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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,832

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

Entertaining but *ughhh* the background music

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This is an informative and entertaining production however the never ending background music is a huge distraction from a really decent narration. Some music at the opening of a book is fine but not the entire six hours.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Serpentine

  • By: Thomas Thompson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

There was no pattern to the murders, no common thread other than the fact that the victims were all vacationers, robbed of their possessions, and slain in seemingly random crimes. Authorities across three continents and a dozen nations had no idea they were all looking for the same man: Charles Sobhraj, aka "The Serpent". A handsome Frenchman of Vietnamese and Indian origin, Sobhraj targeted backpackers on the "hippie trail" between Europe and South Asia. A master of deception, he used his powerful intellect and considerable sex appeal to lure naive travelers into a life of crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story / Weak Narration

  • By Chandelle on 10-09-18

Good Story / Weak Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I listen to quite a few audible books. I'm normally not all that fussy with narrators but this book needed one with significantly more voice acting skills.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632

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

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This is a great book if you like to learn the stories behind the forensic scientists that help law enforcement.

  • The Crime of the Century

  • Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation
  • By: Dennis L. Breo, William J. Martin
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through a quiet Chicago townhouse like a summer tornado and stabbed, strangled, and killed eight young nurses in a violent sexual rampage. By morning, only one nurse, Corazon Amurao, had miraculously survived, and her scream of terror was heard around the world. As the eight bodies were carried out of the small building, the coroner, who had seen the carnage up close, told a gathering crowd: "It is the crime of the century!"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All Of Your Roomates Murdered . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 04-21-17

Trial strategy explained

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

It took me awhile to purchase this book because it is such a well publicized case they I wasn't sure if it was worth listening to. I was wrong! While it certainly covers the elements of the story about the crime and criminal, it went into great depth about both the prosecution and defense strategies during the trial. If you like that kind of detail you will enjoy this book.

  • Fatal Beauty

  • Pinnacle True Crime
  • By: Burl Barer
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Jimmy Joste was a powerhouse in the oil and gas industry, but he was a weakling when it came to his gorgeous, athletic, longtime lover, Rhonda Glover. Addicted to her sexual prowess and madly in love, Joste gave her homes, cars, cash, and a $350,000 engagement ring. Their 15 years of passion and excess ended the day Rhonda drove directly from a shooting range to the Austin home they once shared. After pumping 10 bullets into him from a Glock 9mm, she stood over Joste's blood-splattered body and shot him six more times, twice below the waist.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • this is a book about mental illness

  • By Joy Lee on 07-24-18

Justice in America for mentally ill

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

If you like your true crime books to dive deep into the American justice system than this one is for you. While the author has a very apparent opinion on the subject of the treatment of mentally ill within our system he does present alternative points of view. Half story-half exposition this book does outline the difficulty between punishment and rehabilitation.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Forever and Five Days

  • The Chilling True Story of Love, Betrayal, and Serial Murder in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • By: Lowell Cauffiel
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

For months, Cathy Wood has fed the Alpine Manor residents, bathed them, and even moistened their eyes with artificial tears. To her, without their memories, the residents live in a state worse than death - and she has decided to relieve them of their pain. Wood and her lover, Gwen Graham, make a pact to kill those whom they were hired to care for. No one notices when an elderly person dies a quiet death, but as these two slip deeper into their plan, the terrible secret becomes unbearable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book,Great Narration

  • By night owl on 01-11-17

Great detail

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

This book has great detail and an engaging narrator. Enjoyable listen. Definitely worth the credit!

  • The Devil's Gentleman

  • Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

The wayward son of a revered Civil War general, Roland Molineux enjoyed good looks, status, and fortune - hardly the qualities of a prime suspect in a series of shocking, merciless cyanide killings. Molineux's subsequent indictment for murder led to two explosive trials and a sex-infused scandal that shocked the nation. Bringing to life Manhattan's Gilded Age, Schechter captures all the colors of the tumultuous legal proceedings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book Without an Accompanying Wiki Page Is Always A Treat

  • By Carolina on 02-27-17

Great detail

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I love stories that go extensively into the detail that occurred prior to the actual event that generated the story. The writing is excellent and the story quite enjoyable.

  • The Devil's Rooming House

  • The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer
  • By: M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by: Eddie Frierson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

A silent, simmering killer terrorized New England in 1911. A heat wave unlike any that had come before killed people in the streets, caused others to drown in the waters where they sought relief, and drove still others to suicide. As more than 2,000 people died during the natural disaster, another silent killer began her own murderous spree. Amy Archer-Gilligan operated the Archer Home for Elderly People and Chronic Invalids in Windsor, Connecticut.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not exactly Jack Olsen,

  • By Douglas on 09-15-15

Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

I didn't particularly care for the narration but the story is great. A couple of production issues with sections read twice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Maze Runner

  • Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,037

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, though a little long

  • By Darrin on 11-28-11

Great story but..

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

Wow! Great story but *eek* it took me months to get through it because of the narrator. I'm a bit of an audible junkie and having listened to over a hundred books I have become partial to great narrators like Roy Dotrice (Game of Thrones) and Stefan Rudnicki (all of Orson Scott Card's books). Anyway, I'm going to buy the second book now because I'm interested enough in the story to see what happens. Let's hope Mr. Deakins gets better...

  • The Magician's Land

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,423

Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of grey magic and desperate characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful ending to a great masterpiece

  • By Mor on 09-30-14

Story fine. Dialogue not so much....

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

Reviewed: 02-23-15

The story is fine. It would have been better if the author could have found another explicative than the F bomb or Jesus for his characters to use.