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The Billionaire Murders

The Mysterious Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman
Narrated by: Kevin Donovan
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
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A top journalist crosses the yellow tape to investigate a shocking high-society crime.

Billionaires, philanthropists, socialites...victims. Barry and Honey Sherman appeared to lead charmed lives. But the world was shocked in late 2017 when their bodies were found in a bizarre tableau in their elegant Toronto home. First described as murder-suicide - belts looped around their necks, they were found seated beside their basement swimming pool - police later ruled it a staged, targeted double murder. Nothing about the case made sense to friends of the founder of one of the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical firms and his wife, a powerhouse in Canada’s charity world. Together, their wealth has been estimated at well over $4.7 billion. 

There was another side to the story. A strategic genius who built a large generic drug company - Apotex Inc. - Barry Sherman was a self-described workaholic, renowned risk-taker, and disruptor during his 50-year career. Regarded as a generous friend by many, Sherman was also feared by others. He was criticized for stifling academic freedom and using the courts to win at all costs. Upset with building issues at his mansion, he sued and recouped millions from tradespeople. At the time of his death, Sherman had just won a decades-old legal case involving four cousins who wanted 20 percent of his fortune. 

Toronto Star investigative journalist Kevin Donovan chronicles the unsettling story from the beginning, interviewing family members, friends, and colleagues, and sheds new light on the Shermans’ lives and the disturbing double murder. Deeply researched and authoritative, The Billionaire Murders is a compulsively listenable tale of a strange and perplexing crime.

©2019 Kevin Donovan (P)2019 Viking

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The Honey Boo Boo Murders

Well researched, written and narrated. While the murders remains a mystery, the author does raise some suspicion upon Honey and Barry’s close circle.

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Boring

This is not a book about a murder investigation. It's a book about the generic pharmaceutical industry. It just drones on and on. Kept waiting on something to happen. I finally gave up. Could not finish.

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Skips around alot.

Story telling is not so intriguing. Some facts given but not really in a concurrent manner that keeps you interested.

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Good but not great

Its a good book and you learn a great deal about the victims. In fact the book is more about the victims than the murders. Still the book is good and interesting.

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Really enjoyed

Highly recommended if you’re looking for a real thriller where you get to know all parties involved. Provides just enough background info

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Dull beyond words

I wanted to like this book given the good reviews. I listen to a lot of true crime and was bored to tears by this, even though I sat through the whole thing. This book goes on the supposition that because two billionaires were murdered that they are immediately interesting. They're not. This couple was impressively boring. There was no juiciness here at all. And the author seemed to insert himself into the story in a weird way that was...journalistic hubris. Hard skip. I recommend anything by Jerry Bledsoe or Fatal Vision by Joe McGinnis if you want a real success + weirdness + murder story.

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  • 11-24-19

Have to agree, boring......

Expecting a murder investigation what we got was a biography of Sherman, which in truth is boring. It's a biography without depth or family input, no surprise facts and no insight to "who dun it". Finished it because I bought it, had it been radio I would have switched off very early.