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Trophy wife Celeste Beard wasn't satisfied with a luxurious lifestyle and her rich Austin media mogul husband's devotion - so she took his life!

The wife: She wanted everything, but her husband stood in the way.

The lesbian lover: A love-struck, middle-aged woman with a history of mental illness, she would do anything to set Celeste free.

The beauty salon receptionist: Celeste hired her to tie up the loose ends ... in a second conspiracy to commit murder.

©2005 Kathryn Casey (P)2013 Kathryn Casey

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  • AH
  • MURFREESBORO, TN, United States
  • 02-28-13

Great Story

If you could sum up She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire in three words, what would they be?

This was a really great book! It makes you feel happy, sad, and angry at different times throughout it.

What other book might you compare She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire to and why?

Kathryn Casey's other true crime books are quite similar to this one.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The author's accents that she used for the different characters was a bit weird at times.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • Roswell, GA, United States
  • 10-04-17

This narrator needs a new career!!

Decent story, with lots of details (although it dragged at times) but Ms. Rock's narration is the biggest crime in this story! Not only are her voice inflections ridiculously overdone (I had to increase the speed just to even listen without becoming totally distracted,) but the voices she invokes for the main characters - worse than nails on a chalkboard!! This one is definitely better in print.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Narrator

Story was good, although quite repetitive. Narrator was so bad I almost quit. She was like a really bad William Shatner impersonator, but minus any charm. Bizarre intonation / choppy. Every (I mean EVERY) female voice was a sort of gruff, slightly slurred, twangy sameness. A few words were mispronounced. Distracting to an extreme.

Writing was fine. Nothing left out. Satisfying true crime.

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bad narration

decently written story, though repetitive at times. hated the narrator! her portrayal of the characters really made it difficult to listen to and concentrate on the plot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Ruined by melodramatic reading

This is an extremely well-written and well researched book, with a fascinating topic – but it is ruined by the narrators decision to perform the event and his wife and a screeching, high-pitched baby voice that

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Narrator was to whiney to enjoy

What would have made She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire better?

Well the book was extremely boring. I have in the past liked this author, but this one was just dragging on and on and on and on and on... You get the idea.

What was most disappointing about Kathryn Casey’s story?

That's hard to say, I think that it is just plain boring.

Would you be willing to try another one of Moe Rock’s performances?

No! Her voice is whining and sounds like a petulant preteen any time she is reading dialog. It made it that much harder to listen to the book.

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

The research was if accurate well done.

Any additional comments?

I can't think of anything else except that if you are considering this book, listen to the sample first to make sure you don't find the narration as painful as I did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The most horrible narration I have encountered yet

Would you try another book from Kathryn Casey and/or Moe Rock?

Kathryn Casey is one of my fave true crime authors, up there with Olsen and Rule. But the narration was just sickening.

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

It was so absolutely maddening to listen to this book (or a little more than half of it, so far) that I can't really give a totally separate opinion of just the book as written. I actually had to turn it off and give up several times, just to get this far, because of the despicable narration. But it is hard for me to imagine Kathryn Casey writing a book that I would consider bad. So I kept going back to it to try to disregard the narration and finish the book. Like I say, halfway there so far.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator.Maybe this is just a pet peeve of mine and no one else's. But when, oh when, will the narrators figure out that they should just READ THE BOOK to me. This is not a movie or a play. There is no stage for the narrator to get up there and focus all attention on his/herself, and away from the story! There is no way on earth a narrator can do any justice to acting out each character, trying to use a different voice, different accents and inflections, etc., and have it come out like anything decent for the listener. I do not believe 99% of the audiobooks for sale here were ever written with the idea of being read aloud, as opposed to read off the page. So this kind of narration, of so feebly attempting to act out the entire book, is never going to work.In this case, I am so sick of the female narrator trying to imitate the whiney voice of this character or another, be it the hairdresser or various friends, the cold, murderous tone of the gold digger wife, the innocent, young sound of her relatively sweet, victimized twin daughters, not to mention the male characters with deep voices - the rich husband, the ex husbands, etc. I mean I can just barely focus on the action going on, so glaringly does that ridiculous and fakey, unrealistic and totally poorly done, "acting" assault my train of thought.It is a real wonder to me how this kind of reader stays employed for these audiobooks, while the likes of Kevin Pierce, and others, are available.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, big time. I cannot enjoy this work by Kathryn Casey as I have most all her other offerings. I was all set for a really engrossing listen, to lighten the load of my daily chores; instead this is a struggle all the way through. If I just had the time, I would opt for the hardcopy book instead, or the ebook, but who has the leisure these days to sit and read?

Any additional comments?

I would be curious if I am totally warped on this topic, (I have been accused of eccentricity at times...) or if others get this upset at the narration as I do. I think I am relatively accepting - slight mispronunciations do not bother me too much, or genuine accents from different parts of the country. In lots of cases, these things can subtly add to the authenticity aspect of the reading of some of these nonfiction, true crime books. Nonfiction is the only kind of reading I do. Perhaps that is part of my irritation with this narration issue - maybe I am not sufficiently tuned in to the flavor of novels and other kinds of fiction.<br/><br/>But this misguided attempt to act out the entire book really just has to go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • Montgomery Village, MD, United States
  • 02-11-13

Choppy narrator & too long

This is a good book except the narrator speaks in phrases a good bit of the story, which makes for a rather choppy listening experience. And the book is just too dang long!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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My ears are bleeding!

I truly enjoyed the story line of this book.

The narration, however, is AWFUL! Her voice, the way she reads a simple sentence, the way she attempts to change her voice as she talks as different characters... it’s terrible. I will NOT be listening to another book read from this narrator.

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awsome book I loved every minute of it

the fact that it was a true story made it even better i love true crime books