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Fatal Vision is the electrifying true story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, the handsome, Princeton-educated physician convicted of savagely slaying his young pregnant wife and two small children, murders he vehemently denies committing.

Best-selling author Joe McGinniss chronicles every aspect of this horrifying and intricate crime and probes the life and psyche of the magnetic, all-American Jeffrey MacDonald, a golden boy who seemed destined to have it all. The result is a penetration to the heart of darkness that enshrouded one of the most complex criminal cases ever to capture the attention of the American public. It is a haunting, stunningly suspenseful work that no listener will be able to forget. 

©2012 Joe McGinniss (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Well Written & Great Details!

It's a tragedy that this was a real case but it's a great read. The story is not slow at all. This case was a rollercoaster ride and the author managed to be detailed while getting to the point. I loved it and would totally read it again.

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  • Robert
  • GRAND FORKS, ND, United States
  • 05-13-18

Superb

The best True Crime novel outside of Jack Olsen. I will immediately check for anything else by this author.

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Good book<br />

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Great narrative. Thank you Joe McGinnis for another wonderful weekend.

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  • M. E. Keenan Lindsey
  • 03-25-18

The True Crime Classic You Must Listen To

Where does Fatal Vision rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the category of true crime this is my favourite

Who was your favorite character and why?

I’m not sure that question is appropriate considering the material involved. All participants are observed with great insight and portrayed in an intelligent and thought provoking way.

What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

Excellent, his voice has the gravitas necessary for the story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Always, I read it years ago and it resonance continues, however, for me the psychological aspects and analysis of the people involved are the really stunning aspects of this work. If only McGinnis were still alive and could use his skills to write a biography on Trump.

Any additional comments?

It has to be one of the true crime classic of all time. It’s up there with In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter. Controversial in its time for reasons explained in the last chapter, its an awesome work. The story of how a doctor and Green Beret soldier was found guilty of the horrific murder of his wife and children. It is intense in detail maybe too detailed for some, but that is to my liking. The portrayal of Jeffrey MacDonald and his rather subtle narcissistic personality traits is both fascinating and relevant. These are the days before DNA and it’s a very circumstantial case, however, the real forensic search occurs outside of the courtroom in the dissection of personality, status, excpectations, interpretations and the investigation centres on not only how this most brutal of crimes took place but more interestingly why.

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  • daniel Jones
  • 03-21-18

Fantastic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, I think it is a fantastic true crime journey. If you loved 'Son' by Jack Olsen this could be for you.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fatal Vision?

The police questioning of Macdonald and his every changing stories

What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

The calm pace of speech

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The autopsy descriptions of the family was very hard to listen to. It was quite sad and upsetting

Any additional comments?

My new favourite

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