• Fatal Charm

  • The Shocking True Story of Serial Wife Killer Randy Roth
  • By: Carlton Smith
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Search for the Green River Killer: a chilling true account of the dream husband who was every woman's nightmare.

Randy Roth was handsome, hardworking, kind, and in top physical shape. But for all his charm and good looks, he was seemingly cursed with the ladies. His first marriage ended in divorce before the couple's fifth anniversary; his second wife plunged to her death during a hike; and his third wife left him after less than five months.

But when Roth's fourth wife, Cynthia, drowned in an apparent speedboating accident in Washington State's Lake Sammamish just weeks after their first anniversary, a pattern of suspicious behavior finally caught up to him. As Roth set about collecting on a hefty insurance payout, the authorities were on to his game.

Roth had been careful - and so close to getting away with it. But, as chronicled by Seattle Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Carlton Smith, his lies were about to come crashing down around him.

©1993 Carlton Smith (P)2019 Tantor

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Excellent True Crime! Great Story

I had not read any books by Carlton Smith nor listened to any narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright prior to happening on to FATAL CHARM. My favorite true crime authors are Jack Olsen and Greg Olsen; my favorite narrator is Kevin Pierce.
I have to say that Fatal Charm is in that level of quality.
Carlton Smith does a masterful job of bringing the characters to life and tells a complicated story with great clarity.
The story is very engaging and Kieth Sellon-Wright's narration is pitch perfect.
If you are into True Crime, you're gonna want to get this book.

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SOOOO close to 5 stars

The story is terrific - this man is a creep. Working in insurance, I'm sorry to say that we have dealt with humans similar to him. it's frustrating, but sure if fun to uncover the lies they weave!! The narration was good. Kevin Pierce is my favorite narrator for true crime, but Sellon-Wright did a fantastic job. My review would have been 5 stars across the board if I had found out his fate a bit better & would have found out how his sons were doing today. Other than that, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys true crime reading.

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chilling

We were anxious to learn his fate when the trial ended. Would have liked to know how all the sons are doing now.

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Total POS for a male!

This book describes why some Mothers eat their young but alas, the Mother of this male did not and then he was let loose on the females of the world! Extremely sorry excuse for a male!! Just as bad were the females that didn't go with their intuition and probably would have lived through it.

Absolutely terrible Narrator - sounded like he was sick and raspy the whole way through the book and after every single name of a person, he would 'synonym'?!?! Why, who knows but it was maddening and totally not needed!!

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Get a Job, Randy

Author Carlton Smith does a pretty good job of outlining the facts of this dreadful story. Killer Randy Roth used his wives as a source of income to be tapped by insuring their lives, then murdering them. God help the children caught as collateral damage in his ruthless quest for ever more money.

We could have done without the detour into brother David's murderous history, although I suppose the digression offers some silent commentary on the upbringing experienced by the wayward siblings.

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What A Creep!

Makes you scared to get married, purchase life insurance, to go hiking or be on the water...

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wouldn't recommend

The story seems unorganized and info is repeated a number of time. It didn't keep my interest and I'd find myself daydreaming.

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Calming narrator

Good recounting of the story.
Narrator had a calming voice.
I hope to hear him narrate more books

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I felt informed, not involved

When you read details of a crime then you ate informed. When an author pulls you into the story so much that you can *feel* what at least some of the people feel, then you are involved.
I just didn’t feel like the author made me care about anyone. Intellectually I knew what had happened was devastating to some, and that Randy Roth is at minimum a selfish horrible man. But I didn’t feel that naturally, emotionally.

Still, worth a read. Worth maybe 3/4 of a credit.

The narration was a little bit droning—just a little—but not enough to turn me off to another book with him as narrator. The male and female voices seemed to be equal (that is, he didn’t voice woman as whiny or males apologetic, or practically John Wayne).

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Made me want to throw myself off a cliff

The editor didn’t to their job . Oh and I have to say 15 words to post? 🤯

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