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  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

The New York Times number-one best seller. At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply touching & a story of bravery

  • By Angie on 25-03-16

Candid, caring, crucial ...

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

In a (western) culture that mystifies death, and a world where life events are 'crafted' into perfection before blatantly exposing their untruths to the gullible via social media, this book is a breath of fresh air. Beautifully written; honest to its core; and moving in its ability to make you both cry and smile simultaneously, Paul K's literary legacy is a potent yet understated creation that quietly prompts the reader to value the blessing of life whilst also exploring, albeit theoretically, one's approach to our own demise. I can only hope, when my time arrives, that I am equally courageous and accepting - and that I, too, have family close at hand to hold me in their loving embrace as I make my transition to whatsoever comes next ...

  • My Sister Milly

  • By: Gemma Dowler
  • Narrated by: Ruby Thomas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 214

Everyone thinks they know the story of Milly Dowler. Haunting headlines about the missing schoolgirl splashed across front pages. The family's worst fears realised when her body was found months later. The years of waiting for the truth, only to learn that the killer, known to the police, lived just yards from where Milly had vanished. The parents subjected to horrific psychological torture at a trial orchestrated by the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The true story

  • By Sigrin on 21-09-17

A tragic tale of deep love vs immense evil. And love prevails ...

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

I avidly followed this tragic story from the beginning and the initial missing report of such a delightful, life-loving teenager. However, reading this book has provided a totally new dimension to this sad event. My soul has been forever changed. I know not how this beautiful family survived such a heinous event and still retained their sanity.

I genuinely hope that police training schools, for serious crime detectives, put this book on their required reading list - and media colleges for trainee journalists - and lawyers who wish to work in defence of the truly wicked amongst us. All these roles, whilst essential in life, can surely be delivered with compassion and humanity - or just plain & simple, common human decency towards the families of murder victims. If not, there can surely be no room for the word 'justice' in our legal system.

Finally, to the family of Milly, I do so hope your happy family chain links up again one day in those beautiful fields of gold. And may deep peace find you in the intervening years ...

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  • Black Dahlia Avenger

  • The True Story
  • By: Steve Hodel
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

For 56 years, the Black Dahlia murder case remained one of the most notorious and high-profile unsolved crimes of the 20th century. Now, Steve Hodel, a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, believes he has finally solved the case. On January 15, 1947, 22-year-old Elizabeth Short - "The Black Dahlia" - was found dead in a vacant lot in Los Angeles, her body horribly mutilated, bisected at the waist, and posed in a bizarre manner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely compelling.

  • By JT on 15-06-16

Unspeakable crimes - patriarchal culture - self interest - arrogance ...

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

Reviewed: 25-11-17

A heady mixture of awfulness combines in this book which serves to illustrate how naive and invisible women were back in the 1940' - 1960's That said, it is challenging to accept how so many terrible atrocities against womankind were left, deftly unresolved, to the annals of time by the authorities of the day. Although not religious, I was left hoping that heaven and hell do indeed exist - and 'praying' that the lead sadist in this book (and all his heinous cronies) can now be found languishing in eternal damnation. Sadly, however, even THAT fate seems to good for the sick individuals responsible for these crimes ...

This book is long - but worth the effort. And steel yourself - the details of the crimes are gruesome and difficult for 'normal' minds to grasp. Yet another book about man's inhumanity to man (although it is all women who suffer in this tragic case) ...

Just wish there was a definitive outcome, proven in law. I was left wanting justice to have been served!

  • One of Us

  • The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath
  • By: Åsne Seierstad, Sarah Death - translator
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside government buildings in central Oslo, killing eight people. He then proceeded to a youth camp on the island of Utøya, where he killed 69 more, most of them teenage members of Norway's governing Labour Party. In One of Us, the journalist Åsne Seierstad tells the story of this terrible day and what led up to it. What made Breivik, a gifted child from an affluent neighborhood in Oslo, become a terrorist?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Arduously Long and Shamlessly Airbrushed.

  • By Glen on 10-11-18

Written factually with authentic emotion ...

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

Story beautifully scripted - the reader connects with each family sadly affected by this pointless outrage.

  • The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History

  • By: Kevin M. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book on Bundy!

  • By Dan Hopton on 03-06-15

Serial killer insight ... both gripping and terrible in equal measure

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

Reviewed: 21-10-17

Difficult to read due to horror of crimes & the man himself. Brilliantly researched & well written.

  • Mossad

  • The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service
  • By: Michael Bar-Zohar, Nissim Mishal
  • Narrated by: Benjamin Isaac
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

In Mossad, authors MichaelBar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us behind the closed curtain with riveting, eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground accounts of the most dangerous, most crucial missions in the agency's 60-year history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By stu on 20-12-14

Utterly gripping and, at times, utterly incredible ...

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Surprised how much I enjoyed this (I am an atheist, female reviewer) but am SO pleased I gave the book a go. The real-life stories are fascinating and show an embedded societal determination to protect one's country and people. It brought alive and expanded the news headlines which I remember from my childhood (eg Munich) which I appreciated as a person now in mid-life. Some of the exploits are jaw-dropping in their audacity. Made me wonder whether the politically-correct and guilt-constrained West is taking the right approach with the various fundamentalist groups that create havoc in our current world. I guess only time will tell. Genuinely worth a listen - or two (I am on my third re-run; there is just so much to hear in this audiobook! I hope you enjoy it too ...

  • The Nazi Hunters

  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

The Nazi Hunters is the incredible, hitherto untold story of the most secret chapter in the SAS' history. Officially, the world's most elite special forces unit was dissolved at the end of the Second World War and not reactivated until the 1950s. Among their last actions was a disastrous commando raid into occupied France in 1944, which ended in the capture, torture and execution of 31 soldiers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating story

  • By Dr on 29-10-15

The perfect example of man's inhumanity to man (woman & child) ...

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

If you think you know about WW2 and the associated heinous atrocities committed by the Nazis, think again. This book exposes the depth to which 'normal' human beings can sink when the environmental & political conditions facilitate the free expression of a group's innermost, darkest and most depraved expressions of hatred towards another group of people. The bravery of the oh so young SAS men (and SOE men & women) is incredible - as is the courage shown by so many of the native French people. The world owes them all a huge debt of gratitude. This books helps to educate all of us to ensure that, despite the passing of the years, we may never forget ...

  • Thomas Quick: The Making of a Serial Killer

  • By: Hannes Råstam
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

In 1992, in a psychiatric hospital, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of a missing eleven-year-old boy. Over the next nine years, Quick confessed to more than thirty unsolved murders. Hannes Råstam, an investigative journalist, became obsessed with Quick's case and studied the investigations in forensic detail. In 2008, Råstam met Thomas Quick in prison, with one question to ask. And the answer turned out to be far more terrifying than the man himself…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Ceris511 on 22-04-15

What a story - what a weird man ...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-15

Long and detailed but fascinating. A story that expands your comprehension of the oddity of human-kind. Worth a listen ...

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  • The Murder of Marilyn Monroe

  • Case Closed
  • By: Jay Margolis, Richard Buskin
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed, renowned MM expert Jay Margolis and New York Times best-selling author Richard Buskin finally lay to rest more than 50 years of wild speculation and misguided assertions by actually naming the screen goddess's killer. At the same time, they use the testimony of eyewitnesses to describe exactly what took place inside her house on Fifth Helena Drive in Los Angeles's Brentwood neighborhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and sadly unsurprising!

  • By Lincolnshire Amazonian on 13-10-15

Interesting and sadly unsurprising!

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

Reviewed: 13-10-15

Power breeds corruption and this book proves that Marilyn was a mere plaything of the rich & politically powerful. When she became a nuisance, they simply arranged for her demise to suit their future lives. However, it seems that fate had justice in mind for both her political lovers as they, too, became inconvenient to the wider establishment and were 'got rid' just like the highly naive Marilyn. A complex, detailed but extremely engaging read.

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  • Son

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Recounts the tragic events that followed the arrest of Fred Coe, a conservative, clean-cut young man, for a series of rapes committed in the city of Spokane and led to revenge and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Wonderful Narrator Brilliant

  • By AnneDriscoll on 07-07-15

Extensive telling of almost incredible true tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-15

Beyond belief and fascinating. People like this really do exist. Just hope I never meet one !

2 of 3 people found this review helpful