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The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 5 | [Ann Rule]

The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 5

They were best friends, four talented and charismatic young men who lived charmed lives among the evergreens of Washington state: Kevin, the artist; Steve, the sculptor; Scott, the nature lover and unabashed ladies' man; and Mark, the musician and poet. With their stunning good looks, whip-sharp minds, athletic bodies - and no lack of women who adored them - none of them seemed slated for disaster. But few knew the reality behind the leafy screen that surrounded Seven Cedars, Scott's woodland dream home....
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Publisher's Summary

An explosive account of lethal greed and twisted desire from the files of America's number-one true-crime writer, Ann Rule.

They were best friends, four talented and charismatic young men who lived charmed lives among the evergreens of Washington state: Kevin, the artist; Steve, the sculptor; Scott, the nature lover and unabashed ladies' man; and Mark, the musician and poet. With their stunning good looks, whip-sharp minds, athletic bodies - and no lack of women who adored them - none of them seemed slated for disaster.

But few knew the reality behind the leafy screen that surrounded Seven Cedars, Scott's woodland dream home - a tree house equipped with every luxury. From this idyllic enclave, some of these trusted friends would become the quarry for a vigilant Seattle police detective and an FBI special agent, who unmasked clues to disturbing secrets that spawned murder, suicide, million-dollar bank robberies, drug-dealing, and heartbreaking betrayal. When the end came in a violent standoff, the ringleader of the foursome - the fugitive dubbed "Hollywood" for his ingenious disguises and flawless getaways; the persuasive talker who turned his friends into accomplices - faced a final chapter no one could have predicted. In a blast of automatic gunfire, the highest and lowest motives of the human heart were, at last, revealed.

Along with four other true-crime tales, The End of the Dream is a masterful and compelling tour of the criminal mind from Ann Rule.

©1998 Ann Rule (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 06-15-13
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "The Ann Rule Imposter"

    Must be an imposter writing under Ann Rule's name. Surely, she wouldn't bore us with a so-called "book-length" first story and then further insult us with a couple short ones. Come on, Ann, and grab your good name for yourself. No doubt, this book should not be in your Library - unless it's a giveaway.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Johnson 06-24-14
    S. Johnson 06-24-14

    S. Johnson

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    "BORING for Ann Rule"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The other reviews were spot on!. this is one boring case that she chose to write about. Good boy with good looks and no brain making idiotic decisions about his life. End of story. No murder or mystery.


    Has The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    pick a more interesting case.


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

    waiting for more the entire time


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 03-26-14
    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The End Of Ann"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Laural Merlington drives me crazy, she has ruined the listening experience of Ann Rule.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ann Rule before, how does this one compare?

    All of her new short story cheapies she is throwing together, ahhhhhhhh.


    What three words best describe Laural Merlington’s voice?

    Make me cringe


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

    Maybe the bank robber story but that is only because I watched the 20/20 episode on these guys years ago, sad story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am over Ann Rules hastily done garbage. If Merlington is narrating I am not buying.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 06-24-13
    Nicole 06-24-13 Member Since 2009

    Nic

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    "Not all murder"

    This was a little different for Ann Rule. This story was split into one large section and several small stories. The first story goes into great detail of studying the lives, history and past of a group of young men who eventually become notorious bank robbers. For many of us, the are still the most memorable no matter what side of the country you live on. She delves into how these boys turned me lived seemingly normal lives but failed to connect to the lives around them. She looks for the "why"
    There are several short stories that are honestly not as impressive and run together. One is about a peeping Tom who rapes and murders. There is limited history given as to motivation. What is given feels rushed. There are a few other short stories but they all ran together and 12 hours after reading, I cannot remember them distinctly enough to write a summary.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nickie Battleground, WA, United States 12-16-13
    Nickie Battleground, WA, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not my favorite anne rule"

    The first 18 chapters were all about the charecters growing up. I kept wondering she was ever going to talk about the actual crime! I was getting bored and frustrated. After that it got better, but still not her best in my opion.



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    Susan PUNTA GORDA, FL, United States 10-28-13
    Susan PUNTA GORDA, FL, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2011

    Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!

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    "Great Story, couldn't put it down"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases to be better than the print version?

    I would indeed! I bore myself and reading puts me to sleep.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases?

    I found myself hoping he would save some of the money, I also thought of ways I would use the money. How stupid can you be to think you would never get caught?


    Any additional comments?

    Good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shelby CURRIE, NC, United States 07-09-13
    shelby CURRIE, NC, United States 07-09-13
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    "VERY HAPPY LISTENER"
    Where does The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    VERY GOOD READER GOOD VOICE


    What did you like best about this story?

    EASY TO LISTEN TO


    Which scene was your favorite?

    THE WHOLE BOOK


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES WISH I COULD HAVE


    Any additional comments?

    I AM JUST AN ANN RULE FAN I READ OR LISTEN TO ALL HER BOOKS

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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