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  • The Evil Within

  • By: Trevor Marriott
  • Narrated by: Yaz Shah
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Throughout his time as a murder squad detective, Trevor Marriott has seen firsthand the wanton slayings and butcheries that have been committed by both men and women who have warped, depraved and sadistic minds. In this fascinating and chilling book, he examines the world's most notorious serial killers and the despicable crimes they committed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, dark, fascinating, well-narrated

  • By Eoin on 26-02-17

A comprehensive insight into world serial killers

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

If you could sum up The Evil Within in three words, what would they be?

Staggering, gory, informative

What did you like best about this story?

Narrator was good. I liked the British chapters best - the book is split up into killers from different countries.

Which character – as performed by Yaz Shah – was your favourite?

Doesn't really apply to this book. Narrator was good.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What you need to know about the worlds most notorious serial killers.

Any additional comments?

I felt the book was too long. Especially the US entries although presumably most killers were American. The content is very graphic but due to the vast number of killers catalogued you weirdly find yourself getting a bit bored with the huge number of awful murders. impresses on you just how many serial killers there are out there!

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  • Serial Killers True Crime Anthology 2014

  • Annual Anthology (Volume 1)
  • By: RJ Parker, Peter Vronsky, Michael Newton, and others
  • Narrated by: Don Kline
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Serial killers: They cross the bounds of evil. They murder at random without logic or reason other than the one twisting in their sick and evil minds. They are diabolical, vile creatures devoid of morality or pity. You will meet a chosen few of them in this audiobook. We will see that serial killers are roaming among us all, from small towns to big cities. They are not limited to a particular place, gene pool, culture, social class, or religion. They are not restricted to any particular demographic or political propensity and they can be of any gender.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and terrible narration

  • By melissa on 30-09-16

Boring and terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 30-09-16

What would have made Serial Killers True Crime Anthology 2014 better?

A competent narrator. It was literally painful but laughable to listen to. He sounded uninterested but had no idea of sentence structure and emphasis. Also included many errors and repetitions.

What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get a decent narrator. Also there too much technical info and not enough serial killer examples. I felt like I was back at school.

What didn’t you like about Don Kline’s performance?

Everything. Unbelievable he was chosen.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Serial Killers True Crime Anthology 2014?

A lot of the technical info but maybe I was put off by the boring narration.

Any additional comments?

Had to send this back as too boring.

  • The Missing

  • By: C. L. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. But should you? When 15-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, blames herself. She's not the only one. There isn't a single member of Billy's family who doesn't feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn't until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Chris on 30-05-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 23-09-16

Wasn't sure about the narrators voice at first but I did get used to her. Gripping story and very cleverly put together. Kept me guessing til the end. Loved the fact that it was a very modern story and was a real insight into what teenagers get up to. Looking forward to watching this on tv now. I will definitely read other books from this author.

  • The Face of Trespass

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Two years ago, he had been a promising young novelist. Now he barely survives in a near derelict cottage with only his own obsessive thoughts for company. Two years of loving Drusilla - the rich, unstable girl with everything she needed, and a husband she wanted dead. The affair was over. But the long slide into violence had just begun....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Allison64 on 15-07-18

Took a while to get into

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

Reviewed: 21-04-16

I started this book once and gave up as I felt it was a bit depressing. However going back to it it quickly becomes interesting and the suspense and twist at the end is excellent. Not her best but still a great story.

  • World's Worst Crimes

  • An A-Z of Evil Deeds
  • By: Charlotte Greig
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The World's Worst Crimes takes you deep into the disturbing world of psychopaths, career criminals, and serial killers. From the Woman in the Box and the Online Murderer to the Dusseldorf Vampire and the House of Horror, this book delves into every major category of crime, sifting through the evidence to present a grisly, compelling, and blood-spattered history of the worst crimes ever committed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Paul C on 10-11-16

A good starting point for further reading

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

Reviewed: 15-04-16

Interesting summary of many crimes which you could use to read more about individually later.
A little long. The narration sounded a bit dated. Overall entertaining.

  • Aliens in the Backyard

  • UFOs, Abductions, and Synchronicity
  • By: Rob MacGregor, Trish MacGregor
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In 2003, a Roper Organization survey revealed that 33 million Americans may be abductees. Aliens in the Backyard is their story. One evening in 1981, Connie J Cannon was on I-75 with her young son, en route to their new home in Florida, when they suddenly found themselves on a military base, with a man in uniform holding a gun to her head as three Grays stood nearby. In 1979, Diane Fine was on her way from upstate New York to Vermont to see an obstetrics specialist for her high risk pregnancy, and experienced two hours of missing time. When she was finally examined at the clinic, she was told wasn't pregnant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Factual and interesting read

  • By Laura on 13-01-14

Changed my outlook forever

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

Really interesting throughout. Thought provoking. Well narrated. Going to buy hard copy as a gift.

  • The Best Man to Die

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Who could have suspected that the exciting stag party for the groom would be the prelude to the murder of his close friend Charlie Hatton? And Charlie's death was only the first in a string of puzzling murders involving small-time gangsters, cheating husbands, and loose women. Now Chief Inspector Wexford and his assistant join forces with the groom to track down a killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By paul blocksidge on 22-02-18

Not the best but entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

Any additional comments?

I didnt like this narrator when he read a previous book as I found his voice rasping but this one was better. Not the best Rendell but I still enjoyed it.

  • Wolf to the Slaughter

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Anita Margolis had vanished. There was no body, no crime, nothing more concrete than an anonymous letter and a name. A pattern soon emerged to the investigation. Not only had Anita been wealthy and flighty, she had been thoroughly immortal, too.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration put me off

  • By David Ranger on 12-04-18

Good story, irritating narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Any additional comments?

Not the best Rendell but pretty good. I found the narrator's voice irritating. It was rasping. As always a good twist at the end.

  • A New Lease of Death

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unmistakable Ruth Rendell

  • By Susan on 24-08-09

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 24-11-15

I normally love her books but found this story a bit tedious. Good narrator though.

  • Vanity Dies Hard

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Eva Haddon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Wealthy Alice Whittaker is known for her generosity, and when her friend Nesta vanishes Alice is determined to find her and help her. If that means money, well, Alice has plenty of it. Then the handsome Mr Fielding enters her life, ten years younger than Alice and they marry. But when Alice starts to feel sick -- a virus perhaps, something she just can't shake, her husband seems determined to keep her at home. Is he just being a doting husband who wants his wife to get better?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ruth Rendall - 'Vanity dies hard'

  • By Stanley on 10-08-10

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 19-11-15

Really enjoyed this. Full of suspense. Keeps you guessing right til the end. Good Narrator too.