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  • SketchCop

  • Drawing a Line Against Crime
  • By: Michael W. Streed
  • Narrated by: Stuart Gauffi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Orange Police Sergeant (Ret.) Michael W. Streed is the SketchCop. He's a one-of-a-kind crime fighter who's frequently called into action by police departments seeking help solving their most difficult cases. For over three decades, Michael has provided signature images for the country's most notorious murders, rapes, and kidnappings, including the kidnapping and murder of five-year-old Samantha Runnion as well as the Baton Rouge Serial Killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story behind the sketches

  • By E on 18-10-16

The story behind the sketches

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

Reviewed: 18-10-16

What did you like most about SketchCop?

I liked the style SketchCop is written in. The author did a great job to make me feel like I know him and like I want to follow the story. I also loved the intimate details the author provides about working with victims and witnesses of crime to create a profile of the assailant.

What does Stuart Gauffi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great voice, very suited to the book, portrays what the author wanted to convey very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to the book in one sitting, it is so full of case studies and I just wanted to listen to them all.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  • If I Can't Have You:

  • Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children
  • By: Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington, Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a heartbreaking listen

  • By E on 07-10-16

What a heartbreaking listen

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Where does If I Can't Have You: rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my Top 5 audiobooks.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a very difficult story to listen to. It is very raw and you can almost feel the pain of Susan Cox Powell's family (particularly her father) and friends went through. To have a daughter disappear then be at the mercy of a seriously creepy and deranged son in law who clearly hates you and finally to have two of your grandsons brutally murdered - absolutely heartbreaking. The story however is beautifully told, very captivating throughout, with no unnecessary information but at the same time with plenty of detail.

What does Laural Merlington and Kevin Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Kevin Pierce is the main narrator and does an amazing job as always, Laural is Susan's voice - I liked this touch as it made Susan seem a bit even closer to the listener.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • True Crime Stories, Volume 2

  • 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases
  • By: Jack Rosewood, Rebecca Lo
  • Narrated by: Herschel J. Grangent Jr.
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

From the victim or victims, the crime scenes, and the criminal investigations that ensued, we follow 12 true crime stories, some of which are solved and some that are still mysteries. We also take a look at cases where wrongful convictions have occurred and why. These true murder stories will take you on a journey across the globe and even back in time in some cases. Family massacres, individual true crime murder cases, and situations where murder goes unseen in suicide cases, plus many more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you want more

  • By E on 27-09-16

Makes you want more

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

Where does True Crime Stories, Volume 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first time I try such a short audiobook. I usually listen to true crime audiobooks that delve into the story they are telling and are usually longer than 8 hours. I have to say I am now a convert to short story audio books. This books has a collection of 12 cases, both old and new, infamous and less famous. It is beautifully narrated and it gives just enough information to describe the case and the conclusion and at the same time make you want to investigate some of the cases more. Overall this book is in my Top 10 Audiobooks

What was one of the most memorable moments of True Crime Stories, Volume 2?

The Good Hart murders (also known as the Robison family murders) was probably the most gruesome chapter for me - the stuff of nightmares or horror movies.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bullet Riddled

  • The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine...and Beyond
  • By: Grant Whitus, Thom Vines
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Speaking for the first time, Whitus gives the unvarnished truth of many major SWAT operations. Now retired, he opens up about his time behind the shield. Bullet Riddled is the full unabridged disclosure of what happened during his storied career; including the brutal morning of the Columbine Massacre. More than just a retelling, Bullet Riddled is an in-depth look at the day-to-day of SWAT and focuses on the men and women who inherit so much pain to keep us safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight but peaks too early

  • By Suzy on 07-06-16

Action packed and honest account

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Bullet Riddled to be better than the print version?

I think the audio book is better than the print version as it truly feels like you're sitting down for a few drinks with Grant and he is giving you a honest, funny at times, heartbreaking at times account of his life.
The book is written so you get the feeing this is how the author actually talks - he doesn't mince words and there are a few F bombs in there but they made the book more enjoyable and more real to me.

What other book might you compare Bullet Riddled to, and why?

I've not read or listened to a book that compares to Bullet Ridden.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are so many scenes I enjoyed in this book it is really hard to choose but my top 3 scenes are:

1) The description of the S.W.A.T team training, I got tired just listening to the description of what these men go through just in training. And 'Don't dance with it!' really cracked me up.

2) The 'bear episode' - you will understand why when you listen to the book.

3) The description of the team going through and securing Columbine in the mayhem of that day. This was really immersive and very sad to listen to. Even when you know the outcome you can't help but pray for all those involved. The paramedic scene was really heart wrenching and to be honest I commend Grant for reacting the way he did.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to the book in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

  • Conviction

  • The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars
  • By: Juan Martinez
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Juan Martinez, the fiery prosecutor who convicted notorious murderess Jodi Arias for the disturbing killing of Travis Alexander, speaks for the first time about the shocking investigation and sensational trial that captivated the nation. Through two trials, America watched with bated breath as Juan Martinez fought relentlessly to convict Jodi Arias of murder one for viciously stabbing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, to death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By sophie on 14-06-16

One of this year's most awaited true crime books

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

What made the experience of listening to Conviction the most enjoyable?

I followed the Jodi Arias case since I watched a 48 Hours Mystery documentary about it. It was great to hear all the stuff that went on 'behind the courtains' in preparation for the trial and Martinez's description of the case from beginning to end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Conviction?

Martinez' description of his cross examination of Jodi Arias was good.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Precious Victims

  • Penguin True Crime
  • By: Don W. Weber, Charles Bosworth Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The police in Jersey County, Illinois, accepted Paula Sims' story of a masked kidnapper who snatched her baby girl, Lorelei, from her bassinet. Three years later, her second newborn daughter suffered an identical fate - and this time the police were unable to stop searching until they had discovered the whole horrifying truth. This is the full terrifying story of twisted sexuality and hate seething below the surface of a seemingly normal family and of the massive investigation and nerve-shattering trial that made the unthinkable a reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly Terrible!

  • By Geoff on 12-05-16

How creepy can a family get?

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Precious Victims to be better than the print version?

I prefer the audio edition as I can work and listen at the same time

What other book might you compare Precious Victims to, and why?

Are You There Alone? By Suzanne O'Malley is similar as it tells the true story of Andrea Yates who drowned her children, however Andrea Yates was seriously mentally ill.
The style of the book is similar to other books written by Don Weber and Charles Bosworth.

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

Very suited for the book and his performance does the book justice.

Any additional comments?

This is one of my top 3 favourite audio books. I have listened to it lots of time and it is still interesting and engaging.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Mother's Reckoning

  • Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy
  • By: Sue Klebold
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon, Sue Klebold
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives. For the last 16 years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and sad

  • By Dell Tasker on 27-02-16

The wait for this book was well worth

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Mother's Reckoning?

I think for me one of the most memorable moments was Sue's telling of the day of the massacre from her point of view and how she and her family went through the day.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this book in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

The fact that Sue Klebold narrates the book is a bonus.