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Dead by Sunset Audiobook

Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

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Publisher's Summary

The shocking tale from true crime queen Ann Rule.

Who is Brad Cunningham? How could five beautiful, intelligent, and successful women believe he was their dream come true? Ask any women who ever longed for "the perfect man".

Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

This question haunts Dead by Sunset, Ann Rule's riveting and impeccably researched study of the destructive relationships, multiple marriages, financial manipulations, and monstrous acts of harassment and revenge that surrounded Brad Cunningham and his wives. It is also a penetrating - and ultimately shocking - recreation of Cheryl's murder and the eight years it took to bring her killer to justice.

Dead by Sunset is a chilling look at the evil that lurks behind the most charming of facades and a fascinating homage to the kind of courage and brilliance it takes to combat it.

©2008 Ann Rule (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Rule provides a perceptive character analysis of a malignant, self-centered, charismatic con artist. It's a chilling, haunting portrait." (Publishers Weekly)

"The similarities with the O.J. case are compelling." (The Spokesman-Review)

"Fascinating material.... Ms. Rule admirably recounts this labyrinthine tale. (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-09-12
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-09-12
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    "Ann Rule's most understated work"

    Over the years I have read many Ann Rule books - some I have liked more than others. I think this one has been somehow lost in the shuffle. It is not as emotionally gripping as Small Sacrifices, but is super suspenseful. How did this happen? How could this happen? And how can justice come to pass?
    This book seems to have been downplayed whenever anyone mentions Ann Rule, though I am not sure why. The hold that Brad Cunningham had over beautiful, successful - though obviously emotionally dependent - women is astounding. And yet....

    Richard Ferone's narration of this was fantastic! I have read several of his novel narrations and have had a hard time with them, but he was pitch-perfect here.

    If you like true crime with character study, this book is for you! Well, well worth the credit!

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    Amazon Customer Ajax, Ontario, Canada 09-04-12
    Amazon Customer Ajax, Ontario, Canada 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wasn't crazy about narration, Story terrific tho"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely would recommend this book. If you're a fan of true crime, you will enjoy it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead by Sunset?

    Over and over being bewildered at what an )@&*(# Brad Cunningham was to just about everyone around him, PARTICULARLY his wives and children. A classic psychopath.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Get a new voice? Seriously, the reading was well done, but I tired of his voice very quickly, which is a problem when you have to spend that amount of time listening to someone.


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

    You do NOT want to marry this man!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I liked this book, finished it quickly, and was satisfied with the outcome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jb11 michigan 10-10-11
    jb11 michigan 10-10-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Ann Rule at her best! Narration very suitable!"
    What did you love best about Dead by Sunset?

    It's a never-ending roller coaster of disbelief in how people behave the way they do, and those trusting enough to allow them to. Ann crafted this story beautifully, a fiction novel can't even compete - in this case, truth IS stranger than fiction.


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

    Absolutely - although I'd seen the movie and knew the story, the book holds so much more detail, contains so many more rich characters, sub-plots and so much history that just can't fit into a movie... If you enjoyed the movie I would HIGHLY recommended this book. You'll bring so much more away, things will make much more sense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to pinpoint.


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

    I think


    Any additional comments?

    It may be long, but I was never bored. Also, I've read where a couple people didn't care for the narration. I was hesitant to purchase it due to that, but I have thoroughly enjoyed his narration and story telling techniques. I'm so glad I went ahead and purchased it anyway. I thought he did a great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Australia 06-01-11
    Amazon Customer Australia 06-01-11

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    "dead before sunset"

    I am not sure about the quality of the writing as the male narrator's voice was so distracting. He sounded as though he was trying to be sinister at times, and it came accross as boring with little appropriate inflection. Listening to the narrator spoiled the whole recording. I love Ann Rule's works, both written and audio. In past audio editions of other stories it has been the voice of a woman, who I can only describe as mesmorising, and soothing. I will certainly listen before I purchase any more of Ann's works, to avoid the male narrator.

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    Hilary Portland, OR United States 08-13-17
    Hilary Portland, OR United States 08-13-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved the content, but..."

    A complex and captivating story.

    However, the narration left a lot to be desired: the narrator didn't bother to learn pronunciations of regional towns, cities, and landmarks, and it sounded like it was recorded in an old-timey recording studio.

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    Skay 08-03-17
    Skay 08-03-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Cannot stop listening to this true story"

    Ann Rule is a great author and I love true crime stories. You will to ...

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    Robert 06-22-17
    Robert 06-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "No spoilers here..."

    Riveting, even if you pretty much know how it's going to end. Great vocal performance.

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    Greta 06-01-17
    Greta 06-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Longer isn't always better"

    I'm a fan of Anne Rule's books and especially true crime. However the depth and research she went into regarding this story at times left me very bored and fast forwarding. At least 5-8 chapters could have been cut and others tended to drag on. The story itself was very interesting but felt it could have been better formatted.

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    Heather J. Bonelli Groton, CT 04-25-17
    Heather J. Bonelli Groton, CT 04-25-17

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    "Disturbing story, beautifully written"

    Once again Ann Rule blows my mind with her well written story of a malignant narcissist, misogynistic, despicable man and his exploits and the lives he destroyed. Her writing never ceases to amaze me, and this particular story may be my favorite yet!!

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    sandy 03-22-17
    sandy 03-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "so interesting"

    the reader is excellent, the story complicated and Brad is a horrible​man who needs to be locked away.

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    "Excellent and compelling story"

    Incredible story and good narration. Kept me hooked. Unbelievable how one man can cause such chaos and remain completely narcissistic throughout!!

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  • Gini Laurie
    1/19/17
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    "What a waste of time"

    I was really looking forward to reading this book, got myself sorted out on the sofa - hubby off out, lovely cup of tea too hot to drink right away, snuggled into the corner, and switched it on. I tried, REALLY tried to get into this book, -I listened to about 10/12 chapters, and gave up. I just couldn't get into it at all.I appreciate that your taste will be different than mine, but I really wish I hadn't bought this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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