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Frank Cummins

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  • Zodiac

  • The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer
  • By: Robert Graysmith
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed & thrilling

  • By Ian on 23-11-09

WOW!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-19

We still do not know for certain who he was or whether he is still alive. Many tried to decipher the Zodiac's messages, some with a degree of success. The writer gives a very detailed account of the crimes and the hunt for one of the most intriguing killers in US History. Very well narrated and a very well written book.

  • Manuel: Portrait of a Serial Killer

  • By: A.M. Nicol
  • Narrated by: Donald R Findlay QC
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Manuel: Portrait of a Serial Killer tells the full story of notorious serial killer Peter Manuel, from his birth in the USA and his love of gangster movies to his life of crime that would ultimately end on the gallows after one of the most sensational trials in legal history. Revealing new facts about the case and the myths that surround it, this is the definitive account of one of the most notorious criminals in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A chilling read

  • By Frank Cummins on 11-06-19

A chilling read

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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: 11-06-19

If you want to understand the mind of a psychopath, this is the book to listen to. Manuel was a true psychopath without feelings or remorse, the psychopathic traits being borne in childhood and lasting until his dying day. His one weak point was the love of his Mother and Father and it was the arrest of his Father which ultimately led to Manuel being convicted of the heinous crimes for which he was hung. The narrator is excellent and it is fitting that he speaks with a calm, almost mesmerising Scottish accent. Well worth buying.

  • 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 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

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

Excellent listen

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Reviewed: 25-04-19

Had already read the book but also wanted the audio version. Well written and well narrated. Really gets into the psychopathic mind of Bundy. Well worth buying

  • The Butcher

  • Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath
  • By: Philip Carlo
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Written by the best-selling author of The Ice Man, The Butcher is a gripping and disturbing fly-on-the-wall account of the US Drug Enforcement Administration's four-year hunt to bring down Tommy 'Karate' Pitera, a drug-dealing, murderous capo in the Bonanno crime family. In 1992, Pitera was sentenced to life in prison for murdering six people and supporting a massive drug-dealing operation. Yet this covered only a fraction of the crimes he committed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sickening

  • By Frank Cummins on 09-04-19

Sickening

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

The story of a warped mind, developed from childhood bullying. This is a truly shocking tale of a true psychopath whom I have no doubt, if he had not been developed by the Mafia, would have gone on to be a serial killer anyway. Not for the faint hearted, the graphic descriptions of the crimes are truly sickening. A psychopath who gained great pleasure out of killing and cutting up and disposing of the bodies.

  • Bleak House

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 43 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

This Audible Exclusive performance features a unique introduction written and narrated by Miriam Margolyes. Recognised as one of Dickens' most accomplished titles, Bleak House has impressed critics and audiences alike since it was first published in 1852. The novel boasts one of the most intelligent and engaging plots in all of English literature and is sure to engage the listener's imagination as it transports us back in time to the seedy, grimy and hazardous streets of Victorian London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • genius

  • By uk person on 13-05-18

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-19

Well, what can I say. Like most Dickens' novels, one can easily get confused in the beginning. The characters come thick and fast and it is hard to remember all of the names and characteristics. One has to have the wish to stick with it.....and then...BANG! Like magic, it all seems to come together, the characters combine, the stories all bind and it all becomes very magical. The genius of Dickens. Miriam Margoyles simply gives an advanced lesson in narration which is truly inspiring. Miriam now makes me want to read more Dickens.

  • Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

For twenty-five years, the trusted family doctor in a small Wyoming town had been raping and molesting the women and children who most relied on him. Mostly Mormons, the naive victims sometimes realized on their wedding nights the truth about what had happened in Dr. Story's office.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Frank Cummins on 22-02-19

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

It is not the best of Jack Olsen's books in my opinion but that does not mean it is not a great book. Jack Olsen was a genius true crime writer in my opinion and even one of his average books is much better than books written by many other crime writers. Dr John Storey sexually assaulted many of his patients, possibly hundreds and got away with it, protected by many in his local community. The story is shocking and shows how people believe such reprobate behaviour cannot be perpetrated by those charged with treating the sick. Absolutely excellent narration again by Kevin Pierce.

  • One Summer

  • America 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331

One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryson hits another Home Run

  • By Colin on 21-10-13

So much can happen in a year!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-19

Based around the achievements of Lindbergh but there is so much more in this book, including facts about prohibition, Al Capone, the Great Depression, Murder and the achievements of Babe Ruth. I particularly like the stories of Babe Ruth, his journey from poverty to worldwide fame and then the price of that fame. A good book which is well narrated by Mr Bryson.

  • Son

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

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

Wow!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-19

Jack Olsen was a fantastic writer and to compliment his writing style and skill, the narration of this book is brilliant and flawless. Lengthy book and loved every single minute of it. A masterpiece of true crime writing. Bought this after listening to another Olsen book, the Misbegotten Son, and this book is just as good.

  • The Misbegotten Son

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

An account of the crimes of Arthur Shawcross describes how the paroled child killer shot, stabbed, suffocated, and strangled 16 Rochester, New York, prostitutes and examines how the legal system failed his victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing true crime book

  • By Jude Bailey on 01-03-16

Brilliant listen

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Reviewed: 04-01-19

This is a long book and I loved every minute of it. Extremely well researched and written and the narration was excellent. Did not want it to end. A must for true crime fans.

  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,355

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rollercoaster ride

  • By Dr Debbie Tranter on 23-09-18

Very good listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-18

Really enjoyed this book. One gains great insight into the work of a top Forensic Pathologist, the trials they go through everyday in their chosen career. Dr Shepherd also talks of his personal life and the stresses this kind of career can put on the family. Dr Shepherd has completed autopsies as part of the investigation of many notorious crimes and disasters. Well narrated by the author