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True Story Audiobook

True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa

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Publisher's Summary

Now a Major Motion Picture starring Jonah Hill and James Franco, and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel's relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.

©2005 Michael Finkel (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Galadriel 05-08-15
    Galadriel 05-08-15 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "Fascinationg read"

    Halfway through the book I realized how ironic the title was, as it became more and more obvious that the subject being assessed by the author was a compulsive liar. Finkel's honest story of friendship and entanglement with this character Longo provides as close a look as we're likely to get into the mind of this particular charming, intelligent narcissist capable of unspeakable deeds. Very very good, well worth the credit.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 05-01-15
    Melissa 05-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very well written and narrated!!"

    I'm a borderline obsessive, audio book consumer; listening up to 3-4 a week. This is one of the better true crime books I've come across! You won't be disappointed.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Manning Chesapeake, VA 05-06-15
    Shannon Manning Chesapeake, VA 05-06-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent"

    I really enjoyed both the story and the reader's performance. I definitely recommend this book, particularly to those who enjoy fascinating studies of human behavior.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Kennon 04-17-15
    Tara Kennon 04-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, thorough, disturbing"

    This is a good book and I couldn't stop listening. I couldn't really understand the authors initial likibg for Longo, but apparently many people were taken in.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    aubscon 09-10-15
    aubscon 09-10-15
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    "Haunting & captivating."
    If you could sum up True Story in three words, what would they be?

    Will stay with you


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael's curiosity


    What about Rich Orlow’s performance did you like?

    Was not distracting


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It really held me captive. Truly a haunting book but not iN a scary story type of way...because its all true


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 05-24-15
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 05-24-15 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Not Since Stanley Alpert's The Birthday Party..."

    have I read such a bizarre and compelling true crime book. Just as with Alpert's story, I first encountered Finkel's on 48 Hours Mystery. Finkel takes the reader through the twisted black mind and heart of a true psychopath, a man so cold and calculating that he could strangle his doting and loving wife and three toddlers with his own hands, packing them up in suitcases and throwing them in the river... and then blithely moving to Mexico and living high after taking on another identity---Finkel's.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Torrey 09-03-16
    Torrey 09-03-16 Member Since 2009
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    "couldn't put it down"

    so much better than the movie. great story of how people are truly not as put together as may appear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jackie 02-03-16
    jackie 02-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fell off towards the end"

    I understand that it was a true story and you can't change history. That being said, I really felt like I was being built up for a big ending that never came. It wasn't the history itself but the way the story was presented that made me feel that way. Overall the characters were interesting and the writing was good. I would recommend for a beach read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nray57 SPRINGFIELD, MO, US 01-29-16
    nray57 SPRINGFIELD, MO, US 01-29-16 Member Since 2014

    I fill my 2-hour commute per day with non-fiction, classics, historical fiction and an occasional contemporary fiction.

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    "a truly unusual true crime tale"

    I really enjoyed the unusual take on true crime. A killer assumes the identity of a writer, who then writes about the killer. Very well done, and includes more insight into the mind of the killer than most true crime. Glad I listened.

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    Timothy 11-09-15
    Timothy 11-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the movie!"
    If you could sum up True Story in three words, what would they be?

    Heartbreaking, Truthful, &


    What was one of the most memorable moments of True Story?

    The explanation of Mike Finkel's Africa story and the truth behind what he did and why he did it.


    What about Rich Orlow’s performance did you like?

    He did a wonderful job, was very easy to listen to.


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

    Yes but I didn't. It took me about a week.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is heartbreaking and sad. Mike Finkel got sucked into a twisted mans life and produced a true story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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