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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,626

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt 💕

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

The narrator saves this book. The villain scenes are beyond cliche and the writing is not that suspenseful but it’s not a bad listen.

  • For the Thrill of It

  • Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz Age Chicago
  • By: Simon Baatz
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals - too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state's attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!!

  • By Anne Ashley on 05-05-17

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

This book is interesting. I live in Illinois so I was very interested. This book does not go into depth of the reason for the depravity, just touched on it. It was very much about the trial and I found that interesting.
It really proves that then, as now, the rich are favored in the American judicial system. Not much had changed but then, I’m not sure how it could be.
If you have never heard this story before, I highly recommend it. It’s you are familiar with it, it holds little new but is still a good listen.

  • Manson

  • The Life and Times of Charles Manson
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Award-winning journalist Jeff Guinn's highly acclaimed Manson has won rave reviews and is a top-pick on must-read lists everywhere. This superb biography answers lingering questions about the Manson Family murders, while delivering stunning revelations about the life of America's most notorious psychopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Manson: Even worse than you imagined

  • By Ruby Dartz on 09-15-13

Typical Manson but more childhood

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

This book is unique as it takes us more into his youth which formed the adult monster. If you are interested in Manson it’s a good book but his story has been told so many times, it is really just “another Manson book”
Still, if you don’t know much about his youth, it’s interesting and I do recommend it.

  • Murder of Innocence

  • The Tragic Life and Final Rampage of Laurie Dann
  • By: Joel Kaplan, George Papajohn, Eric Zorn
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Early on a May morning in 1988, Laurie Dann, a 30-year-old, profoundly unhappy product of the wealthy North Shore suburb of Chicago, loaded her father's car with a cache of handguns, incendiary chemicals, and arsenic-laced food. Driven by fear and hate, she was going to make something terrible happen. Before the end of the day, Dann had blazed a murderous trail of poison, fire, and bullets through the unsuspecting town of Winnetka, Illinois, and other North Shore suburbs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Applicable to Las Vegas Shooter

  • By Teadrinker on 10-07-17

So much darkness

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

We all live normal lives, or most of us do. We are normal people. We go about our daily events and days turn into months turn into years. We go from school children to young adults in college or at work, get “real jobs”, marry, have children, watch them grow, engage in our communities and welcome our grandchildren. We see our grandparents and parents pass, then it’s our turn, hopefully when we are old and surrounded by loved ones. Sure, some people take a different path but not so much do that they do not form the intricate patchwork of daily life of your community....your world. Once in a while though, a person goes so far outside the accepted and expected. In this case, Laurie Dann nor her parents seem to actually fit this pattern. There were so many red flags with this woman that she could have been stopped.
If nothing more it’s a scathing review of our mental health service in the very absence of real mental health treatment in the book. Some people scream out that they need help and are dangerous. Dann was such a person and like we still do, we ignored the signs and people died. Will we ever learn?

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  • Night

  • By: Elie Wiesel
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,251

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting reminder...

  • By Ryan on 01-20-15

It’s a classic!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

This book transports you back with Wiesel as he travels back to tell you his story. As a Jew, I was particularly interested. I’m too young to have any real idea of these historical events, born long after the guns of the great patriotic war grew silent. This transports you back in time and makes the horror visceral.
Wiesel is gone now but he has left behind these gems for us to remember one of the darkest times in human history.

The narrator is extremely suited but then I would listen to George Guidall read Dr Seuss. He’s my favorite narrator....BY FAR.

I highly recommend this book.

  • The Last Battle

  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, it devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Work

  • By Shaun on 08-03-12

Great historical perspective

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

As a historical junkie, I have to say I loved this book. I Nordic walk daily and listened as I walked. At timer it was so real i could almost feel the parks fade away to show Germany in ruins (almost....I’m not certifiable lol). It focused on some little things and big things I had never spent much time thinking about before.
I highly recommend this if you are interested in WW2.

  • The Alienist

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,757

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding on several levels.

  • By lyl on 12-30-12

Amazing historical story

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Though this is fiction, it’s set in turn of the century New York and really takes the listener back to that era. It’s interesting to read about the alienist. Alienists were a large part of Leopold and Loebs trial 25 years or so later, so it’s interesting how Carr weaved this story around the success and failures of the alienist and his combativeness with the police department (or they with him). The characters are well brought forth, although I would like to have seen more information about the Isaacson brothers. As an Irish Jew, I found both cultures a part of the book interesting.
I loved this book. I have bought the other from Stevie’s point of view and can’t wait to listen to it.

  • 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 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

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

Boring beyond belief

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I could not get through this. The narration is boring and without emotion. The author appears to be more of a Holmes apologist (he was not THAT of a guy, only killed a few) and I simply could not finish it. I live outside of Chicago and I am well familiar with the case. This book just didn’t make the grade as books about Holmes go.
This is the only book I have returned because it was mind numbing in both writing and narration. A lethal combination.

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  • Paris 1919

  • Six Months That Changed the World
  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 25 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, renowned historian Margaret MacMillan's best-selling Paris 1919 is the story of six remarkable months that changed the world. At the close of WWI, between January and July of 1919, delegates from around the world converged on Paris under the auspices of peace. New countries were created, old empires were dissolved, and for six months, Paris was the center of the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent History

  • By Martin on 12-03-05

Not a Wilson fan

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

I am a scholar of holocaust history and the history of WW2. I thought this book would give me more in depth details about Versailles and the lead up to WW2. It did but it really gave me a look at Woodrow Wilson that I had never had. I was aware he was an avowed unapologetic racist but didn't know the extent of his narcissism and superiority complex until listening to this book. There are a lot of unsavory characters in this (America and the U.K. don't look so great) but there are sympathetic ones as well.
It's long and very dry but history often is and this is an often overlooked historical event, getting merely a sentence of two in many history books. This goes into great detail and while dry, it's interesting.
This is not a book for a casual history listener. This is for someone very interested in history and very interested in this specific event. If you fall into that category, you will enjoy it and learn a lot.

  • The Brothers

  • John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805

John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the backdrop ofAmerican culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cold war and intrigue - who could ask for more

  • By Angela on 10-26-13

That's a lot of power!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

I enjoyed this book because this is not a time period I normally study (my interests lie in the holocaust, medieval Europe, Irish history, Russian imperial history and Jewish history). I was aware these men existed and knew they were influential but had no idea the power they wielded. It's a wonder America survived with these two in government at the same time Hoover was in office.

Very interesting book