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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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    Adrienne Haught 09-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I Liked It"

    I enjoyed the narrator and the book in general, although I do feel that there was a lot of extraneous information in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-09-12
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-09-12
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    "Ann Rule's most understated work"

    Over the years I have read many Ann Rule books - some I have liked more than others. I think this one has been somehow lost in the shuffle. It is not as emotionally gripping as Small Sacrifices, but is super suspenseful. How did this happen? How could this happen? And how can justice come to pass?
    This book seems to have been downplayed whenever anyone mentions Ann Rule, though I am not sure why. The hold that Brad Cunningham had over beautiful, successful - though obviously emotionally dependent - women is astounding. And yet....

    Richard Ferone's narration of this was fantastic! I have read several of his novel narrations and have had a hard time with them, but he was pitch-perfect here.

    If you like true crime with character study, this book is for you! Well, well worth the credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ajax, Ontario, Canada 09-04-12
    Amazon Customer Ajax, Ontario, Canada 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wasn't crazy about narration, Story terrific tho"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely would recommend this book. If you're a fan of true crime, you will enjoy it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead by Sunset?

    Over and over being bewildered at what an )@&*(# Brad Cunningham was to just about everyone around him, PARTICULARLY his wives and children. A classic psychopath.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Get a new voice? Seriously, the reading was well done, but I tired of his voice very quickly, which is a problem when you have to spend that amount of time listening to someone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You do NOT want to marry this man!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I liked this book, finished it quickly, and was satisfied with the outcome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Australia 06-01-11
    Amazon Customer Australia 06-01-11

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    "dead before sunset"

    I am not sure about the quality of the writing as the male narrator's voice was so distracting. He sounded as though he was trying to be sinister at times, and it came accross as boring with little appropriate inflection. Listening to the narrator spoiled the whole recording. I love Ann Rule's works, both written and audio. In past audio editions of other stories it has been the voice of a woman, who I can only describe as mesmorising, and soothing. I will certainly listen before I purchase any more of Ann's works, to avoid the male narrator.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Larsen 01-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    I did not like narrator. Was he eating during this? He also had a very annoying nose whistle!

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    Cathy MacPherson 09-19-16
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    "Hard to believe this is a true story!"

    I found myself shaking my head in disbelief more often then not. It's a riveting story, sometimes a bit hard to listen to given the events taking place but well written.
    At first, I wasn't sure I'd like the narrator but I grew to enjoy his delivery. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.

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    Connie Ballantine 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An extremely compelling listen"

    Ann Rule is a thorough researcher who paints a detailed picture of this sociopath, how he ensnared trusting women and then made them virtual prisoners. I tore through the story in just a few days despite myself. The narrator was one of the best I've heard though his impressions of female voices were a bit cringe-worthy. That being said, I would highly recommend this one.

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    Ca 06-22-16
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    "I love Ann Rule Books"

    The book was long but very interesting. I wish the narrator would have learned how to correctly pronounce the names of the town's and other landmarks but otherwise, it is a good book.

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    Debra 03-09-16
    Debra 03-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great true crime book !"

    Ann Rule is my favorite author of all. The book was easy to follow The reader did a great job. Looking forward to more Ann Rule books on Audible

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    carol 02-23-16
    carol 02-23-16 Member Since 2016

    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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  • Margaret
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    6/11/11
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    "Fan of Author, Fan of Reader"

    Dead by Sunset
    Like all of “Ann Rule’s” true crime books, this is unput downable
    Nothing skipped or left out. For those of us that like to know all the characters and we can look them up on the Web now, it is sheer joy
    A full study of a controlling psychopath, one can find this personality in any good psychological pathology book. Are they born? Or are they made so by the parent (in this case Bradley Cunningham’s father)
    One of the best narrators around “Richard Ferrone” really brings this book to life

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • sonia
    london, United Kingdom
    1/30/12
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    "excellent!"

    I downloaded this onto my i pod and it had me hooked from the start - fantastic, fascinating and so detailed you could just picture each of the characters in this. Brad Morris Cunningham, had all the charm, good looks and gift of being such a master manipulator that the most educated and strongest women fell under his spell. He was such an unpleasant man - his hatred of women showed in every aspect of his behavour, his denial of his Native American heritage, only ever acknowledging it when it suited him (money), his dismissive arrogance with regards to the law was breathtaking and I felt so, so sorry for all of his children to have been burdened with a father like that, but as far as he was concerned that was the normal way to treat women and children were just a commodity he learned that behaviour from his own father and grandfather. Thank goodness for the support of his ex-wife Sara who never stopped loving Cheryl's sons and being there for them and Cheryl's family, friends and colleagues who relentlessly never stopped until justice was done for her and her children also the strength that the ex-wives and partners managed to find to finally stand up to him - Brad Cunningham was evil to the core and is probably still denying to this day that he murdered his wife because he so believes his lies. Prison is too good a place for him.

    Loved it, loved it, loved it - Ann Rule does it again but I would really like to know how the Cunningham children are doing now away and free from his tyranny.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • judith
    Garstang, United Kingdom
    8/16/13
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    "first rate yarn"

    This excellent story never loses it's capacity to grip from the first page to the last..At first, I felt vaguely uneasy enjoying a true crime story so much, but it is so well-written and well-read. The research is thorough, but not so much that it becomes boring or tedious. It's definitely worth revisiting. The writer should be very proud of such a thoroughly good book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    7/28/12
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    "Dead By Sunset"

    This is by far one of the best books i have listened to by far,its gripping,unbelievable,disturbing,i could go on i could not stop listening to this story.
    I love true crime,but i do not remember this case,you will find yourself wanting to rip Brad Cunningham's head off,He was a total control freak,the court case is fascinating,its funny and sad i found myself crying,i will google this case now,if you like true crime then please listen to this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jillybuns
    5/4/15
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    "Exceptional listen!"

    I have listened to this twice now & both times found it absolutely riveting! The attention to detail & what can only be described as superb investigative story telling makes this a MUST READ for all lovers of True Crime. Loved it from start to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    3/25/15
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    "Excellent narrator and ann rule is a great writer"

    I enjoy true crime especially those you can research further after reading.
    Great content as always, thoroughly investigated.
    The narration was just to my liking and kept me enthralled.
    What an evil man and totally delusional! I hope Cheryl's children continue to remember their mother and their family continue to support them.
    I hope he rots.
    I'm now an official ann rule fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kdl
    4/20/16
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    "A murderer gets his come-uppance"

    A thoroughly researched investigation into a sociopath. I loved the detail and am new to the writings of Ann Rule. A brilliant writer and a brilliant book. Have listened to the book three times now and get something fresh out of it every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jude Bailey
    2/26/16
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    "If you value your sleep, don't buy this book!"
    If you could sum up Dead by Sunset in three words, what would they be?

    Could not stop listening!


    What other book might you compare Dead by Sunset to, and why?

    'Son' by Jack Olsen


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    although the american accent took a bit of getting used to - it wasn't grating


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't say as will be a spoiler if you haven't read it yet


    Any additional comments?

    If you have had to deal with a narcissist or just find the subject fascinating, get this book. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • caroline
    2/21/16
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    "Absolutely riveting"
    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of Richard Ferrone and his narration of the Lucas Davenport series. So to jump from fiction to non-fiction with Mr Ferrone as the narrator was not hard. At 20 hours long you might think its going to be a long winded account of an evil twisted sadistic narcissistic man who preyed on intelligent, beautiful but rather naive women. But do not be swayed, this is a terrific audio book. I listened to it whenever I had the chance completely enthralled by the narrative and extraordinary tale which unfolds. It is hard to believe its based on fact and many times during this audio I wanted to get these women and shake them to make them see sense. But hindsight is a powerful weapon and perhaps if you were on the receiving end of such a person, you may have acted differently. Excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle Meeajaun
    4/14/15
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    "Excellent and compelling story"

    Incredible story and good narration. Kept me hooked. Unbelievable how one man can cause such chaos and remain completely narcissistic throughout!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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