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Number-one Amazon best-selling author Shaun Webb's sixth full-length work and second true-crime study, Lost Youth: A True Story, delves into a fateful October 1981 night in Waterford, Michigan, that rocked a quiet family's peace and shook an entire community to its deepest emotional depth.

Colette Molyneaux, a cute, healthy, and happy 13-year-old, paid the ultimate price in a criminal's horrible thirst for blood. Nancy Molyneaux, Colette's mother, also suffered enormously, enduring the violent act of rape on top of losing a dear daughter.

Who was responsible for these monstrous crimes? Why did such a bright and friendly young lady have to be extinguished so brutally? More to the point: What factors could have possibly contributed to the awful situation?

In his search for the truth, Shaun digs into the police investigation, forensic science, and interviews with the people who were closest to Colette along with others involved in the tragic case. Emotionally wrenching and infuriatingly sad, Lost Youth: A True Story seeks answers that are elusive in nature.

The story will soften the hardest heart and challenge one's deepest logic. You are the jury. Study all of the facts and see if you can come up with the answer that resists disclosure. The surprises this case exposes will perplex you like nothing you've ever heard or read. Colette speaks with us from the spiritual world. Can we take just a moment to listen?

©2015 Shaun Webb (P)2015 Shaun Webb

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  • inov8v
  • Hampstead, MD, United States
  • 10-06-15

well done though a sad story...

i found the book to be well written with a tremendous amount of research performed...narration was solid...a very sad story though...the author's commentary was sometimes helpful but i felt like he was sometimes attempting to rationalize the irrational and more often than not, the commentary was not helpful to me...

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Shawn
  • Ontario, US, Canada
  • 10-28-15

Very thorough story

Story was detailed and complete but the narrator needed work. Definitely would recommend this book.

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Outstanding effort by writer and narrator

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

The realism was so effective it kept me absolutely riveted.

What other book might you compare Lost Youth: A True Story to and why?

It read much like Ann Rule in its descriptions and narration. It's a sad but effective story of a young girl.

What about Steve Blizin’s performance did you like?

His sound effects were great. He brought life to the story. It felt real.

If you could give Lost Youth: A True Story a new subtitle, what would it be?

A tragic family loss.

Any additional comments?

Great effort by reader and writer!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Writers should not preach to the reader .

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

There is definitely a story to be written here, but I felt that a lot of time was wasted in this book with the author's frequent side tracking into monologues; giving his opinion or a personal story that has no bearing in this story at all(such as his own youthful bad behavior). Also, unneeded and unwanted: paragraphs of the author instructing the reader not to judge or not to disrespect the dead, but then also reminding us that "those who live by the sword, die by it"(isn't that a judgement?). Authors of true crime should write their story from an investigator's point of view and not include their opinions or advice to the reader... just stick to the facts of the case and what you have uncovered in your research. The author must respect the reader of his work and allow the reader to form their own opinions and judgments if he is to gain fans of his work.

Could you see Lost Youth: A True Story being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, not this book.

Any additional comments?

The addition of music and other sound effects in this audiobook was distracting and ,at times, made the book appear comical in the way the sound effects were suddenly added.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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If you enjoy true crime stories, this is it!

Would you listen to Lost Youth: A True Story again? Why?

Probably, to get the details I may have missed.

What other book might you compare Lost Youth: A True Story to and why?

Unsure.

Which character – as performed by Steve Blizin – was your favorite?

I could't really pick. Steve did an awesome job throughout.

If you could give Lost Youth: A True Story a new subtitle, what would it be?

A family left in shambles.

Any additional comments?

I felt the book was made even more real (if that's even possible with murder) by the fact that the author knew the young lady and others in the story.

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Violent, undeserved end to a young girl's life!

If you could sum up Lost Youth: A True Story in three words, what would they be?

Very sad story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost Youth: A True Story?

I thought the letters from the accused were interesting. He clearly has something to hide but can't seem to admit to the truth even after being convicted.

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

Hadn't heard of him before so can't really compare.

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

Probably not. Lots of information to take in and while interesting, it's a pretty grim story.

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Toughest Book I Ever Wrote.

What did you love best about Lost Youth: A True Story?

That I was able to capture Colette's childhood so effectively. Thanks go to her family and friends.

What other book might you compare Lost Youth: A True Story to and why?

A Motion for Innocence...And Justice for All? because they are both so raw and emotional.

Which scene was your favorite?

Colette's relationships with her friends.

If you could give Lost Youth: A True Story a new subtitle, what would it be?

A family tragedy.

Any additional comments?

I worked very hard on this book. It shaved 5 years off of my life.

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Disappointing

I actually feel guilty reviewing this book negatively after reading the author's review of this book. I know he worked really hard on it.

It read much like a book report - an assembly of newspaper articles, police reports, letters from prison all mixed in with cliches and the author's opinions and preaching. I was looking for a more investigative book - things that we don't see in the headlines and in public record. I appreciated the author's conversations with the perpetrator's mother and had hoped to read more of that kind of info - the facts not seen in the headlines. After I finished the book, I felt as tho I had just finished reading a newspaper article about the crime. The author frequently stressed the importance of not writing opinion, and then proceeded to go ahead and state his opinion.

......and then there was the narrator. I found his style to be more suited to reading children's books. The sound effects really detracted from the performance, especially during the autopsy. Switching characters back and forth during the police interview was almost silly. The female "Nancy" interview was so incredibly flat and emotionless, especially the "crying."

This is one to skip.

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just so+so

the story was what is was and the author just told the story. Unfortunately it felt flat to me .

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  • Hlg
  • texas, US
  • 11-03-15

I would not recommend this

What disappointed you about Lost Youth: A True Story?

It was written in very simple language with a lot of cliches

What could Shaun Webb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The narrator may have made the book less enjoyable. Perhaps if I read the book rather than audible it may have been more interesting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Steve Blizin’s performances?

No

2 of 7 people found this review helpful