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Cruel Death

Narrated by: J. Charles
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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A life gone murderously wrong...

Erika Sifrit was once a high school basketball star and an honors student. Then she married Navy SEAL Benjamin Sifrit. Some say Erika was abused by "B.J." Some say she pulled his strings. But by the time they reached Ocean City, MD, Erika was packing a gun in her Coach bag and was caught in the grips of a new American death ride...

A trail of blood and body parts...

In the sun-kissed, sea-swept resort town, a loving couple crossed paths with Erika and B.J. Sifrit. Shortly thereafter, Erika was wearing a bloody wedding ring on her necklace, while what remained of two dismembered vacationers was buried in a Delaware landfill, and a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" story was being written - a lurid tale of madness, money, sex , and murder...

©2009 M. William Phelps (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Sick kids, bizarre events. Poor narration hides writing skill - but not enough to make it good

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Extremely poor reader.

I always enjoy this author but cannot listen to this reader. I sincerely hope he has not been involved with any other of the numerous books I have purchased. Since I was unable to listen to the book I cannot rate the overall and story categorizes fairly. What a disappointment!!
Sincerely cccm.

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  • Anonymous
  • Pittsburgh PA, United States
  • 07-28-18

Well written

As a huge M. William Phelps fan, I usually know what I'm getting into when I pick up one of his well written, well researched books. However once in a while, I'll come across a book that is really hard to get through - this was one (the other being the Vampire Next Door). The twisted depravity of this couple! I had to take several breaks but eventually finished. The book is very well put together and narrated.

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Too much repetition!

I really didn't care for this story. The amount of unnecessary back and forth dialogue during the trial and the narrator with his ridiculous voice changes, made this almost UNBEARABLE. I couldn't wait for the end.
Trust me on this, save your credit.

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  • mary
  • goose creek, sc, United States
  • 05-29-13

Bleeding from the ears!!

Would you try another book from M. William Phelps and/or J. Charles?

I will never listen to another book narrated by J. Charles. While Phelps is great (on tv, true crime shows, etc.) he chooses a really awful narrator that makes the entire book a two thumbs down. Charles makes this book boring, monotone and I find my mind wandering to everything but the story. The narrator is unable to capture emotion, a shame to the victims their story is lost. I could not even finish more than three hours.

What didn’t you like about J. Charles’s performance?

BOORING! Makes this book very boring, hard to follow and focus. I notice also this is the same narrator he uses for all his books. What a waste because I will never be able to listen to any of the others.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

After three hours I couldn't stand anymore of the narrator so I guess not.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money or your credit.

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