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.
Kneel Before Zod!!
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.
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.
This is very poorly written, and the narration is pretty bad too. It's like listening to someone who never reads aloud reading an article from a second rate website. Out loud. The writing is bad, and it's a very boring story. It mainly just gave me a real dislike for Lululemon. Don't bother with this one.
Sad story, and a good Memorial for Jayna from Lulu Lemon. Shocking story, but somewhat dry. In overall performance and how the story was organized. It makes me appreciate the podcast of "serial" story telling approach more.
music nut, history buff
I haven't read the print one, but I did think the audio book was good.
A good sense of details. The book featured enough people to give you a number of different angles on the story.
Resigned, bright, repetitive.
A rage killing that stunned a community.
The narrator's voice was almost too perky for the story. He has a naturally high-pitched voice, and this is picky but I think that is unsuited to the nature of true crime.
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