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  • The Psychopath Test

  • A Journey Through the Madness Industry
  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,163

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky, intriguing and educational.

  • By Flavius on 11-08-11

At Least I'm Not THAT Kind Of Crazy :)

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

I'd probably give this 4.5 stars, if I could. This book is absolutely fascinating, yet at the same time a trifle unsatisfying. I don't think it could NOT be unsatisfying to some extent, though, because psychopathy is not something that has been 'solved', it's not something society has figured out how to deal with or, in most cases, even how to identify.

I was at times laughing, at other times appalled at what I was hearing, and at still other times just sad.

This is a VERY complicated issue, as is anything to do with mental health. If you want a little insight into the subject, this is an interesting slant on it.

And don't worry, you're almost certainly NOT a psychopath ;)

  • Son

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594

Recounts the tragic events that followed the arrest of Fred Coe, a conservative, clean-cut young man, for a series of rapes committed in the city of Spokane and led to revenge and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Psychopathy Born or Made?

  • By Michael on 04-29-15

Yikes.

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

All I can really say after listening to this book is this: I looked him up on Wikipedia afterwards and discovered that he has served his full sentence and subsequently been moved to a facility that houses other people considered too dangerous to be allowed back into society, and I agree whole-heartedly with the decision.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Cold Blood

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,594

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still the Best

  • By Lisa on 01-10-06

In Cold Blood

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

This was another book that is hard for me to rate...

Firstly, I must say that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Scott Brick. If I had been reading a physical copy of the book there is NO WAY I would have finished it. From memory, it took at least a couple of hours for the 'story' to actually get started. I felt very guilty for wishing the killing would start already, knowing that these were real people.

I knew nothing of the Clutter family or their murders before reading this book. I knew nothing of this book except its name, its author, and the fact that it was supposed to be a 'big deal'. I've read a little online in the past couple of days about all the controversy surrounding the writing of this book, and that doesn't really interest me at all.

To date I've probably read ten or twelve true crime books, and I'm afraid to say that I didn't find this one to be all that special. I mean no disrespect to the Clutter family, I do not wish to detract from the horror they faced that night. I just mean that for me, the book could have been written by anyone about any crime. I've not read anything else by Capote and I'm not really interested in doing so. His writing was good, don't get me wrong, but this wasn't a stand-out for me.

  • Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221

For twenty-five years, the trusted family doctor in a small Wyoming town had been raping and molesting the women and children who most relied on him. Mostly Mormons, the naive victims sometimes realized on their wedding nights the truth about what had happened in Dr. Story's office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible events, fascinating story.

  • By Mindy on 07-25-15

Flat Out Disturbing.

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

I've read a fair few true crime books now. I've read about Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jonestown, a whole bunch of the real 'big ones'. And I can honestly say I found none of them nearly as disturbing as this book.

The scope of John Story's crimes is just mind-boggling. As I listened to this audiobook I found myself shaking my head, gasping, saying 'Oh my God', reacting in very physical ways to what I was hearing, and this from a book that contains maybe half a dozen curse words. The narrator tells the story in his usual calm voice (this is the third book I've heard him narrate), and the story is still absolutely horrifying.

And the really weird thing is, despite the amount of damage this man did as well as the SUSPECTED damage he did, I found it almost impossible to find anything about him online! Women everywhere should know about men like John Story, and they should learn from the many, many mistakes made by the women in the town of Lovell. Naivety is a dangerous thing. So is silence.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster

  • By: Sam L. Amirante, Danny Broderick
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

“Sam, could you do me a favor?” Thus begins a story that has now become part of America's true-crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga - the story of a young lawyer fresh from the public defender's office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in our nation's history. This is a gripping true crime narrative that reenacts the gruesome killings and the famous trial that shocked a nation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ultimately an excellent listen

  • By A.R. on 03-03-13

This Will Have A Lasting Effect On Me

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

Wow.

As with all of the true crime books I've been reading lately, I went into this one knowing very little beyond the fact that John Gacy had killed a lot of people. But there is so much more to the story.

So many times while watching the news, I've remarked to my husband that I don't understand who in their right mind would defend some of the vicious, despicable people in this world, that there was no way in hell that I'd do it. After reading this book, I understand.

My feelings about John Gacy are quite complicated. If you have a brain and a heart, you'll understand by the time you get to the end of this book.

I must say that the narrator managed to make my skin crawl more than once, as he 'acted' out the part of Gacy.

I can't really write a review that will do this book justice. Suffice it to say that this one will stick with me for a while, and not for the reasons I would have thought before I started it.

  • The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History

  • By: Kevin M. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A REAL Monster

  • By Gayle on 10-20-14

Sad, Creepy, & Very Interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

I didn't know anything about Ted Bundy beyond the fact he was a serial killer, and I'm very glad this was the book that taught me the story.
The writing is great, but the narrator really made it shine for me. The narration is sympathetic, conversational and just . . . right.
Highly recommended listen.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Element

  • How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
  • By: Ken Robinson Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Ken Robinson Ph. D., Lou Aronica
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st century.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Great

  • By Samantha on 04-02-12

Thoroughly Enjoyable & Very Important

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

Reviewed: 04-25-15

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

I haven't read the print version of this book, but I'm seriously considering getting one and giving it to our school principal.

What did you like best about this story?

It just really struck a chord with me. And, it has already helped.

What about Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica ’s performance did you like?

The narration didn't get in the way of the message, which isn't as easy to achieve as it should be.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That the education system needs a massive overhaul. It has for a long time and we really need to make it happen.

Any additional comments?

This is important for you, even more so if you have kids or grandkids.

  • Code Zero

  • Joe Ledger, Book 6
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,986

For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Back Off! Or I'll Bite

  • By Mel on 04-01-14

Can't get enough of Joe Ledger!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-14

A fantastic addition to the series, this one does not disappoint. I can add this to the list of Jonathan Maberry books I've read/listened to that have made me cry (all of them). Ray Porter is wonderful, as always. This is one of those book series you just don't want to have to end, ever :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The King of Plagues

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,815

Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ledger ROCKS!

  • By Amanda H. on 05-12-11

Maberry & Porter are a perfect team.

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

Reviewed: 12-24-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The King of Plagues to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version. Mr Maberry's books are hard to find in Australia!

What did you like best about this story?

Like all his stuff, and as I've said many times before, this is a very human story that gets you angry, excited, and makes you (or me, anyway) cry. Many times.

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

Ray Porter IS Joe Ledger. He's all of them. He's fabulous with the humour, with the tragedy, with the accents. I just can't fault him so far in this series.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many, many, but I don't like to give away things for people who haven't read/listened yet!

Any additional comments?

I finished listening to this book this afternoon. I'm downloading the next book right now, and I'll start listening to it in about ten minutes, as soon as it's on my iPod. I can't get enough of this series.

  • The Dragon Factory

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,758

In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extinction coutndown

  • By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer on 05-31-17

Brialliant as Ever.

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

Reviewed: 12-21-13

Where does The Dragon Factory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right at the top, along with everything else Mr Maberry has written.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I listen to audiobooks when exercising or when doing housework, as a reward to myself for doing stuff I hate. Let's just say a lot of things got cleaned in record time while listening to this book :)

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm familiar with Mr Porter, and I must say he's one of my favourite narrators. He's great at accents, at character, at everything. Love him.

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

Just watch it.

Any additional comments?

On to the third book!