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Inside the Mind of Keith Raniere and the Rise and Fall of NXIVM

By Toni Natalie & Chet Hardin
Narrated by: Toni Natalie
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

As seen in the HBO docuseries THE VOW: A jaw-dropping insider look into the world of the so-called "Hollywood Sex Cult" NXIVM chronicling the rise of enigmatic cult leader, Keith Raniere, from its "Patient Zero," his former girlfriend and test subject for his coercive control techniques.
Many have heard of NXIVM and its creator, Keith Raniere,... Read more »
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Member of the Family

My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties

By Dianne Lake & Deborah Herman
Narrated by: Dianne Lake
Length: 12 hours 31 minutes

Member of the Family

“During the counterculture of the 1960’s amid the cult craze of Charles Manson, many people were left wondering how in the world could this madman convince his seemingly privileged, upper-crust “girls” to commit horrendous murders and yet still receive their total devotion? In “Member of the Family,” Dianne Lake explains the charismatic Charlie as a master manipulator, preying on the psychological weaknesses inherent in each of his followers, resorting to ruthlessness and abuse to ensure his proselytizing was protocol. Lake, the youngest member of his “girls,” spends the next two years under Manson’s complete control and is witness to his dark descent into madness, taking most of the family with him. Horrifying, heartbreaking and hard to look away, Lake’s tale proves she is one “lucky” girl after all.”

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American Predator

The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century

By Maureen Callahan
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

An Amazon “Best Book of 2019”
Washington Post “10 Books To Read in July”
Los Angeles Times “Seven Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading”
USA Today “20 of the Season’s Hottest New Books”
New York Post “25 Best Beach Reads of 2019 You Need to Pre-Order Now”

A Bustle “The Best New True Crime Books You... Read more »
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In Cold Blood

By Truman Capote
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 14 hours 25 minutes

The most famous true crime novel of all time, In Cold Blood is the bestseller that haunted its author long after he finished writing it.

"Chills the blood and exercises the intelligence ... harrowing." —The New York Review of Books

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely...

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The Babysitter

My Summers with a Serial Killer

By Liza Rodman & Jennifer Jordan
Narrated by: Andi Arndt & Aida Reluzco
Length: 9 hours

#1 of 10 Best True Crime Books of the Year by Marie Claire
Named Most Anticipated Crime Book of the Year by CrimeReads

​​A chilling true story—part memoir, part crime investigation—reminiscent of Ann Rule’s classic The Stranger Beside Me, about a little girl longing for love and how she found friendship with her charismatic babysitter—who was... Read more »
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Yellow Bird

Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country

By Sierra Crane Murdoch
Narrated by: Sierra Crane Murdoch
Length: 14 hours 56 minutes

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it—an urgent work of literary journalism.

“I don’t know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than... Read more »
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The Man from the Train

The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery

By Bill James & Rachel McCarthy James
Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
Length: 17 hours 4 minutes

An Edgar Award finalist for Best Fact Crime, this “impressive…open-eyed investigative inquiry wrapped within a cultural history of rural America” (The Wall Street Journal) shows legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applying his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial... Read more »
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The Good Nurse

A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

By Charles Graeber
Narrated by: Will Collyer
Length: 11 hours 34 minutes

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most... Read more »
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The Third Rainbow Girl

The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

By Emma Copley Eisenberg
Narrated by: Emma Copley Eisenberg
Length: 10 hours 32 minutes

The Third Rainbow Girl

“The facts are that in the summer of 1980, two young women were hitchhiking in Pocahontas County, West Virginia en route to the annual Rainbow Festival. Their murdered bodies were found in a remote clearing on a remote road. Over the years, multiple people confessed to the murders. Was it a local as many thought? Or an itinerant mass murderer traveling the country, raging against blacks and others? Eisenberg dives deeply into the case after spending time there years later as a Vista volunteer. This engaging book tells the story of the people of this rural county, the history of the area, and the officials who would not let the case die. It is also Emma's story: her time with these people, her loves, and her discontent. It is a stirring addition to the Appalachian story.”

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The Less People Know About Us

A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

By Axton Betz-Hamilton
Narrated by: Laurie Catherine Winkel
Length: 7 hours 31 minutes

AN EDGAR AWARDS 2020 WINNER

In this powerful true crime memoir, an award-winning identity theft expert tells the shocking story of the duplicity and betrayal that inspired her career and nearly destroyed her family.

Axton Betz-Hamilton grew up in small-town Indiana in the early '90s. When she was 11 years old, her parents both had their... Read more »
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The Trauma Cleaner

One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster

By Sarah Krasnostein
Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife. But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less.A woman who sleeps among... Read more »
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The Stranger Beside Me

By Ann Rule
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Length: 18 hours 29 minutes

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Rule, “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews), her unforgettable classic account of the horrifying murders in the Pacific Northwest and her shock when she discovered her friend—Ted Bundy—was not only a suspect but also one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.

Meeting... Read more »
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Catch and Kill

Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

By Ronan Farrow
Narrated by: Ronan Farrow
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

Catch and Kill

“A timely, incredibly important account of the difficulties Farrow faced at NBC while working on the Weinstein expose, which he took to the New Yorker and subsequently won a Pulitzer for. The audiobook is grippingly read by Farrow (though the accents he attempts are... let's go with 'confusing'). It's upsetting, sure, but heartening to see the exhaustive research and the very clearly laid-out account of how Farrow had to work against the very powerful high-profile members of the media establishment--including his own bosses--not only because of Weinstein's well-oiled intimidation machine but also as part of those figures attempting to cover up their own histories of being harassers. Highly recommend this important piece of current events journalism, which reads like a thriller novel.”

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The Haunting of Alma Fielding

A True Ghost Story

By Kate Summerscale
Narrated by: David Morrissey
Length: 8 hours 19 minutes

Shortlisted for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize * New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

“Prepare not to see much broad daylight, literal or metaphorical, for days if you read this.... The atmosphere evoked is something I will never forget.”—The Times (London)

London, 1938. In the suburbs of the city, a young housewife has become the eye in a... Read more »
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Furious Hours

Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

By Casey Cep
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 11 hours 15 minutes

Furious Hours

In Cold Blood and To Kill a Mockingbird kept me up reading all night as a teen, and I can now add Furious Hours to the list of couldn’t-put-it-down tomes. I was enthralled, educated, and awestruck by Casey Cep’s well-researched and masterfully written true-crime account of a rural minister, his lawyer, and his killer. Thankfully, Cep discovered and brought to light what surely could have been Harper Lee’s second bestseller. Now…off to get a good night’s rest!”

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Memorial Drive

A Daughter's Memoir

By Natasha Trethewey
Narrated by: Natasha Trethewey
Length: 5 hours 9 minutes

Memorial Drive

“When poets write memoirs, I read them. And this shocking coming-of-age reflection on violence, race and motherless daughters evoked a subtle rage that later boiled and then recoiled in me by the end of the book. I am so grateful to witness Threthewey's survival on the page and in her own voice, as read in the audiobook. Unforgettable. ”

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark

One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

By Michelle McNamara
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn & Patton Oswalt
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

“An overwhelmingly obsessed Michelle McNamara dissects the decades old trail of tragedy, trauma and ongoing taunts by the elusive East Area Rapist in her investigative crime thriller “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” published posthumously after her unexpected demise. Dubbed the “Golden State Killer” by McNamara herself, his crime spree started with 50 unsolved rapes before escalating to numerous murders leaving terrorized California residents tense for ten years. A determined McNamara meticulously researches this reign of terror with such precision it’s sure to pry this perpetrators identity out of obscurity and into justice, a suitable ending for this authors’ life.”

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The Devil in the White City

Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

By Erik Larson
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 14 hours 58 minutes

The Devil in the White City

“The Devil in the White City is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. Set amidst the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Erik Larson's historical narrative interweaves the stories of two men who would come to define it, for better and for worse. One is Daniel Burnham, chief architect of the Fair, who threw his entire being into creating a landmark event in American history. The other is Dr. H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who built a hotel that became his "Murder Castle", luring many poor souls who came to Chicago to their death and dismemberment. Though you may expect Holmes' chapters to be more entertaining, I was amazed by the story of the World's Fair and its impact on American history. The first Ferris wheel debuted as the centerpiece of the Fair, the Pledge of Allegiance was written for its opening ceremony, and its use of alternating current electricity essentially ended Edison and Tesla's current war. If these bits of trivia excite your inner history nerd, come buy the book today!”

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