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Publisher's Summary

One by one, three waterlogged suitcases were pulled from the Chesapeake Bay. In each were body parts of a man. In a forensics room, the truth was discovered: William McGuire had been horribly murdered and dismembered. 

William and his loving wife, a registered nurse named Melanie, had just closed on their New Jersey dream home. Little did William know about the nightmare that was in store . . . . For Melanie had been involved in a long-term affair with a married doctor at the fertility clinic where she worked - and she had plans for the future that didn't include William. 

Investigators believe that on April 29, 2004, Melanie first drugged her husband, then murdered him in cold blood. Three years after America witnessed the details of the suitcase incident unfold - on 48 Hours, Dateline NBC, and ABC Primetime, and in People magazine, among other news outlets - Melanie was convicted of first-degree murder and desecrating human remains. To Have and to Kill is the true story of a marriage that turned deadly . . . .

©2008 John Glatt (P)2020 Tantor

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Couldn't get past the narrator

I have no idea if this story is good or not.

This is an American story. Why the British narration?

I have nothing against the British, in fact I love the accent but it doesn't work here. At all!

I'm sending this back. It totally ruins the story.

Get the sample first. I wish I had.

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Bad narrator

The narrator chopped up sentences, pausing for no reason at random. His voice was grating with no change in inflection. On the positive side he had a British accent. The story itself was fascinating and well written and I would have to recommend this audiobook. It could have been 5 stars plus if not for the narrator.

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Give it a few chapters

starts off with difficult to understand narration, and more than a few glitches in recording.....but once we got into the narrators rhythm, a tragic fascinating story overcomes the errors. melanie is a wicked narcissistic *itch, and I highly suspect her family helped her carry out this horrific crime.

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Terrible narration. Good story

If we're going to pay these prices for a service that prides itself in being the premier service in audible books, the narrators need to be properly vetted and auditioned. This guy was abysmal.

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  • 12-21-20

Narrator was fine.

I don’t understand criticism of narrator. It is a fascinating complex story of s terrible crime well told.

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WHY!

The story line is interesting but the narrator destroyed my listening pleasure, awful!! It was hard to get through that I just had to stop. A narrator can make or break a story.

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Basic but thorough true crim

A lot of reviews had issue with the narrator but I didn’t mind him at all.

This is a basic and thorough investigation of a true crime. The writing isn’t exceptional but it’s good. I’d recommend it but not strongly.

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Good not great

I followed this case when it broke, and figured that there was more to it than CourtTV was covering. This didn't disappoint on that count. John Glatt's books are always thorough to a fault, and the narration was wonderful; since the author is British, it just makes sense to have a British narrator. Sometimes there was too much detail -- the horrific description of the dismembered body was probably necessary, but I didn't need to be told several times that the guts spilled out. Gross! So when I listened to the book again, I skipped those parts. It's too bad that we don't know all that much about what was going on in Melanie's head -- but she probably wasn't as chatty as the other murderers that John Glatt has written about.

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excellent story

If you love brutal horror you will enjoy this story. Very long, but worth the read.

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Excellent

The British narrator was wonderful to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book.

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  • 01-19-22

Narrator ruined it.

The cadence of the narrator was appalling. it was hard to finish this or even follow the story as his voice was so dull and repetetive. He had no expression and followed the same cadence all the way through sounding completely bored himself.

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  • 02-18-21

Melanie Mcguire innocent or guilty

I've listened to a podcast about this case and really enjoyed the audible book. A great listen, going to download some more by the same author.