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True Story Audiobook

True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa

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Publisher's Summary

Now a Major Motion Picture starring Jonah Hill and James Franco, and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel's relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.

©2005 Michael Finkel (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    6catz 05-08-15
    6catz 05-08-15 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "Fascinationg read"

    Halfway through the book I realized how ironic the title was, as it became more and more obvious that the subject being assessed by the author was a compulsive liar. Finkel's honest story of friendship and entanglement with this character Longo provides as close a look as we're likely to get into the mind of this particular charming, intelligent narcissist capable of unspeakable deeds. Very very good, well worth the credit.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 05-01-15
    Melissa 05-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very well written and narrated!!"

    I'm a borderline obsessive, audio book consumer; listening up to 3-4 a week. This is one of the better true crime books I've come across! You won't be disappointed.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Manning Chesapeake, VA 05-06-15
    Shannon Manning Chesapeake, VA 05-06-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent"

    I really enjoyed both the story and the reader's performance. I definitely recommend this book, particularly to those who enjoy fascinating studies of human behavior.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Kennon 04-17-15
    Tara Kennon 04-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good, thorough, disturbing"

    This is a good book and I couldn't stop listening. I couldn't really understand the authors initial likibg for Longo, but apparently many people were taken in.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    aubscon 09-10-15
    aubscon 09-10-15
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    "Haunting & captivating."
    If you could sum up True Story in three words, what would they be?

    Will stay with you


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael's curiosity


    What about Rich Orlow’s performance did you like?

    Was not distracting


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It really held me captive. Truly a haunting book but not iN a scary story type of way...because its all true


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas 05-24-15
    Douglas 05-24-15 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Not Since Stanley Alpert's The Birthday Party..."

    have I read such a bizarre and compelling true crime book. Just as with Alpert's story, I first encountered Finkel's on 48 Hours Mystery. Finkel takes the reader through the twisted black mind and heart of a true psychopath, a man so cold and calculating that he could strangle his doting and loving wife and three toddlers with his own hands, packing them up in suitcases and throwing them in the river... and then blithely moving to Mexico and living high after taking on another identity---Finkel's.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lainey 06-19-17
    Lainey 06-19-17
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    "Disturbing"

    The intertwined history of these two characters , based on their inability to tell the truth when the truth would have been easier, is disturbing. The story was confusing and somewhat repetitive and about half way through it I found it difficult to stay with it as it was hard to care about either one of them. Says something about incarceration for a four time convicted killer who enjoys an air conditioned room, tv with 60+ channels an no cares in the world other than planning his wedding! The reader did a good job with a very difficult story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TLN Willamette Valley, Oregon 11-03-16
    TLN Willamette Valley, Oregon 11-03-16 Member Since 2014

    If it comes; let it. If it goes; let it.

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    "Bizarre, Riveting, Heartbreaking"

    A bizarre, riveting, well-written story. A truth is stranger than fiction tale. I was so engaged in the book that I finished listening to it within 2 or so days, which rarely happens. I removed one star for the story because it is SO heartbreaking it will leave you stunned. It left me wondering if I should have listened to it at all. But ultimately I think it is valuable to explore such darkness to count our own blessings and to remind ourselves that people are much more complicated than we imagine. Just because someone SEEMS like "such a nice guy/gal" it doesn't mean they actually ARE. How many times has someone we thought we knew did something that shocked us? Why don't we ask more questions? Listen to our intuition more closely? What happens when we abandon our own ethics? Do we realize how capable the human mind is of rationalizing behavior in the most convoluted and frightening ways? These are questions worth asking ourselves and examining the answers we give to them.

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    Torrey 09-03-16
    Torrey 09-03-16 Member Since 2009
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    "couldn't put it down"

    so much better than the movie. great story of how people are truly not as put together as may appear.

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    jackie 02-03-16
    jackie 02-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fell off towards the end"

    I understand that it was a true story and you can't change history. That being said, I really felt like I was being built up for a big ending that never came. It wasn't the history itself but the way the story was presented that made me feel that way. Overall the characters were interesting and the writing was good. I would recommend for a beach read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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