Monday, April 23, 2018

Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2017


Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2017
Annual True Crime Anthology
By: Rebecca Lo, Jack Rosewood
Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 01-10-18



This is a summary of the most horrible crimes for the year 2017. Some I knew about other I did not and still some I learned a little more then I knew. It is a great collection of some of the most dangerous criminals of the year some very shocking and horrible acts that is more than a person can bare. My heart goes out to the families that were left behind and the victims that were killed. It was so easy for me to picture the ugly scenes in my mind, at times my mouth hung open. Getting in the mind of a killer is never easy, we will never know their reasoning or their thoughts to bring them to their actions.

Mr. White did a wonderful job on the narration. He did a few character voices which were really good but most of the book is about facts and there is no need for the different voices. He has a very pleasant voice that really adds to the detail of this audio. He gave the facts as they are but with interest like he really enjoyed learning the facts as much as I did. There are no repeats of words, nor any background noise, there are no volume changes. The music fits the story when it is used it isn’t over powering and blends very well. I thought his performance was great and he added a lot to the story with his tones and emotions. I look forward to listening to more of his work.

The author always gives me a very good listen with facts as they are. He makes his audios interesting as he shows you the twists and turns of a real criminal. If you are a true crime junky like me this is one of the books you do not want to miss. It is interesting, holds your attention, the author lays it out from month to month as he gives you the true facts, the outcome and lets you decided if you feel the verdict was right

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Summary
Every year, we look back in horror at the sheer evil mankind is capable of, and 2017 was no different.
Across the world, but particularly in the United States, startlingly horrific crimes have almost become commonplace, causing us to double-lock our doors at night and look over our shoulders, wondering if we're safe, no matter how crowded or well-lit our location is.
In this true crime release, we've compiled some of the most gripping and gruesome crime stories of 2017. Some of the horrible stories you will hear about includes: 
  • A Florida serial killer stalked a close-knit suburb of Tampa, killing Seminole Heights residents seemingly at random.
  • A member of a neo-Nazi organization used his vehicle to kill a protestor in Charlottesville, Virginia, more than 50 years after the world defeated Hitler's racist rise to power.
  • A couple was sentenced to death for brutalizing a 10-year-old girl for years, beating her, depriving her of food, forcing her to walk on the hot pavement of a sizzling summer in Arizona, only to let her die in an airtight box overnight, her punishment for eating a Popsicle without asking after sweltering in 115-degree heat.
  • Two young girls were smart enough to record pictures and audio of a man suspected in their deaths, evidence that will hopefully soon solve their murders.
  • A blood-soaked man carried his mother's decapitated head into a grocery store, attacking a clerk and stabbing him as well before being apprehended from police.
  • The UK was rocked by terrorist bombings that turned joyous moments deadly in an instant.
  • The death of Charles Manson gave us an opportunity to look back at the bloody mayhem inspired by a murderous man with a messiah complex.
Keep the lights on, Dear Listener, and welcome to 2017's most horrifying true stories.

True Crime Stories Volume 9


 True Crime Stories Volume 9
12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases
By: Jack Rosewood
Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
Series: True Crime Anthology Book Series, Book 9
Length: 3 hrs
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 02-09-18


All the stories that follow in this book are shocking and horrible making the reader wonder what the world is coming to when teens kill for fun just wanting to know what it feels like. When all is said and done they have no remorse and no feelings. I for one do not understand how anyone can kill unless it is life or death. Children should make their own money not expect for their parents to pay their way but when a child doesn’t want to wait for them to die but kill them. I never will understand how people think they can get away with these things. It is so shocking and sad. There are mean crimes here each with a different reason. They are interesting, shocking, some you even wonder how they can be real.

Mr. White did a wonderful job on the narration. He did a few character voices which were really good but most of the book is about facts and there is no need for the different voices. He has a very pleasant voice that really adds to the detail of this audio. He gave the facts as they are but with interest like he really enjoyed learning the facts as much as I did. There are no repeats of words, nor any background noise, there are no volume changes. The music fits the story when it is used it isn’t over powering and blends very well. I thought his performance was great and he added a lot to the story with his tones and emotions. I look forward to listening to more of his work.

The author always gives me a very good listen with facts as they are. He makes his audios interesting as he shows you the twists and turns of a real criminal. If you are a true crime junky like me this is one of the books you do not want to miss. It is interesting, holds your attention, the author lays it out from month to month as he gives you the true facts, the outcome and lets you decided if you feel the verdict was right.

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Summary
In this addition to the True Crime Stories series, you will follow police investigators as they enlist the aid of profilers to solve the infamous Phoenix Canal murders more than 20 years after they happened. You’ll hear about two shocking cases where teenagers thought it would be a good idea to kill someone for fun. After having their fun, the murderous teenagers were promptly arrested and served a good helping of justice.
Some of the cases in this audiobook can only be described as bizarre, like the case of Katherine Knight, who was an extremely violent woman and cannibal. She is profiled along with the story of the sideshow “freak”, Grady Stiles Junior. As you can imagine, you will surely keep listening intently once you begin to discover what drove these killers to go to the extreme that they did.
Grab a cup of tea and start hearing about true murder cases, disappearances, and other strange crimes that have shocked yet captured the imagination of people for decades. This collection of strange and cruel crime will surely keep you on the edge of your seat....

Deadly Lies

Deadly Lies
By: Chris Patchell
Narrated by: Emily Cauldwell, Kevin Stillwell
Series: Jill Shannon, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 09-20-17


I have so many mixed emotions on this story. I am torn between who should be left together and the outcome when the end comes. The ending is great but shocking, I still can’t help but think things could have been different if she could have gotten the help she needed. It is truly a shocking story of a young girl who was abused by the one who should have loved and taken care of her. The outcome of that story is very shocking, sad but you can’t feel remorse for the abuser. As that little girl grows up she puts the past behind her moving on to a better life with a wonderful husband who spends more time with his job then he does her. This leads to events that puts a tail spin on so many lives. As things get out of control Jill goes down a path of killing that she can’t get out of. Just when she plans to stop she makes a choice that will change her life forever.

I thought the two narrators did an outstanding job with Mr. Stillwell being Alex when the story was from his point of view and Ms. Cauldwell being Jill’s voice when it was from her point of view. There isn’t a mixture between the two narrators each take the chapter that pertains to their character doing the voices for all the characters in that chapter. I thought their many different character voices were wonderful. You always knew who was talking and what each was feeling. Their normal voices are very pleasant and I had no trouble listening to their narration. There are no background noises, no volume changes, not even when they changed over to let the other do the narration. I could not tell when they took a break it sounded like they were side be side with one taking over when the other left off with no breaks. There are no repeating of words just a very clear, and clean audio that I very much enjoyed. Their male and female character voices are very clean and clear, very pleasant and sounded like I pictures the character to be. The emotions they give them is outstanding I knew what each were feeling and who was talking with no problem. I know how hard it is for two different narrators to work together getting it all right from the tones, emotions, and volume. I have to give them a five plus for the outstanding job they did. I really can’t wait to hear more of their work.

The plot is wonderful, the author has no trouble keeping you hooked with many twists and turns you do not see coming. There are a few heartbreaking moments, a few shocking ones as well as a few smiles. This isn’t the type of story that makes you laugh it is serious and the author did a great job portraying the emotions of each character. My heart really went out to Jill and all she had to go through but it went out to her husband as well for all he had to deal with. I just have one question how can she be sure. Once you read the story you will understand that question. It is a very emotional read be prepare for your emotions to be all over the place.

The author said it is like Mr. and Ms Smith I do not see this, it does keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see the outcome but I wouldn’t call it an action adventure, exciting or even very dangerous. What I would call this story is sad, horrible for so many people. The author goes a great job showing how man have to have control and will do anything to get the upper hand but the same can be said for some women. The one I feel the sorriest for his Alex, in the end he was the biggest loser and my heart broke for him. It is a very interesting story that keeps you invested. I really enjoyed it and would recommend you give it a try. There is one place I had a question and many other place I wish the outcome was different.

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Summary
As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather's cruel abuse. Now, as an adult, Jill's made it - she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle.
The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant - until one day a reporter lures her to his hotel room under the pretense of an interview - and suddenly it all comes rushing back.
Jill seeks revenge on the reporter, triggering a series of events that leads Jill down a wormhole of retribution, forcing her to spin an ever-widening web of lies.
Meanwhile, Alex is on the case of a series of murders that began as cyber relationships. There seems to be a familiar fingerprint on these crimes, but Alex refuses to believe that the murderer could be so close to him.
For those who couldn't put down The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes a thrilling ride a la Mr. and Mrs. Smith, where husband and wife stand on opposite sides of a divide created by lies and rooted in a dark and deadly past.

Broken Embrace



Broken Embrace (Embrace #3)
by Dana Mason



A story of lost love and a second chance to get it right, it has suspense which keeps the story interesting. It was a very complex read for me leaving me torn between Melissa and Brain getting their second chance but what about his family. Yes his wife cheated but for the love they started with that make their children isn’t it work trying to work out. The children always seem to get the worst end. I loved the twists and turn which held my attention as well as how the author played out the plot with the bad guys. The picture I had in my mind was very chilling.

What it must be like to love a man with all your heart and him you only to have him marry your best friend. As the years go by you come to forgive the best friends and be there for her and her children but you just can’t bring yourself to reconnect to the man you have only loved. Fast forward a few years to find that friend cheated on her husband and being there for the children when the fall out comes.

Brian is a wonderful father and husband he is a cop and that does take a lot of his time. He is devastated when he finds out his wife is cheating. There are only so many choices you can make. With a little help from his ex he knows he must be there for his children. As things happen he finds he still has feeling for his ex.

It is truly a heart wrenching read with the reader being torn so many ways. The suspense is great at times I was left holding my breath to see the outcome. I really enjoyed the story and the characters but still feel a little torn over a family breaking up and two old loves coming back together. I did like how the author laid out the plot for Erin and Cody the outcome very much affected them. Erin's struggle is just heartbreaking and really pulls on your heart strings. I thought it was a great story that I enjoyed very much. I thought a lot of thought went into the writing, it was well laid out and a very touching read.

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Summary
The Past…
As childhood sweethearts, Brian and Melissa's plans were simple: finish school, get married, and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, life didn’t go as planned. Melissa went away to college, and Brian married her best friend.

The Present…
Seventeen years have passed and Brian's stable family life has come crashing down around him. His wife’s a cheater, his teenage daughter is hiding things from him and Melissa is back in town to remind him of what he lost all those years ago.
Melissa's returned home, ready to forgive and focus on her future, but that all changes the day she gets a desperate phone call from Brian’s daughter, Erin. Thrown back into Brian’s tumultuous life, Melissa struggles to move beyond the pain of his broken promise.

The Future…
While working together to save Erin from the evil web she’s caught in, Melissa and Brian fight to fix the past or face losing each other all over again.