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Cruel Deception Audiobook

Cruel Deception: St. Martin's True Crime Library

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Publisher's Summary

In and out of hospitals since birth, angelic nine-month-old Morgan Reid finally succumbed to what appeared to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Morgan's Texas-born mother Tanya, a nurse and devoted wife, pulled up stakes with her grieving husband Jim, and moved on. It was the best way to put the past behind them. Until their son Michael, a boy who by all accounts was terrified of his mother, began showing signs of the same affliction that stole the life of his baby sister....

First, the suspicion: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Then, Tanya was charged and convicted with felony child abuse of her son. She was later tried and ultimately convicted for first degree murder of Morgan. It would become a landmark trial that unfolded in a series of reversals and bizarre twists of fate as it gradually revealed another side of Tanya Reid - of her own troubling childhood and the dark secrets that drove a woman to the cruelest deception of all....

Gregg Olsen tells the whole shocking story of this true crime in Cruel Deception.

©1999 Gregg Olsen (P)2013 Gregg Olsen

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-24-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Okay book, way too long!"
    What did you like best about Cruel Deception? What did you like least?

    Interesting story. Very repetitive, and way too long.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Shortened it and only tell the details once not over and over.


    What three words best describe Christy Lynn’s performance?

    She was very good.


    Was Cruel Deception worth the listening time?

    No not at all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is somewhat interesting if you don't know anything about MBP, but if you do skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Ricker 11-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "So annoyed by listening to the narrator..."
    Would you try another book from Gregg Olsen and/or Christy Lynn?

    I would try another book with a different narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The stopping in the beginning made me think something was wrong with my phone, but it's the tone she uses and the voice of all the characters that made me nuts! Surly, they don't all sound surprised every time they speak! She makes everyone sound really "dumb" - in my opinion. It was hard to listen to the whole book!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Walker 06-15-14
    J. Walker 06-15-14
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    "Such a disturbing story that you can't put down."
    What made the experience of listening to Cruel Deception the most enjoyable?

    This is a book I read and couldn't put down. Listening to it was like watching a movie of the events. You don't know whether to hate her or feel sorry for her sickness. In the end, you just want to cry for the babies.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have read or heard in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    heather Pleasantville 03-23-14
    heather Pleasantville 03-23-14

    Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️

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    "Mediocrity sells"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, While my time was not wasted listening to this book there are far more noteworthy true crime books out there.


    Would you recommend Cruel Deception to your friends? Why or why not?

    I just answered this question, am I wrong?


    What aspect of Christy Lynn’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing mediocre reader for a mediocre book I found that fitting.


    Did Cruel Deception inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Sad story, I don't really care for true crime that involves abuse of small children, it makes me physically ill. This book was not awful, it was okay.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 12-14-13
    Pat 12-14-13
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    "Where did they find Christy Lynn"
    What would have made Cruel Deception better?

    A narrator without a cold. I thought something was wrong with the tape. The story sounded interesting on the reviews but OMG that sniffling was horrible. I couldn't get into this at all.


    Has Cruel Deception turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely if Christy Lynn narrates.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christy Lynn?

    Anyone with more manners.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    That is an unfair question because I couldn't get past 30 minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator may be good without a cold but I will be really skeptical when purchasing a book with her as narrator.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-19-13
    Janice Baton Rouge, LA, United States 08-19-13
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    "Horrible narrator who is obviously sick."
    Would you try another book from Gregg Olsen and/or Christy Lynn?

    Yes, with a different narrator.


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

    Couldn't get past the first 30 min without the narrator sniffing, pausing, and causing the story to repeatedly skip and say the same lines over and over.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Sun City West, AZ, United States 08-19-13
    Timothy Sun City West, AZ, United States 08-19-13
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    "Great story"
    Where does Cruel Deception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The attorney melodee


    Which character – as performed by Christy Lynn – was your favorite?

    Tanya.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely listen to more of these books.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ingibjörg Kolbeins 03-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good true crime"

    Enjoyed the book. Gregg Olsen is becoming better and better. I would have liked to understand the mother and her family better, but Olsen probably gave us all that we are likely to get as far as an explanation of her actions and motivations goes.
    Definitely one I can listen to again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 08-29-13
    Sharon El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Story! Great Narrator!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Amazing amount of information in this book. I want to thank the Lawyers and Doctors that persisted in getting justice for these young children. Author did a great job of putting the facts together. Narrator was fabulous!


    Which character – as performed by Christy Lynn – was your favorite?

    Christy Lynn did a great job will all of the characters .. I had a clear vision of what the charters looked like.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Robertson Beverly Hills, CA United States 08-19-13
    Charlie Robertson Beverly Hills, CA United States 08-19-13
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    "Loved it"

    Very engrossing plot. The narrator did a great job of bringing the characters to life.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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