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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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    Danielle Yellowknife, NT, Canada 08-02-12
    Danielle Yellowknife, NT, Canada 08-02-12
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    "Amazing narration! Couldn't stop listening!"
    Where does Dead by Sunset rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely at the top. One of the best audiobooks I've listened to, I found it hard to stop listening and when I wasn't listening, I was thinking about when I could turn it on again!


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

    I don't know if I could pick just one! I would say that the one thing that stuck out for me was when the sons we talked about...it made me sad that they were being raised by a complete monster.


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

    Sarah, she seemed to be such a strong character and then she would do something that left me thinking..."why would she DO that????". And then the responsibility she took at the end, amazing.


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    Y. Grove Fredericksburg, VA 06-27-12
    Y. Grove Fredericksburg, VA 06-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Sad Yet Compelling Story of Betrayal"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if you want to know the details surrounding this case.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The depths in which one person full of hatred would go to strike back at another. Pure narcissist behavior unveiled.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    I truly enjoyed the fact that his voice captured the essence of the characters and kept me interested through a very lengthy storyline. I enjoyed hm so much so that I searched for all the books he had narrated and will be listening to more from him.


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

    A Case of Sheer Betrayal


    Any additional comments?

    Although the book is long....I was captivated by the story and I was saddened by the fact that the police seemingly could not do anything to stop him.

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    Colleen beaverton, OR, United States 06-11-12
    Colleen beaverton, OR, United States 06-11-12
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    "A Monster Among Us"
    Would you listen to Dead by Sunset again? Why?

    I will and I have. I've also watched the movie several times. It amazes me the type of people that walk among us and I never get tired of seeing a hearing how far Brad Cunningham went before he was finally stopped.


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

    Geez, to narrow it down.... I can't think of ONE moment, it was just the culmination of little things he did daily that when added together showed how evil this man was.


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

    I don't know if he brought anything to the story, but he didn't detract from it...which is more important. I drives me crazy when the narrator takes you out of the story.

    Unless you live in the area, you wouldn't know that he was mispronouncing some names. That was the only thing I would change...make sure you say the names correctly. It's Will-AM-ette...not Will-uh -met, etc...




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

    Makes me angry that monsters like that live when beautiful souls suffer.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like true crime, you will like this.

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    A User 05-01-12
    A User 05-01-12

    Tell us about yourself! I love to read & hope to find lots of new wonderful books.

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    "A Chilling Story of a "Perfect" Husband"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead by Sunset to be better than the print version?

    I have read the book before this & it was very different to hear the story narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way Ann Rule presented all sides of the story. you hear the story of both victim & killer as well as how both family's were affected.
    you also get a very in depth look at a cold calculating man who will stop at nothing to get revenge even murder.


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

    I didn't have a favorite character, all of them were very well done


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I really learned a lot about how the laws can differ from state to state


    Any additional comments?

    If you like true crime Ann Rule writes some of the best books I have ever read

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 04-06-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "GREAT READ!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead by Sunset the most enjoyable?

    the story was well researched, was interesting, and no detail of was left out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the completeness fo the story.


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

    i don't know.


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

    many moments. sarah particularly moved me with her selflessness and kindness.


    Any additional comments?

    i wish

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    Lisa MANTEO, NC, United States 04-02-12
    Lisa MANTEO, NC, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2012

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    What did you love best about Dead by Sunset?

    The story was excellent, and the narration was as well. I was caught up in the story, and found it difficult to turn off.


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

    I'm a big fan of Ann Rule and the true crime genre. This is as excellent as any of her other books.


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

    The richness of his voices for the characters in the book. I'd never tried an audiobook until December of 2011, and I love the way they allow me to listen to something interesting while I work. The drama of the narration kept me anticipating the next part of the story.


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

    I was caught up in the whole story right up until the end!


    Any additional comments?

    I sew professionally, so this lets me keep my mind busy while doing repetitive tasks and makes the time pass much quicker!

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    Kitty Reno, NV 02-15-12
    Kitty Reno, NV 02-15-12 Member Since 2014

    I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. Love my books!

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    "Kept my interest..."

    This is one true crime book that kept my interest. I is very well written and narrated. I personally don't mind the length of the book. I always get the unabridged versions of the books that I buy to get the longest enjoyment. When I finish a particularly good book, I find it sad that it is over. I crave more. I think that this as well as "The Devil in White City" are two of the most interesting true crime books that I have read. (Listened to)

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    Ren H LaPorte, Indiana, United States 12-05-11
    Ren H LaPorte, Indiana, United States 12-05-11
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Very well written - Ann Rule at her best. Sad story but the truth wins.


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    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 09-29-11
    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader turned listener.

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    "A Must-Listen"

    This was my first Ann Rule book, and I must say that I greatly enjoyed it. I am a fan of the true crime genre and this is definitely a home run. A few of the other reviewers mentioned they didn't like the narration, but I didn't hear anything wrong with it. There are some parts of the story that made me cringe, and it there were 1 or 2 repetitive parts making it a bit longer than necessary, but overall I loved it. I would highly recommend to a true crime fan.

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    Barbara 08-07-11
    Barbara 08-07-11
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    "A biased review"

    I live in Oregon, so I apologize for what might seem a picky complaint. I'm a fan of Ann Rule, have been for years. I'm used to her writing style and this book doesn't disappoint. It was made into a Lifetime movie that was also well-done. Having said all of that, as Chris stated in his review, the narrator's voice had that creepy/sinister edge to it. If that wasn't bad enough (here comes the picky part), he kept mispronouncing "Willamette," which, for Oregonians, is a big thing. Every time he said it, I cringed. So I'd have to say read the book, watch the movie, but this audiobook? Meh.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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