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Publisher's Summary

Ann Rule's shocking and powerful account of the destructive forces that drove Diane Downs, a beautiful young mother, to shoot her three young children in cold blood.

©1992 Ann Rule (P)1992 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Superb... the most riveting true-crime account since In Cold Blood (Kirkus Reviews)

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The book has more information and is way longer

Would you try another book from Ann Rule and/or Ann Rule?

No

What could Ann Rule have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Actually read the book she published...this not even three hour short story remake is an insult to the book she actually did write. The book contains way more information and leads you into the mind of Diane Downs. This audiobook barely scratch the surface.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ann Rule’s performances?

no

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Severe disappointment

Any additional comments?

I wish I could have my money back.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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flat narration.

I enjoy Ann Rule's works most of the time, but this is the first time Ive heard her preform. It was pretty flat, monotone, and terrible. I enjoyed her other books read by others though. Wouldnt recommend this.

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  • Jessica
  • WOODLAND, WA, United States
  • 02-20-13

I accidentally purchased the abridged version

What did you love best about Small Sacrifices?

I love true crime, especially Ann Rule. I was upset however, that I bought the abridged version. I read the book years ago and it was much longer and more detailed. I will purchase the unabridged version very soon.<br/>But this story is so amazing and it boggles the mind how a mother could be so selfish.<br/>

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

For sure! I loved that Ann Rule herself narrated it.

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

She is telling HER story that SHE wrote and put her heart and soul into. It makes a difference to have the author retell what she worked so hard on.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I love Ann Rule's ability to put it all together.

Would you listen to Small Sacrifices again? Why?

for true crime lovers this is a must read book--wish this was unabridged

What was one of the most memorable moments of Small Sacrifices?

Diana on the witness stand

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I find human behavior very interesting--and Downs is a great case study

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Greenville, SC, United States
  • 02-10-11

Sacrifice of your money or credit!

This was a waste! Ann Rule is an "okay" writer on one of my favorite genres. However, she is not (nor should she EVER be) a narrator!! I found this book reading almost incomprehensible. What a sacrifice!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Abridged

I was sooo disappointed with this purchase. It was woefully abridged, I've read the book previously. I paid for the book, only then to realize the version wasn't the one I had hoped for

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great

This book was great had me edge my seat Anne rule great author and she narrated well - I sis feel that it was too short !

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I loved this it is a honest look at what happened.

this is a awesome look at what happened and Ann rule gives a very unbiased account of how Diane was - this trial changed lives and that is very well narrated here.

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eh. Not the best version. I'm disappointed in it

I am disappointed in this version. Too short and while Ann Rule wrote well, they need a better reader.

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Ann was great

But not a great reader to an audience ,but overall riveting stuff ,she will be missed