Very well written - Ann Rule at her best. Sad story but the truth wins.
Avid reader turned listener.
This was my first Ann Rule book, and I must say that I greatly enjoyed it. I am a fan of the true crime genre and this is definitely a home run. A few of the other reviewers mentioned they didn't like the narration, but I didn't hear anything wrong with it. There are some parts of the story that made me cringe, and it there were 1 or 2 repetitive parts making it a bit longer than necessary, but overall I loved it. I would highly recommend to a true crime fan.
I live in Oregon, so I apologize for what might seem a picky complaint. I'm a fan of Ann Rule, have been for years. I'm used to her writing style and this book doesn't disappoint. It was made into a Lifetime movie that was also well-done. Having said all of that, as Chris stated in his review, the narrator's voice had that creepy/sinister edge to it. If that wasn't bad enough (here comes the picky part), he kept mispronouncing "Willamette," which, for Oregonians, is a big thing. Every time he said it, I cringed. So I'd have to say read the book, watch the movie, but this audiobook? Meh.
I am not sure about the quality of the writing as the male narrator's voice was so distracting. He sounded as though he was trying to be sinister at times, and it came accross as boring with little appropriate inflection. Listening to the narrator spoiled the whole recording. I love Ann Rule's works, both written and audio. In past audio editions of other stories it has been the voice of a woman, who I can only describe as mesmorising, and soothing. I will certainly listen before I purchase any more of Ann's works, to avoid the male narrator.
Ann Rule has no idea of the concept "A beginning, A Middle and An End."
The book is all over the place with hour and hours of repeated sentences. She's been unable to stop herself retelling the incidental and mundane margin notes of the lives of everybody remotely connected to the victim. More than boring; it is excruciating drivel.
Where were her editors? She should have written a short, sharp narrative.
My advice? Don't walk, run away from the book
The Casual Vacancy.
I felt sorry narrator having to overcome the repetition of the appalling writer.
The narrator did the best in the circumstances. The best orator in the world could not make Dead By Sunset into a good book.