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A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 1 | [Ann Rule]

A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 1

"A Rose for Her Grave" - the principal story of this collection - vividly recreates the cautionary tale of Randy Roth, a misogynistic sociopath from the Pacific Northwest whose rage was directed primarily at women and children. Addicted to his own greed, Roth exercised a powerful aura of control over his victims, using his ability to charm and boyish good looks to lower their defenses. By the time they saw the reality of the madness in his eyes, it was usually too late.
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"A Rose for Her Grave" - the principal story of this collection - vividly recreates the cautionary tale of Randy Roth, a misogynistic sociopath from the Pacific Northwest whose rage was directed primarily at women and children. Addicted to his own greed, Roth exercised a powerful aura of control over his victims, using his ability to charm and boyish good looks to lower their defenses. By the time they saw the reality of the madness in his eyes, it was usually too late. This, along with five other chilling cases, bears the stamp of classic Ann Rule - informed, comprehensive, and eerily evocative of man's inhumanity to man.

©1995 Ann Rule (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 02-16-13
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2010

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Interesting nonfiction cases"

    These true crime cases written by Ann Rule, all of which I believe are newly told in this book, are well-written depictions of the havoc scum of the earth criminals impose upon innocent victims, their families and friends. Highly recommend.
    The narrator, Laural Merlington, is a brilliant choice by Ann Rule to tell these stories in an authentic manner.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne New Bern, NC, United States 03-05-13
    Dianne New Bern, NC, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ann Rule at her usual best."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases to be better than the print version?

    Only for the picture value. Most of her books do include pictures.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way criminals always think they are smarter than anyone else.


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

    She made the evil pop out in her voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Everytime the truth was revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    Never get enough of Ann Rule!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 06-05-13
    Barbara 06-05-13
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    "Can't Get Enough Ann Rule!!"

    I've been an Ann Rule fan for years - but now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I'm even more of a fan. It's been a while since I was so hooked to a story, I listened to the events unfold during every spare moment I could steal away from the daily grind. The story of Randy Roth was utterly fascinating. My only criticism - and I admit, I'm probably being picky - is the narration. This is the second time I've listened to an audiobook narrated by Laural Merlington (and again, that was another fascinating audiobook I couldn't put down), and ... she over-enunciates. For example, every time she says "our," it sounds like "ow-wer." But she does read at a perfect pace, I'll say that. So overall, if you are a True Crime fan, get this audiobook!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    PAN66 09-23-13
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    "Did not like the narrations"
    What disappointed you about A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases?

    The narrator usually sounded automated. I couldn't even finish the book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laural Merlington’s performances?

    No. Never.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Ann Rule books but I could not listen to this narrator. I love audio books but this is the only time I have ever not finished listen to it because of the person narrating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 03-25-13
    Nicole 03-25-13 Member Since 2009

    Nic

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    "This is an Old Book -From 1993"

    The story is great, well researched, very detailed. It goes into a crime that I (being 40) vaguely remember. The reason for that is because it was originally published in 1993. There are many other more current true crime books. Buy one of those- the forensics will interest you more. Also, the actual paper version of this book is out of print on some sites.
    Randy Roth was a horrible monster but his conviction was from 1991... Not sure why this is just now being released on Audible.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joannne Stamford, CT, United States 09-30-13
    Joannne Stamford, CT, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Murder Personified"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well narrated, good content. Kept me rivited


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Trial


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

    no, I enjoyed thinking about it in between


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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