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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction, 2013

Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction, 2013

For 75 years, the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's infant son has gone unsolved. Evidence, opinion, and logic have discredited the notion that Bruno Richard Hauptmann - electrocuted in 1936 - acted alone. In this meticulous and authoritative account of the crime, the trial, and the times of the Lindbergh kidnapping, Robert Zorn clears away decades of ungrounded speculation surrounding the case. Inspired by his father's relationship with the actual accomplices - including the mastermind - he presents the clearest ever picture of a criminal partnership, which would shake every class and culture of American society.

Using personal possessions and documents, never-before-seen photographs, new forensic evidence, and extensive research, Robert Zorn has written a shocking and captivating account of the crime and the original "Trial of the Century".

From the ecstatic riots that followed the Spirit of St. Louis on either side of the Atlantic, to the tragic night that would shake America's sense of security, to the horror of the New Jersey morgue where Lindbergh insisted on verifying the identity of his son, Zorn's skillful treatment meets this larger-than-life story and gives it definitive shape - revealing the true story behind the crime for the first time.

©2012 Robert Zorn (P)2012 Tantor

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  • MJ
  • Montana, United States
  • 12-13-12

Great listen!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Cemetery John to be better than the print version?

No

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

no

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This is a very interesting book that carefully weaves the life of the great airman, his family and the questionable characters highlighted. Detailed and thorough investigation and a captivating performance.

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Very well depicted point of view.

Perfectly narrated by the tone of speech and the speed of clearly spoken words.
Well written interesting and informative writing. Some of the descriptive writing was outside of the scope of information. For example; The Jefferson Library... I found myself waiting to get back to the information he was there for. But as I have been reading other books on this history, the clarity of facts even makes the other readings more understandable. Probably because it is more factual than a story. Very good! It is even better than what I expected.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed listening to Cemetery John. The content and reader kept me captivated. The book did become a bit redundant but it did not seem to bother me to continue on to the end! Loved the story about the author and his dad too!

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  • B Rose
  • Ivins, UT USA
  • 02-15-15

Great book and believable theory.

Would you listen to Cemetery John again? Why?

No, once was plenty.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Really hard to say.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many, but one is when they trace and find large portion of ransom bills.

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

No. Wanted to absorb everything.

Any additional comments?

Not know too much about the kidnapping, I'm sure from all the facts this has to be what happened. Great book and narrator!

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  • Kelly
  • FORT WORTH, TX, United States
  • 04-03-13

Great theory about the Linbergh kidnapping!

I was concerned that being a historical book it would be dull, but it was a really well thought out story with some extremely interesting insight into the Linbergh kidnapping. I never knew much about this particular event, but the information is laid out well and unfolding beautifully to keep you interested.

The narrator does a fantastic job which certainly helps hold the listener.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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DIgging deep into a well-trod mystery

Would you listen to Cemetery John again? Why?

I would listen again to immerse myself in the author's tale for his evocation of the time period and the Lindbergh frenzy that existed. His attention to detail and theory of the crime were enthralling.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Although this is a non-fiction book, the way he narrated it wasn't dry or boring - he made me believe the story and want to read more narrated by him.

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

Yes - I didn't want to put it down and looked forward to picking it up again

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Complex, interesting and incredibly well written

The author brilliantly weaves four stories together, sometimes stunning me with his clear, smart presentation of the facts. Great to the last word.

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  • Joyce
  • Miamisburg, OH, United States
  • 02-17-17

What Wasn't Said At The Trial

For those of us who were not alive when the Crime Of The Century occurred this book makes it easy to follow and understand.

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Fascinating read

Very interesting. I love solving old mysteries like this. Narrator was good to listen to.

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reader makes TSSSS sound w/every S- drove me NUTS

The story is excellent, and would be a good read. The audiobook was terrible because the reader makes the TSSSS his with every S and it drove me crazy. I couldn't finish listening to the book.