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The Sadist, the Hitman, and the Murder of Jane Bashara

By: George Hunter,Lynn Rosenthal
Narrated by: Richard Powers
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Publisher's Summary

"Big Bob" Bashara put on a respectable face. To his friends in Detroit's affluent suburb of Grosse Pointe, he was a married father of two, Rotary Club President, church usher, and soccer dad who organized charity events with his wife, Jane. 

To his "slaves", he was "Master Bob", a cocaine-snorting slumlord who operated a sex dungeon and had a submissive girlfriend to do his bidding - and he wanted more slaves to serve him. But Bashara knew he couldn't rule a household of concubines on his income alone. He eyed his wife's sizable retirement account and formulated a murderous plan. 

This meticulous account tells the complete story of the crime, the nationally watched investigation and trials, and the lives affected.

©2018 George Hunter and Lynn Rosenthal (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Extremely Boring!

You would think with the subject matter this would be an interesting listen/read but this has to be the most boring re-telling of a true crime story. I’m not sure if was the writer’s fault or the narrator’s but overall the story just dragged on. Very disappointing.

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Great book!

I thought this was a great audiobook. The narration was entertaining. It had a great background story. I will probably listen to it again. It was a fascinating character study in narcissism.

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slightly repetitive in the case recap.

it was a sexually driven attention grabber. at first..... but it quickly petered out. ut the story and the unraveling of Basharas audacity was captivating enough to keep me till the end.

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pretty interesting

a case I wasn't very familiar with. very detailed but not over the top. narrative was fine except I don't appreciate men impersonating women's voices it takes away from the story. some of it felt repetitive but overall I would say it was alright

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Great Listen

interesting story and great narrator. Highly recommend. Lots of info on BDSM lifestyles which was educational

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Not bad.

Not great, but an interesting story about a murder . That's about all I can say.

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way too long

This book was so very long and remarkably boring. The actual story could have been told in about 3 chapters! It just dragged, and I had to really convince myself to finish it. I kept telling my phone to, "just get on with it already!!"
I would not recommend this book.

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  • 07-17-22

Probably good…

The story seems interesting, but I cannot handle the narrator’s voice. He sounds like a robot.

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Interesting story

I love true crime and this was a little dragged out. The husband was delusional all through this book and the bdsm was not all that extreme (several of the other reviews said it was). I enjoyed listening but it wasn't riveting.

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Excellent - thorough account of a murder

A tale of murder, greed, and selfishness wrapped up in S&M lifestyle . A complete retelling from before the crime was committed all the way through the investigation, capture and trial. Excellent narration, complete portrayal of the individuals, motives and details of the investigations.

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  • 11-12-22

Most interesting

I don't know why the reviews were not good for this book as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I never heard of this case before. The narrator was excellent although it takes a bit to get used to the imitation voices. As I listened on though, I felt they added to the overall enjoyment of the book. The courtroom closing impact statements from the Judge and family members were riveting and well founded. What a horrible narcissistic man Bob Bashara was. He was totally delusional and a compulsive liar. May Jane truly rest in peace. She so did not deserve her appalling fate. So very sad for her family too. Highly recommended.

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  • 09-10-22

Engaging story of the tragic death of Jane Bashara

Really enjoyed listening to this - I liked the way the story was laid out & I enjoyed the narrator's style. I was pleased that the victims of this crime - Jane & her loved ones - were given ample focus in this book - instead of purely focusing on Bob. What a waste of a good life - rest in peace Jane X

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  • shaun m arstall
  • 07-08-22

too repetitive, too confusing, otherwise decent

the story was very repetitive and confusing with all the he said she said. would probably be better in paperback

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  • Purbert
  • 06-16-22

A bit rambling, padded, and boring at times

The narrator does a great job with somewhat flawed material. The problem centres on the style of the book - it’s one of those that are typical of US true crime stories whereby there’s way too much irrelevant detail and consequently the story is rambling and and times very dull….my mind kept drifting off the subject. If you like that style then great but I prefer a bit more focus…..

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  • Melmo25
  • 05-12-22

Horrid horrid man

Fascinating

His sexual preferences had nothing to do with the fact that this man was revolting.