Review: Are You There Alone? By Suzanne O’Malley

This was listened to via Audible. 

Blurb via Goodreads

On a June morning in a Houston suburb, a 911 dispatcher questioned the caller on the other end of the line: “ARE YOU HAVING A DISTURBANCE?”

“ARE YOU ILL?”

“ARE YOU AT 942 BEACHCOMBER?”

“ARE YOU THERE ALONE?”

It took a jury less than four hours to find Houston housewife Andrea Yates guilty of the drowning deaths of three of her five children — and a mere half hour to sentence the troubled woman with a stunning history of severe mental problems to life in prison. But beyond the media coverage of her heinous crimes, there is a story that only investigative reporter Suzanne O’Malley has fully illuminated.

THIS IS THE BOOK THAT INCLUDES THE REVELATION THAT LED TO THE OVERTURNING OF ANDREA YATES’S CONVICTION.

The updated edition of “Are You There Alone?” features a new chapter on the appeal of the Yates case, as well as personal updates on both Andrea and Rusty Yates. Having drawn upon hundreds of interviews — with expert witnesses, close friends, family advisers, and Andrea and Rusty themselves — O’Malley has produced a riveting true-crime account that shatters our notions about criminal law, mental illness, death-penalty politics, and religious fanaticism in America today.

I’ve been listening to this book on Audbile for a few weeks now, which would be more like months. A little here and there, only because I have a full time study schedule and not because it was a bore or anything like that.  True crime is my first passion when it comes to book genres and if you don’t know about Andrea Yates, then perhaps read this book first before you Google because it is wonderfully descriptive andquite neutral, in my opinion.

The author has done a spectacular job in investigating this tragic event which will stir emotions in you whether you have children or not, and that’s because we tend to deify those who are weak or vulnerable in society, and children most certainly fit in that criteria.  So, if you are not a fan of crimes that involve children, then this account won’t be for you because it involves the death of five children.

As mentioned, the author has done a wonderfully thorough job of investigating the history and medical story behind Andrea Yates.  Although it can be quite ‘full on’ with the telling of her mental history, which for me is welcomed given my field of work. Whether you agree of disagree with the verdict Andrea received, there’s no denying that she was a very mentally ill woman who was failed by a number of people, in a number of ways. I don’t want to get too far into that argument, I don’t think this is the time or place for that. But the author did a fantastic job of giving us the information, and making us aware of Andrea’s life.

The narrator on Audible, was one of the good ones. I’ve had one that I just didn’t like at all,  was too animated. However this one was very good.

I rate this Audible book: bookworm1bookworm1bookworm1bookworm1bookworm1/5

So if you would like to read up about the Andrea Yates case, then here’s the link to Wikipedia.

And if you’d prefer the ebook click here

Or listen to it on Audible click here

Happy reading or listening!

Nat

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Audibe Review: Repeat Offender-Sin City’s Most Prolific Criminal & the Cop who Caught Him by Bradley Nickel

I have to admit, that the context of offender and crimes are not my usual taste, and as such, heavily influenced my opinion on this story.

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Blurb: Millions in stolen property, revolting sex crimes and murder-for-hire were all in the mix for a Las Vegas police detective as he toiled to take Sin City’s most prolific criminal off the streets for good. 

Las Vegas Police Detective Bradley Nickell brings you the inside scoop on the investigation of the most prolific repeat offender Las Vegas has ever known. 

Daimon Monroe looked like an average guy raising a family with his diffident schoolteacher girlfriend. But just below the surface, you’ll learn he was an accomplished thief with an uncontrollable lust for excess. His criminal mind had no bounds—he was capable of anything given the proper circumstances. 

You will be revolted by Monroe’s amassed wealth through thievery, his plot to kill Detective Nickell, a judge and a prosecutor, and the physical and sexual abuse to which Monroe subjected his daughters. 

So as I mentioned, my personal preference heavily weighed on my opinion of this story. I listened to it on Audible during my gym sessions, so it kept me amused but I can’t say that I actually ‘enjoyed’ it. The story itself was very well written, almost to the point where it was sounding like a fiction novel, however. The third POV was a tad on the annoying side because it felt the the author was ‘big noting’ himself too often and referring to himself more than necessary.

But like I said, it’s not my crime preference. I know that there have been many people who have enjoyed it, and I’d urge you to read the blurb and other people reviews and purchase a sample before relying on my opinion. Because it’s just that, my own opinion. I can’t give it a rating on the dislike of criminal alone, that would be gross unfair. So my rating reflects that as well as the writing style and ability to keep me going and not quit!

I give this story: small_cute-bookwormsmall_cute-bookwormsmall_cute-bookworm/5

Purchase this book via Amazon here or search for it on Audible.com

Happy Reading

Nat small_cute-bookworm

REVIEW: Ted and Ann — By Rebecca Morris

So earlier this year I took the brave plunge and tried Audible.com. I say brave because, firstly I was resistant to trying ebooks (which I have now grown to be very fond of) and I was resistant to trying this method of book deliverance. However, if you’ve read my review on the first ebook I listened to, then you’ll know that I very much enjoyed this method of ‘listening’ to a book, despite the hiccup I had with the second one.

But I jumped right back on the horse and I wasn’t let down this time. Previously, the book I listened to before this, the narrator was too distracting for my liking. Not so this time.

Ted and Ann – By Rebecca Morris (purchase here)

If you’re a true crime fan, and I mean that in the least creepiest sense I can, lol, then you’ll be familiar with Theodore Robert Bundy AKA Ted Bundy. Convicted of killing 19 women in the 1970’s on the west coast of the US, he was and still is one the most written about and read about serial killers. They fascinate us, and we often find ourselves asking why?

51Yg8ovNFXL._SL300_I have to say, that I have noticed other comments on the book from those who read the ebook version, saying that they were frustrated by the grammatical errors of the ebook, however i didn’t notice any because I was listening to the book instead of reading.

And… I was impressed. There were things written about that I wasn’t familiar with, things I didn’t know about Ted or about the young child he has and still is suspected of killing, 9 yr old Ann-Marie Burr. Such a sad situation for the young child and her family and friends. You can only imagine how difficult it must have been to go almost 50 years and never know what happened to your child or be able to put her to rest.

I particularly loved the 13th chapter, being a psychology and criminology major, it was nice to hear the talk or personality disorder and psychopathology. It was also not too much for the layperson to have difficulty understanding.

I gave this audible book; cropped-large_cute-bookworm-1.pngcropped-large_cute-bookworm-1.pngcropped-large_cute-bookworm-1.pngcropped-large_cute-bookworm-1.pngcropped-large_cute-bookworm-1.png/ 5

Happy reading

Nat cropped-large_cute-bookworm-1.png

Audible Book Review – Victim Six by Gregg Olsen

This was my second Audible.com book. The first I enjoyed immensely, so I had great expectations for this book.

51b1ue6eyqL._SL300_ Unfortunately, for me, it was a bit of a let down. More so the deliverance of the book that the books content. The narrator for this particular book was too animated for my liking and it was distracting and took away from the books content. I don’t believe the narrator needs to put on voices that that in a child’s book to keep a reader’s attention. The first audible book I listened to did not do it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So for this reason, I find that I’m more inclined to urge potential readers to perhaps read the ebook or hardback copy rather than listening to it.

In saying that, there was two issues I had with the book. It was a little slow in some places, and I felt the transitions were used too often and could be confusing at times. However, I did enjoy the ending, and felt that the antagonist was a well written character.

I do look forward to reading more from this author, although I will be mindful to check who the narrator is on future audible books to ensure that I don’t get this one again. You may like him, but for me, not again.

I gave this audible book: small_cute-bookwormsmall_cute-bookwormsmall_cute-bookworm/ 5

Happy Reading

Nat small_cute-bookworm

Review: If I Can’t Have You by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

I listened to this true story on Via Audible.com, the first time I’ve ever listened to a book before and I was pleasantly surprised. The narrator of this booK was very nice to listen to, wasn’t distracting, and gave the book that bit of a three dimensions feel to it. The story itself…

 
This story follows the disappearance of young mother of two Susan Powell. Her husband Josh Powell is the prime suspect. Over a course of two years, the authors take us on a roller coaster ride into the goings on inside this family and what Susan endured, from a controlling and cold husband, to a sexually perverted father-in-law. Until one day, two years after Susan’s disappearance the unthinkable happens to her two young boys and their suspect father…

A truly harrowing story, I teared up a few times while on the treadmill at the gym 😜 the descriptive and informative writing, along with the great narrator, made this story a pleasure to listen to. 

I rate this: 📚📚📚📚📚 out of five

Purchase the ebook via this link http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00H6EJS88/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1433318017&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40&keywords=if+i+can%27t+have+you&dpPl=1&dpID=51N%2Bcyh3ekL&ref=plSrch

Happy reading 

Nat 📚

Audible – Now you can really have books with you everywhere!

I braved the big bad ebook world for a third time three months ago. I’ve tried it a few times over the years and have always ended up selling my reader because I just couldn’t get into it. It felt like I was betraying my faithful paperbacks. However, living in small quarters,  with not a lot of room for paperbacks, I’ve come to appreciate ebooks. Especially seeing as I have over 220 free ones! 

So I decided to try Audible. Books that read to you 😳 Sounded crazy at first, however, I’m under two hours from finishing my first, If I Can’t Have You a true crime story, and loving it! I listen to it at the gym, three mornings a week.

 
Really is the best of all book worlds. Doesn’t matter where you are, a book is always with you. Or me 😊. I think it would make a difference if you got a reader who wasn’t very nice to listen to, but this man is very smooth. Enjoyable. Or maybe I enjoy it more because it’s an accent other than my own, Australian 😜 

The next drama is deciding what to Listen to next, a choice that’s difficult no matter what sort of book you have 😁

Try out audible.com if you haven’t yet 👍🏼

Happy listening/reading 

Nat 📚