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  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,929
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,900

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rank this with the best in true crime.

  • By Allison Smith on 11-16-18

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

A great podcast series told by the investigator keeping the case alive for so many years, with interviews of a lot of people involved in the case.

Riveting. Highly recommended if you like crime or justice.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,456

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Left a bad taste in my mouth

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

The good:
- The investigating journalists Sam Bungy and Jennifer Forde, the narrators of this audio-podcasts, have put extensive amount of time and work into this case. It's impressive and admirable.
- The journalists pulls every string of information together and presents a complex case as comprehensible.
- The story of this unsolved murder is intriguing.
- Sam Bungy and Jennifer Forde's voices are nice to listen to.

The bad:
- I disliked the presentation of credentials for EACH and EVERY episode. It became so repetitive, and really took me out of the story.
- while the story of this unsolved murder was intriguing, it was so drawn-out. It's nearly 8 hours! The story was first interesting, then drawn-out, then boring, then just ridiculous.
- the audio quality of some of the interviews were very bad, coupled with dialects etc made it hard to understand what was being said. I had to rewind several times.
the sound from some of the interviews were very hard to pick up on what was being said, coupled with dialects etc it became hard to understand what people were saying.
- I felt the murdered woman was lost in all the sound effects and fancy intros.
- Way too much airtime was given to the suspect of this murder, Ian Bailey, and his partner/girlfriend/co-conspirator/alibi/whatever. He said himself he isn't very good at making people like him, and I think that is the only truth he told. I didn't like him, and liked him even less as the hours of this audio went on. The narrators/journalists let Bailey and his partner ramble on, especially Bailey. Did Bailey murder that woman? No one knows, but *I* know that Bailey comes across as such a narcissist. It blew my mind how self-absorbed, self-centered, attention seeking, and devoid of empathy and accountability he was. For instance, at the end of the audio Bailey is talking and getting angry because he didn't get to the court house in time to have all the attending press outside take photos of him entering the courthouse. Getting there late was his own fault too, because he didn't bother to rush and kept saying jokingly "Well, they can't start without *me*". He was in such a rush to get out of the car they were all sitting in that he all but pushed the pregnant journalist Jennifer Forge out of the car. Geesh, what a dreadful man.
- I didn't like the behavior of neither the community of Cork, the police, the press or the nation. There was so much back stabbing, rumors, witness pressuring/influencing and false information in the desperate search for the killer. Everyone forgot to take a minute and consider all the possibilities. Everyone wanted Bailey to be the killer, so they tried everything to make that the truth. I was horrified hearing about all the stuff happening in this case, and I'm not talking about the murder. If Ian Bailey is innocent, there has been a witch hunt of him for over two decades. I feel the only person that actually did his job in all this was the DPP (the prosecutor's office) in charge of taking out an arrest warrant for Bailey and taking him to court on a murder charge. The Prosecutor refused several times to charge Bailey for murder because there was never any real evidence to make a case on Bailey. It was all hearsay and vague witness descriptions.

To sum up, impressive work of the journalists, the audio was too long and too much time was given to Ian Bailey. There is no conclusion or solving of this murder mystery to this day, and I think there never will be seeing as how the police, community and press fucked up this case. Ian Bailey is a unlikable man whether he did this crime or not. My thoughts go to the victim's family.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,048

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

Very good

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

A very personal account of Joe Kenda's life. It gripped me. It made me feel connected to Joe in both his professional and personal life. I haven't seen the TV shows referred to (I don't think it has aired in my country), but listening to his story/memoirs I'm glad he was able to be a part of the TV show since the show helped him deal with the aftermath of his career in law enforcement (his own words). The stories from cases he worked on was heartbreaking, disgusting and horrid. I'm happy he was great at being a homicide detective and was able to build cases that put lots of bad people away. And I wholeheartedly agree with the picture on Kenda's desk (you'll know what I mean if you read this book..).

Listening to his voice made me imagine a grandfather telling his harsh life story to me personally. I really enjoyed it. I'm happy I took a chance on it when it was offered as Deal of the Day.

In my opinion, though, this is worth the full price and I highly recommend picking it up.

  • Carry the Ocean

  • The Roosevelt, Book 1
  • By: Heidi Cullinan
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 204

High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it's time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The young man with a double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey - and he has autism. When Jeremey's untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him to The Roosevelt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heidi Cullinan + Iggy Toma = Excellence !!!

  • By HZ on 05-31-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. Iggy Toma manages to top that, or rather fortify that. This truly is an amazing tale worthy of your time and money spent.

  • The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Max Miller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 366

His romantic weekend in ruins, shy 20-something artist Perry Foster learns that things can always get worse when he returns home from San Francisco to find a dead body in his bathtub. A dead body in a very ugly sportscoat - and matching socks. The dead man is a stranger to Perry, but that's not much of a comfort; how did a strange dead man get in a locked flat at the isolated Alton Estate in the wilds of the 'Northeast Kingdom' of Vermont? Perry turns to help from 'tall, dark and hostile' former navy SEAL Nick Reno.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And the Spirits say...

  • By Donald on 07-07-13

Good mystery, had some issues with the narration

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

Any additional comments?

*** 3,5 stars ***

Got to love another mystery by Josh Lanyon! I listened to the audio edition by Max Miller, and found it just okay. He did different voices for all the characters, I just didn't find them interesting. Nick's voice was a bit too monotone, and he had very little inflection (is that the term) when speaking. The narrator also narrated in a way that made words like "drip" sound like "dreep". I don't know how to explain it, and this is probably going to sound weird, but it sounded like his jaw was "loose", or "hanging" when he spoke. Just like with the word "dreep". He drew out words like that making them sound weird. He also made a "sh"-sound for some "s"-sounds, but I don't have any examples of that.

So yeah, the narration wasn't the best I've heard. I probably should have switched to reading instead maybe? Great mystery, though. I do like Lanyon's opposites attracts main characters. I'm happy for Nick and Perry. :)

  • The Boy with the Painful Tattoo

  • Holmes & Moriarity, Book 3
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

It's moving day at Chez Holmes. Somehow, against Kit's better instincts, he and J.X. are setting up house together. But while J.X. is off at a writing conference, Kit unpacks a crate that should contain either old books or new china. It doesn't. Within the mounds of Styrofoam popcorn is a dead body. A very dead body. There goes the neighborhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just when I want to strangle Kit...

  • By Penelope Forrester on 01-12-15

Good, but a bit frustrating sometimes

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Any additional comments?

Audio edition, narrated by Kevin R. Free.

Overall: 3,5
Narration: 4
Story: 3

I liked this, but I didn't love it. The mystery was okay. I did like the references to Scandinavian (Norwegian) authors (Jo Nesbø, yay) and books. It made for a personal connection for me.

What didn't quite work for me was Kit and J.X relationship. I can't help comparing them to Adrien and Jake. Kit is more "bitchy" and sarcastic, in my opinion. Kit says hurtful things. He also made some frustratingly stupid decisions during the story of the book. I was rolling my eyes and talking out loud to him because "why on Earth would you do that?? Again?"

Kit's bad judgment landed him in situations again and again that he could easily have avoided. But then, the story wouldn't be so interesting, wouldn't it? The situations were both funny and frustrating some of the times.

So, all in all, I like it, I did enjoy it even though I was frustrated sometimes.

  • Fish out of Water

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights and he doesn't trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fish should be scared of water!

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 02-24-17

Great mystery and great Greg (as per usual)!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-16

Any additional comments?

**** 4 stars ****

Audio edition. Narrator Greg Tremblay.
9 hours 20 minutes

Overall: 4
Performance: 5
Story: 4

Just a short review, since I finished it a while back. :)

I very much enjoyed this audio book narrated by Greg Tramblay.

I liked the mystery, and the fleshed out characters, both main, and secondary characters. I loved how Jackson and Ellery were kind of enemies to lovers, or at least frenemies.

I'm looking forward to the next book! It is a continuation of the series, but I still felt like this book ended. It wasn't a big cliffy, but the story of Jackson and Ellery, and a lead from the case they were working on in this will continue in the next one.

Recommended if you like mystery, and narration by Greg Tremblay.

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  • A Reason to Believe

  • By: Diana Copland
  • Narrated by: Jack LeFleur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core - and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive listening

  • By A.R. on 01-03-13

Great audio, good mystery and sweet romance

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

Any additional comments?

**** 4 ghostly stars ****

Audio edition, narrated by Jack LeFleur.
10 hours and 6 minutes.

Overall: 4
Performance: 4
Story: 4

This was a re-read for me with the audio. I read this book three years ago, and I remember liking it, so I thought I'd check out the audio.

Detective Matt Bennett gets called out to a crime scene at Christmas Eve, where the murdered child appears to him as a ghost, and shows him where her body is hidden. This leads him into contact with the medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. The very hot medium. Matt Bennett is still dealing with his loss of his partner and boyfriend over a year and a half ago, so he's thrown for a loop meeting Kiernan. They start out investigating the case of the murdered girl.

I really liked Matt and Kiernan's chemistry. I liked how they got to know each other, and Kiernan's easy going nature seem to "thaw" Matt's rigid emotional state. They were sweet and hot together. The build up was nice and slow, and very satisfying when they got together.

The case was also interesting due to the paranormal element. The bad guy wasn't that obvious, and I couldn't remember who it was since the last time I've read it, so I was guessing along with Matt and Kiernan.

I feel the narrator did a good job narrating. He's voice for Matt was deep, slow and raspy. A perfect "detective" voice. Kiernan's was lighter, and he had a slight Irish tilt or accent. I really liked that. It was easy to distinguish between the main character, and the secondary characters.

All in all, a great audio, good mystery and a sweet romance.
Recommended!

  • Breakaway

  • Scoring Chances, Book 1
  • By: Avon Gale
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, 20-year-old Lane Courtnall's future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He's put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It's a strange way to begin a relationship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars!

  • By Belen on 08-19-16

Hot for hockey! Great book and series!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Any additional comments?

**** 4,5 hot for hockey stars ****

Audio edition, narrator Scott R. Smith.
7 hours 33 minutes

Overall: 4,5
Performance: 4
Story: 5

I've really enjoyed listening to the book I've read a couple of months ago!

I love how this book, and series, is just a feel-good angst-free story.

It's about Lane Courtnall, a 20 year old drafted hockey player starting with a new team. He's gay. He's from Canada, and the hockey team is in Florida. So it's basically like moving to another planet, Americans are so weird including their bills and coins, he can't figure them out. The feeling is mutual from his new teammates. Lane has a malfunctioning brain-mouth filter, and poor, if non-existing social skills. He means well, it's just his well-meaning thoughts aren't expressed very well.

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Lane wasn't good at feelings. That's why he played sports.
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This has landed him in trouble with his team mates. To make up for it, and hopefully earn some cool points, impulsive Lane decides that a brawl with the opposing team's enforcer, Jared Shore, is the perfect way to go.

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Did it hurt to get punched? Probably.
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Jared Shore has got a long career playing hockey. He's a hardplaying veteran, both respected and kinda feared due to his reputation as a brawler on the ice. Jared is bisexual, with an emphasis on the bi, there, just so you know there will be something related to that in the story. It's short, though.

Lane and Jared hit it off, literally the first time. Jared finds himself charmed by Lane's foot-in-mouth syndrom, and his eagerness.

I just loved these two together. What I really liked that they were guys acting like guys. If that makes sense. The dialogue were especially good. There's also an age gap. Jared will be 32 next season, and Lane is 20. So it's the seasoned veteran with the rookie. This is also true in bed. Lane is a virgin, but is eager to learn. Very eager. Let's just say Jared's nickname for Lane is "Rocket". Their sex scenes are real, fumbling (at least at first), and sprinkled with humor due to Lane's ability to say the darnedest things.

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"Hey, Coach." Lane felt Jared's involuntary reaction as his hips pushed up sharply. He covered his phone with his hand. "No. This is my actual hockey coach. Not my boyfriend sex coach."
"That's not where you cover the mic, dude," Jared said, snorting a laugh while Lane turned six shades of red.
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I loved how they were competitive, but also helped each other out. I loved their team and team mates. The secondary characters are great. The story is just good, through and through. I feel it even gets better towards the end. Lane's contract negotiation and telling Jared the good news was hilarious. And there's the most awesome epilogue.

I know nothing about hockey, except it's played on ice and the point is to get the puck into the goal. This book got me all excited about the sport, though. There's a lot of team spirit in this book, both from Lane and Jared's team. I really liked reading about it, and got really excited when Jared and Lane's team played against each others. I couldn't quite decide whom to root for. Them both, really!

Smith did a great job narrating this. I must admit, though, it took a while to warm up, or get used to him. I'd have like to have his voice for Lane more distinct. His voice for Jared was awesome, all low and sexy. His other voices for the secondary characters were good too. I do think the next audio books in the series will be even better.

Recommended!

  • Criss Cross

  • PsyCop, Book 2
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren't any more effective than sugar pills. Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he's willing to spring for the Starbucks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and this series!

  • By IslandWriter on 11-15-14

Excellent narration! Great continuation

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Any additional comments?

Audio edition, narrator Gomez Pugh.

Story: 4
Performance: 4
Overall: 4

I've actually listened to this story a couple of times now! I love this series!

What stands out to me, is Price's ability to give life to these characters through words, and Pugh's ability to narrate life into them. He's got Victor Bayne down to the letter, in my opinion. His dry, sarcastic tone, is perfect. Victor really "pops" off the pages.

In Criss Cross, Vic, has got a new partner, Roger Burke. This overly friendly and enthusiastic guy, is a polar opposite of sourly, grumpy Vic. Vic wonders if this guy is for real.

Vic's boyfriend Jacob Marks, is the perfect guy for neurotic Vic. He's strong, dependent, steady, and he really grounds Vic. They're perfect for each other. The sex is soo hawt! It's definitely steaming in audio. *delicious shiver* I love to see Vic and Jacob's relationship evolve and build.

We get introduced to Crash in this book too. Crash comes across as a bit of a dick, but the presence of Miss Mattie made me like him. Crash is also in the next books, so I know him a bit better now than the first time I listened to this. Vic and Crash's interactions, also including Miss Mattie, was so good. Vic's view of the world is so totally different from everyone else because of his ability.

Speaking of his ability. There's no shortage on ghost in this book! They're literally crawling out of the woodwork, and the won't leave Vic alone. They're everywhere. And grabby! I don't look down at Vic's self medicating habits at all, to make the world livable. He only wants to have a little peace and quiet.

A great continuation of the series. The only fault is that it was a little short, but so full of great story and twists!
Highly recommend the audio, to really get a feel for Vic through Pugh's excellent narration!