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Many people who live upright, law-abiding lives find the subject of crime and criminals almost mesmerizing.

Maybe it’s curiosity about the motivations that drive people in the underworld, or a sincere interest in the welfare of the victims of crime that sparks this interest, but the fact remains, true crime stories have a long-held popularity.

If you are one of the many who enjoy this genre, you may be interested to know that a myriad of true crime titles are available as audio books.

An online download takes only a few minutes, but can allow you to take the stories of mob bosses, serial killers and the heroes who stopped their crime sprees with you wherever you go. Take a look at just of few of the absorbing tales you can listen to on a recorded book.

In Cold Blood

True Crime - In Cold BloodTruman Capote’s classic In Cold Blood narrated by Scott Brick lends itself favorably to the audio format. Former police officer Mark Fuhrman who became well-known as a witness during the O.J. Simpson trial wrote The Murder Business: How the Media Turns Crime into Entertainment and subvert Justice.

This no-holds-barred examination of the way the modern media attempts to wring all the possible drama out of a crime and use it to increase ratings and readership is compelling, to say the least.

Organized Crime

For those fascinated by the Mafia and organized crime, The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder and the Birth of the American Mafia is a must. In it, author Mike Dash chronicles the creation of the mob from the 1890s through the 1920s. His careful combing of prison records, secret service archives and other previously untapped resources allows him to bring the Mafioso members and the agents who captured them to life.

Cyber Crime

If cyber crime is your area of interest, don’t miss Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords who are Bringing Down the Internet. Author Joseph Menn examines the underground world of hackers around the globe and gives an eye-opening account of the way personal information, financial data, and identities are stolen.

So, if you choose to buy audio books online, don’t neglect seeing what is offered in the true crime genre. You may find a real-life story that will rivet your attention as you commute, work out or perform daily chores around the house.

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