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Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? | [Ann Rule]

Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

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?
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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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    Liezel Lowe 12-15-14
    Liezel Lowe 12-15-14
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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.


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    Constance 11-08-14
    Constance 11-08-14
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    "Good Crime Novel"
    Would you listen to Dead by Sunset again? Why?

    No. It seemed to go into too much detail on certain aspects that in my opinion, weren't necessary to the overall narration.Made the story appear to drag on..


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    Nothing..I could almost hear him swallow every time he paused during the narration. Very unappealing. I kept listening only because the storyline was intriguing


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    M. Orlando Sparta, NJ 03-11-14
    M. Orlando Sparta, NJ 03-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "True story. Ann rules best ever."
    Where does Dead by Sunset rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Absolute best. I love true story's. Ann rule out did herself with this one. I listened to it twice it was so good.


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

    To see how intelligent women kept believing brads lies over and over again.


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

    There is a movie and I had to buy it. Of course too much to put in a movie. Must read full version of book first.


    Any additional comments?

    Ann rules best work ever. Long but necessary to see true character and evil actions of the husband.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy J. Garrett Saint Charles, IL 11-14-13
    Kathy J. Garrett Saint Charles, IL 11-14-13

    Kathy Garrett

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    "This is one unbelievable story."
    What did you love best about Dead by Sunset?

    At first I wasn't sure if I liked the narrator, but the story is so engrossing I kept listening. It's amazing that one woman-hating psycho could get away with destroying lives of women for so many years. If you like true crime this is one for you.


    Did Richard Ferrone do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I missed Laura Merlington.


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

    I gasped a lot at this story. Unimaginable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa East Elmhurst, NY, United States 02-26-13
    Vanessa East Elmhurst, NY, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Read; Wonderfully Written & Read"
    Would you listen to Dead by Sunset again? Why?

    Yes, this was a great book. It was engrossing, kept me wanting to hear more. It was such a tragic story that kept you needing to hear the outcome of the man accused of the atrocious murder.


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

    The plot definitely kept me on the edge of my seat; the accused seems to be quite crafty in regards to getting away with everything.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not but I look forward to such.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Mesa 11-14-12
    Mrs Mesa 11-14-12

    Mrs Mesa

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    "Ever Had A Bad Relationship?"
    Any additional comments?

    Ann Rule did such a great job with this book - it was a captivating listen and I have listened to it more than once. How this guy could get 4 intelligent, successful, career-minded, educated, not to mention great mothers to their children to marry him and then proceed to run over them emotionally, mentally, FINANCIALLY and commit serious Parental Alienation with their children, is hard to believe - but he did. It was like a HUGE "Who The Bleep Did I Marry?" flashback! You must get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elonda SHAWNEE, OK, United States 10-29-12
    Elonda SHAWNEE, OK, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "AWESOME!!!!"

    Very good narrator. The story kept you wanting more. I did not want to stop listen to it. This is worth more than the credit I used. Ann Rule is a very good author.

    0 of 0 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!

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget SK, Canada 08-20-12
    Bridget SK, Canada 08-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "As usual, another great story by Ann Rule"

    Another fabulous read by Ann Rule. Thoroughly researched and expertly brought to life. But then this is par for the course for her books.

    The narrator though, less than stellar performance. I nearly stopped listening only 15 minutes into the book. I found his gravelly voice and odd up and down inflections extremely distracting. I did get used to his voice and strange style of speech quickly though, thankfully so it wasn't a huge distraction throughout the entire book.

    I do have to wonder why he felt the need to make all the female voices whiny throughout the entire story though. Does he not like women? Does he feel all they do is whine? Not impressed at all by his performance, but at least I was able to get used to his voice and not find it so much of a distraction that I was unable to finish the book. Still, his whiny impersonation of every female voice in the book left a bad impression and I'll likely avoid any other books he narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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