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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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    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

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blackhorse 04-18-15
    Blackhorse 04-18-15 Member Since 2016
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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
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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.


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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.

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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"
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    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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