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BaltimoreJay

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  • Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Diane Fanning
    • Narrated By Thomas M. Hatting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
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    (35)

    Ten-year-old Krystal Surles watched as her best friend was murdered before the intruder slashed her throat with a 12-inch boning knife. Despite the odds, she survived and led authorities to 35-year-old Tommy Lynn Sells, a former truck driver, carnival worker, and drifter. Through the Window includes his confession to the murder of 10-year-old Joel Kirkpatrick, playing a pivotal role in obtaining justice for wrongfully convicted Julie Rea.

    Dave says: "Very Good Book About a Very Bad Dude"
    "A shockingly brutal killer meets brutal narration"
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    Would you try another book from Diane Fanning and/or Thomas M. Hatting?

    This is my first book by this author and narrator. In all, I think that both the writing and telling suffer. The subject matter itself is enough to keep the listener tuned in, but a better writer/narrator combination would have made this story much better.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Diane Fanning? Why or why not?

    Perhaps, but I just can't shake the feeling that she is really not a very good writer - at least for this genre. The book is definitely worth a listen, but the overuse of adjectives and, at times, sappiness, were unnecessary and detracting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every way. This is where I had the most difficulty following the chain of events. First off, he inflects too much and at weird times, almost like he's new at this. He does seem to get better as the story moves on, but what remains, and is at least as unpleasant, is that he will quickly jump from the end of one story line, into the beginning of another. I do not know if this is more the failing of the writer or the narrator, or both, but you will find yourself following one thread, then immediately, a new character, or action by the killer, will be introduced, almost as if the narrator had dropped the pages he was reading from and gotten them out of order when he picked them up. (You can hear him turning pages, which is kind of nice).


    Could you see Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps one of the biggest problems with a Sells-based movie or mini-series would be figuring out how to deal with the violence, since so much of it is directed at children.


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