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On Christmas Eve 2007, Judy and Wayne Anderson's daughter, Michele, and her boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe, arrived at their home for a family meal.

Unbeknownst to them, their daughter was armed with a loaded 9 mm pistol, and McEnroe was carrying a .357 Magnum. Both parents were callously shot dead by the pair, and their bodies were hidden from view.

Two and a half hours later, Michele's brother, Scott, his wife, Erica, and their two children, Olivia (5) and Nathan (3), arrived at the house. Within the hour they, too, had been pitilessly slain in an act of violence that was breathtaking in its scope and cruelty.

With his highly anticipated third audiobook, Paul Sanders takes the listener inside every day of the trial of Michele Anderson, with his customary attention to detail, from December 2015 until March 2016.

And in a unique digression from his other works, Sanders includes something he has never done before: an interview with one of the killers, Joseph McEnroe, at Walla Walla Penitentiary.

Banquet of Consequences is the first of two books on what came to be known as the Carnation murders. Were the killings a premeditated act, or had the defendants acted in self-defense? And what of the deaths of Olivia and Nathan? Who shot them and why? It would not be an easy task for a jury to decide.

Look for book two: The Carnation Murders, Beyond the Pale: Rogue Juror - the Joseph McEnroe Death Penalty Trial.

©2017 Paul Sanders (P)2017 Paul Sanders

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Good story, awful narrator!

The author was very thorough, in fact, a little too thorough; he described the outfit of every witness, down to his tie. He also tended to dwell on the fact that he once served as a juror. I think it would have improved the story if some of the repetition had been edited out. I appreciate his sympathy for the victims, but I didn't need to hear all six of their names reiterated in every chapter.

The narrator used a "sing song" cadence, especially when reading female dialogues.

In spite of these drawbacks, it was a very interesting account of Michelle Anderson's trial for her part in the "Carnation" murders.

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THE PERFECT BEHIND THE SCENES TRUE CRIME.BOOK

Where does Banquet of Consequences: A Juror's Plight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The most exciting true crime trial process I have ever read!

What other book might you compare Banquet of Consequences: A Juror's Plight to and why?

NO OTHER BOOK IN MY OVER A THOUSAND BOOK LIBRARY COMPARES TO THE PERFECTION OF THIS TEN STAR LOOK INTO THE ENTIRE TRIAL PROCESS COMPARES TO THIS BOOK!

Which scene was your favorite?

What is going on in the minds of most juries during a murder trial.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

One feels like a fly on the wall in and out of the jury room!

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THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN HIGH PROFILE MURDER CASES. I COULD NOT STOP LISTENING AND HAD MY HEADSETS ON UNTIL MY EARS HURT. GET IT NOW. YOU WILL LOVE EVERYTHING INCLUDING GREAT NARATION. I loved it so much, I'm going to write to the author!

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Horrible narration

The narrator is awful. He speaks extremely slowly and sounds ridiculous when he tries to mimic voices.

The story is the recounting of a horrific crime but there is no mystery about it. It is about as suspenseful as reading court transcripts. Lots of details that add nothing to the overall story. I love true crime books and powered through it with the hope it would get better, but it never did.

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Pretty boring.

I am tenacious but this one I could not finish. Too many details about the trial.

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"A Juror's Perspective"

Refreshingly different, well done. This time the tale is told through the eyes of jurors and observers, well done.

The only minuscule suggestion I have for the narrator is to correct his continual mispronunciation of the simple contracon "didn't". It should have the sound of two d's.: "did-ent", not "di-ent." Listen to Morgan Freeman or Tom Hanks or someone of that ilk. They pronounce it correctly.

But I enjoyed the book anyway. The book was written well.