A true story detailing the events surrounding the murder of wealthy North Carolinian Lieth von Stein. The case seemed cold until police followed a trail leading to von Stein's stepson, a smart young man who was obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons and wrapped up in drugs.
©1991 Jerry Bledsoe (P)2015 ListenUp Production, LLC
Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.
This is not the most exciting true crime book I've ever read but it has all the characteristics of a compelling read and I spent more time listening than I really should have. What makes it different from many true crime stories is the contrast between the potential of the young men involved and the road they chose. Academically they could have succeeded in any number of rewarding careers and contributed to society in so many ways, but while still in their teens they left the 'straight and narrow' and headed down the path to disaster. I'm left wondering why the discrepancy between reported events and the victim's stomach contents was never followed up - it seemed like a really important piece of evidence. As for Kevin Stillwell's narration, my only acquaintance with US accents is from the occasional TV program so I can't comment on its authenticity, but to me it suited the subject matter perfectly and I found the accent, voice, and presentation very pleasant to listen to.
The writing is good, but the only way I'd read another is if there is a different narrator. Why on earth does this book have a narrator with a syrup-thick southern accent? Just because the events happened in North Carolina? Since when is regional dialect appropriate for narration? Too distracting.
Not with this narrator.
Really can't stand the accent. Who says "PO-lice" like Boss Hogg in a book narration? It this was an attempt at a "folksy" style, it wasn't well-done.
just killing time sitting in traffic...
perfect convergence of great writing...great story...great narration...phenomenal to listen to...couldn't wait to get in my car and sit in traffic...
Having read several of Jerry Bledsoe's books in print, I was excited to see Blood Games in audio format. I like Bledsoe's meticulous detail in presenting the investigation of the murder, especially since this one involved settings in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Blood Games is similar in its topic to Bledsoe's Bitter Blood.
I had listened to Bitter Blood before Blood Games, and Kevin Stillwell narrated both. He has an easy, semi-southern drawl that works for the regions examined in both books. The most annoying quirk about Stillwell is his pronunciation of the word "police." He pronounces it "PO-lees," with a long "o" sound and the accent on the first syllable. Since both books involved cases in which the law enforcement played vital roles, this annoying pronunciation continued ad infinitum, much to my chagrin. In addition, there were several mistakes in pronunciation of places in Raleigh and in North Carolina. Ex: Bragaw Dormitory was consistently mispronounced "Burgaw." Burgaw is a town in North Carolina, but it not the name of the dormitory. In my opinion, a savvy editor should have caught this kind of mistake; of course, I am assuming that Bledsoe spelled it correctly in the book. Because the skill of the narrator can make or break an audio book experience for me, I am not sure that I would listen to another book narrated by Stillwell.
Jerry Bledsoe yes Kevin stillwell ,no.
The plot did ,but I really don't need to know about the way the town was in the 1800s. I wish someone could give basic outlines for these true crime stories without telling me about the Great Great Great Great Grandparents
The narrator must believe that Southerners are IDIOTS he made me dislike listening to the book by pronouncing the word "Police" as "Poe-lease" he tried to come across as having a "southern" accent but it was really badly done. I am a southerner and I do not say "Poe-lease" nor do I say " tabacca"
If it wasn't for the rambling history and narrator ,yes.
I read Jerry Bledsoe's books several years ago, and was thrilled to find them on Audible recenetly.
This book described the brutal murder of a stepfather and attempted murder of the mother of a young man who, seemingly, had everything going for him. He wanted their money, and his friends wanted their money, and one life ended and another would never be the same.
The book seems to jump around a bit, describing the main participants in this plot... particularly from Chris' upbringing to Bart's. Occasionally, it drags unnecessarily and leaves some loose ends hanging. But bledsoe is a terrific researcher and reporter, and Stilwell is a smooth-toned narrator, which allows one to overlook some of these flaws.
If you are looking for good true crime, you can't get much better than Bledsoe; Stilwell's rich smooth tones and pronunciation of "poh-lease" stand him apart as a narrator for Bledsoe's southern true crime bookes.
Well worth the time and credit.
Very well written, keeps your interest. I have read another book about this murder but not in this detail. He delves into the lives of all the people involved and really tells the story behind this plot.
Seemed to promise more than delivered. What was written was written well, but it tended to wander about. Very good character descriptions, but not of characters that I necessarily wanted to hear about.
For instance, what about the beaten-to-the-brink-of-death wife? I would like to have heard about her physical, and emotional losses. I mean did she sustain a brain injury and that is why she was able to stand by her son even after finding he was responsibility for ruining her life?
Good story, but let's get to the real story. Kevin, if you have any professional pride, RE-RECORD this book with your normal voice. I know you have one because you've recorded other books. Not only is the faux Southern "ak-sent" beyond stupid, it's also PATRONISING to people who have real accents. Would you fake any other accent for the entire book? It's one thing to use an accent for an individual's words in a book; a whole 'other thing to read the entire book in a fake accent. What does it possibly add to the story? I am enjoying the narrative, but it's unlikely I'll finish it. I'm listening at 1.5x speed, but I still probably can't handle 900 more repetitions of "po-leese," not to mention every other chalkboard scratching word he spins "Southern". Shame on you, Kevin, and on Audible. Ya'll need to review your "ak-sent" policy for readers. It's borderline racist.
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