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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: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,990

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

Huge letdown.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

this book is just a 10 hour roll call of case facts and varying theories as to who was the GSK. it's all over the place at times and it's easy to lose focus. I was relieved when the book was finally over with.


what this author helped accomplish in solving the crimes is amazing and the fact that just she passed on saddens me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,002

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

underwhelmed.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

book starts off nicely, but turns into liberal fluff about 2/3rds the way through. also, the author goes from gushing pride about where he's from to shame.seems kind hypocritical.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The I-5 Killer

  • By: Ann Rule, Andy Stack
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

As a young man, Randall Woodfield had it all; he was a star athlete with good looks and an award-winning student. Working in the swinging West Coast bar scene, he had more than his share of women. But he wanted more than just sex. An appetite for unspeakable violent acts led him to cruise the I-5 highway through California to Washington, leaving a trail of victims along the way. As the list of the dead grew, the police mobilized to stop a twisted killer who had 44 known deaths to his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting from beginning to end.

  • By Mami hermosa on 01-12-18

Waste of tme

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

first half of the book is very interesting, but just like every other Ann rule book, she drones on and on and on with the courtroom proceeding that eats up over 4 hours of the book. I finally gave up just before book ended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Comfortably Numb

  • The Inside Story of Pink Floyd
  • By: Mark Blake
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Mark Blake draws on his own interviews with band members as well as the group's friends, road crew, musical contemporaries, former housemates, and university colleagues to produce a riveting history of one of the biggest rock bands of all time. We follow Pink Floyd from the early psychedelic nights at UFO, to the stadium-rock and concept-album zenith of the '70s, to the acrimonious schisms of the late '80s and '90s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Would read the actual book

  • By Bo Bilstrup on 06-09-18

not good

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

the audio quality is atrocious and the narrators accent is really hard to understand. bummer

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,709
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,389

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

major let down.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I love this man's career, but take major issue with him starting the book saying he is thinking about his daughter overdosing, in order to get into the role of whatever movie or show he's filming. plus, he is really really full of himself. waste of money

  • H. H. Holmes

  • The True History of the White City Devil
  • By: Adam Selzer
  • Narrated by: David Bendena
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

This is the first truly comprehensive book examining the life and career of the murderer who has become one of America's great supervillains. It reveals not only the true story but how the legend evolved, taking advantage of hundreds of primary sources that have never been examined before, including legal documents, letters, articles, and records that have been buried in archives for more than a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The truth

  • By Shaun Wheeler on 09-08-17

ehh...

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

the narrator reads in a lifeless monotone voice and the author is all over the place. bummer of a book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • No Better Friend

  • One Man, One Dog, and Their Incredible Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
  • By: Robert Weintraub
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Opinion, No Better Friend

  • By Sam Thompson on 07-08-15

Disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

About halfway into the book the dog goes away and for the next 2-3 hours it's a separate story, that includes several parties of people stranded on too many islands that I found annoying and hard to stay focused.

narrator was good and I really enjoyed the first half, but gave up listening halfway and moved on to next book.

  • Food: A Love Story

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,708

Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, but read more like a series of jokes

  • By Adam Shields on 10-24-14

eh....

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

if you've listened to any of his stand up comedy acts then you've heard everything in this book. it's word for word the same at points. very little original content.

  • Killer Clown

  • The John Wayne Gacy Murders
  • By: Terry Sullivan, Peter T. Maiken
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

He was a model citizen. A hospital volunteer. And one of the most sadistic serial killers of all time. But few people could see the cruel monster beneath the colorful clown makeup that John Gacy wore to entertain children in his Chicago suburb. Few could imagine what lay buried beneath his house of horrors - until a teenage boy disappeared before Christmas in 1978, leading prosecutor Terry Sullivan on the greatest manhunt of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARRIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!

  • By Steve Horwitz on 12-21-17

unlistenable.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I couldn't get over the narrator. it's an old man with a lisp that's really hard to understand.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Life & Death of Pretty Boy Floyd

  • By: Jeffery S. King
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

This detailed account of his life, crimes, and death makes extensive use of FBI reports, government records, local newspapers, and contemporary journalistic accounts. Neither highly intelligent nor polished, Floyd relied on his cool demeanor, shrewd cunning, and expert gun-handling ability, but he was also considered by those who knew him to be generous and honest. During the depression, many people saw banks as enemies and Floyd as a hero, and helped screen him from the police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very readable Criminal Justice thesis

  • By Jan on 06-30-15

WTF????

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

the narrator is so God awful. I lasted 3 minutes and gave up. he whisperes