Ann Rule's shocking and powerful account of the destructive forces that drove Diane Downs, a beautiful young mother, to shoot her three young children in cold blood.
©1992 Ann Rule (P)1992 Simon & Schuster
"Superb... the most riveting true-crime account since In Cold Blood (Kirkus Reviews)
Actually read the book she published...this not even three hour short story remake is an insult to the book she actually did write. The book contains way more information and leads you into the mind of Diane Downs. This audiobook barely scratch the surface.
I wish I could have my money back.
Never enough time to read all the stories and series I enjoy.
I enjoy Ann Rule's works most of the time, but this is the first time Ive heard her preform. It was pretty flat, monotone, and terrible. I enjoyed her other books read by others though. Wouldnt recommend this.
I love true crime, especially Ann Rule. I was upset however, that I bought the abridged version. I read the book years ago and it was much longer and more detailed. I will purchase the unabridged version very soon.
But this story is so amazing and it boggles the mind how a mother could be so selfish.
For sure! I loved that Ann Rule herself narrated it.
She is telling HER story that SHE wrote and put her heart and soul into. It makes a difference to have the author retell what she worked so hard on.
for true crime lovers this is a must read book--wish this was unabridged
Diana on the witness stand
I find human behavior very interesting--and Downs is a great case study
This was a waste! Ann Rule is an "okay" writer on one of my favorite genres. However, she is not (nor should she EVER be) a narrator!! I found this book reading almost incomprehensible. What a sacrifice!
The story is extremely well told. The pacing is perfect.
I listened to the version of "The Stranger Beside Me" that was read by the author. In that case it made a bit more sense as the book is essentially autobiographical. In this case I think the book would've benefitted from a professional narrator, but Rule still does fairly well.
The abridged versions of these are worth $5 tops. A free podcast would have better if I wanted a short summary of the true crime. lesson learned.
I liked the story but the narration was flat and without inflection. It felt like a short story being read inside a metal can. Also, occasionally you can hear other voices in the background
I'm a busy stay at home Mom, with an adolescent "special needs" kiddo & my husband with MS. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and hand crafts. Being able to listen to a book while I'm doing other things (including dreadful things like housekeeping) is heavenly!
Ann Rule's narration is not flat but nuanced. She is not an actress, she's very intuitive and analytical which is reflected by her success as an author.
If one listens actively, rather than expecting an overwrought narrator to relay the details, the horror of these events are more sobering and cautionary.
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