A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases

Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 1
By: Ann Rule
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
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"A Rose for Her Grave" - the principal story of this collection - vividly recreates the cautionary tale of Randy Roth, a misogynistic sociopath from the Pacific Northwest whose rage was directed primarily at women and children. Addicted to his own greed, Roth exercised a powerful aura of control over his victims, using his ability to charm and boyish good looks to lower their defenses. By the time they saw the reality of the madness in his eyes, it was usually too late. This, along with five other chilling cases, bears the stamp of classic Ann Rule - informed, comprehensive, and eerily evocative of man's inhumanity to man.

©1995 Ann Rule (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Ann Rule at her usual best.

Would you consider the audio edition of A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases to be better than the print version?

Only for the picture value. Most of her books do include pictures.

What did you like best about this story?

The way criminals always think they are smarter than anyone else.

What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She made the evil pop out in her voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Everytime the truth was revealed.

Any additional comments?

Never get enough of Ann Rule!!

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I Think I Need A Break for Awhile

I really love these books. However I've been binging on them and have noticed my anxiety level increase. So I think I need a break for awhile :)

This is a very good collection. As I've said in other reviews I'm fascinated with the psychology of people. It bothers me greatly that these stories are true but they need to be told.

Ann Rule was very good at what she did. She honored each victim. I also like how she names many, many brave people who try to solve these heinous crimes. It must be so hard for many. In today's climate of good cop/bad cop, I am reminded that the vast majority of them do the best they can. For awhile there I was beginning to doubt this concept.

Ann Rule wrestles with the fact that she makes money on the tragedies of others. But she did it in the most honorable and respectful way. I love her books but again, I need to calm down for awhile!

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I'm hooked!

This book held my attention from beginning to end. I'm new to Anne Rule and true crime , this book has been a great introduction.

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Interesting nonfiction cases

These true crime cases written by Ann Rule, all of which I believe are newly told in this book, are well-written depictions of the havoc scum of the earth criminals impose upon innocent victims, their families and friends. Highly recommend.
The narrator, Laural Merlington, is a brilliant choice by Ann Rule to tell these stories in an authentic manner.

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Ann Rule

I love her books! She's such an excellent author. She doesn't just explain the crime she lets the readers know the victims before their tragic death.
Ann Rule is definitely by far my favorite author!

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Can't Get Enough Ann Rule!!

I've been an Ann Rule fan for years - but now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I'm even more of a fan. It's been a while since I was so hooked to a story, I listened to the events unfold during every spare moment I could steal away from the daily grind. The story of Randy Roth was utterly fascinating. My only criticism - and I admit, I'm probably being picky - is the narration. This is the second time I've listened to an audiobook narrated by Laural Merlington (and again, that was another fascinating audiobook I couldn't put down), and ... she over-enunciates. For example, every time she says "our," it sounds like "ow-wer." But she does read at a perfect pace, I'll say that. So overall, if you are a True Crime fan, get this audiobook!

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Good read

I love this narrator, she is easy to listen to and does character voices well. The story was also very entertaining and well put together

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Excellent book, writer, and narrator...

This book is exceptional. It is well written. The stories are tragic and angering, but that is what comes from true stories. Both the writer andthe narrator are outstanding.

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always great storytelling!

Ann Rule's books always have great storytelling.
I can't wait to start the next book!

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A must read if you like Ann Rule's books. Great ca

Great cases and will not disappoint. Well written, great narrator and very intriguing cases. You almost feel like you could have been the victim in any of this riveting and tragic stories.