Audiobook Review: Titanic Poetry, Music & Stories, by Ken Rossignol

Titanic Poetry, Music & StoriesTitanic Poetry, Music & Stories by Ken Rossignol

  • Written by: Ken Rossignol
  • Narrated by: Trevor Palczynski
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:11-18-13
  • Publisher: Kenneth C. Rossignol
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    AudioBook Review: Leopold & Loeb Killed Bobby Franks by Bruce Caplan and Ken Rossignol

    Leopold & Loeb Killed Bobby FranksLeopold & Loeb Killed Bobby Franks by Bruce M. Caplan

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Overall *****

    Performance*****

    Story*****

    It was 1924 in Cook County Illinois. Two young men, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold grew up together. They seemed to feed off each other. Both young men were highly intelligent and both very dangerous. They both had IQ’s over 160.   They were both from wealthy families. They both had attended prestigious schools. There was no history of abuse in their family. The family seemed a normal well to do family.

    After planning the perfect kidnapping and murder for months, the men set out one day to commit an  intentional murder. It is very hard to understand this much evil. Loeb and Leopold made so many plans in order to pull this murder off. They left the victim up to chance, but the rest was well thought out.

    The facts of this case are so stark and chilling. These men did not care what happened to their small kidnapping victim. There were so many mistakes for such a perfectly plotted crime. They bungled the entire thing and were easily named the main suspects.

    The police and the District Attorney when questioning the two got direct answers as Loeb confessed to his part. With no emotions, no concerns. It was like he was playing a part.

    Leopold also just answered questions with no responses that showed any feelings about what they had done at all. Even when being questioned there was no remorse. They believed they were too intelligent to get caught. They believed they had the perfect crime planned out.

    Since they were only murderers were only 18 and 19 years old they were treated differently in sentencing. Ken Rossignol and Bruce Caplan did a great job with the research and brought this story to light.

    There was a child, a trusting child that was murdered. The murderers never showed any compassion for that little boy, Bobby Franks. It did not even matter that the child was related to one of his murderers.

    I am glad I listened this book, because I never would have believed it to be true if I had not.

    This was an Audible AudioBook and it was well represented. The narrator Stan Jenson was impressive. The characters were clearly different in their speech patterns. He had a clear concise narration voice. The tones of the voices were well defined. His tone matched the era that the events took place.

    This AudioBook is available at Audible.com. The Paperback and Kindle version are both available on Amazon.

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    Book Review: Panama 1914 by Ken Rossignol

    Panama 1914 (The early years of the Big Dig)Panama 1914 by Ken Rossignol
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    So much interesting information that really let the reader know how much danger and hard work was involved in creating that mammoth canal. The dangers were real and the cost was extremely high. In money, in lives and livelihood.

    I loved the real accounts of the event. There are so much history and newsworthy accounts. The photos and illustrations were such a lovely feature of the book.

    The newspaper accounts that are shared in the book showed just what an important and huge event this was. Even the president was actively promoting it and there are pictures and tons of information on the Presiden’t participation.

    Advertisers even included the building project in their ads. It was on everyone’s mind. It was funny how the advertising guru’s decided to promote products based on their availability to the people in and around the construction zone.

    I really enjoyed learning all these facts. The way it was written was engaging. It is obvious to me that the writer Ken Rossingnol is a huge lover of history. It is obvious that he has some amazing research in this book.

    As a lover of history, I was in heaven reading this. I can recommend that anyone that loves history should read this book.

    Pick up a copy of Panama 1914 at Amazon.

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    AudioBook Review: Titanic & Lusitania by Bruce M.Caplan, Logan Marshall and Ken Rossignol

    Titanic & Lusitania

    Titanic & Lusitania by Bruce M. Caplan

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Overall *****

    Performance*****

    Story*****

     

    The AudioBook of Titanic & Lusitania by Bruce M. Caplan, Logan Marshall and Ken Rossignol was a very enlightening book. To hear the voices of survivors of those two ship sinking makes it so real.

    At first we learn about the sinking of the Titanic. The surviving wives wanting to jump in to the water to end their life as they just witnessed their husbands fate. Having a woman express how it looked like a hotel with the lights disappearing one level at a time as it dropped into the water.
    The fear of the ice in the water and the tremendous trauma of being a survivor. Seeing cowards live and knowing that heroic actions meant sure death for other men.

    The story of the Lusitania was new information to me. I did not know the causes of World War 1, so hearing this was very interesting. Hearing about how the different countries worked against and for each other. Knowing that it is a world war is one thing, hearing all the countries involved puts it into more prospective.

    The witnesses and survivor tales were sad and heroic just as the witnesses told about the Titanic. These men and women faced death while watching people dying in their presence. Children were saved and some were lost. There were people in the water asking for help. It was shocking to men and women to see these people. One woman watched her sons die. Her story is sad and yet she is a strong woman to deal with such a tragedy.

    Another survivor tells of a boat full of children and women. Then he tells how the ship lifted one end in the air and people slid off. Such vivid recollections bring this story to heart.
    The stories of when the torpedoes actually struck the Lusitania talk of noises and confusion and the incorrect directions given.

    The news back home was even more damning for the German submarines. They actively prevented rescue attempts. Those poor people floated for a while, when they could have been saved.

    The survivors of the Lusitania were also left to die on the ship. With the list on one side of the ship there were many lifeboats that were not able to launch. Another tragedy having to do with inadequate lifeboats.

    What great research was done for this book. Now as I noted, Titanic & Lusitania is an AudioBook so I am listening to a narrator tell this story. Scott R. Pollak was brilliant with the voices. Accents were perfect and made the stories even more alive. I think that this narration was well done. I would love to hear more of these historical AudioBooks and more books read by this narrator.

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