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The Billionaire Murders

The Mysterious Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman
Written by: Kevin Donovan
Narrated by: Kevin Donovan
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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A top journalist crosses the yellow tape to investigate a shocking high-society crime.

Billionaires, philanthropists, socialites...victims. Barry and Honey Sherman appeared to lead charmed lives. But the world was shocked in late 2017 when their bodies were found in a bizarre tableau in their elegant Toronto home. First described as murder-suicide - belts looped around their necks, they were found seated beside their basement swimming pool - police later ruled it a staged, targeted double murder. Nothing about the case made sense to friends of the founder of one of the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical firms and his wife, a powerhouse in Canada’s charity world. Together, their wealth has been estimated at well over $4.7 billion. 

There was another side to the story. A strategic genius who built a large generic drug company - Apotex Inc. - Barry Sherman was a self-described workaholic, renowned risk-taker, and disruptor during his 50-year career. Regarded as a generous friend by many, Sherman was also feared by others. He was criticized for stifling academic freedom and using the courts to win at all costs. Upset with building issues at his mansion, he sued and recouped millions from tradespeople. At the time of his death, Sherman had just won a decades-old legal case involving four cousins who wanted 20 percent of his fortune. 

Toronto Star investigative journalist Kevin Donovan chronicles the unsettling story from the beginning, interviewing family members, friends, and colleagues, and sheds new light on the Shermans’ lives and the disturbing double murder. Deeply researched and authoritative, The Billionaire Murders is a compulsively listenable tale of a strange and perplexing crime.

©2019 Kevin Donovan (P)2019 Viking

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very interesting

I loved the way this book was being read.I I love in Toronto and it was almost as if we should have known them. Very interesting to know what the couple was really like. I feel like it was someone that new them very well that killed them. A great read. I highly recommend it. I will read it again in the future.

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An In-depth Investigation of So Many Factors

Well researched, excellent story telling! Loved the in-depth look into all angles of the victims, the family, the business, and the science, SO INTERESTING!

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  • 2019-11-02

Thought I knew everything about this case.

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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A sad story, tastefully told by a Toronto reporter

I am a Torontonian and was shocked by the deaths of the Sherman's. But I was also curious to know what really happened. Donovan's book is extremely well written. He tells the story in an interesting way, and ponders events before and after the murders. Although he has no definitive answer to what happened, he recounts the story thoughtfully and gives many theories in the end, some outrageous, some possible.

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Riveting!

Loved listening to Kevin recount the story of The Billionaire Murders in my hometown. The book weaves its way forward through the investigation and backward to share snippets of the lives of those involved. Along the way, I learned about the pharmaceutical industry and the mindset of a financially successful entrepreneur. It will be fascinating to see how things evolve.

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Very good

This book has been very well researched and offers various insights into what could have happened in this most unusual case. the facts are laid out in an easy to follow format and information used is given by many different people close to the Sherman's both in life and after their death. I enjoyed this book although it does have a tendency to be a little repetitive in a couple of chapters hence why it is a 4 star and not a 5.

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Very thoroughly investigated by the author.

Terribly sad subject to write about, however, very thoroughly investigated by the author. Author did not inject his own theory of what occurred but rather wrote in detail what he discovered while speaking to people who knew the Sherman couple.There are times I felt we will never know who murdered these two people. By the time of the ending of the book I feel confident the killers are known and more evidence will materialize very soon. I would rate this book as nothing less than a 10/10. The narrator has a very "easy to listen too" voice. My thanks to the author for the insight!

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SO ABSOLUTELY WELL WRITTEN !

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Barry & Honey Sherman. It's obviously a very, very difficult case to investigate and such a hard story to listen to, especially about how they were both found. It's heartbreaking. I don't think there could be a better writer to have put this this book together. It was written with extreme care and respect to the family and friends of the Sherman's and all of those interviewed to gather and convey nothing but pure facts. Applause to Kevin Donovan, he did an amazing job gathering information and putting it into a story that flowed so smoothly. This case is absolutely stuffed with deep, interesting, yet disturbing detail and facts, but now we too KNOW.
A brilliant job! Now we just PRAY for answers and even tips to flow in...in the days and months or years to come. SOMEONE KNOWS...AND LET'S FACE IT, with a whopping $10 Million REWARD to help with a solid tip...THE PERSON THAT DOES KNOW WHAT HAPPENED OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T NEED THE MONEY!!!!;I have never wanted a case solved as much since JonBenet Ramsey! Definitely worth a listen. This is so close to our home...it's terrifying.

BUY IT...I couldn't take my headphones out! Well done Kevin Donovan.

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Well researched and compelling story

The book is very interesting and overall the narration is good. However, it felt like nails on a chalkboard every time the author pronounced Toronto as either "Trono" or "Tronto".

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Interestingly unsatisfying

A well researched and written book... but oddly unsatisfying. I knew going in that these murders have not yet been solved, but finishing the story felt unfinished. Who did it? And why? I am fascinated by the crime, so I did what the author knew (or hoped) I would do: buy it anyways. Perfect set-up for me to buy book 2 later, which I will probably do.

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  • Tanya Nawas
  • 2019-10-31

The Honey Boo Boo Murders

Well researched, written and narrated. While the murders remains a mystery, the author does raise some suspicion upon Honey and Barry’s close circle.

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  • 2019-11-19

Boring

This is not a book about a murder investigation. It's a book about the generic pharmaceutical industry. It just drones on and on. Kept waiting on something to happen. I finally gave up. Could not finish.

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  • Katrina P.
  • 2019-12-23

Skips around alot.

Story telling is not so intriguing. Some facts given but not really in a concurrent manner that keeps you interested.

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  • Viktor Wiman
  • 2019-11-24

Good but not great

Its a good book and you learn a great deal about the victims. In fact the book is more about the victims than the murders. Still the book is good and interesting.

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  • KMC
  • 2019-12-17

Really enjoyed

Highly recommended if you’re looking for a real thriller where you get to know all parties involved. Provides just enough background info

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