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Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders

Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
4 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A collection of newspaper stories by award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard - including “Dirty John”, the basis for the hit podcast and the upcoming Bravo scripted series starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana.

Since its release in fall 2017, the Dirty John podcast - about a con man who terrorizes a Southern California family - has been downloaded more than 20 million times and will soon premiere as a scripted drama on Bravo starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana. The story, which also ran as a print series in the Los Angeles Times, wasn’t unfamiliar terrain to its writer, Christopher Goffard. Over two decades at newspapers from Florida to California, Goffard has reported probingly on the shadowy, unseen corners of society. This audiobook gathers together for the first time “Dirty John” and the rest of his very best work.

“The $40 Lawyer” provides an inside account of a young public defender’s rookie year in the legal trenches. “Framed” offers an unblinking chronicle of suburban mayhem (and is currently being developed by Netflix as a film starring Julia Roberts). A man wrongly imprisoned for rape, train-riding runaways in love, a Syrian mother forced to leave her children in order to save them, a boy who grows up to become a cop as a way of honoring his murdered sister, another boy who struggles with the knowledge that his father is on death row: These stories reveal the complexities of human nature, showing people at both their most courageous and their most villainous.

Goffard shared in the Los Angeles Times’ Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2011 and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing. This collection - a must-listen for fans of both true-crime and first-rate narrative non-fiction - underscores his reputation as one of today’s most original journalistic voices. 

©2018 Chris Goffard (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Essentially bait and switch.

Quit after 3 pointless stories. I'll listen to the podcast. Author is palming off stories that have nothing to do with crime. The stories aren't even interesting. I wish I could get my money back.

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Waste of money and time

THIS IS NOT THE DIRTY JOHN PODCAST, IT IS A BAD RIP OFF. Do you not waste your time or money on this awful version.

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Fascinating People Inhabit These Essays

Great book and a wonderful performance!

The title essay and another one (my favorite) are the two longest, and are the two that deal directly with crimes and criminals. "Dirty John" and "Framed" both delve deeply into the two cases, and even if you are familiar with both of them (as I was), you will still learn new details.

Other essays are shorter, and some do not go into background information. The people you will meet include a young lawyer, a Syrian woman who had to leave her family behind, a boy whose father is in prison for murder, and teens who travel the country by train and live a "hobo" existence, often with tragic results.

If you enjoy well-written non-fiction, and "meeting" people with interesting stories that you will most likely never meet in person, you will definitely like this book.

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  • nicole
  • LAS VEGAS, NV, United States
  • 02-17-19

So boring

Bought this book based on the podcast. But this book was full of stories that were absolutely boring probably going to return it.

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bait and switch

full of boring stories-only a small part about the title story- had to skip most after suffering through a few

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A Unique Spin: True Crime Stories & Other Musings

Good stuff, well written, unique voice with u,pique plots and characters--all true. which makes it scarier.