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Only on chapter three and will return audiobook.

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-17

I know this is an interesting subject but I do not enjoy the narration . This is not the first time I have struggled with this narrator.
It is very distracting and I am constantly rewinding.
I listen to many audio books and I barely even think about who is telling the story .That is the way it should be. I know it is not hard to find an interesting narrator. I find the actual writer can be the best story teller. It is their story and they put their heart in it.
I often wonder if the people who write these very well researched and interesting books have any input when picking a narrator.
I should try the written version but probably won't. I am addicted to audio books and podcasts.

Great book ...Terrible accents

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-09

Loved this book and Ronan Farrow's narration was easy to listen to except for the irritating character accents .
I almost gave up but it was such a compelling story and I really like the author and I am glad I hung in there.
Investigative journalists are awesome.

Awesome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-01-22

I have to wonder how I knew nothing of this subject despite being born in the fifties and living most of my life in North America.

Compelling listening.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-02

Such cruelty and pain towards their child in the name of religion. When a religion tells you how to act , dress and think , it is just another cult.

Thought I knew everything about this case.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-02

Lots of new information I didn't know about. Kevin Donovan is relentless when he is on a mission. Investigative journalists are my heroes.
I have very mixed feelings about exposing family matters but it is so important to expose deficiencies in our system .
I sense this case will eventually be solved and the writing of this book may be the driving force behind that.
I like when authors narrate their own audio books especially when they do it well like this author.
This remains a tragic and profoundly sad case and nobody deserves to die like that.
The collateral damage is enormous to family , friends and community.

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Bingeworthy reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-31

What a rollercoaster of emotions. Fascinating and at times frustrating read . Paul Fronczac should have read this himself. He has a great voice in the introduction and on the video on his web site .
The narrator was a bit too sappy .
I sense this story is not over .
I developed a renewed interest in my own ancestry while reading this book and found out some disturbing facts of my own . Submitting my DNA has changed the game.

Interesting overview on a social experiment .

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-10-09

This lifestyle has never held an appeal to us. We as retired boomers have visited friends in gated, contrived, white, right wing Florida retirement communities and it never felt like it was a good fit for us.
We prefer to stay with our wide age and socio economic range community, our schools, school buses, strollers, playgrounds, bikes, laughing kids, snow and ice and spectacular fall colours. We will continue to pay school taxes to the local school board who educated our children and grandchildren.
Clearly this type of lifestyle meets the needs of many retirees and I wish those people well. Socialisation is powerful medicine. Not everyone has the benefit of family nearby. However there appears to be a need for a lot more transparency and flexibility in some of living arrangements and contracts .

I know this great story well from other media

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-26

I found it tedious and boring and started fast forwarding through the stories.
I dislike when narrators use alternate voices fot characters.

loved it!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-07

lots of detail but never boring.
Best true crime book I have listened to in a long time.

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Boring and reads like fiction

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-02

Really tried to like this book . These interesting and important stories could have been told without all the endless boring fiction like details.
Narration was painful and childish . I finally gave up about a third into the book.
This trend of crossing over into fiction in the non fiction genre makes finding a good book difficult.