A former Seattle policewoman, Ann Rule has extensive experience of violent crime and brings this knowledge to bear in this collection of fascinating case studies. You Belong to Me focuses on one of Florida's most shocking criminals - Tim Harris, the poster-perfect 'All-American' State Trooper who hid bizarre and fatal fantasies behind his badge of authority. Bearing the stamp of classic Ann Rule that makes her books so extraordinary, this and other cases from her personal files prove once again her undisputed status as the Queen of True Crime.
©1994 Ann Rule (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I'm surprised at the high ratings for this book. Not what I've come to expect from Ann Rule!!
I respect Ms Rule's work tremendously, but this particular book is very poorly written. The narrative is strange and disorganized; the details are jumbled; the metaphors and analogies are trite and forced, and worst of all, the dialogue/testimony from key witnesses and characters is melodramatic and not believable. The case is interesting, but the writing is so disappointing that I couldn't finish listening, stopping once I reached the trial.
I've read and enjoyed quite a few of Rule's true crime books. I'm a big fan! I recently listened to her story about Ted Bundy for the first time and enjoyed it tremendously. This author can certainly write better than this amateur piece. I almost think someone else used her name!!
The story itself is bizarre. While I have no doubt the facts of the case are true, I have difficulty accepting the testimony of the wife as written in this book. Actually, all the dialogue is so poorly written that it sounds made up. The interviews between the murder squad detective and the "bad" cop, which take place in the car, are really strange and hard to follow. I don't want to give away any details, so I can't really say more, except that it was so bad that it was almost funny. Where was the editor???
Perhaps the narrator made it worse than it would be in print. I was somewhat irritated by the voices she attempted for each character. I normally like Laurel Merlington. I normally like Ann Rule, as well. So I can't put my finger on why this audiobook was so disappointing.
My advice is to skip this one.
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've always been a solid Ann Rule, buying every true crime book that she's written over the past 30 years. In print, Rule's books were compelling, well-researched, and hard to put down. However, this was BEFORE the general public became as savvy as this author in police procedure, forensics, and crime solving, thanks to the plethora of true crime and forensic science shows which "rule" today's television programming. Still, I purchased Ann Rule's Audible.com collections in spite of owning all of her main stories in hard copy. After listening to 5 or 6 of these compilations, I found that the longer "anchor" books are much better in the abridged versions because, rather than edit these stories for relevancy in the new millennium, Rule chose to retain information that was new and cutting edge in the 1980s but is now just repetitive and unnecessary. However, if you are new to Ann Rule, you will likely find her as entertaining as I did decades ago.
NOTE: I really wish Audible and Amazon would cease referring to Rule as a "former Seattle police woman" when the truth is that she was unable to pass the required eye test for the force. This misleading bit of info makes a reader think that a Rule gained some insider training as a policed officer and internal support as a member of the "the thin blue line". In actuality, she was just a good researcher and crime reporter during her prime which has long since ended as evidenced by these rehashed and out-dated entries in her "true crime files".
The cases Ann Rule investigated were interesting - as usual for Ann Rule.
All the cases kept my attention, but none that were memorable.
Great reading voice, I always enjoy the tone of her voice.
The reaction I generally get from an Ann Rule book, shake my head and glad I haven't met the people she writes about.
I always look forward to Ann Rule audiobooks. They are too few and far between. For sure get the unabridged version of this audiobook. I originally bought the abridged version and it felt incomplete after finishing listening to it. The unabridged version is the way to go.
The first story
She sounds funny doing angry male voices, it's comical sometimes.
Ann Rule should try different narators.
This book contains several cases but only the first one is more in-depth. It got a little repetitive and was a little overly long but still interesting. It just goes to show how vulnerable women are on the road by themselves.
There were around five more cases a lot shorter but just as interesting. She sort of just hit the highlights on those.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
the first story was. and the others were not so good. the last was ok.
no, but i would recommend reading the first story in this book.
sure. i have heard some great readers. she was clear but not great. i enjoyed her reading though.
no, it is several stories. complete in themselves.
i prefer a one story book. but the several story book is good for my sig. other. he falls asleep during good and bad books. short is better for him. i end up rereading the books usually 10 times or more by the time the book is done. he is 10 years older than me tho and maybe i will be the same way in ten years.
about middle, it wasn't bad and it kept my attention at work.
variety, I was a little bored at the beginning when she went into the history of everyone, but as the story unraveled I saw where it was important to know where these characters had come from.
smooth, clear, and non-irritating
Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!
If the person loved true stories as much as I did, yes!!!
The story is true and it didn't end as I thought it would
Not one favorite, the whole book was read well, I could follow the action well and it kept my interest.
Dont marry some one thinking you can make it better, doesn't work that way
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