Submerged

Ryan Widmer, His Drowned Bride and the Justice System
Narrated by: Janice Hisle, Mike Landis
Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
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A young bride drowns in her bathtub. Her husband of four months is accused of murder. What happened in their tiny suburban bathroom - and why - was never resolved.

Based on exclusive new information, Submerged, a compelling true crime drama, exposes hidden angles of a case that captivated and divided an ordinary American community, tore apart two families, and tested the criminal justice system.

Compelled by conscience and curiosity, former Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Janice (Morse) Hisle - who covered the saga of Ryan and Sarah Widmer from the start - returns 10 years later to dig deep to tell the untold story: dozens of interviews, 6,000 pages of trial transcripts, and previously unrevealed records such as:

  • Ryan’s first written statement about Sarah’s death
  • Attorneys’ notes and trial-preparation documents
  • Ryan’s personal journal, notes, and correspondence
  • More than a thousand pages of police notes and reports

Submerged will draw you into the depths of a stranger-than-fiction story that you will ponder long after listening to the final word.

©2018 Janice Hisle (P)2018 Janice Hisle
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Quote.......Unquote

I got to Chapter 5 and was so irritated by the narrator saying, quote, unquote every other line I couldn't continue. Her cadence was also slow. Shame too because I love true crime stories and the book looked extremely interesting.

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Narrator is TERRIBLE - but good book.

everything good except narrator. She is terrible and should not be allowed to do this ever again. way to overdramatic - and in the wrong areas.

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Ruined by the Narration

For me this audiobook was ruined by the narration, which was performed by the author. There is a reason they call narrators THE TALENT. This sounded like a school teacher reading to a class of 3rd graders. I'm stymied by how Audible could have allowed this to happen when you have so many excellent narrators. Hisle merrily bounced her way through a serious, true crime story. Shame.

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Sad

I wish I could’ve continued on w/this read as it sounds like an interesting case , I , however
couldn’t listen any longer due to the narration 🥴I felt it sounded forced and over the top.

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Yuck - couldn't finish it

Glad the book was written, at least from what I could gather in the first 6 chapters. It seems like the case at least needs to be moved and retried, but this author or at least the narrator, one or both are just awful. Sounds like something written by a child. I can't believe I spent my money on this.

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Thumbs up the story; thumbs down the narration

The narrator was awful. She sounded like the narrator of Desperate Housewives. To be specific, her voice inflections at important times or questionable events would go into a high-pitched whimper-like voice.

The story is very intriguing and I’m wondering if any other author has covered this because I still can’t decide on his guilt or innocence. However it was repetitious in that it restated the same facts over and over again. I guess the whole book could have been shorter than it was. But other than the exasperating narrator, it was a good listen.

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"quote " "unquote " I could not listen past Ch. 3

unable to finish listening due to constant quote unquote. most annoying . I'm most disappointed

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Excellent story

I had not heard of this case ... couldn’t put this book down. Definitely a page turner. Author did a fantastic job. I look forward to more true crime stories from this author.

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Listen To Feel The Story

Love audio books, love the audio of Submerged. It's not often a listening reader has the opportunity to hear the author tell his/her story, Janice gives an outstanding performance communicating the nuances of the Ryan Widmer story, piecing together the who, what, how, when and why Sarah drowned followed by the trials and tribulations of Ryan's legal battle.

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Worst writer ever

You don’t have to quote your self dumbass this bull sucked assszzzzsssssss assszzz asssss asss

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  • 03-08-19

Fantastic!

Brilliant and beautifully read. I felt like I was on the jury of this strange and intriguing case. I changed my mind minute to minute. I’m still not sure. I’m very glad I’m not on the jury, I would be having sleepless nights whichever way I decided. Well done Janice. I admire your investment in this case. Any more books on the way?

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