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Publisher's Summary

In and out of hospitals since birth, angelic nine-month-old Morgan Reid finally succumbed to what appeared to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Morgan's Texas-born mother Tanya, a nurse and devoted wife, pulled up stakes with her grieving husband Jim, and moved on. It was the best way to put the past behind them. Until their son Michael, a boy who by all accounts was terrified of his mother, began showing signs of the same affliction that stole the life of his baby sister....

First, the suspicion: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Then, Tanya was charged and convicted with felony child abuse of her son. She was later tried and ultimately convicted for first degree murder of Morgan. It would become a landmark trial that unfolded in a series of reversals and bizarre twists of fate as it gradually revealed another side of Tanya Reid - of her own troubling childhood and the dark secrets that drove a woman to the cruelest deception of all....

Gregg Olsen tells the whole shocking story of this true crime in Cruel Deception.

©1999 Gregg Olsen (P)2013 Gregg Olsen

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Great book,So so ma

The women of the Texas Panhandle should consider sueing this narrator for making them sound like idiots. They should be admired for their loyalty, even misguided, and family values. Most of the problems mentioned by other reviewers about the narration have been resolved, making this an adequate presentation. The story is quite good. Mr olsen does a great job with his characters and locations. He gives us valuable and interesting information without over doing it.
It's hard to imagine what these babies went through.These mothers must be true sociopaths.I this any one who care about children should read this, but like me once will be more than enough.

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good story, narration not so much.

Not until the afterward did the narrative sound professional. Tonya, as voiced by Christy Lynn, sounded like someone portrayed by a 7th grader. Absolutely awful. It was tolerable when Ms Lynn wasn't reading actual dialogue, but when she did I tried to Ff through it so I didn't have to listen to the horrible fake southern accent and shrill voice.

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Excellent

Very interesting the reader held my interest very much - the story line was smooth and easy to understand the medical Terms

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Too Many Detours

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author kept quoting short comments all the way through that the characters had made which became very irritating. A general description of their opinion/attitude would have been better. Plus he kept jumping all over the place so not a smooth transition

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No. The plot would have been interesting if written by a better author. The subject matter is an intriguing one but not documented well here at all.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Christy Lynn?

Ye

Any additional comments?

Chapter two wasn't edited so all the way through the whole chapter was the sound of the narrator clearing her throat, coughing, repeating clusters of words several times to get the correct intonation and making funny noises in her quest to get it right. How this slipped past the editor is beyond me. I nearly packed it part way through this chapter as it was very frustrating but hung on in the hope it was the only chapter like this. Luckily it was.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • Turners Beach, Australia
  • 08-13-13

Dont waste your money

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator obviously has a cold. The constant stopping to sniffle then repeat herself is annoying disgusting and insulting. m

What didn’t you like about Christy Lynn’s performance?

She needs to blow her nose sniffle and clear her throat in her own time. just awful

Any additional comments?

Change narrators then repost the book its worthless as it is

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • RICHARDSON, TX, United States
  • 08-19-13

Good read for a long trip

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

Yes - it's interesting on both a mystery book/crime thriller way and also a "can't not look at the accident on the road" way.

What other book might you compare Cruel Deception to and why?

None I can think of off the top of my head, but put it in the category of good medical crime drama

If you could give Cruel Deception a new subtitle, what would it be?

Mommie Dearest Part Deux

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • CL
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 08-18-13

Fascinating true story

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

Yes - it's an in depth look at a serious but highly misunderstood issue.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It did - wondering about all the evidence coming into play and the strength of the Prosecutor and Defense's cases. Total "edge of your seat" book - Gregg Olsen's writing is PHENOMENAL.

What about Christy Lynn’s performance did you like?

She's good - her voice definitely suits this genre.

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

A story that you can not afford to miss

Any additional comments?

Love Gregg Olsen's writing!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Walter
  • Clearwater, FL, United States
  • 01-04-14

The worst audio editing I've ever experienced.

What would have made Cruel Deception better?

Monitoring of the recording process and post-recording editing. Chapter 2 is a disgrace with pauses, repeated false starts, sniffles, throat clearings, etc.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not exactly, but it's not that kind of book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christy Lynn’s performances?

Possibly, but it might be a long time.

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

I like true crime stories and this probably would have been considerably more enjoyable with a male narrator.

Any additional comments?

Personally, I think that this title should be withdrawn; at least, until it can be brought up to snuff technically. I've never had a worse experience reading an audio book (and since I'm blind, I've been doing it all my life) than trying to get through Chapter 2. Didn't *anybody* validate the work before it was released?

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Dianne
  • New Bern, NC, United States
  • 11-22-17

Are we sure?

Loved the book but I am left with doubts that Tonya Reid was guilty of anything. The story left me on emotional highs and lows. The diagnosis given on the time period left me guessing if professional people really knew anything about was was going on with these children.

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Narrator On Chapter 4 is RAW version, ughh!

I had to take a break, I really don't know enough to review the entire book. Got to Chaper 4 and it is unedited, including constant repeats, sniffles, water gurgles and saying 2 to 3 second pause. I got this book a long time ago and just now listening. It is so irritating that I had to stop and write this review. If this continues beyond this chapter, I will be asking for an alternative book.

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  • A.Connor
  • 06-16-17

Bugs Bunny

This is a straight narrative on a well-known case (Olsen gathers facts as opposed to 'tells stories') & as such it's fine. I can't recommend Cruel Deception as an audiobook however on account of the Narrator's resorting to Bugs Bunny squeaks when representing the key character / defendant, the kids' mother; no adult female ever sounded like that & dire narration trivialises this account.

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  • Jake Dalton
  • 04-20-17

Decent

Interest story, but some of the narration is really strange. The accents and sudden shouting is wholly unnecessary and for some reason the narrator pronounces Texas as "taxes". It does calm down a bit as it gets towards the end though.

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  • janita
  • 03-30-15

Interesting story line

The story was interesting but I found this book dragged on and on. I found a lot of useless side information did not have any bearing on the storyline.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful