The Fall River Murders and The Trial of Lizzie Borden, Vol I

Narrated by: W.B. Ward
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
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For one 123 years the mystery of Lizzie Borden has captivated the public as perhaps one of the most celebrated cases in our American justice system. After her acquittal, Lizzie Borden was ostracized in her hometown of Fall River, Massachusetts. She was even mocked in the now-famous children's skip rope rhyme which went: "Lizzie Borden took an ax - Gave her mother 40 whacks - When she saw what she had done - Gave her father 41." Perhaps the truth lies in the key testimonies presented at the time of her trial. For the first time presented here in this easy to listen dialog format, is the full transcript of The Trial of Lizzie Borden.

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Filled with SO MANY juicy tidbits!

I LOVED THIS!! Over the years I’ve owned/read lots of books about this case, but for some reason THIS ONE, and being done in audiobook format - included SO many little details that I was apparently unaware of. I was astonished. It was truly like being right there. Such as how the actual bloody murder sofa Andrew was killed upon, was brought into the courthouse and set out in the hall!!! Witnesses spilling out seemingly trivial facts that make you go wait, what??? And much more!

I also liked this narrator...although not perfect, he REALLY added genuine realism, as it makes it seem as if HE was actually there and is telling you all about it! Loved it. A LOT. If there is a future Volume 2. . . .SOLD!

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Great read

Real enjoyed the book. Loved the subject. Felt like you were sitting at the trial.

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Did she or didn't she?

This is an intriguing account of an unsolved mystery. Volumn 1 tells of the events surrounding the brutal slayings of Mr. Andrew Borden and his wife Abby. The main suspect was his daughter Lizzie. Her subsequent trial is told here from court transcripts. Spoiler alert, she was acquitted. The author has done a great job presenting the details in "edge of your seat" fashion. W.B. Ward does an excellent job narrating and doing the voices of the characters involved. I am looking forward to hearing Volumn 2!

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Fantastic!

Did Lizzie Borden really back her father and step-mother to death? In. The Fall River Murders: Trial Of Lizzie Borden Volumn I you can judge for yourself as W.B. Ward reads the first part of the original court transcript.

This reviewer found the audio book riviting and is anxiously awaiting Volumn II. I can't help but wonder if the trial shouldn't be re-opened for two reasons: men's opinions of women being delicate creatures, a popular opinion of the time, also there seems to be some conflicting evidence in Volumn I. So, did she do it?

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Objection!

Speculation, more prejudicial than probative, inflammatory, misleading, assumes facts not in evidence.

This book presents itself as an objective, accurate portrayal of the trial testimony, put into dialogue form for ease of reading. Why, then, does the author dare presume to speak the inner thoughts of the defendant and jurists, not simply twisting established facts to suit a narrative with a clear authorial bias, but actually inserting unspoken, unprovable thoughts into people's heads (again revealing a completely subjective slant in the bits of factually uninformed "creative writing" which have no place in something purporting to be accurate-yet-accesible)? What a joke. It's fine to write a book with your pet theory of the case, sure, go wild! But to make ham-handed attempts to sneak your opinions into a work that portrays itself as something as straightforward and objective as trial transcripts...... Shame on you.

The narration compounds the insulting nature of the book. It feels rushed and unprofessional, given the sheer number of mispronunciations, but then he sporadically throws his poor acting skills into the mix. Cringe-inducing and often totally irrelevant accents and random, inconsistently applied speech patterns are just the tip of the iceberg. One witness testifies with a stuffy nose (?????!), and apparently the Irish maid Bridget is now East Indian. Go figure!

So very disappointed.

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