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Jessica

WOODLAND, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (41)

    "If anything ever happens to me, promise me that you will see that there is an investigation...And find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story," Sheila Blackthorne Bellush told her sister after she divorced multimillionaire Allen Blackthorne. Now, in perhaps the first book ever written at a victim's request, America's best selling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, untangles a horrific web of lies that culminated in Sheila's savage murder more than 10 years after she left Blackthorne.

    krista says: "Well worth it"
    "As always, Ann Rule provides a great story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Every Breath You Take the most enjoyable?

    The full-length details of this story is my kind of book. I like the complete info that is given, Although the details were numerous, the writing makes it easy to follow. I like how she will 'remind' readers/listeners who each player is as the story goes. If a person is not spoke about for a while in the book, she will remind us who that person is, how they are related to the main character, etc.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Indeed. This was one Ann Rule story I was not familiar with.


    Which character – as performed by Blair Brown – was your favorite?

    Each character had its' own persona that was interesting and intriguing.The way they all weaved together was so odd.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    About a week after finishing this book, I ran across a true crime show on the ID channel - it happened to be this story!! It has interviews with one of the daughters and I wished I would've tuned in earlier - I literally only caught the last 5 minutes of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Small Sacrifices

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Ann Rule
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Ann Rule's shocking and powerful account of the destructive forces that drove Diane Downs, a beautiful young mother, to shoot her three young children in cold blood.

    kelsey says: "flat narration."
    "I accidentally purchased the abridged version"
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    What did you love best about Small Sacrifices?

    I love true crime, especially Ann Rule. I was upset however, that I bought the abridged version. I read the book years ago and it was much longer and more detailed. I will purchase the unabridged version very soon.
    But this story is so amazing and it boggles the mind how a mother could be so selfish.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    For sure! I loved that Ann Rule herself narrated it.


    What does Ann Rule bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is telling HER story that SHE wrote and put her heart and soul into. It makes a difference to have the author retell what she worked so hard on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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