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Sleep Better audiobook cover art

So helpful

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

Reviewed: 08-26-19

I have major sleep issues thanks to chronic illness, and this series really helped me (as a companion with my medication). My only complaint would be that the music was distracting and pulled me out of the meditation.

Next Level Basic audiobook cover art

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 05-27-19

I needed this breath of fresh air. Stassi pulls no punches as she reminds us to break down the facades and just be ourselves. Unless we’re trying to be like the Kardashians or bringing back those stompy Steve Madden slides from the 90’s or being mean. Then just stop.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Cold Kill audiobook cover art

Too much internal dialogue for this genre

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

There was way too much internal dialogue—beyond the pale. This was a true crime book, not a novel. I cannot believe that David West was able to report that much of his inner life to Jack Olsen. Were it not for Kevin Pierce’s superb narration, I would have bailed.
Plus, the book was supposed to be about the killer couple, not about the male of the couple and the wacky but well-meaning PI that caught him. So very odd.

Gosnell audiobook cover art

Difficult But Important

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

This book is not for everyone. The authors are very honest about what Kermit Gosnell, and what Gosnell did went far beyond abortion. He murdered and decimated. If you are uncomfortable with Ed Gein’s story, do not read this book, for Gosnell was the same type of hoarder.

This book was finely investigated, so I only deduct one star for these reasons:
* the unnecessary, in my opinion, long chapter lecturing the reader on proper journalistic practices. It’s near the end of the book, so by the time it is reached, I as the reader have the full picture of the bizarre news dodge of this story. I don’t need a mini journalism class to drive it home.
* the occasional use of “pro-abortion” in place of “pro-choice” in general (the only person I have run across who is truly pro-abortion is Dr. Gosnell, for pro- implies enthusiasm, gusto); and, in companion with this, the introduction written by a member of the Duck Dynasty family. This case is so vile, it didn’t need to be politicized at all, in any way. Just tell the reader what Gosnell, his wife, and his staff did. You’ll probably change a lot of minds on abortion. I think these leans of bias make the annoyance of the lesson of the unbiased Fourth Estate stronger. To truly make this point, the book should have carried absolutely no agenda—including no biased language (a no-no in basic journalism) and no biased celebrity endorsement.

I can’t say this enough: this is an important case, and, despite its above flaws, an important book. But I am going to type a phrase below that was in the crime scene report about Ed Gein, and please let it be your litmus test for whether or not you should read this book.

That phrase is: cup of noses

104 of 112 people found this review helpful

Theft by Finding audiobook cover art

Always honest, always charming

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

What made the experience of listening to Theft by Finding the most enjoyable?

David's own narration, as usual--the very best thing about David Sedaris on audio is David reading David.

What did you like best about this story?

I love David's blunt honesty, and how he does not spare it one iota when it comes to himself.

What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

His observations about human nature are so sharp and keen, even when it comes to his own nature.

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

Several: hearing stories about his sister that recently committed suicide, knowing that past David and past Tiffany had no idea what was coming in the 21st century, but that narrating David most certainly did.

Mrs. Zant and the Ghost audiobook cover art

Enchanting

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Mrs. Zant and the Ghost to be better than the print version?

Yes, only when enhanced by Gillian Anderson's narration.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first mysterious scene in the park.

Any additional comments?

This is a marvelous ghost story, original even today, and Gillian Anderson can read to me any time. I was thoroughly enchanted from start to finish.

True Crime Addict audiobook cover art
  • True Crime Addict
  • How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray
  • By: James Renner
  • Narrated by: James Renner

true crime as odyssey

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-16

James Renner is an honest true crime reporter: "the family" is not above reproach, untouchable and filtered through a gauzy light; "the victim" is not above criticism, Snow White in peril, an angel simply because her whereabouts are a mystery; and "the reporter" is no flawless white knight.
Thanks to this stark honesty about himself, you can believe his equally stark honesty about all players in this mystery, including the two in the center: Maura Murray, who disappeared the week Facebook debuted, and her father, Fred, who plays games of subterfuge and secrecy with anyone who tries to help, including the authorities.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Every Mother's Nightmare audiobook cover art

Wonderful narration, well-written, but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-16

Charles Bosworth and Kevin Pierce, always a winning combination. My problem with this book is completely personal. Because listening is do much more intimate than reading, I struggled with empathy for the younger child's mother. I understand many behaviors in the face of grief, including lashing out at others, drug abuse, and depression. Everyone handles pain and loss differently.
But this mother runs amok, it feels, vindictive and careless with others, and then...she tries to firebomb a residence with a mother and child inside.
I found myself cringing every time Pierce said her name by the end of the book. The epilogue feels like a presentation (or debate speech) written by this mother, actually, rather than Bosworth.

I would read it again, definitely, but knowing what I know now, I think just would read it in paper or e-book format. Maybe one more degree of distance from this mother would help me not feel this way.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Misbegotten Son audiobook cover art

fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Excellent story, framed with first-person narratives from participants and witnesses, narrated by the best go-to guy in true-crime audio, Kevin Pierce.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

True Ghost Stories and Eerie Legends from America's Most Haunted Neighborhood audiobook cover art

Not the book it claims to be

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

Would you try another book from David Domine and/or Marcus Freeman?

No, especially not David Domine.

What was most disappointing about David Domine’s story?

It is a book about the paranormal written by a food critic. He's light on paranormal information, but heavy in detail on the food he served and ate. Extremely heavy.
Plus, the book is tediously repetitive. In the first chapter that was actually about hauntings, and not about the weekly foodie parties he threw in a supposedly haunted house, he repeated the house-in-question's full address every time he referred to the house.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from True Ghost Stories and Eerie Legends from America's Most Haunted Neighborhood?

Everything to do with food, the author's group of foodie friends, or how splendid the neighborhood is for those in the know. I did not buy this book to learn about his wealthy neighborhood's friendly squabbles about the proper mint julep come Kentucky a Derby time.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful