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Fatal Vision Audiobook

Fatal Vision

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Publisher's Summary

The true crime tale of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, who murdered his pregnant wife and two young daughters and blamed it on hippies.

©1983 Joe McGinniss; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster

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    Sauncelery HOUSTON, TX, United States 05-21-12
    Sauncelery HOUSTON, TX, United States 05-21-12
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    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Being unabridged


    If you’ve listened to books by Joe McGinniss before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Reeve?

    undetermined


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I read the book, and though it met the general qualities of the printed version, abridged versions miss so much. Especially when you know what should be there.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see more 'True Crimes' (unabridged) in your library. I'm having difficulty finding any and that's what I listen to.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Wilson Traverse City MI 03-20-17
    Stephanie Wilson Traverse City MI 03-20-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Abridged version."

    Why is there no warning or notation when the audible version is not the entire work? Very disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sophiee0099 10-29-16
    sophiee0099 10-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Abridged version"
    What would have made Fatal Vision better?

    having the original version


    What was most disappointing about Joe McGinniss’s story?

    The abridged version has gutted the original book


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    narration was ok


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fatal Vision?

    If I was the editor, I would have left it alone - I think there were legal issues attached to it though


    Any additional comments?

    read the original book, its a true classic, very well written

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting story"

    the story was interesting, full of ups and downs, seemed like it could never end but the narration was lack luster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    10-29-12
    10-29-12 Member Since 2002
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    "True Crime! Made for TV? Except it really happened"

    The story of a military officer, a medical doctor, who committed a heinous crime, and his legal efforts to exonerate himself. Did he do it? Is he innocent, a victim himself of this crime? The case spans 10 years. The author gives you all the facts as they were uncovered and documented by the courts. Listen carefully. Then decide.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten Z 02-24-17
    Kirsten Z 02-24-17
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    "Christopher Reeve Secret Book Reading Genius: Reads True Crime Classic"

    I never cared much for Reeve's acting in movies, but I quickly discovered that he had a talent for reading books that was savant-like. You feel like your sitting next to the Narcissitic convicted murderer Jeffrey MacDonald as Reeve sighs, and huffs arrogant through his dialogue. I challenge the listener to listen to Reeve's portrayal then play an interview with the real MacDonald and try to tell them apart. It's that accurate a portrayal. Reeve is equally convincing as MacDonald's distraught mother-in-law. I love true crime books and this is a great one. However, it's Reeve's amazing reading and acting of all the parts in the book that make this so special.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-30-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wish could be unabridged version"

    Great story. It stands in history of American crime. I will read the book now or hope to listen to unbridged version

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 11-24-16
    Rebecca 11-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fascinating, but short"

    this is an incredible story and I would have liked more detail and substance. good story and narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly 09-25-12
    Molly 09-25-12

    Wazoo Books

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    "Did the Doctor kill his wife and children? 3 STARS"

    PLOT: a marine green beret claims 4 hippis killed his family in a manson type murder.

    BASED on a real life event. Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald is a green beret officer and his pregnant wife and children are murdered. Dr. MacDonald escapes with a few wounds. BEFORE the CSI forensics of today you name the flub it happened from important clues being dumped in the trash or moved or tampered with. When the horrific scene of the family killed in a bizarre way the only one alive is Dr. MacDonald who's story changes each time he tells it. AT first there is no real tie in and the military police who do not want to prosecute him he goes 10 years or more before a grand jury indites him. MacDonald hired an author to write his "version" of the story to raise money for his legal fees soon has the author deciding maybe he really did do it. The audio is a bit of a bore with a tiresome reader. I give it 3 STARS all the way. Dr. MacDonald is currently in prison for the murders and is up for parole~ this fall.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Burlington, NC, United States 11-05-12
    Carmen Burlington, NC, United States 11-05-12
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    "Fabricated but Enjoyable as Fiction"
    Which character – as performed by Christopher Reeve – was your favorite?

    Reeve was phenomenal. He is missed.


    Any additional comments?

    Joe McGinnis is the worst sort of 'journalist'. Had he presented this book as fiction, I could've given it a wonderful rating, but it isn't. Fatal Vision is responsible for incarcerating a man who may be innocent and, even if guilty, never had a fair trial thanks in part to McGinnis. Read this as fiction as enjoy. As fact, it's disgusting and unconscionable.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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