1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $7.00

Buy for $7.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Iowa housewife Tracey Pittman Roberts seemed to have it all: natural beauty, three loving children, and a fairy-tale second marriage to a wealthy, handsome businessman. But beneath the happy façade was a woman who used lies, manipulation, sex, ugly allegations, blackmail - and even murder - to serve her own selfish ends.

On December 12, 2001, police rushed to Tracey's home after a shooting left her vulnerable young neighbor dead. Tracey claimed it was an act of self-defense. Nine gunshot wounds - and a decades-long trail of extortion, fabrication, fraud, and intimidation - said otherwise. Ten years after the crime, Tracey's case finally went to trial in an explosive courtroom showdown. In a searing exploration of the criminal mind, best-selling investigative journalist M. William Phelps traces the saga of a psychopath who hid in plain sight - until her wicked ways caught up with her.

©2017 M. William Phelps (P)2017 Tantor

What listeners say about Beautifully Cruel

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    65
  • 4 Stars
    37
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    9
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    64
  • 4 Stars
    20
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    10
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    58
  • 4 Stars
    32
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    7

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Really bad book

No doubt the woman who is the subject of this book was guilty. The book itself, though, along with the narration, are terrible. It's more like a National Enquirer type story rather than an an in-depth telling of a terrible crime. The snide editorial comments, along with the vocal inflections of the narrator are genuinely disappointing. I suggest that, if you wish to read/listen to exceptional books about real crime stories that you look to the many outstanding ones written by Joe McGinnis.

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Difficult to follow all the characters.

Book didn't flow on a timeline.To many incidental story lines interrupted facts of the underlying story

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

very redundant and opinionated

I was excited to hear this book but became disappointed as the story unfolded. The author is very repetitive and makes the same observations and references the same stories over and over for hours. Rarely once you get into the book is anything new revealed. The author also voices personal opinion a lot, referring to the murderess in derogatory ways instead of sticking with fact. The outlandishness of the murderesses actions and opinions are constantly criticized, which I don't really feel is an authors place. I prefer when authors tell a story and allow you to form your own opinion of those involved without forcing it down your throat. The last few minutes are just slandering her (the murderesses) mother, in what seems to be a waste of words. The author even threatens to start a page on his website to post the ridiculous emails he receives from the mother, which seems to be an unnecessary attack on someone whose obviously hysterical and isn't responsible for the murder at all. I have never heard any other true crime author rant on about personal opinion so much and it detracted from what was a quite interesting investigation and crime story.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Too much time defending yourself to others

I wish you hadn't felt the need to do this....good story otherwise. Well order my third book from you via Audible.com, today

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story great listening wonderful aurthor

I really enjoy my Audible books and this book did not disappoint . I have watched the tv shows the author has on and enjoyed them and became a great fan . I am 78 years old and legally blind so Audible is a blessing to me .

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Narrator is very irritating!

I have read all of this author's true crime books; they are well-researched and interesting, but he leaves the reader with no question about where his sympathies lie. In fact, he tends to beat the reader over the head with his opinion of the people involved in the story. The narrator drives me up the wall with his constant emphasis on certain words, as if they were direct quotes. This causes his narration to be very jerky instead of flowing in a more natural way. I always finish his books but grit my teeth trying to ignore the choppy narration.






1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent, smart, riveting

One of my favorites! What an incredible story! She is suuuch a monster. Even the epilogue was chilling.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Terrible narration, boring and winding story

Usually, I'm all over true crime books like this. Murder? Yes please. Elements of lying and forging identities and manipulation? Yes PLEASE. But after three hours (a fair amount) of listening, I just stopped. The narrator is grating -- there's so MUCH EMPHASIS placed ON RANDOM phrases FOR DRAMATIC ~effect~! His high-pitched narration of the woman becomes maddening. And the story doesn't lead with anything meaty. It meanders and drags on, and there's scant description of the players, so who's who becomes a blur. Mysteriously BORING. Skip.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Confused

couldn't get the storyline in my head. tried 3x. gave up. Refund or credit? thx

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Reminiscent of Ann Rule

So glad to find this author. Love true crime and reading about these evil people who eventually get caught. They have so many like qualities. It's amazing to read.

1 person found this helpful

.