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
"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)
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!
I absolutely would recommend this book. If you're a fan of true crime, you will enjoy it.
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.
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.
You do NOT want to marry this man!
Overall, I liked this book, finished it quickly, and was satisfied with the outcome.
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.
It gripped me from the very first few minutes. I engaged with the characters and was totally engrossed
The absolute evil of Brad and the havoc he created for the women who loved him
He did a great job of keeping the storyline moving. His sympathetic reading helps you to really bond and to care about the characters
Trust but verify!
Great fun read about an engrossing character. Shows the depth of human nature
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.
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.
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.
"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!!
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