Sins of the Son

Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When a hideous murder makes the headlines, a barrage of questions usually appears in its wake: Why did this happen? Could it have been prevented? What kind of family was the criminal from? Are his parents in some way to blame? Any crime writer worth his salt would attempt to answer these questions - but how do you address such questions when the killer is your own son?

As a single father raising two sons, Carlton Stowers did his best to instill in his boys a healthy sense of right and wrong. But with Anson, his oldest, it would prove to be an ongoing uphill battle. At a young age, Anson began to angrily shun authority, and soon became involved with a number of illicit activities, including drugs, forgery, and theft. After each jail stay, Anson would vow to get clean and start anew. It became a revolving door for both father and son, until Anson, 25 years old and strung-out on amphetamines, brutally murdered his young ex-wife.

In a brave, honest, and moving work, best-selling true-crime writer Carlton Stowers examines the downfall of his eldest son, once a happy child full of promise, now a convicted murderer serving a 60-year sentence. With a reporter's shrewdness and a father's heart, Stowers presents a true story of two lives irrevocably lost, and of one man struggling to both understand - and move beyond - the... Sins of the Son.

©1995 Carlton Stowers (P)2018 Tantor

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Narration makes it not worth it.

Narration is awful. Overdone "Texas" accent that is inconsistent throughout. The story was pretty good. Read the book instead.

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Excellent Listen

This must have been extremely hard to write. It also proves if someone is determined to go down a wrong path, you can't stop them.

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An intriguing journey

I can't imagine the roller coaster the author experienced, and the questions that will never be answered. It's clear it can happen to any family