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Dead by Sunset Audiobook
Dead by Sunset
Written by: 
Ann Rule
Narrated by: 
Richard Ferrone
Dead by Sunset Audiobook

Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

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Publisher's Summary

The shocking tale from true crime queen Ann Rule.

Who is Brad Cunningham? How could five beautiful, intelligent, and successful women believe he was their dream come true? Ask any women who ever longed for "the perfect man".

Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

This question haunts Dead by Sunset, Ann Rule's riveting and impeccably researched study of the destructive relationships, multiple marriages, financial manipulations, and monstrous acts of harassment and revenge that surrounded Brad Cunningham and his wives. It is also a penetrating - and ultimately shocking - recreation of Cheryl's murder and the eight years it took to bring her killer to justice.

Dead by Sunset is a chilling look at the evil that lurks behind the most charming of facades and a fascinating homage to the kind of courage and brilliance it takes to combat it.

©2008 Ann Rule (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Rule provides a perceptive character analysis of a malignant, self-centered, charismatic con artist. It's a chilling, haunting portrait." (Publishers Weekly)

"The similarities with the O.J. case are compelling." (The Spokesman-Review)

"Fascinating material.... Ms. Rule admirably recounts this labyrinthine tale. (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Wildirishman64 Richmond KY 03-07-16
    Wildirishman64 Richmond KY 03-07-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm Irish and proud of it! Father of three beautiful girls, USAF veteran, 25 years in Social Services! Carpe Diem

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    "Such an interesting case!!! Must listen"
    What did you love best about Dead by Sunset?

    I think I enjoyed the cumulative efforts on the part of the defense attorneys and prosecutor who didn't give up on this case!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The history of his failed marriages, the insidious way in which Brad manipulated everyone around him including his own children.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    Brad, he conveyed just how devious Brad Cunningham was and his evil intent.


    If you could give Dead by Sunset a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A TRUE SOCIOPATH


    Any additional comments?

    Great book by Ann Rule, one of my top three writers on true crime. Expertly done Ms. Rule.

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    carol 02-23-16
    carol 02-23-16 Member Since 2014

    love books,cats,computers,information

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    "Ann Rule has another winner."

    The characters come to life. I felt chills down my back at times. Very detailed and exciting to read.

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    Jillian 02-19-16
    Jillian 02-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping !"

    Hard to believe this a real life story. On the edge of my seat right to the end. For anyone who enjoys true crime this is a definite 'must read/listen'.
    Narrated beautifully!

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    Sarah B. Prelle 02-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Possibly my favorite Rule book yet"

    It's longer than many of her books and more detailed with many intricacies to the story. Thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed it

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    Just Jill California 11-16-15
    Just Jill California 11-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Just Jill

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    "Once in motion...I couldn't stop listening"

    Overall, this was quite a story and for the last several hours, I simply couldn't turn it off. This is a worthwhile and fascinating listen; the details of the many lives that intersect within this true story were so insane that I frequently found myself shaking my head in disbelief and bewilderment.

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    Blackhorse 04-18-15
    Blackhorse 04-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"

    I touched it out but found it very boring, with all the naming the characters in the first few chapters and lives not so different from mine, minus the murder and money, of course.

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    BabaOo 03-13-15
    BabaOo 03-13-15

    True crime audiobooks is my new found drug :)

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    "An intricate web of lies"

    For true crime lovers, this 20 hours journey will take you down the rabbit whole of an intricate web of lies, with manipulations so complex the devil could get lost, but not Brad Cunningham, the most evil misogynistic killer I have ever seen. Great listen....even though I prefer female narrators :)

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    Jill Thompson Tustin, CA, US 02-12-15
    Jill Thompson Tustin, CA, US 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    Interesting story, what I expect of Anne Rule. Narrator voice is a little too. Soothing but I got used to it.

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    m 01-04-15
    m 01-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great details"

    Loved it so much I've listened to it 3 times! I recommend this true crime story.

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    Liezel Lowe 12-15-14
    Liezel Lowe 12-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Takes a while to get into"
    What did you love best about Dead by Sunset?

    I'd say the comeuppance of the antagonist was a delightful moment.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ann Rule before, how does this one compare?

    I liked it better than Every breath you take. That was quite a bit more difficult to get into.


    What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His phrasing, intonation and pauses adds to the content and the overall experience. His voice is soothing and warm - it invites the listener into the story.


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

    No. I felt quite sad for the victim and her family but the most extreme emotion was one of "Gotcha!" when Brad was exposed in court for the mysogynist he is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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