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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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Poor choice, questionably 'true'

This book was abit of a disappointment, after the joy of West Cork I wanted more true crime.
These are short, sickly and questionably true crime stories from American. Some are not coherent and roll into each other alot are sexually based which becomes distasteful as it continues in a repetitive fashion.

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Excellent book ruined by narrator

This book was a wonderful surprise with nearly all new and unknown to me at least crimes.The authors were as always brilliant BUT the narrator was appalling! There is little or no intonation in his voice the whole way through and if not for the stories themselves being so interesting I would have given up after the first half hour. Such a pity with great material ruined in my opinion.

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good value

really enjoyed these stories .
good true crime interesting for all.
good books box set

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Curious mix

Strange mix of well known and obscure crimes making the whole thing a little hit and miss hence an average mark overall...however it was delivered by the master narrater kevin pierce who always seems to lift a story

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  • MrsCeeDoubleAargh
  • 17-04-18

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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  • Tommy
  • 02-04-18

Great value<br />

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-18

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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  • Edward Odell
  • 01-06-18

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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  • Nurture Learners and Able Observers
  • 09-05-18

Foray into the criminal mind.

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-18

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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  • trlandiscc
  • 27-04-18

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
  • 30-05-18

Money well spent

This true crime book was well composed as it provided little snippets of crimes. I have to admit it teased at times as I wanted to know more about the stories told

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  • Lrupert
  • 27-04-18

Tough to listen to the stories.

Narrator is monotone. i dont blame him the stories are graphic and more than disturbing

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  • Ron K
  • 22-06-18

Very Well Done Overview

I have read other ratings critical of this narration that said the narrator was dispassionate and therefore boring. I disagree. I found the narration to be objective and in the style of an observer, not one involved in or interested in each of the myriad cases reported in this study. This publication was as advertised and should serve as a alunch vehicle for those interested in a more in depth study.

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