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Small Sacrifices Audiobook
Small Sacrifices
Written by: 
Ann Rule
Narrated by: 
Ann Rule
Small Sacrifices Audiobook

Small Sacrifices

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Superb... the most riveting true-crime account since In Cold Blood (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Georgette 03-24-15
    Georgette 03-24-15
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    "Great"

    This book was great had me edge my seat Anne rule great author and she narrated well - I sis feel that it was too short !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kelsey pearland, TX, United States 04-16-13
    kelsey pearland, TX, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2016

    Never enough time to read all the stories and series I enjoy.

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    "flat narration."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica WOODLAND, WA, United States 02-20-13
    Jessica WOODLAND, WA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I accidentally purchased the abridged version"
    What did you love best about Small Sacrifices?

    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.


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

    For sure! I loved that Ann Rule herself narrated it.


    What does Ann Rule bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The book has more information and is way longer"
    Would you try another book from Ann Rule and/or Ann Rule?

    No


    What could Ann Rule have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ann Rule’s performances?

    no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Severe disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could have my money back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stacy LENOIR CITY, TN, United States 03-02-12
    stacy LENOIR CITY, TN, United States 03-02-12
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    "I love Ann Rule's ability to put it all together."
    Would you listen to Small Sacrifices again? Why?

    for true crime lovers this is a must read book--wish this was unabridged


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Small Sacrifices?

    Diana on the witness stand


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

    I find human behavior very interesting--and Downs is a great case study


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Greenville, SC, United States 02-10-11
    Linda Greenville, SC, United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Sacrifice of your money or credit!"

    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!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lori D. Reim Waldorf 04-02-16
    Lori D. Reim Waldorf 04-02-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Narration is not good and it is too short"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 12-15-15
    SusanKC Kansas City, MO (for now) 12-15-15

    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!

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    "I LOVED ANN RULE'S NARRATION"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Amato 12-12-15
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    "ann rule should not narrate her work..........."
    What did you like best about Small Sacrifices? What did you like least?

    I think this is ann rules best. however she should stick to writing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Small Sacrifices?

    the hospital scenes.


    What three words best describe Ann Rule’s performance?

    terrible speaking voice


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did see it on tv


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lynn 08-03-15
    lynn 08-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Ann Rule should not read her own books"

    The tone was so low or deep that I could not understand what she was saying. I love Ann Rule books but the narration was very bad

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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