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Dixie Shanahan had a terribly troubled and abusive marriage in the sleepy little town of Defiance, Iowa. Then one summer day in 2002, Dixie's mean and wicked husband was gone. Some of the local residents presumed that Scott packed his bags and left town. But others were skeptical. After all, Scott's brown Ford pick-up truck was still parked in his driveway. The disappearance mystified Defiance for more than a year. Then in late October, 2003, the truth emerged - or did it?

"This fascinating story will leave you asking yourself one question, was the punishment that Dixie received in her case justified? Highly recommended for all true crime readers." (RJ Parker, best-selling true crime author)

©2015 WildBlue Press (P)2015 WildBlue Press

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Could have been SO much better!

First, while the narrator had a pleasant voice, his "redneck" accents were terrible and ruined the dialog he was saying.

Second, the electronic sounding alert songs at chapter, subject, or dramatic pauses was NOT a good choice. Just plain annoying.

Third, this is actually an interesting story, or would have been. It felt like no research at all had been put into discovering the main characters backstory. Or if it was, it was pretty much left out. This is a very short book, it would have been fine to add more/some backstory in without making it too long.

Fourth, in general I don't know if I learned anymore than what could easily have been detained in court transcripts or newspaper articles. This story lacked the depth it could have had. Felt like a summary, not an informative in depth look into the crime.

I don't mean add more gory details, more information. And telling us the police and medical examiner were grossed out was just immature sounding. The way it was done made them sound like kids, not professionals doing a horrible job.

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Dixie didn't cut it for me

While the story is a one of a kind crime (don't want to spoil it so that's all I'll say about the crime) the writer lacks the polish and poise of the more skilled story weavers in the field of crime stories such as Ann Rule. Maybe a few more books down the road this author will be someone I'd give 5 stars to, but much work is needed until I could give my highest rating. Read it because of the uniqueness of the crime if nothing else.

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OK but she was offered a deal for a reduced sentence so I don't feel sorry for her

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courts and laws

Would you listen to Dixie's Last Stand again? Why?

important issue worth consideration

What other book might you compare Dixie's Last Stand to and why?

unk

What three words best describe Dave Wright’s voice?

tone is to repetitious

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes. the sentence was pathetic, abusing the victim again and again, and then abusing her children again and again, the criminal is the law

Any additional comments?

no

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Do NOT waste your credit :(

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Someone that really took the time to do proper research, give backgrounds, tell the story of their life day to day. Someone that actually wrote a book about it.

What was most disappointing about John Ferak’s story?

He did not tell you anything that you didn't already know if you had seen this story on any crime show such as Snapped. He had a chance to really bring this story to life and completely dropped the ball. Nothing new from what you could read in the newspaper, an episode of Snapped or probably Wikipedia.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Wright’s performances?

Absolutely Not! There was no passion, no story telling method of his narration. He sped read through it. Did horrible voices when trying to speak the female (Dixie's) part. Bleeding from the ears!

What character would you cut from Dixie's Last Stand?

Being true crime there isn't really anyone you could cut from the story.

Any additional comments?

Was excited to see someone had written a book about Dixie and Scott. I felt bad for Dixie. This book did nothing for me. A real let down and disappointment. Her story could have been told so much better. Turning it back in for a credit. Let down from the author and the narrator.