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  • 2 reviews
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  • A Descent into Hell: The True Story of an Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kathryn Casey
    • Narrated By Gillian Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bright, attractive, and both from good families, University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning. Cave, an ex-cheerleader, had just landed an exciting new job, while a big-money scholarship to UT's prestigious business school lured Pitonyak to Austin. Yet the former altar boy had a dark, unpredictable streak. When Jennifer failed to show up for work on August 18, 2005, her mother became frightened. Sharon Cave's search led to Colton's West Campus apartment, where Jennifer's family discovered a scene worthy of the grisliest horror movie.

    Sharon says: "Not my cup of tea."
    Where does A Descent into Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favourite audio books so far. Kathryn Casey did thorough research and bought the people involved in the awful events of the book to life. You get to know the family of Jennifer Cave as well as Jennifer herself and the events leading up to the crime.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Descent into Hell?

    The way that Jennifer's mother knew something was wrong and how they found her was engrossing because it was true and so shocking. My favourite part of the book was what Jennifer's mother said to Laura Hall in court - finally someone telling her the truth.

    What about Gillian Vance’s performance did you like?

    The performance was spot-on and kept me involved in the story. Gillian Vance reads with a great rhythm that kept me engaged.

    Any additional comments?

    I admired Jennifer's mother and family so much after hearing their story and hope they've been able to find some peace. I can't imagine going through what they have and still behaving with such dignity, integrity and love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trout: A True Story of Murder, Teens, and the Death Penalty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeff Kunerth
    • Narrated By Bob Malos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a cool Pensacola night in January 1991, just a few minutes before midnight, three teenagers pulled up to the Trout Auto Parts store. Patrick Bonifay, his body coursing with adrenaline, entered the store clad in a ski mask carrying a loaded gun, intent on carrying out a poorly laid plan. Little did he know that it was his life - as well as the lives of his companions - that was about to be forever changed. Bonifay, Clifford Barth, and Eddie Fordham were hired to kill Daniel Wells by Robin Archer, who blamed Wells for losing his job nine months prior.

    Merrie says: "TRIPLE "WOW"!!!"
    "Thought Provoking"
    What made the experience of listening to Trout the most enjoyable?

    The author painted the characters with honesty, making the awful crime at the center of the book more shocking and real. A really interesting examination of youth crime and punishment follows and I enjoyed the analysis of what followed for the boys who committed the crime and what that really means for them and for us as a society.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Bob Malos’s performances?

    The performance was distracting because of over enunciation. Unfortunately, the narration repeatedly took me out of the story. I'm sorry to say that I found it quite grating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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