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Publisher's Summary

America's foremost true-crime writer offers her most riveting real-life drama ever: a heartbreaking story of treachery, jealousy and murder.

Jenn Corbin appeared to have it all: two dear little boys, a posh home in one of the upscale suburbs of Atlanta, expensive cars, a plush houseboat, and a husband - Dr. Bart Corbin, a successful dentist - who was tall, handsome, and brilliant.

But gradually, their seemingly idyllic life together began to crumble. Bart was distraught and Jenn seemed disenchanted. Then, just a few weeks before Christmas 2004, Jenn was found dead with a bullet in her head, an apparent suicide. But Gwinnett County detective Marcus Head was not totally convinced, nor was Jenn's family. Was this death related to another apparent suicide 14 years earlier of a beautiful student who once dated Bart Corbin in dental school? Or was the answer to be found in a secret - even dangerous - relationship Jenn Corbin was having outside her marriage?

For Too Late to Say Goodbye, Ann Rule has interviewed virtually everyone related to the story to uncover the truth behind the headlines of these two sensational deaths. What emerges is an incredible tale of jealous rage that runs from the steamy to the macabre. The definitive unraveling of one of the strangest murder investigations of our time, Too Late to Say Goodbye is perhaps the finest achievement of a truly great writer's career.

©2007 Ann Rule (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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  • jennifer
  • corona, ca, United States
  • 09-16-11

love this book

Ann Rule is one of my favorite writers and she does not disappoint with this book. She is such an excellent story teller, and really covers all the details of the story. Wonderful book

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lily
  • St. Augustine, FL, USA
  • 11-17-15

Ann Rule does it again

If you could sum up Too Late to Say Goodbye in three words, what would they be?

Well, I can't, but I CAN sum it up in 125 words: I've read many of Ann Rule's books, and the "book-length" ones never fail to hold me in their grip. This true story took place in a Georgia county that I know fairly well, and Rule did a good job of describing it accurately. As always, the book is dense with description of characters and events, including in depth back stories. Rule must be adept at winning the confidence of the people who tell the stories she writes; the level of detail is often astonishing. I haven't enjoyed her "short-story" books nearly as much because the length is just not sufficient to "know" the people involved as I feel I know them at the conclusion of her major works. Ann Rule works hard, and it shows!

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

Yes, I definitely learned a little more about how to commit the perfect murder - what pitfalls to avoid, and such ; )

What three words best describe Barbara Caruso’s voice?

Not. My. Favorite.

Any additional comments?

As an aspiring writer myself - of fictional crime - I've learned a lot from Ann Rule about pacing, story development and getting deep into the lives and psyches of the players. Mine are all made up, of course, but I think reading Ann Rule has helped me make them more "real".

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Read!!

We are so happy to find Ann Rule's books on Audible! This was an exceptionally well told story.

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  • Martha
  • Heathsville, VA, United States
  • 01-05-12

True Crime Goodness

I was turned on to Ann Rule's books through the 2KnitLitChicks podcast. I am so glad that I found this! I love true crime drama and this just satisfied my quest for it. Although I may have been familiar to this story through a 48 Hours Mystery episode, I still found it chilling. The narration was perfect, with the right tones at the right times. I'll definitely read more of Ms. Rule's books!

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HumDrum

Everything about this book was disappointing. It was repetitive, drawn out; full of fillers. Where's the beef? Few books get a bottom ranking from me because I can usually find some value in each one. I'm hard pressed on this one though. I've read many of Ann Rule's books. This one read and sounded like a cookie cutter production. Overall, it was uninteresting and boring.

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 03-25-15

A welcome addition for Ann Rule Fans

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I enjoyed this book by Ann Rule. She did a good job putting the pieces together and kept me interested, even though I pretty much knew what happened and why. The ending was disappointed, but that wasn't Ms. Rule's fault.

Barbara Caruso did an excellent job narrationg this book; she is normally a hit-or-miss narrator, but this one was well-narrated.

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  • Jenny
  • Charmhaven, Australia
  • 05-17-13

OMG

Well, this is the best true crime book I have ever heard. It was sensitive and very respectful. I t must have taken a great deal of time and emotional effort to write. I became totally engrossed in the lives of both families and shed a few tears. It had a very satisfactory ending and I admire the author for her ability to share such a personal account of such terrible murders. One can imagine it happening to anyone we know and love.

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Great book. Ann Rule at her best.

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

Yes, very well written enactment of a true story.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Her voice was very respectiveful.

Any additional comments?

Ann Rule is a great true crime writer and this is one of her best.

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  • jaye
  • GREENWICH, CT, United States
  • 03-23-12

ANOTHER GOOD ANN RULE BOOK!

Where does Too Late to Say Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

4TH OUT OF 14. BUT I LOVED THE BOOK.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Too Late to Say Goodbye?

I HAVE A HARD TIME PICKING OUT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN MOST BOOKS. I COULD FORCE THE QUESTION BUT IT WOULD NOT BE HONEST. I LIKED THE WHOLE BOOK AND NO MOMENT STANDS OUT AS MORE MEMORABLE THAN ANY OTHER PART.

Have you listened to any of Barbara Caruso’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I DON'T THINK SO. AT FIRST I DID NOT LIKE HER VOICE BUT IN THE END I ENJOYED THE READING VERY VERY MUCH.

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

TRUE CRIME MURDER WITH FAMILY BACKGROUND (THE BEST KIND OF STORY)

Any additional comments?

I WISH THERE WERE MORE ANN RULE UNABRIDGED BOOKS AVAILABLE PARTICULARLY

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  • Michelle
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 08-20-12

Entertaining

Very thorough and interesting look at this case. Overall it's worth a listen and interesting - especially the PART I. Toward the end, it started to lose my interest...I felt the story started to bounce around a bit and did lose my interest a few times. (I also listen while driving, broken up in 30 or hour long increments.) Although I got a bit turned around a few times keeping up with some of the characters, etc. I thought it was well done and well-written. If you enjoy murder mysteries or Dateline-eque stories - I would definitely recommend it.

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  • jennifer
  • 09-22-12

Too Late To Say Goodbye

I have only just discovered Ann Rule,I am so glad i did,she is an amazing author of true crime,after listening to Dead By Sunset i was hooked this story too is just as fascinating,its just unreal how somebody could do that to someone and try to get away with it ,it was very similar to the Dead By sunset case,It must be so interesting for Ann Rule to get so involved in these cases and make a big difference to their families a great listen if you love true crime.

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  • Moimeme
  • 10-20-17

Hard work

It just goes on and on and on. Not Anne R’s best work. Somewhere around chapter 30 you just want to yell, “get on with it!” Exhausting. Starts well and just sort of fizzles after chapter 20-something.

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  • AnnieJuly
  • 07-24-16

Glad to say goodbye

This really didn't do it for me. I think it was simply too long: it felt like there was a lot of filling. The backgrounds being described in such minute detail simply were not especially interesting: bios of relatives and parents etc. That is fine if their backgrounds have some point of interest that merits the airtime but I didn't find that applied. In short, this was just quite boring!

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  • Doug Ferreira
  • 12-29-15

Brilliant

Another brilliant book by a fabulous true crime author. Anne Rule is a wonderful writer.

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  • anne.sherry
  • 12-10-15

Nothing is stranger than the truth.

If you could sum up Too Late to Say Goodbye in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating. Frightening. Sad.

What other book might you compare Too Late to Say Goodbye to, and why?

Other books written by Anne Rule

What aspect of Barbara Caruso’s performance might you have changed?

Could be a little flat- overall not bad.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Anne Rule brings to the public an in-depth, but not prurient exploration of a true crime. Nothing is over- sensationalised and she uses a matter of fact writing style which really highlights how evil the most ordinary people can be. I find the way the author pays meticulous attention to the background, as well as the investigation, interesting and disturbing. As I said at the start .... truth is definitely stranger than fiction.