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Joseph Duncan had been convicted of raping and torturing a 14-year-old boy in Tacoma, Washington. On the Internet he proudly boasted of his perversions. But the system turned Duncan loose, and no one would stop him from committing an even more horrifying act.

This time he prepared meticulously. He chose his getaway car. He chose his murder weapon and loaded a video camera. Then, when he saw young Shasta and Dylan Groene playing outside their Idaho home, he struck - killing their mother and her boyfriend, and their older brother...and vanishing into the night with Shasta and Dylan.

Detectives pored over the bloody murder scene. The FBI scrambled to find the children and the abductor. And even when Duncan was finally located, the story was not yet over: Dylan was still missing...and the depth of one man's evil was still coming horribly to light.

©2007 Gary C. King (P)2017 Gary C. King Enterprises

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A chilling story of one child and her family

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This is one of the saddest stories I have every listened to that could have been prevented if he had not gotten out of jail the first time, maybe gotten some help but I doubt that would have made a difference to his way of mind. What a cruel man who thinks nothing of life as you will find between these pages a man who rapes, kills little kids and families for no other reason than to have his fun and way with kids.

Mr. Bennett has become one of my favorite narrators he really knows how to pull a read in becoming the characters. His character voices have always been outstanding here you have more facts the characters so you really do not get a true sounding of just how great his narration is. There his narration you can really feel the pain the families, friends and the victims go through. There is no repeat of words nor any background noise just a clean clear audio that you will spend time in shock and pain as you hear what they had to go through. The narrator really bought home to me all this and so many more families had to go through because of this man. He really put emotion into the audio you can feel each pain, sorrow and tear that falls through his voice.

Words cannot say what I feel for the victims and their families. All that Shasta and Dylan had to go through and what Shasta still is today just breaks your heart. My mind won’t even wrap around the years since this and what it must have been like to become an adult still dealing with the past.

This is a story mostly of facts that are heartbreaking from the day they were taken and their family was killed up to and a few years after he caught, it even goes over his thought to a point and how he was turning his self in..whatever. The author does into some detail but it isn’t hard core, he doesn’t go into just what happen to these children just they were raped and used. It shouldn’t set off any triggers. It’s a story of one family’s life turned upside down never to be the same. I thought it was well written with good facts that kept me interested. I am a true crime junky no doubt about it. I spend my time trying to work out why, why would someone do the things they do. I am hooked on the way the mind works or doesn’t work. I was hooked from the start and was so glad one child made it out of a nightmare to live. One must wonder what her life is like today and when the evil man will be put to death. I hope it is very long and painful. It might be wrong but it is how I feel. I enjoyed seeing how the law had changed, how the holes have been filled to helpful help the next Shasta so her and her family will not have to deal with all she has. My heart is very much with her family and hope them the very best. I feel so much for a child that had to be a hero but lost so much to the women she is today. If you enjoy facts and true crime it is worth the listen. The narration is outstanding.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Good but terrifying read

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Stolen in the Night by Gary C. King was a good but terrifying read. This book followed the true story of the murder of a family and the subsequent kid napping of the two young children. Joseph Duncan is a truly evil person who should have never been on the loose after torturing and raping a 14 year old boy.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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First rate!

A brilliantly written account of a horrific crime and the wanton depravity of mankind. It should remind us to embrace our families tightly and remain vigilant in their protection, as some fiends desire to destroy those we cherish most.

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Engaging

I hadn't heard of this case before discovering this story, but wow! The author relays the events of the abduction and subsequent investigation with great tact. Engaging enough to keep me listening nonstop, but not filled with unnecessary, gory details. My heart went out to this family that suffered utter devastation. The narrator also does a great job with a clear, crisp voice. Well-done Gary C. King and J. Scott Bennett.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Interesting look into a terribly twisted crime

Where does Stolen in the Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank Stolen in the Night somewhere in the middle of all of the audiobooks that I've ever listened to so far. It kept my interest throughout, though it is more of a factual account rather than a storytelling of the crime. If you like true crime books, then you should enjoy this one. I don't remember this when it happened but it did prompt me to look it up on the Internet while listening.

What other book might you compare Stolen in the Night to and why?

I've read and listened to a lot of true crime books, but I honestly can't think of one that is comparable to Stolen in the Night. Joseph Duncan holds one of the top spots for his total depravity. This book doesn't go into graphic detail of his twisted actions, but will give the reader a clear idea of the heinous acts that he committed.

Have you listened to any of J. Scott Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think I have listened to any other performances by J. Scott Bennett, but he did a good job narrating. Characters were well done and I could understand him very well. I wouldn't have a problem listening to another of his performances.

If you could give Stolen in the Night a new subtitle, what would it be?

The true story of Joseph Duncan and his final, depraved crime that destroyed a family

Any additional comments?

Again worth mentioning is that this is a very factual audiobook. This is not a story of the crime unfolding. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sad true crime story

This is a sad, true crime story of murder and child abuse. It tells the story of Joseph Duncan and his long history of child abuse and violence. Highlighting the shortfalls in the system that allows dangerous repeat offenders to be released to once again destroy even more lives. The narrator gave the story life, imparting the horror and desperation Duncan's victims must have suffered with his tone. The author did not sensationalize the story or add further distress to the victim or their families by revealing sordid details. He presented the case in a methodical fashion, treating the victims with compassion and illustrating Duncan's distorted view of life.

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Stolen in the Night

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Gary C. King has written another fabulous true crime book - this tale is about a man who is released from prison when he shouldn't be and the public suffers the consequences. If you are sensitive to child abuse, this book is not for you. Bennett delivers a compelling performance in his narration. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys true crime!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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great story

this was a very informative and in-depth book of a predator that should be Wida data Society just like the others that do the same thing. they are sick individuals that need to not ever be in society again. Ihighly recommend it.

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very solid true crime book, great narration

What did you like best about Stolen in the Night? What did you like least?

Gary C. King sticks to the facts and lays them out coherently. Very little speculation, an honest book about a horrific crime. Very accurate about facts without being boring or repetitive.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending of the main section of the book was a little abrupt and didn't wrap up well.The epilogue tied everything together and helped it feel more complete.

Which character – as performed by J. Scott Bennett – was your favorite?

No characters, this is a non-fiction book.J. Scott Bennett is a great performer. Very solid true crime/law enforcement style voice.Performs narration very well, for both male and female quotes.

Was Stolen in the Night worth the listening time?

Yes! Very good book, will return to it again in the future.

Any additional comments?

I received this book free of charge for an honest review

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Stolen

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This is a is true crime story of the kidnapping of Shasta and Dylan Groene and the events surrounding the kidnapping It also includes pertinent information about the kidnapper, such as past crimes against children.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Norma Miles
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"Without forgiveness there is only insanity."

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J.Scott Bennett assumes a gentle country accent to narrate the remarkable and very harrowing story of Joseph Edward Duncan III and his planned entry into a family home where he bludgeoned to death two adults and a teenage boy and abducted two young children, a boy and a girl, to physically and sexually abuse them. That this is, in fact, a true story which made headline news at the time, makes it all the more terrifying.
Duncan, by his own boasting admission, was already a serial rapist by his mid teens. Convicted at 16 of raping a boy at gunpoint, he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment but served only 14 before being released to continue to rape and kill, and eventually move to Idaho where this particular criminal attack took place. The hunt for the missing children was bungled from the beginning and only Duncan's apparent disregard for being spotted enabled his capture. The account of the investigation, the people involved, of Duncan himself and his very strange outlook on life (he even kept a regular web blog), the legal implications and the after arrest circumstances, are all documented in a non dramatic, newsworthy way, telling the facts without dwelling on the gore. This in no way negates the horror of it all, however. Throughout, J.Scott Bennet reads clearly, impeccably and with understanding, enhancing the text with his beautifully modulated voice, always staying true to the text by not over dramatising. An outstanding performance.

The story is not finished, cannot be whilst Duncan and one survivor continue to live, and whilst legal debates over what to do with inveterate disregarders of acceptable behaviour continue. The man was certainly different. But was he mad? This book is a must for all true crime officianados. It doesn't titillate but is shocking and it makes the listener think. Highly recommended.