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Publisher's Summary

When the body of 45-year-old Glen Harrelson was found in his Denver home, police tried to contact his wife, but soon they made a startling realization. She had played the part of grieving widow once before: Her previous husband also had died a mysterious accidental death...

In a true story as shocking as any fiction, Bitch on Wheels is the amazing account of Sharon Lynn Nelson, a wild, beautiful preacher's wife who couldn't get enough-enough sex, enough money, or enough of her rugged "Mountain Man" lover, Gary Adams. Nelson was so consumed by greed that she convinced Adams to killed two of her three husbands in order to cash in on their insurance policies.

Here is a compelling portrait of a woman driven by the darkest forces to mate, then kill - an American black widow who ultimately got snared in her own twisted web...

©1999 Gregg Olsen (P)2013 Gregg olsen

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Good book, worth the money.

What did you love best about Bitch on Wheels?

I really liked the book's plot and characters.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that the "bad guy" was a woman. There are not enough stories with women as the subject in true crime books.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As always, Kevin Pierce is awesome.

Any additional comments?

Even though the book was more than 11 hours long, there was still more to tell. I would like to have heard how she was caught, more about the actual crimes, and more details. I felt like the last chapter didn't tie in to the rest of the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Very Entertaining

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

Yes,because this book had me unexpectedly laughing at the main character.Her behavior made her come off as almost cartoon-like & the narrator's deep,dead-pan voice made her silly ways sound even funnier.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The dental office secretary,because she saw thru the main character's b.s. & didn't like her from the minute she met her.I actually felt for her when she wished she could have slapped the woman back into reality.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

when the daughter of one of the boyfriends was surprised while away at college when this woman insinuated herself between father & daughter just to get control of his money for herself.That had to be humiliating,having to drop out of college because of how this horrible woman ruined her reputation at school.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 08-13-17

I wish someone would just slap her

Any additional comments?

The story is very interesting and engrossing. I did not want to stop listening. Kevin Pearce's performance is wonderful. He is the most talented reader in the business, and especially in true crime. The subject matter is fascinating and the characters are fleshed out nicely. The only reason I took away one star for overall is that the story jumps around just a little too much for my taste.

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Come on Gregg (no spoilers)

I love Gregg Olson for the most part, I mean he's a law and order type who often forgets the justice system can't operate on the assumption of guilt but, I love the way he weaves narrative and meticulous research so I can usually ignore any overt right-wing leanings.

He's interviewed so many victims you can't really blame him for developing a less than holistic view of justice.

But this book's tone was so sexist I had a difficult time understanding the true character of the murderer.

The married men she slept with are never held accountable for their part, he excessively uses ugly words like slut & bitch (seemingly not just in quotes) and none of it is necessary.

She does so many other, more incriminating, ugly things that "promiscuity" would've been a fine descriptor. The word he used to describe women with that behavior before.

I'll still love you and I just bought Abandoned Prayers but, come on Gregg...this was disappointing.

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GREAT STORY BUT BEWARE.........

Would you consider the audio edition of Bitch on Wheels to be better than the print version?

I think they are about the same. I'm not in the habit of buying audio AND print versions of the same book. I only listened to about 45 minutes when I realized that I already own the hard copy version of this book under the title "Black Widow".

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Pierce?

Someone like Lorna Raver. Pierce sounds like the kind of "Aw, shucks!" narrator who is better matched with dusty Westerns like "Lonesome Dove". To be fair, I stopped listening after I noticed that I own a print copy of the book which I read about 2001.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did so when I read the book more than a decade ago. Gregg Olsen was one of my two favorite true crime authors before the advent of audiobooks (the other was Ann Rule).

Any additional comments?

Audible should add a disclaimer on books what have been published under other titles or books released by more than one publisher using different narrators.

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Dumb Kills

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Maybe the narrator.

What other book might you compare Bitch on Wheels to and why?

Just about any Ann Rule book on manipulative woman.

Did Kevin Pierce do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The main character seemed to be the smartest as she preyed on the stupid.

Could you see Bitch on Wheels being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Sure, better suited for a forensic files episode than a movie.

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Thank you "Cousin Jack."<br /><br /><br />

I was hesitant at first by the title, but I know Gregg's style and Pierce's uncanny ability to create a scene so vivid and powerful. Both men do not disappoint. If you are not familiar with Jack Olsen, engraciate yourself to his writing. Gregg has stated the most difficult task in his life was phoning Jack for support. True Crime , thanks to these two men has revived the genre. While Truman Capote introduced literary true crime affeciandos, Jack wanted truth in his books, not the stuff of late night Martinis that a typewriter would produce in the form of "In Cold Imagination." Jack Pierce, posthumously would get his due, but it took a fighter, and superb author such a Gregg to expose him. If this isn't your first glimpse into Olsen prose, you'll absolutely love it. If it's your first, I envy what awaits you.
Ernie- Chicago

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I cant get enough of Kevin Pierce!! Great Voice!!

Listening to Kevin Pierce really brings you into the story. you can picture exactly what he is saying. Amazing detectice like voice to go with it. The story was great as well. Another good read!

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Good book well Narrated

It was a good read/Audible book.
I was a little surprised at the sudden ending of the book. It seemed like it was a few time's disjointed. However I still highly recommend it. Good writer and i really like Kevin Pierce ! He's always a great narrator !
and Gregg Olsen

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narrator makes it tolerable<br />

confusing at times. story timeline at times doesn't flow. Truefully, I don't think it's worth a credit.