Trophy wife Celeste Beard wasn't satisfied with a luxurious lifestyle and her rich Austin media mogul husband's devotion - so she took his life!
The wife: She wanted everything, but her husband stood in the way.
The lesbian lover: A love-struck, middle-aged woman with a history of mental illness, she would do anything to set Celeste free.
The beauty salon receptionist: Celeste hired her to tie up the loose ends ... in a second conspiracy to commit murder.
©2005 Kathryn Casey (P)2013 Kathryn Casey
This was a really great book! It makes you feel happy, sad, and angry at different times throughout it.
Kathryn Casey's other true crime books are quite similar to this one.
The author's accents that she used for the different characters was a bit weird at times.
Why ever would I do that?
This is a good book except the narrator speaks in phrases a good bit of the story, which makes for a rather choppy listening experience. And the book is just too dang long!
Kathryn Casey is one of my fave true crime authors, up there with Olsen and Rule. But the narration was just sickening.
It was so absolutely maddening to listen to this book (or a little more than half of it, so far) that I can't really give a totally separate opinion of just the book as written. I actually had to turn it off and give up several times, just to get this far, because of the despicable narration. But it is hard for me to imagine Kathryn Casey writing a book that I would consider bad. So I kept going back to it to try to disregard the narration and finish the book. Like I say, halfway there so far.
Different narrator.Maybe this is just a pet peeve of mine and no one else's. But when, oh when, will the narrators figure out that they should just READ THE BOOK to me. This is not a movie or a play. There is no stage for the narrator to get up there and focus all attention on his/herself, and away from the story! There is no way on earth a narrator can do any justice to acting out each character, trying to use a different voice, different accents and inflections, etc., and have it come out like anything decent for the listener. I do not believe 99% of the audiobooks for sale here were ever written with the idea of being read aloud, as opposed to read off the page. So this kind of narration, of so feebly attempting to act out the entire book, is never going to work.In this case, I am so sick of the female narrator trying to imitate the whiney voice of this character or another, be it the hairdresser or various friends, the cold, murderous tone of the gold digger wife, the innocent, young sound of her relatively sweet, victimized twin daughters, not to mention the male characters with deep voices - the rich husband, the ex husbands, etc. I mean I can just barely focus on the action going on, so glaringly does that ridiculous and fakey, unrealistic and totally poorly done, "acting" assault my train of thought.It is a real wonder to me how this kind of reader stays employed for these audiobooks, while the likes of Kevin Pierce, and others, are available.
Disappointment, big time. I cannot enjoy this work by Kathryn Casey as I have most all her other offerings. I was all set for a really engrossing listen, to lighten the load of my daily chores; instead this is a struggle all the way through. If I just had the time, I would opt for the hardcopy book instead, or the ebook, but who has the leisure these days to sit and read?
I would be curious if I am totally warped on this topic, (I have been accused of eccentricity at times...) or if others get this upset at the narration as I do. I think I am relatively accepting - slight mispronunciations do not bother me too much, or genuine accents from different parts of the country. In lots of cases, these things can subtly add to the authenticity aspect of the reading of some of these nonfiction, true crime books. Nonfiction is the only kind of reading I do. Perhaps that is part of my irritation with this narration issue - maybe I am not sufficiently tuned in to the flavor of novels and other kinds of fiction.
But this misguided attempt to act out the entire book really just has to go.
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The mother, she was nuts and I can feel her control when I listened
I was sorrowful for all the lives it affected
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