On July 13, 2011, Laura Jean Ackerson of Kinston, North Carolina, went to pick up her two toddler sons. It would be the last time she was seen alive. Laura's ex, Grant Hayes - the father of her two sons - and his wife, Amanda, the mother of his newborn daughter, both pointed the finger at each other as the one guilty of murdering Laura, cutting up her body, and then transporting and disposing of the remains on the shores of Oyster Creek, Texas. This is the hauntingly true story of a devoted mother, a disturbed couple, and how these horrific events came to pass.
©2016 Diane Fanning (P)2016 Tantor
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"COMPELLING ACCOUNT - WRONG NARRATOR!"
This is a pretty good true crime story. One which has not been "done to death" on TV forensics shows to the point where YOU could commit the perfect crime AND solve it in 48 hours! The author did a lot of research, which is daunting in some places, but that's what a true crime buff lives for. However, the amount of details and minutiae become mind-numbing when delivered by this narrator. Her voice is just all wrong for such a dark and disturbing crime. It's like listening to an actress from "Nickelodeon" dropping "f-bombs" and talking about very sexually explicit acts. After about 3 hours, I decided to just look up the murder on Wikipedia because I couldn't take that narrator any longer. Overall, it's a good account and the perfect audiobook if you're stuck in a car for a long drive.
A a fan of true crime books in my opinion this book was bronze. It held my attention and was very detailed, describing the characters and helping me to visualize them as I read the story. I think I gave this book three stars because of narration.
"Tragedy times three"
The narration, by Karyn O'Bryant is engaging, and fluid. It is as if she was talking about people she knew personally. That is of course due in part to Diane Fannings' empathetic prose. Bitter Remains isn't just about a horrific crime, rather about the descent into psychopathy, of a trio of very damaged people; but about the ripple effects that will leave limitless scaring of three very young children. Very inconceivable, but very good read.
I'm a Kinston resident and while I didn't know any of the people involved, I feel for Laura's family and friends and for all of the children that are now without parents. I'm glad that justice was granted foe Laura's death and that her murderers are behind bars.
"Narrator too boring."
I could not finish listening too this. The narrator made it a difficult listen. As much as I don't like to give bad reviews. About halfway through the story I just could not stand another second. Story is good, but I won't listen to this person again.
Loved this book. Very easy to follow. Didn't lose interest once. The narrator did a phenomenal job. Very talented author.
"Compelling & Riveting"
Most enjoyable for me would be the attention to detail of the facts of this case. I watched the trial from beginning to end and Diane Fanning included the most important facts accurately.
One of the most memorable moments of this book for me would have to be the trials of both Grant and Amanda Hayes.
Karyn O'Bryant had inflection in her tone and wasn't monotone. She managed to capture my attention and hold it from beginning to end.
I wouldn't change the subtitle. It reflects the murder of Laura Ackerson accurately.
"Unthinkable-what kind of person could do this?"
Found interesting because, I grew up in BraZoria, County, Texas..and had moved years ago; I knew nothing about this story. The narrator was hum drum - making it a chore to listen to. I pushed on for the story. Finally I couldn't listen anymore.. a great narration makes or breaks a story for me...I will have to google the crime to find out the ending!!
"too long because of unnecessary detail
details took up a lot of chapter space and added nothing to the story line.
"Interesting case with a loooong boring ending"
This case is fascinating, and seems well researched. My problem was the second half of the book, which covers the trials of the two accused. That part exhaustively covers every minute detail of what every single person in the court room said. While some might find that interesting, I found it to be overly long and boring, and did skip a couple of the later chapters. This case is very interesting, but this book is not my favorite true crime book.
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