1992, Los Angeles transformed into a cityscape of rage, purportedly due to the exoneration of four policemen who had beaten Rodney King. It should be no surprise that such intense anger erupted from something deeper than a single incident. In The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins, Brenda Stevenson tells the dramatic story of an earlier trial, a turning point on the road to the 1992 riot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-opening, unbiased, and life changing

  • By C Z on 03-14-16

Way too much sociological details

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

The parts of this audiobook which tell the actual story of Latasha Harlins, her family and the criminal case of her murderer are most excellent.

The dullest and most pointless parts of this book were the hours of narration devoted to the backgrounds of Soon Ja Du and Judge Karlin. As a result, I ended up listening to only about ha