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Bitter Remains Audiobook

Bitter Remains: A Custody Battle, a Gruesome Crime, and the Mother Who Paid the Ultimate Price

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Publisher's Summary

On July 13, 2011, Laura Jean Ackerson of Kinston, North Carolina, went to pick up her two toddler sons. It would be the last time she was seen alive. Laura's ex, Grant Hayes - the father of her two sons - and his wife, Amanda, the mother of his newborn daughter, both pointed the finger at each other as the one guilty of murdering Laura, cutting up her body, and then transporting and disposing of the remains on the shores of Oyster Creek, Texas. This is the hauntingly true story of a devoted mother, a disturbed couple, and how these horrific events came to pass.

©2016 Diane Fanning (P)2016 Tantor

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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 03-18-16
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 03-18-16 Member Since 2014

    OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!

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    "COMPELLING ACCOUNT - WRONG NARRATOR!"

    This is a pretty good true crime story. One which has not been "done to death" on TV forensics shows to the point where YOU could commit the perfect crime AND solve it in 48 hours! The author did a lot of research, which is daunting in some places, but that's what a true crime buff lives for. However, the amount of details and minutiae become mind-numbing when delivered by this narrator. Her voice is just all wrong for such a dark and disturbing crime. It's like listening to an actress from "Nickelodeon" dropping "f-bombs" and talking about very sexually explicit acts. After about 3 hours, I decided to just look up the murder on Wikipedia because I couldn't take that narrator any longer. Overall, it's a good account and the perfect audiobook if you're stuck in a car for a long drive.

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    Kemarri 03-07-16
    Kemarri 03-07-16 Member Since 2016

    Relaxing my body and calming my mind while listening my way through a stress free day!

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    "Good Listen"

    A a fan of true crime books in my opinion this book was bronze. It held my attention and was very detailed, describing the characters and helping me to visualize them as I read the story. I think I gave this book three stars because of narration.

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    Lily 02-23-16
    Lily 02-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    I couldn't finish it. the narrator was horrible. I do not recommend this Book to anyone

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    Amazon Customer 11-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tragedy times three"

    The narration, by Karyn O'Bryant is engaging, and fluid. It is as if she was talking about people she knew personally. That is of course due in part to Diane Fannings' empathetic prose. Bitter Remains isn't just about a horrific crime, rather about the descent into psychopathy, of a trio of very damaged people; but about the ripple effects that will leave limitless scaring of three very young children. Very inconceivable, but very good read.

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    Karen 10-30-16
    Karen 10-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "local"

    I'm a Kinston resident and while I didn't know any of the people involved, I feel for Laura's family and friends and for all of the children that are now without parents. I'm glad that justice was granted foe Laura's death and that her murderers are behind bars.

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    Cindy E. 08-08-16
    Cindy E. 08-08-16
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    "Narrator too boring."

    I could not finish listening too this. The narrator made it a difficult listen. As much as I don't like to give bad reviews. About halfway through the story I just could not stand another second. Story is good, but I won't listen to this person again.

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    keela 06-10-16
    keela 06-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Book"

    Loved this book. Very easy to follow. Didn't lose interest once. The narrator did a phenomenal job. Very talented author.

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    Elaine M. 05-18-16
    Elaine M. 05-18-16
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    "Compelling & Riveting"
    What made the experience of listening to Bitter Remains the most enjoyable?

    Most enjoyable for me would be the attention to detail of the facts of this case. I watched the trial from beginning to end and Diane Fanning included the most important facts accurately.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bitter Remains?

    One of the most memorable moments of this book for me would have to be the trials of both Grant and Amanda Hayes.


    What does Karyn O'Bryant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Karyn O'Bryant had inflection in her tone and wasn't monotone. She managed to capture my attention and hold it from beginning to end.


    If you could give Bitter Remains a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I wouldn't change the subtitle. It reflects the murder of Laura Ackerson accurately.


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    Lena 04-06-16
    Lena 04-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unthinkable-what kind of person could do this?"

    Found interesting because, I grew up in BraZoria, County, Texas..and had moved years ago; I knew nothing about this story. The narrator was hum drum - making it a chore to listen to. I pushed on for the story. Finally I couldn't listen anymore.. a great narration makes or breaks a story for me...I will have to google the crime to find out the ending!!










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    Ron Baker 04-03-16
    Ron Baker 04-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    details took up a lot of chapter space and added nothing to the story line.

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