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  • The Killer Across the Table

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI's Original Mindhunter
  • Written by: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Groff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

In The Killer Across the Table, John E. Douglas, the legendary FBI criminal profiler, number one New York Times best-selling author, and inspiration for Netflix’s Mindhunter, delves deep into the lives and crimes of four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers, offering never-before-revealed details about his profiling process and divulging the strategies used to help crack some of America’s most challenging cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Offering

  • By Michael Browne on 2019-06-12

"Holden" Nails it

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-21

One of his best books, and really cool to have Groff, aka Holden, narrate everything. There's a great interview between the two at the end. Really enjoyed it.

  • Chase Darkness with Me

  • How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders
  • Written by: Billy Jensen, Karen Kilgariff - foreword
  • Narrated by: Karen Kilgariff, Billy Jensen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 71

In Chase Darkness with Me, you’ll ride shotgun as journalist Billy Jensen identifies the Halloween Mask Murderer, finds a missing girl in the California Redwoods, and investigates the only other murder in New York City on 9/11. You’ll hear intimate details of the hunts for two of the most terrifying serial killers in history: his friend Michelle’s pursuit of the Golden State Killer which is chronicled in I’ll Be Gone In The Dark which Billy helped finish after Michelle’s passing, and his own quest to find the murderer of the Allenstown 4 family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great read/listen

  • By Laure on 2019-04-24

Gripping, Engaging and Inspiring!

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-14

Really enjoyed this. Only discovered Jensen after "I'll be Gone in the Dark" now I am following his whole interesting career.

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  • Circe

  • Written by: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating story, expertly read

  • By libragal on 2018-06-20

Pretty Decent

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-20

I read this for a book club and it's not something I would have listened to otherwise. Not typically my genre, but it was surprisingly interesting. I loved the tone the main character Circe sets, and saw it as very representative of feminism. It is just a re-hashing of all her myth's though, and at times I felt the plot didn't flow and there were a few boring pockets. Probably the perfect book for people who are super into that stuff, lots of little Easter Eggs. Overall it was a decent read.

  • The Outsider

  • Written by: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Waste of Time

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-06-04

Kinda wish it wasn't a supernatural twist

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-19

The first half of the book had me totally riveted. I really wanted to know how King was going to twist the plot and fill the hole. I knew there'd be a supernatural element because it's King but I was a bit disappointed that it went so far wacky. I was really hoping for some kind of really interesting explanation since it seemed like the suspect was in two places at once. (spoiler ahead)

But I got a Mexican shape shifting vampire. It also seemed a little bit recycled from "It".

Not a bad book... but it just got boring for me by the end.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • Written by: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. 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
  • Wish it'd been even longer!

  • By Ola Maria on 2017-09-01

Believable ride from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-02

This was written so well either the author was pulling from an experience in real life or really researched the heck out of it. There were so many human facets to the overall narrative that really sold me on the story.

Well done, would make an interesting mini series on TV.

  • Malevolent

  • Shaye Archer Series, Book 1
  • Written by: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer's past. Including Shaye. Shaye Archer's life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years, not even her name. Nine years later, she's a licensed private investigator with a single goal - to get answers for her clients when there aren't supposed to be any. And maybe, someday, answers for herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise!!

  • By Meave on 2018-06-05

A little torn on the plot, a little transphobic

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-03

I can't decide if I liked this book or not. I am on the fence, and may read the next in the series to see if it's something I really want to continue.

The premise is interesting enough. your standard detective series. But the author seems like she can't decide if she wants this to be an origin story for the main character, or a series set up. As such, learning about the main character's past seems out of place and forced in the main story line. It also makes her seem too similar to the secondary main character; the victim.

All of the characters seemed a bit similar and at times it was hard to figure out who was who. This was made worse when the narrator would use the same voices. All of the men sounded the same!

The twist at the end was convoluted. It introduced so many characters all at once in a rushed manner to tie up the ending, so I had to listen to it twice to figure it out, which took away some of the oomph of the twist for me.

Also the ending came across a bit transphobic. The trope of the person who feels trapped in their assigned gender and wants to live in another and it becomes the motive for them to be a serial killer isn't creative in my opinion. It's an outdated trope that can be harmful. I literally rolled my eyes when it was revealed. Felt a little lazy and even the characters were written in a way that it didn't really make sense. I actually think the book would of been better without the twist ending.

it's not really a terrible read, just not a great one - especially for something meant to get you hooked on a series. But it's like a pilot episode of a TV show. sometimes the first one isn't great but it gets the groove. So we'll see!

I bought this book on sale so for the sale price it was a good bargain. Not something I'd pay full price for.

  • Duplicity

  • Written by: Sibel Hodge
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life - newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared? The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads - was Max's incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • PSA: Graphic murder of animals

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-06-20

Fast paced, interesting twists

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-28

I love that this book had two narratives, and switched between voice actors. It seemed a bit misleading to me, there was a lot of fleshing out a character at the start, but then the speed picked up and the book wasn't as content heavy as you'd think based on the first few chapters. Interesting twists I didn't see coming at first. I just found there was so much build up and then the climax of the story and resolution only took 30 minutes. Like the author just wrote themselves into a corner and needed to wrap things up as quickly as possible. Ending felt too tidy and rushed. It was good but not as satisfying as I would of hoped. There was one final twist that was sort of rushed through, but was a damn smart idea,

Overall, worth the listen!

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  • The Big Book of Serial Killers

  • An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers - 150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers
  • Written by: Jack Rosewood, Rebecca Lo
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk, and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires, and monsters, and they walk among us. These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day-to-day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader's, the fathers, husbands, church-going members of the community.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narrator- sounds like text to voice

  • By Sean Norman on 2018-08-13

Terrible narrator- sounds like text to voice

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-13

Ended up returning it because the narration was awful. Sounds like text to voice generation, and not even a good one. It's hard to believe this is a real person. Couldn't get passed how annoying it was to listen.

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  • While You Were Sleeping

  • Written by: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and 11-year-old Spencer. But her happiness is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee Jacobs' bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse - he has been stabbed to death. Convinced she didn't kill Lee, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing book

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-08-28

Story grows on you, believable, twist ending

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-13

At first I thought the ending was terrible, but it was a false ending and I was so relieved. A complex spiderweb of a story is built up and you really want a complex answer! The characters and story are honestly very relatable and believable. We've all known people like the characters in the book. You experience the doubt and worry, the anxiety and fear, and the anger.

Very well paced too!

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  • Norse Mythology

  • Written by: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Taylor Chafe on 2017-12-11

Didn't want it to end

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-07

I've always been a huge fan of Gaiman, but hadn't yet read this book. When I mentioned to a friend about wanting to learn more about the mythology they suggested this. It's an excellent primer, and expertly told in easy to understand stories. It was so entertaining, and Gaiman really delivers as the narrator.

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