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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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Excellent reporting on a sad case

I am often disappointed in the narration of a lot of audio books. However this one was excellent. Well researched and comprehensive documentation of unsolved murders that leave listeners heartbroken. RIP Honey and Barry, you were loved.

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Disappointing

This didn’t meet my expectations of this journalist. I’m not sure he was privy to enough evidence or information to justify the writing of a book on this subject.

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In depth but easy to follow account

Loved this audiobook. The deaths of Honey and Barry are still a mystery. The author does a great job familiarizing the listener to the Sherman couple and their family and lays out the facts about the case very well. Great voice and very interesting story!!

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Well researched and written

I enjoyed this book immensely. Well written, organized and performed. I highly recommend it. Thanks

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jaclyn Johnston
  • 2020-02-07

I Was So Excited About This Book

I'm an author and I really wanted to like this book. Plus, this book is my very first Audible experience. I thought this book was going to be about the murders, but it is more of a biography. The title of this book is a bit misleading, I feel bad saying this, but I wanted it to be more about the murder investigation.

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  • Anastasia Kornilova
  • 2020-01-21

Dull beyond words

I wanted to like this book given the good reviews. I listen to a lot of true crime and was bored to tears by this, even though I sat through the whole thing. This book goes on the supposition that because two billionaires were murdered that they are immediately interesting. They're not. This couple was impressively boring. There was no juiciness here at all. And the author seemed to insert himself into the story in a weird way that was...journalistic hubris. Hard skip. I recommend anything by Jerry Bledsoe or Fatal Vision by Joe McGinnis if you want a real success + weirdness + murder story.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-22

Fascinating crime, boring biography

I was interested in this because of the fascinating circumstances of the murder, but despite having “murder” in the title this reads more as a biography than anything else. If you want to read a biography of Barry Sherman (who, were it not for his murder, you would almost certainly not be aware of) this will be of great interest. If you like true crime, avoid it.

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  • Barbara
  • 2020-02-04

Illuminating and well researched.

Performance: One of the mysteries of this book is the one where authors think they can read their own books for the audible community. As writers and therefore artists, they ought to understand that narrating books is a distinct and specific skill and if they have no such skill or talent, they should immediately put that thought out of their minds. Alas, this author failed to do that and the resulting narration is poor. The cadence and enunciation of words and sentences is quite annoying. Even Torontonians (of which I am one) will not appreciate the repeated, grating "Tronno" (for Toronto) throughout the book as well as other mispronunciations. I found the reading to be very poor indeed, but not so awful that I needed to stop listening.
Story: The story was obviously very well researched and Mr. Donovan has assembled it in a relatively logical way. The writing is fairly utilitarian with many descriptions of events. Where the writing improves is in his thoughtful characterizations of how the Shermans lived, interacted with family and friends and business associates and, through interviews and observations, what seemed to be in their minds. A frustrating story because (in my view) of police incompetence but a long needed exposure of the facts as available. Mr. Donovan brings some light to a very dark tragedy.