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Small Sacrifices | [Ann Rule]

Small Sacrifices

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.
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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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    kelsey pearland, TX, United States 04-16-13
    kelsey pearland, TX, United States 04-16-13

    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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    Erica Irving, TX, United States 02-04-13
    Erica Irving, TX, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The story is ruined by the flat narration."

    I know it has been said repeatedly, but the narration really is horrible. I don't know who gave the OK for the author reading this book, but they should be fired.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jmash 04-22-12
    jmash 04-22-12 Member Since 2012
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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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Bolduc Mesa USA 11-14-12 Member Since 2012

    Retired Navy Nurse

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    "Great Book!"
    Any additional comments?

    The story of Diane Downs, pre-Susan Smith, was told extremely well by Diane Fanning. I wish it was unabridged and longer, but loved it just the same. Great true crime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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