A Fever in the Heart: And Other True Cases

Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 3
By: Ann Rule
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (294 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Fever in the Heart dissects an explosive triangle that led to obsession and murder in a small town in the northwest of America. Ann Rule reveals the story of an alluring wife and the two men desperate for her love; a story with a bizarre and deadly twist that no one could have suspected. In this and several other riveting true-crime cases from her personal files, Ann Rule masterfully probes the delusions of the criminal mind, the fateful circumstances and the unrelenting investigative forces at work in the aftermath of murder.

©2013 Ann Rule (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Not up to par for this author

The stories in this book are from the 1970's, the author wrote them but did not publish them until recently. Very slow & loaded with unimportant details. The narrator voices the individual characters very well. Unfortunately, I've listened to two other books in this series, her voice has become repetitive. Overall I would not recommend this Ann Rule Book, not nearly as good as her other novels.

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main story is laborious

Narrator was too strident and her voice changes for characters were poorly done. story seemed to be shouted.

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Not my favorite, but still likeable

What did you love best about A Fever in the Heart: And Other True Cases?

Ann Rule always writes awesome books, and I love her True Crime Files books.

Would you recommend A Fever in the Heart: And Other True Cases to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to my friends who aren't put off by graphic details. However, the first story about Morris Blankenbaker was a little long.

Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

Well, heres the thing. I could have used a different narrartor. Here characterization of the male players in the book was off-putting, and because most of the players in this book were male, it was slightly annoying.

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first time...

...and enjoyed the stories. Live in Washington so it was all very interesting. thank you

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Insane story and amazing narration!

What made the experience of listening to A Fever in the Heart: And Other True Cases the most enjoyable?

Insane story in the good sense, its just get deeper and deeper and crazier and crazier, and Ann wrote it in a way that unveil the right parts at the right time to keep you guessing. so many characters and backgrounds made it feel like a good movie. based on true events! crazy.

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Pretty Good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Sure, typical Ann Rule and if you like her writing you will like the book

What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

Performance was good.

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Never disappointed

Ann Rule never disappoints in her true crime literary. I was vague familiar with her narrative of A fever in the Heart and was pleased to have purchased it at such a great price. Would highly recommend.

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A Fever in the Heart

Excellent! Can't wait to listen to it AGAIN after I listen to the Ann Rule book I just purchased.

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Didn't Like This One- Long and Boring

While I like Ann Rule this one is a dud.

The first story is so long and frankly, not very interesting.

I don't recommend this. Not nearly as good as her others.

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Hated the main story, but the others are good

The main case was boring. It was nothing special, none of the characters were particularly interesting nor were there twists and turns in the plot. I think the only reason Rule chose the boring case to be the main one was that a victim's relative asked her to write the story. I own quite a few Ann Rule titles on Audible and this is the first one that I've had some buyer's remorse about.

However, I did find the other (shorter) cases in the book to be really interesting. Rule should have chosen one of them to be the main story.