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Shattered Audiobook

Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder

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Publisher's Summary

In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron-star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl".

The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when Belinda's lifeless body was discovered in a closet. Her skull had been shattered by a shotgun blast at close range. She was eight months pregnant.

There was no damning evidence directly linking the brutal murder to husband David, who stood by emotionless and dry-eyed as police searched the crime scene. But a dogged eight-year investigation would expose a shocking history of cruelty and domination, infidelity and rage - ultimately resulting in an epic courtroom battle for the ages - as the scandalous truth was revealed about love betrayed and innocent lives shattered.

©2010 Kathryn Casey (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Kathryn Casey is one of the best true crime writers today." (Ann Rule)

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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 09-24-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 09-24-13
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    "One More Sport "Hero" Preferential Treatment"
    What did you love best about Shattered?

    That Belinda was a wonderful young woman and remembered as such by every person involved in this tragic story, even her murderer's family and friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shattered?

    Quinton's wife's commitment to her friend Belinda, even though they had a little estrangement prior to the murder.


    Did Coleen Marlo do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was fine. Although I realize it is part of storytelling, I don't care for women trying to sound like a man.


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

    It disgusted me at some points simply for the way sport stars in high school, college, and even pros think they are above the law. Also, I am troubled by the fact of who is now raising Ethan. I was really surprised at that.


    Any additional comments?

    While a tragic story, it is a good book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 10-17-12
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2013

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Change the narrator!"

    I believe this is probably a well-written and interesting story, so I give the 3 stars. However, the narrator was so annoying I finally stopped listening. Authors, are you listening?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tami Ocala, Florida USA 08-26-16
    Tami Ocala, Florida USA 08-26-16 Member Since 2015

    Book Worm

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    "Insightful"

    This story is one that will stick with you. Carefully researched and many people interviewed tat knew both parties. It will be interesting to see if David Temple wins his appeal.

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    Sandra 07-27-16
    Sandra 07-27-16
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    "A Love Story that went very bad"

    very good narrate r background on all the people brought them to life good sad story

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    J. Curley 02-25-16
    J. Curley 02-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Riveting"
    If you could sum up Shattered in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic. Riveting. Compelling


    What other book might you compare Shattered to and why?

    I have not read other true crime stories.


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

    No


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

    I cannot pinpoint a particular moment. I felt like I was there when the author described the crime scene and the trial.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this audiobook. The story is so tragic and compelling. While David Temple was convicted, Belinda and Erin are still dead. Two families were irrevocably broken.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Dugan Bristol, PA 06-24-15
    Theresa Dugan Bristol, PA 06-24-15 Member Since 2015

    Theresa Dugan

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    "Love True Crime Stories"
    Would you listen to Shattered again? Why?

    No, because I also saw on ID. Good book though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shattered?

    The murder of a Mother and her Unborn Baby Girl .


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan 05-26-15
    Morgan 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very well done"

    Very well written and performed. Detailed narrative that leaves you feeling you know the people involved and have a vested interest in the outcome. I look forward to adding more titles by Ms Casey to my library.

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 02-27-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 02-27-14
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    "Fairly predictable, but "good" true crime"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. With the exceptions of some oft-repeated sentences and occasional annoyances with the narrator, this book was a tragic tale of a marriage gone wrong.


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

    Yes and no. The small-town gossip was kind of tedious, and it was annoying to hear how perfect Belinda was and what an ass David was, but it also wouldn't have been complete otherwise. I'm already 2/3 of the way through, and they've just now gotten to the murder investigation (police tape is still across the bedroom door).


    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers have put it better than I. If true crime can be "good", Kathryn Casey is filling the void of Ann Rule's recent books. This is not her best book, but she did a good job with this one.

    I had very little quibbles with the narrator. She read "No Biking in the House without a Helmet." She tends to read very quickly, which many either like or dislike immensely. Personally, I like her style a lot and will check other books of hers (though many of them are romance, which I will avoid out of preference).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri C Wylie, TX United States 12-02-13
    Sheri C Wylie, TX United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Somewhat dull and lots of mispronounciations"

    I picked this up because (1) true crime is one of my guilty pleasures (2) this happened very close to where I grew up, even though it was many years after I moved away from Houston. As a true crime, it was not bad. The storyline was unfortunately too common to be of much real interest and the writing was serviceable. The setting being of particular interest to me adds another star to the overall rating. The narration performance unfortunately detracted from my enjoyment, but I don't blame the Coleen Marlo for her consistent mispronunciation of place names. Tantor Audio should have given her the necessary information to do her job. But hearing Alief pronounced as "uh-LEEF" instead of "AY-leef", amongst several other gaffes, was annoying. Also, like many audio narrators, she substituted a vaguely Southern U.S. accent for a Texas drawl.

    Crossposted from Booklikes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 09-19-13
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 09-19-13

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "True crime Texas style."
    If you could sum up Shattered in three words, what would they be?

    Trust no one.


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

    Somewhat. I knew he was going to kill his wife, but would he get away with it? That was what kept me listening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the jury comes back with the verdict and everyone is so surprised.


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

    When her friends at work kept all of her stuff so that when her son asked for it, they would give it to him. I hope he does someday.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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