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Heart Full of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death | [Ann Rule]

Heart Full of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death

Perhaps America's best selling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, asks can the female really be deadlier than the male? Liysa and Chris Northon seemed the epitome of idyllic lovers when they married on a moonlit beach in Hawaii. Their friends admired the romantic couple: Chris, tall, athletic, handsome, a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines; and Liysa, attractive, seductive, with a tanned, perfect body. Their son, Bjorn, looked just like his dad, and they were raising Liysa's son by a previous marriage.
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Perhaps America's bestselling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, asks can the female really be deadlier than the male?

Liysa and Chris Northon seemed the epitome of idyllic lovers when they married on a moonlit beach in Hawaii. Their friends admired the romantic couple: Chris, tall, athletic, handsome, a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines; and Liysa, attractive, seductive, with a tanned, perfect body. Their son, Bjorn, looked just like his dad, and they were raising Liysa's son by a previous marriage.

But it wasn't long before Chris saw a side of Liysa that he hadn't glimpsed before. Nothing was quite enough for her: she wanted more money, more property, and she was obsessed with becoming a famous Hollywood screenwriter. The marriage seemed to be unraveling, but Chris struggled to hold it together. Until one sunny morning in October 2000, he lay dead in a sleeping bag, while his wife drove four hours to a friend's house. Sobbing inconsolably, she appeared to have been beaten. Questions arose that made Oregon State detectives suspicious.

An audiobook that leads the listener from Hawaii to the Northwest to Hollywood, Heart Full of Lies will keep you enthralled to the very last sentence.

©2003 Ann Rule; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS Is An Imprint Of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    JoAnn Marcon 12-29-03 Member Since 2001
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    "One of Ann Rule's Best"

    I have enjoyed many of Ann Rule's books and this one is another winner. The story is weaved so intricately that I spent the whole book trying to guess what the next turn would be. And she has an uncanny ability to keep juggling the many characters so that the listener does not lose track but the story has the feeling of the complexity of the principal character's life. I could not turn my MP3 off.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Hillsboro, OR, USA 02-25-04
    Lindsay Hillsboro, OR, USA 02-25-04
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    "Captivating to True Crime Addicts"

    I find True Crime most fascinating and this story kept me listening to the end. I was in no way disappointed with this audio book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Boring, Oregon 04-01-04
    Penny Boring, Oregon 04-01-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Awful!"

    I have read many of her books but this was just plain awful!! The writing was terrible--repeated the same facts over and over! I was glad when I finished!! I will be hard pressed to buy another one of her books. I agree with the other person who wrote a review that the book left many unanswered questions. Just awful!! RUN!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    gtpammie Texas 01-22-13
    gtpammie Texas 01-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What a Sad, Sad Tale"

    We would've rated this higher had the antagonist in the story not left such a bitter taste in our mouths. That's not Ann Rule's fault, it's the psycho-sociopathic Lisa who did it!
    We were appalled at her manipulative ways and her gall. Ugh...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 01-10-04
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 01-10-04 Member Since 2002
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    "ok, but a bit tedious"

    Seems like this one could have been told in about half the time.

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    Kelley CA, United States 02-01-08
    Kelley CA, United States 02-01-08 Member Since 2006

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "Banal evil"

    I've known true crime novels to be horrifying and hopefully moving in some way but this story of selfish greed is only depressing because it's so dull. I feel for the victim but beyond that, there is no good reason to spend any time with anyone in this book. Ordinary and unimaginative in the extreme, evil just seems worse when it's this dull. I can't think of one good reason to listen to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 03-30-04
    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 03-30-04
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    "Left me Confused..............."

    Rarely do I finish an audio book with a quizzical look on my face. After listening to this book, I was left with so many unanswered questions. There was more on the life of the murderer than the actual investigation of the murder.... it fell very short in that area leaving me not knowing what to believe. Very disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Summerland, BC 05-03-09
    Aimee Summerland, BC 05-03-09
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    "Not worth your time and especially money!"

    I agree with the others reviews:

    -Choppy editing, lots of repeated paragraphs
    -WAY to many characters to keep track of
    -Extremley predictable from the very start
    -Main characters age was told to be 38 through the entire book, then near the end was 37
    -Very disappointed in this Anne Rule book

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    Kathleen New York, NY, USA 07-16-07
    Kathleen New York, NY, USA 07-16-07
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    "Beware Abridging!"

    If you like this genre, you have to love Ann Rule. She is incomparable at amassing and organizing a vast amount of information and then presenting it in a narrative that moves sure-footedly through suspense, tragedy and resolution. Three stars are not due to the author's writing, but the CRIME of abridging a story that cannot sacrifice details without choppiness and confusion in places. Boo hiss on abridging!

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    Patricia Waco, TX, USA 09-10-05
    Patricia Waco, TX, USA 09-10-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Beware of the female criminal"

    The intriguing and well-researched story of a very complex, disturbed woman. The author's bias is clear from the outset, despite her attempt to present both sides of the story, leaving little suspense in the end. Nonetheless, I mostly enjoyed it. The editing of this book makes the story a bit choppy, but a worthwhile listen overall.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Fascinating...."

    All I can say is that I didn't believe that women like Liysa Northon existed, a pathalogical liar, so totally heartless in actually thinking she could get away with murdering her husband Chris by claiming she was a victim of domestic violence. She meticulously planned her husband's murder laying the groundwork long before she actually committed the crime so her 'story' would have credibility, but it was actually her own lies that eventually caught her out. After listening to this I was curious to find out more about Liysa and discovered she sure does have a devoted and extremly loyal following and some poor bloke has even married her! What I couldn't understand is that despite the clear evidence to the contrary, her loyal and quite frankly deluded following still think that she is innocent - many not even prepared to accept the evidence which shatters her lies - just shows how manipulative and charasmatic she can be!! Ann Rule is a stickler for detail and this shows in her book and I thought the narration by Blair Brown suited this story very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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