Jesse Einstein brings a clear voice and understated performance to Peter Ross Range’s nonfiction crime story Murder in the Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killing.
Range, a one-time overseas bureau chief for Time, brings his reporting skills to the murder of the Washington, D.C., yoga store employee who was stabbed to death by her co-worker. Vividly evoking both the victim and the killer, the author recounts the incident, the ensuing cover-up by the murderer, and, ultimately, her arrest and trial.
Einstein trusts the power of this grisly true life story and reads it carefully – and without any overly dramatic flourishes.
Murder In The Yoga Store is the true story of the brutal killing of a beautiful young woman at a chic Lululemon yoga-wear shop. The grisly murder was committed on a pleasant Friday night in upscale Bethesda, Maryland, a leafy suburb of Washington, D.C. In this riveting narrative by veteran journalist Peter Ross Range, the author for the first time brings together the tale of what really happened in the yoga store murder. He portrays the personalities of both victim and murderer, along with the strange and convoluted circumstances of the crime and its cover-up. Range meticulously exposes layer upon layer of deceit and confusion. His account builds the tension of the police investigation until the real story, so odd and creepy, takes your breath away. The drama of the murder trial is a moving emotional roller coaster built around the prosecutors, the detectives and the family of the victim.
Peter Ross Range is a longtime Washington, D.C., magazine writer. A former White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and foreign correspondent for Time, Range has covered politics, international affairs and war. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and many other publications.
©2013 Peter Ross Range (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Not sure why I decided to listen to this - I'm too susceptible to late night Daily Deal emails. This is a more-or-less straightforward telling of the investigation of a horrific crime. It's a strange length - not long enough to be really detailed about anything, and with no deep investigation or analysis beyond what one could garner from some quick web-browsing. The additional detail that IS there is kind of strange - long and stereotyped descriptions of Bathesda, of Apple as a soulless hawker of "baubles" (though one can later understand why someone might might misplace some anger towards Apple), and other such generalities. But where there seems to be opportunity to explore the personalities involved more deeply, we get very little. So... if you really want to hear about this crime, and haven't read anything else (even brief news reports) about it, it's OK to listen to while running or washing the dishes. But five minutes on the web will get you at least as much satisfaction and sense of what happened.
Before writing this I checked to see whether this narrator had done other books. I was astounded to find that he had. His rapid-fire bursts of 3-4 words at a time with no consideration given to the flow of the written word was extremely distracting. Emphasis was given to words within the bursts without thought of the meaning of the entire sentence being read. It was difficult to follow the storyline. The topic was interesting and the writing was okay--I think. I tuned out frequently in frustration. Even as a daily deal, the cost was excessive. Save your money.
No, the narration was distracting.
George Guidall or Barbara Rosenblat
The narration was choppy, thus distracting to me and I had to stop listening after the first chapter. At some point, instead of listening to the book, I may go back and read it. The story is intriguing and I'd like to read the full version of what happened.
Yes, this true crime story was riveting. I guess it appealed to me because I am a part of the generation that Lululemon targets in advertising. This murder seemed just so unbelievable when it happened.
Hearing that the employees in the Apple Store next door heard the murder happen but did not do anything. To me, that is unconscionable. How could you hear a violent struggle a few feet away and not call the police or send one of your two armed guards over to investigate.
She makes the narrative more interesting. I think her voice is a reminder that the main people in this story are young women- who had their whole lives in front of them.
Yes, I did listen to the book in one day, but broken up. I found myself wanting to listen for just a few more minutes.
While the narration was a bit grating, this true story about an almost fictitiously horrific crime was gripping. I had to listen all the way through, start to finish, just to find out how it all ended.
I would have preferred the written version, to the audio, because the narration was aweful
I don't read/listen to a lot of true crime stories so it would be hard to compare it to anything.
I thought the story was sad, but the robotic, awful tone of narrator was difficult to listen too, so I had to take a lot of breaks.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
I grew up just a few miles from Bethesda MD, in Washington, DC, so I was very interested in reading about this crime. However, the book started out talking about Bethesda like it is Bel Air, Rodeo Drive, Aspen, Palm Springs, Scottsdale, or any number of other much more tony and high-income areas. I failed to see what that had to do with the murder of a young woman - something that can happen anywhere.
He could have focused less on all of the alleged accomplishments of the victim (George Washington U grad, six years at Haliburton in Texas, 6 weeks away from TWO Masters from Johns Hopkins), especially since she's working in an yoga store selling workout clothes! Also about all of her drinking and hanging out with her girlfriends, like she's living in "Sex In The City"! It made her a less sympathetic character. Plus I figured out who the perpetrator was about 15 minutes after the police got to the crime scene. Range kept throwing in "red herrings" about black men which "stank" more than they fooled me.
The problem with Jesse Einstein is that he sounds like he should be reading a book about Broadway or Liza Minnelli, rather than a vicious cold-blooded, gory murder. I would say my favorites Nadia May or Simon Vance but this whole story is not up to their masterful standards. Not the crime - THE BOOK.
I was like "Oh, well". Without giving away the killer, I just felt like this killer just took a page from the criminal playbook of Susan Smith and Charles Stewart. My husband was brutally murdered in a home invasion robbery in 1997. He was an award-winning recording artist but the legal system didn't go all out to solve his murder, not even as late as today February 11, 2014, just days away from the birth of his first grandchild. This is a typical white woman murder where everyone wants to get all up in arms like it's some kind of surprise. Bethesda is a few steps from one of the most violent cities in the country but people keep flocking there. As one of my law professors taught us: "assumption of the risk".
I'm glad I only paid 99 cents for this book in the "Daily Deal". Who writes a true crime book that is less than 4 hours long? True crime writer Gregg Olsen or a young Ann Rule would have made this a real page turner, without all of the melodrama. I felt that the author's whole attitude was too cavalier about this murder. He worked really hard to make up the listener's mind ahead of time. Was the crime unspeakable and unnecessary? Of course, but it always is for the victim's family.
The fact is that the REAL criminals that night were the two Apple Store employees right next door who had their ears to the common wall for NINE MINUTES listening to thumps, bumps, crying, moaning, wailing, gurgling, calls for help, and even death throes, yet they did absolutely nothing! They didn't ask the 2 Apple security guards to check on the women next door. They didn't look out the door. They didn't knock on the wall. And above all, they failed to act as any concerned citizen would do and call 911, even if it was for a welfare check. This is a crime which could have been at least stopped before Jayna Murray was killed, hit and stabbed over 300 times during a protracted struggle. But the Apple employees let her die. They let her lay in her own blood all night long. In the allegedly upscale shopping street in allegedly ritzy Bethesda. THAT is the true crime here!
If white people in America had spent as much time watching "The Wire" as they did the mafia "fantasy" show "The Sopranos", they might not be as naive as they continue to be in this country. No place is safe. No race is solely criminal.
This was the true story of the murder at a Lululemon store. I was not aware of this before I read the book and even checked to see that it was in fact true. This makes the story less enjoyable knowing that it was true; it's no longer a spine-tingling novel. That being said, I felt that this book was really just fact finding, and the narration was the worse I have ever listened to. My 7 year old grandson this past week picked up one of my books (adult fiction) and read to me to show me how well he reads and he showed more emotion than this narration. It was pretty much read in a monotone voice. Made it hard to get through. I hope this was one of the books I got cheaply and glad it was only 4 hours long.
Intuitive detective work, and justice is served The worst part is that it really happened - quite disturbing and sad.
Stilted, distracting and strange reading. I would recommend reading the story.
I'm not sure what I expected, but this is basically just a scene-by-scene breakdown of what happened, and who the people were who did it. It's a bit unfair for me to review this because I didn't finish it, but I wanted to add my opinion so others who aren't into gruesome details will know that is all this book seems to be. Not worth the listen, as far as I got.
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