This was a little different for Ann Rule. This story was split into one large section and several small stories. The first story goes into great detail of studying the lives, history and past of a group of young men who eventually become notorious bank robbers. For many of us, the are still the most memorable no matter what side of the country you live on. She delves into how these boys turned me lived seemingly normal lives but failed to connect to the lives around them. She looks for the "why"
There are several short stories that are honestly not as impressive and run together. One is about a peeping Tom who rapes and murders. There is limited history given as to motivation. What is given feels rushed. There are a few other short stories but they all ran together and 12 hours after reading, I cannot remember them distinctly enough to write a summary.
To have a close family member interject themselves intimately into your life for an extended period of time while being morbidly obese to the point of causing damage to your home, changing how meals are eaten (the focal point of family communication) and even altering your marriage is topic of Big Brother. Lionel Shriver does an excellent job of developing "Obesity" as a character of its own while showing the damaging impact it can have not only on the obese but on those around.
If you love Dan Savage, you will love this book, if you don't, then use your money for something else. This book won't change your mind. This is Dan at his purest. This is a book of random topics and for followers of Dan, we all knew what would be in this book but it was a good read to hear it pulled together. My favorite parts were his memories of his mother and the chapter on the church. Each listener will make their own conclusion as to where they stand with faith. There were parts of this book that caused me to laugh out loud. Other parts made me smile to myself. If you read, you should take time to watch the YouTube video he references in the book. In the end, it was a good laugh and reminder that I can like people I don't agree 100% with.
*The book does have profanity and a rape description but I have read many books I found much more offensive*
The story begins with a nightmare: working alone, only to be taken. What happened during the period of captivity is told during a series of therapy sessions. At the end of the book, I felt that the author spent so much time developing the story of captivity that end was rushed. Overall, I was disappointed. The idea or premise of the book is excellent but I was left with a feeling that it needed further development. Maybe the book needed a few extra chapters or pages. The ending needed further development.
Dani Keller wakes up to find her husband missing... Gone. As the story unravels, Dani goes through the history of their relationship from how it began with an affair to how it is no longer a story book romance. Her telling of their past corresponds to her emotions. She is frustrated and she tells of the small frustrations, she misses him and she tells about the good parts, she becomes afraid and she tells about the larger missing pieces of their relationship and eventually she comes to accept the reality. No matter how perfect their beginning, in the end, the Keller's became just like everyone else with the same fears and fights. All relationships are basically the same when you look at them closely.
Initially I wasn't excited about this book because the reviews had not been great but it was wonderful. The author, Ann Leary, must have lived in an alcoholic hom to u dear stand how it can be truly perfect and a nightmare all in one day. The narrarotor Mary Beth Hurt bring the characters to life and can move with shameless ease from a male to female.
This story is told over Hilda Good's lifetime, through her eyes with opinions given by those closest to her. Hilda, also tells the town history. By the end of the story, Hilda has learned a few things about herself and if you didn't like her at the beginning, you will by the end. You may even find you want to spend a few more nights at the Good House.
I downloaded this book looking for an easy, chic flick but this was was too "easy" for me. About half way through, the plot became evident and there was no mystery left at all. I couldn't even finish it. I instead starting skipping the last chapters. I love reading these books because they are a great escape but I found this to be the worst of the Picoult book factory series.
If you are a Joyce Meyer follower, you will not be disappointed with this book. It holds true to form as she delves into the very difficult topic of forgiveness. She does have a few opinions that others may struggle with such as forgiving and re-establishing a relationship. For some of us, that may be more than we can handle. She gives scripture to support her advice as well as references to events in her life. Overall, this is like all Joyce Meyer book's- a good read and opens the reader up to further discussion and study.
Some have complained about the narrators voice but since I, personally, don't like Joyce Meyer's voice, I found the narrators voice pleasant.
The story is great, well researched, very detailed. It goes into a crime that I (being 40) vaguely remember. The reason for that is because it was originally published in 1993. There are many other more current true crime books. Buy one of those- the forensics will interest you more. Also, the actual paper version of this book is out of print on some sites.
Randy Roth was a horrible monster but his conviction was from 1991... Not sure why this is just now being released on Audible.
I followed this this story and trial so the book was only a natural step for me. I was pleasantly surprised at the new information presented. I found things about Jose Baez I did not know. I think everyone deserves a chance to be heard and defended, even zealously defended if their attorney is so inclined. After reading this book, you will understand the need for such a defense maybe a little better. If your mind is totally closed on this case, maybe you will at least have respect for an attorney who believed in the responsibility of his job and the commitment to his client.
The book is an easy listen.
The only complaint is the narrator's voice is a little odd sounding since most of us have Jose Baez's voice in our head from the trial. I think there could have been a better choice made.
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