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  • American Pain

  • How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America's Deadliest Drug Epidemic
  • By: John Temple
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005

American Pain chronicles the rise and fall of this game-changing pill mill and how it helped tip the nation into its current opioid crisis. The narrative, which swings back and forth between Florida and Kentucky, is populated by a diverse cast of characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tragically fascinating

  • By Tiphanie on 03-09-16

American Pain is only the beginning

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Where does American Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top five as it was very informative and makes the reader understand in laymans terms what is going on in our state of Kentucky

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't really have a favorite in this book

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

His realism in terms of the humanity that lost their way.

If you could give American Pain a new subtitle, what would it be?

The Cost of Human Suffering by Big Pharma

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Terror by Night

  • By: Terry Caffey, James Pence
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In one evening, Terry Caffey lost everything. His wife, Penny, and his sons, Matthew and Tyler, were brutally murdered; his home was burned to the ground, and his 16-year-old daughter, Erin, was in jail, charged with thiree counts of capital murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Jill on 10-18-09

Great Descriptive story, You won't be disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Terror by Night to be better than the print version?

The narration from the victim's standpoint, incredible story of love gone wrong

What did you like best about this story?

The historical information with regards to the family dynamics.

What about Maurice England’s performance did you like?

Good cadence and real southern drawl.

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

What went wrong? A family members horrific crime

  • Abandoned Prayers

  • Murder, the Amish, and Little Boy Blue
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113

On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska, buried him as "Little Boy Blue", unclaimed and unidentified-- until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • YUK, Don't waste your time or your money!!

  • By Eagle's on 02-08-12

Not What I was expecting....

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

What did you like best about Abandoned Prayers? What did you like least?

The descriptive backround history of this offender

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

How he could evade the police for as long as he did

Did Jeffrey Kafer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, he has a very good voice and tempo when telling the story

Was Abandoned Prayers worth the listening time?

Yes and no, seemed to jump around alot and I would have like it more if it had more continuity.

  • Body Count

  • By: Burl Barer
  • Narrated by: Paul McClain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

By day, Robert Lee Yates, Jr., was a respected father of five, a skilled helicopter pilot who served in Desert Storm and the National Guard, and a man no one suspected of a deadly hidden life. By night he prowled the streets where prostitutes gathered, gaining their trust before betraying them with a bullet to the head. On August 26, 1997, the decomposed bodies of two young women were discovered in Spokane, Washington. Within months, four more women were added to the mounting death toll.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got lost in the story several times

  • By keela on 08-04-16

Not so interesting....

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I would say that it was worth the listen but this book didn't work for me. I felt like the story had been told in segments and I had to replay many of the chapters as I began to get confused and frankly bored.

What other book might you compare Body Count to and why?

This wasn't a favorite of mine but it was the bottom of the barrel.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul McClain?

No, probably not. His cadence and voice in general didn't meet with satisfaction.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

  • The Wild Truth

  • By: Carine McCandless
  • Narrated by: Carine McCandless, Matt Gardner, Shelly McCandless
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

In April 1992, a young man named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaskan wilderness, where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus. For over twenty years his story has captivated millions, and yet only one person knew the truth behind his remarkable journey - until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen!

  • By SL on 01-08-15

The Rest of the Story....

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

If you could sum up The Wild Truth in three words, what would they be?

Articulate, fascinating and raw

What other book might you compare The Wild Truth to and why?

I would say that this book offered a similar portrayal of inspiring heights of "The Last Season". Both of these men shared a common and above reproach respect for nature and themselves. These two stories shared common elements in so far as their uniqueness. Both perished in the wild and were "truth seekers" in life.

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

I've never heard of her before this book. I have read several on this story and viewed the documentary as well. Carine is fascinating and her descriptive abilities are notable. I was able to build pictures in my mind when she described events in her life as they happened. Honestly I thought she did an outstanding job and would listen to her every chance I was given. What a complicated, generous person Carine is. She was able to convey the "Rest of the Story" as I knew there had to be more to this story! I have the utmost respect for her courage, bravery and commitment to her brother...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was sad throughout the story. Having worked in social services for 26 years and I have seen the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of many children. I cannot wrap my mind around a man such as her father, someone who was brilliant in every way except his personal life. In the wake of their destructive and toxic behavior most assuredly effect Chris and the other siblings immensely.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for your work on this project and may god bless you, your family and all those who were touched by Chris's presence.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Too Late to Say Goodbye

  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Jenn Corbin appeared to have it all: two dear little boys, a posh home in one of the upscale suburbs of Atlanta, expensive cars, a plush houseboat, and a husband - Dr. Bart Corbin, a successful dentist - who was tall, handsome, and brilliant. But gradually, their seemingly idyllic life together began to crumble. Bart was distraught and Jenn seemed disenchanted. Then, just a few weeks before Christmas 2004, Jenn was found dead with a bullet in her head, an apparent suicide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love this book

  • By jennifer on 09-16-11

A straight forward look into murder by spouse

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Too Late to Say Goodbye to be better than the print version?

I'm not sure, I have only experienced the audiobook. I really enjoyed this book.

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

Yes and No. I was always wondering forensically speaking how they would go about proving that this evil and uncaring person committed this terrible act.

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

I am very hard on narrators but I must say Ms. Caruso had great cadence and inflection. I would listen to any of her books!

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

Trainwreck, The disturbed look into the mind of a killer

  • Secret Lessons

  • By: Don W. Weber, Charles Bosworth Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

This audiobook chronicles the shocking and appalling story of the handsome, popular, and energetic sixth-grade teacher in a Caseyville, Illinois, elementary school, who was accused of sexually abusing numerous young girls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What could be worse than child abuse?

  • By E F on 01-31-16

Don Weber for President

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Where does Secret Lessons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top three without hesitation.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

From start to finish the entire story was captivating. The unbelievable notion that this predator would be held in such high esteem is beyond comprehension.

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't have one particular scene but the way in which these children were represented and the caring adults around them made it feel like a victory for all at the end of the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

If you want a great story and diligent efforts to prosecute the animal makes this book worth hearing. You will not be disappointed. Excellen!!!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Season

  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,786

Destined to become a classic of adventure literature, The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada - mountains as perilous as they are beautiful. Eric Blehm's masterful work is a gripping detective story interwoven with the riveting biography of a complicated, original, and wholly fascinating man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written Character Study of an NPS Ranger

  • By Kathy on 06-23-16

A MUST READ ENTIRELY FASCINATING......

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

What made the experience of listening to The Last Season the most enjoyable?

Probably the descriptive detail and the human element involved.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Season?

When they ultimately found his body and pieced together what they thought may have happened.

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

He was new for me and I was iffy about his cadence, voice inflection etc.... but I warmed to it. Mr. Davis made me a believer by the end. Well done and easy to listen too.

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

Yes, when you had his midlife adulterous affair. I didn't picture this happening at all from start to finish. Felt so sad for his wife and him as well

Any additional comments?

This book had great reviews, I was motivated by that alone. I should note that backcountry hiking, kayaking etc... is in my wheelhouse. I'm always interested in these types of stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • While the City Slept

  • A Love Lost to Violence and a Wake-Up Call for Mental Health Care in America
  • By: Eli Sanders
  • Narrated by: Rene Ruiz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

On a summer night in 2009, three lives intersected in one American neighborhood. Two people newly in love - Teresa Butz and Jennifer Hopper, who spent many years trying to find themselves and who eventually found each other - and a young man on a dangerous psychological descent: Isaiah Kalebu, age 23, the son of a distant, authoritarian father and a mother with a family history of mental illness. All three paths forever altered by a violent crime, all three stories a wake-up call to the system that failed to see the signs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tragedy and hope

  • By Gotta Tellya on 03-07-16

When Mental Illness is left untreated!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Would you listen to While the City Slept again? Why?

Yes, The story line had great continuity and the social history impeccable. I work in the social service field after a short stint with criminal justice career.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think both women were my favorites. The author provided excellent detail about each persons social history and upbringing along with the psychotic killer's past history. The women were a team and represented love, support and commitment.

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't have a favorite scene, the entire book was a favorite. The narrative was terrific and spell binding. Most books fizzle out upon completion of the legal proceedings, this one went on to describe it's aftermath.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I could not put it down. I was returning from a trip back home to Pittsburgh, so the trip went by quickly.

Any additional comments?

Easy to listen too and extremely captivating

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Written in Blood

  • A True Story of Murder and the Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret that Tore a Family Apart
  • By: Diane Fanning
  • Narrated by: Rob Granniss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Michael Peterson was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, a candidate for mayor and a New York Times best-selling novelist. His wife Kathleen was the first woman ever admitted to the Duke University School of Engineering, a brilliant executive and a loving and fun-filled mother-the last woman who one would expect to become a victim in her own home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One of the better Dianne Fanning books

  • By A.R. on 11-14-12

Not too impressed

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not, it lacked something. Didn't really feel it

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

His life and social history

What three words best describe Rob Granniss’s performance?

Cadence, Cadence, Cadence

Did Written in Blood inspire you to do anything?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful