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Publisher's Summary

A true-crime collection culled from the crime files of the New York Times best-selling series, Notorious USA.

©2018 Gregg Olsen, Katherine Ramsland, Kevin Sullivan et. al. (P)2018 Gregg Olsen

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Perfect for true crime lovers!

I'm a big fan of true crime so when I saw that I could get over 25 hours of it I was thrilled. Overall, I really enjoyed this anthology. There is a good selection of stories from the infamous to the somewhat obscure.

Kevin Pierce did a great job at narrating. His voice is perfect for true crime. I felt like I was listening to Unsolved Mysteries again.

However, it should be noted that the stories are written by various different authors and some of them are quite dated. There were several stories with problematic language. There is a lot of victim blaming and some offensive terminology. Such as referring to someone with intellectual disabilities using the "R" word. There are also quite a few stories that refer to sexual assault and rape as "sex." You do not kidnap someone, tie them up and have "sex" with them. You are raping them. I was particularly disgusted when one of the stores included "at some point he [a boy being raped by his uncle] began to enjoy the sex and eventually discovered he was a homosexual." No. Just no. I don't know who wrote that and I don't care what year it was when it was written, that is not okay!
Honestly, if I had to rate each story individually there are a few that I would give one star just based on the way its written alone. However, this is an anthology so I am giving my rating based on the content as a whole and overall I really liked the audiobook.

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Riveting

Loved it, couldn't stop listening every chance I got. Easy listening and riveting. Would recommend for the crime hungry listeners.

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Ready to slit my own throat.

The stories might be good - but who knows? The narrator is so bad, I’ll never find out.

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Narrator makes this 5 stars

Book was awesome- all kinda of different types of stories and Kevin Pierce narrating makes this book 5 stars. Perfect for true crime lovers!

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great book - love the narrator who is calming,

the narrator is top notch. a easy going calming voice who is thorough and informative.

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LOVE the narrator! The book?

I have listened to many Kevin Pierce audiobooks about true crime and always give him 5 stars. This book, although a nice long listen, left me feeling kind of bland. I think it’s because the stories are so compact with very little time to get involved with the people in them. You don’t get swept up in each story before it’s over and off to the next one. I felt confused at times as they seem to blend into each other. I love true crime and there is a lot in here but not as riveting as one full event and details that make you feel you could solve this crime.

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  • 2018-04-02

Great value

If you like true crime then this is a must have. It features a long list of pithy cases from some of the best authors in the genre.
The cases are not all very long nor suspenseful, yet they do paint a clear picture of North American crime. On that note, the quick barage of horrific depravity is sometimes too much.
The narration is clear (although slightly raspy in a noir sort of way, which I like) and professional, and the book is conveniently divided into about 120 chapters (some of these are just brief introductions). I hope more box sets like this are published. It gives you a chance to try out new authors without wasting too much time or credits.

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  • MrsCeeDoubleAargh
  • 2018-04-17

bang for your buck!

I enjoyed this book. for the price of one credit you get 116 chapters full of the best stories from a dozen states.

I enjoyed the tales of crimes from the early 19th century (and earlier) that don't get much spotlight, and liked the fact that when it came to the big three [Gacy, Bundy, Dahmer] they didn't overshadow the other stories.

you only get a taste, but like the perfect bite, you get all you need in it. it leaves you satisfied, but not opposed to having more. several stories had updates on the status of those involved.

the decision to have Kevin Pierce narrate was masterful, he truly is one of the best narrators on the game.

being a huge true crime fan I heard a lot of stories I already knew, and heard a lot that I hadn't. I thought the section with the interview with famed criminalist Henry Lee was a great departure.

overall don't come to this book thinking you're going to have s full breakdown of every story told, it's a abridged version of an abridged version, but that doesn't mean it isn't good.

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  • G.K.
  • 2018-07-08

Repetitive, very short stories

After listening to 'Son', also read by Kevin Pierce, I was ready for more True Crime by this exceptional narrator. I mistakenly assumed the collection would be multiple stories of an hour or two each, but instead found that most lasted only minutes, with 20 being long and the average tale closer to 5. After a few hours the format became tiring.

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  • trlandiscc
  • 2018-04-27

anything Kevin Pierce reads....

loved it, as any Kevin Pierce narrorated book, it was awesome. Excellent series of true crime stories.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-04

Captivating short stories

I enjoyed this book because I primarily listened to it during my commute and the book is broken down into short stories. Although the narrator had a very flat affect, he still told the story well and kept my interest.

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  • 2018-05-08

Dallman the facts and no fluff

The authors do an exceptional job of presenting these countless stories from a strictly fact based perspective. At first, I was disappointed that there was not more analysis of each killer. However, as I continued to listen, I grew to appreciate that each author stuck to the facts that are researchable and left it to the listener to decipher the motive behind a lot of these atrocities. Well narrated and well written

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  • Edward Odell
  • 2018-06-01

You'll get your fill of true crimes in this survey

Here's both the long & short of deadly deeds... it's almost too much of bad things!

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  • Pamela Plimpton
  • 2018-10-24

Kevin Pierce is a definite favorite

Being a huge fan of true crime, I knew I would enjoy this. Being a fan of Kevin Pierce as narrator just sealed the deal. Factual, to the point & truly enjoyed the "snipits" of each story. Enough to get the information & leave u almost wanting more, but satisfied. Would recommend to anyone who likes the true crime genre. No matter how many of these I listen to it never ceases to amaze me the horrific truth behind some of these crimes. Heartbreaking that human nature can turn so devious.

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  • Professormom
  • 2018-09-02

Gory but no story.

There’s a line between true crime and a a pulpy pump of adrenaline. This collection pretends to probe into the psychology and detective work involved in the murders, but falls way short. Chapters are short and mostly center on the gory details of each murder without asking or answering any substantive questions. An hour in, I felt more creeped out at myself for listening than I did about any of the crimes I wanna as told about. Deleted and moved on.

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  • Just Curious
  • 2018-05-09

Foray into the criminal mind.

Very interesting and great narration. Covers many famous criminal events in calm approach . Read it!

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