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The Menendez Murders

The Shocking Untold Story of the Menendez Family and the Killings that Stunned the Nation
Narrated by: Eric Martin
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
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Discover the definitive book on the Menendez case - and the source material for NBC's Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.

A successful entertainment executive making two million a year. His former beauty queen wife. Their two sons on the fast track to success. Until tragedy struck.

Married for 26 years, Jose and Kitty Menendez appeared to be a happy couple and proud parents. Twenty-one-year-old Lyle Menendez was enrolled at Princeton, where he was a star on the tennis team. Eighteen-year-old Erik Menendez had just graduated from Beverly Hills High and was about to start college at UCLA. The Menendezes appeared to be living the American dream. But it was all a façade.

The Menendez saga has captivated and fascinated people since 1989. The killing of Jose and Kitty Menendez on a quiet Sunday evening in Beverly Hills didn't make the cover of People magazine until the arrest of their sons seven months after the murders, and the case developed an intense cult following. When the first Menendez trial began in July 1993, the public was convinced that Lyle and Erik - "the boys", as they would become known - were a pair of greedy rich kids who had killed loving, devoted parents. But the real story remained buried beneath years of dark secrets - until now.

©2018 Robert Rand (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Another look with more evidence

First: The narrator is superb. Beautifully listenable voice with just the right tone for a tale that blends a variety of emotions with factual and legal material.

The author is certainly right about one thing: Had the trial - even the murders - first taken place 30+ years later in this year 2018, the public attitude, the legal approach and the outcome would most certainly have been very different.

Once the entire factual case of the Menendez brothers is laid out - and that takes the entire book to accomplish - there is a great deal to think about for the jury that is the public readership, who forever sit in a judgment of their own about sensational crimes.

The book held my interest even through the wealth of detailed information. For those readers who, like myself, never knew much about the case, there are a number of substantive revelations that explain why the author is a believer in the brothers' story of sexual abuse and emotional manipulation that led up to the murders. The author makes sense of the tangle of disconnected public information that floats around about this case, including some of the more colorful side characters.

And, even at the end of the book, there are some final, recent revelations about events before the murders that lend more substance to the brothers' story.

Another element of the story that is mentioned only once in the author's comments at the end of the book, but which may well be the reason for writing it, is that even though both brothers are in prison under a sentence of life without parole, it may well be that their legal quest for freedom is not over yet. That alone makes this book worth reading, as any future legal action on behalf of the brothers will undoubtedly enjoy wide media coverage.

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This book appears to be a work of fiction

I am about half way through the book—almost all of it is written in the form of dialogue—between the murder victim and the murderer. None of it is corroborated by any evidence that I can see, and the author seems to expect that the reader not even notice that this entire dialogue was never witnessed by anyone except the dead, and the person convicted of killing them.

It’s complete and total fiction. I am almost offended by it.

A legitimate true crime author would at least point out either that this is their theory about what happened, or only report events and conversations that are based on more than the narratives of confirmed liars who are trying to justify a double homicide.

Over and over and over sexual abuse is referenced in this dialogue, written as though the author was in the room at the time, and no where can I see any evidence of any kind to justify reporting this as anything other than pure speculation.

I am getting my credit back, thank you very much.

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Might change your mind about a few things.

Mr. Rand obviously put in a lot of work and interviewed countless principals to present facts that may have been overlooked by the general public. So many things that never came out during the Menendez trial - even if you were sitting in the courtroom! I was living in Santa Monica at the time and followed it daily on Court TV, but the revelations in this book are stunning. Although the epilogue is worth the entire book, do yourself a favor and give all of the chapters a careful listen. The narrator was good, but I found him to be a bit "stiff" or one dimensional; however, he has a great voice and I adapted to his pacing and approach after the first chapter. Definitely worth the time and money.

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Great book and audiobook

This book is very well written. Great amount of facts, but not too dense. Great story telling.

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would not recommend,no new info

nothing new,readers voice very monotone very hard to listen to.glad its over.do not recommend book

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  • 07-14-19

Family 😳

Make your own judgement, murder is murder and lives were taken, is anything so bad it warrants murder, personally I don’t know have never been in that position, sometimes life takes us on paths we can’t control, be the judge read this book for yourself.

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  • 08-29-19

Fascinating story

Story gets a bit bogged down during the first court case, but otherwise, pretty good!