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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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    Lori D. Reim Waldorf 01-02-17
    Lori D. Reim Waldorf 01-02-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great story! Worth the listen."
    What did you love best about Shattered?

    I thought the story was interesting and the length of the book was good. I really liked the character development and side plots that added depth to an already intriguing book.


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

    The edge of me seat? No. But a very well told story nonetheless.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Coleen Marlo’s performances?

    Maybe. It seemed as if she had a cold throughout the largest portion of the narration. Her nose sounded stuffy and many of the words were not pronounced clearly because of it. I would definitely listen closely to the book sample before choosing her again. Congestion aside, I thought that her voice was soothing and she enunciated well.


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

    No


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    Judy P 11-10-16
    Judy P 11-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I Wonder What Becomes of the new Mrs Temple?"

    there were times during this audiobook that I struggled to finish because of my disgust for David Temple. David Temple was a spoiled brat who never had anyone say no to him and he felt he could get away with murder?

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    Bonnie L. 10-04-16
    Bonnie L. 10-04-16
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    "Great book"

    Loved it! I had a hard time putting it down much of the time. But only if you enjoy this kind of book.

    0 of 0 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

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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