Deadly Little Secrets

The Minister, His Mistress, and a Heartless Texas Murder
Narrated by: Gillian Vance
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (264 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A man of God...driven by the devil

To his parishioners, minister Matt Baker seemed a pious and good man. To his wife, Kari, he was a devoted husband and caring father. Always sunny and vivacious, Kari never questioned their frequent relocations from one small Texas Baptist church to another. Even when tragedy struck, Kari remained strong - until one day, inexplicably, she took her own life.

To friends and family, Kari's suicide made no sense - and they struggled with questions they couldn't answer. Why couldn't Matt hold a job with any one church? Why did he cut off all contact with Kari's devastated parents soon after her death? And who was the blonde companion he began appearing with just days after the funeral? But it would take a team of investigators and dogged determination to bring Matt Baker's dark secrets to light - revealing a shocking history of lies, infidelity, cruelty, and sexual obsession that may have led a serial predator cloaked in God's word to commit murder.

©2012 Kathryn Casey (P)2013 Kathryn Casey

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Preach on

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A bit lengthy, this book could have been cut in half. I would say it I was killing time, no pun, this book was mediocre.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Well with true crime nothing is shocking.

What three words best describe Gillian Vance’s voice?

Far too fast

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Ann rule, by another name.

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Excellently written... Excellently Narrated

I loved this book. It was/ is absolutely riveting ! The best book I've listened to so far. I also absolutely loved the narrator. Gillian Vance. She really does a fantastic job with her different usees of different characters in this book and got their dialect top notch. I hope she narrates a lot more. I'm looking now for another from Kathryn Casey... Narrated be Gillian Vance.

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Excellent Book

Excellent depiction of true story-truly moving. The narration was often irritating to the point of distracting. I'm glad all the people I know living in Waco do not have the portrayed "texas" accent.

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Kathryn Casey is BAAAACK!

I thoroughly enjoyed this true crime book by Kathryn Casey. She left enough details to keep you riveted, even providing new information during the custody trial rather than revealing everything all at the beginning and allowing us to slog through a boring trial or two. The narrator's voice was crisp and clear, as it was with A Descent into Hell... well worth the credit!

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GREAT TRUE CRIME BOOK.

Would you listen to Deadly Little Secrets again? Why?

YES. I REALLY ENJOYED THE STORY. AND IT DID NOT JUST END AT THE TRIAL. THE STORY CONTINEUED ON AND IT WAS QUITE COMPREHENSIVE.

What did you like best about this story?

THAT IT WAS SO WELL RESEARCHED. IT EWENT A LITTLE FURTHER THAN A LOT OF CRIME BOOKS.

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

GREAT READER. CRISP VOICE. EASY TO LISTEN TO.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

ALL ABOUT ME, MATT BAKER

Any additional comments?

IF YOU LIKE TRUE CRIME, YOU WILL LIKE THIS STORY. IT IS SATISFYING ANG LEAVES NO QUESTIONS. I WILL READ THIS ONE AGAIN.

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Absolutely Engrossing!

I listened to this book when it first came out, and I remember when the story was on the news. Lately I have been listening to True Crime books, and listened to this again. It was better than I remember. In my top 5. Beautifully narrated. This was the first I’ve heard Gillian Vance. She’s wonderful. The story is very sad. And it’s hard to understand why the mistress kept silent for so long. With so little police work done on the case, it’s pretty amazing that the case was finally opened and they found a prosecutor willing to try the case. Fascinating but sad story. Especially the way it affected the Cari’s daughters. Listened to in one big Binge. Couldn’t turn it off. Excellent!

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Narration was distracting

Another great story derailed by bizarre narration choices. There is nothing more irritating to me in an audiobook than a narrator who does cartoonish voices in order to differentiate characters. I understand what they’re trying to do but it often does not work and the voices sound completely weird. I can usually handle it if the have a natural-ish speaking voice during the straight narrative portions....this narrator sounds like a crazy person all the way through. Otherwise, the true crime story is very interesting.

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good listen

I am a big fan of true crime and loved this one. The author did not make any of the characters likable but being that it's a true crime they couldn't control that. I was given this book from audio boom in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Great book

The story kept me wanting to hear more. Terrible man got his due course in the end

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Deadly Little Secrets

I received this audible story for free in exchange for a honest review. I recommend this story to those that like true crime stories.👍😎