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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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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?

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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.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Abridged version.

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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interesting story

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

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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.

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Unabridged version not available.

I find the story fascinating. I always have. I watched the TV series when I was a teenager in the 80's. Frightened me to no end. I bought the book and read it in my 40's. I realize I'm the age of the would be son and third child of Colette (Stephenson) MacDonald. It is such a tragedy that this book is not the fully unabridged version. It was exquisitely and meticulously written. I would purchase it flat out if available! Otherwise I would have given this book at top notch rating! It deserves is. But without the fully unabridged version, that is not possible. I loved Christopher Reeve's narration. Excellent!

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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

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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

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I absolutely loved this

Short and sweet but I can’t tell you how enough how well Christopher Reeves portrayed the attitude and personality of Jeffrey McDonald, I actually listened to it twice .