Victim

The Other Side of Murder
Narrated by: Gregory St. John
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Now a classic of true crime, Victim is a compelling and tragic look at how lives can be changed forever by a random act of violence. During an armed robbery, several hostages were brutally tortured, shot in the head, and left for dead. Victim focuses on the members of one family - including a mother who died after the attack and a son who was left barely alive - as they fought for his survival and struggled to rebuild their lives.

Victim was the first book to go beyond the headlines and statistics about violent crime, to tell the victims' dramatic story of love, loss, and courage. It remains one of the most influential books in the victims' rights movement and has become required listening in criminology courses across the country. It may be more relevant now than ever.

©1982 Gary Kinder. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

" Victim is Truman Capote's In Cold Blood turned inside out." ( Newsweek)
"Just as Capote did, Kinder has somehow created a story that is truer than true." ( The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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This book was amazing. The writing and performance was spectacular and engaging. It was a story that needed to be told.

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Unbelievable story

If you're from Utah, chances are you're familiar with at least the basics of this story. What these people went through was just unimaginable. That 2 of them survived (not counting Carol as it was brief) is hard to believe when you find out what was done to them. I really enjoyed the detailed account of the crime and the months following, it was very interesting to find out everything Cortney had to go through. He was put through hell and back, to say the very least. The narrator did an incredible job of bringing the story to life, though he was a little over dramatic at times. I also wonder if some of the dialogue among characters was embellished a bit, it sounded fictional at certain times. He also pronounces a few of Ogden institutions incorrectly, but you'd only know that if you were from here. This book makes you think about just what victims can go through after the crime is committed and the dust settles. These poor families had to endure so much.

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this book was a complete and total eye opener. I absolutely loved it. I would highly recommend it.

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Superlative Narration!!

Where does Victim rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 3.

What other book might you compare Victim to and why?

In Cold Blood

What does Gregory St. John bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

An amazing performance, not just narration, but actually acting out the book. Emotional, tense, frightened, angry, scared, dolorous....you will feel them all and hear them all in his voice.

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I will definitely look to Gregory St. John's other performances for such realism.

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I was shocked by the racism & classism of this book (e.g., narrator description of the perpetrators of violence & crime). I could not finish this book because this fault was too disturbing. How can a book be about the victims' perspective without an appreciation of systemic forces that contribute to violence & crime?