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Once Upon A Time, A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law Audiobook

Once Upon A Time, A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law

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Publisher's Summary

In 1989, Eileen Franklin, a young California housewife, claimed to recover a repressed memory of her father killing her playmate 20 years earlier. In a landmark trial, the father was charged and convicted of first-degree murder, based solely on his daughter's testimony. This book chronicles the trial, explores the remarkably dysfunctional Franklin family and delves into the credibility of repressed memories as evidence.

This version contains a 2011 Epilogue, which details the reasons for the reversal of George Franklin's murder conviction and the refusal of the district attorney to retry him for murder.

©1993 Harry N. MacLean (P)2015 Harry N. MacLean

What the Critics Say

"A tragic but gripping story, and expertly crafted. Mr. MacLean has a positive talent for detail, and an obvious knowledge of the law. I congratulate him on a masterfully told story" (Steve Martini, author of Compelling Evidence)

"Once Upon A Time is a well-written and meticulous account of a true human drama. The uncharted terrain of the human mind and its ability to repress as well as deceive are fascinating food for thought." (Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, author of Mitigating Circumstances)

"MacLean gives us a fascinating look at a fascinating crime." (Tony Hillerman, author of Talking God and Coyote Waits)

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    Bobbie 16/01/2016
    Bobbie 16/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Overlong"

    Too long boring at times stuck with it hoping that I would get into it .

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  • Brittany
    15/08/15
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    "Superb!"

    As an avid true crime lover I especially enjoyed the detail in this book. The entire court case was told in such a way to make you feel as if you were there. Too many true crime stories assume guilt based on a conviction, in this tale the reader is allowed to make up their own mind. I found myself wondering what I would have done had I been on the jury, with the facts that the jury was given, and also trying to decide what I thought with all the facts. That was an interesting change for me, as usually my option of guilt is decided before the book even makes it to the courtroom.

    The narrator did a pretty good job of portraying the different speakers, although there were moments that she annoyed me in her attempts to do this. Overall though, she added to the book and did not take away.

    Highly recommend!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rjai
    CA
    05/08/15
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    "Job well done."

    This book had you on the edge of your seat. I was late for a lot of appointments because I didn't want to get out of the car. Ms. Wendy did an awesome job narrating the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • elizabeth
    03/10/15
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    "Fascinating true story!!!"
    Where does Once Upon A Time, A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks among my favorite Audible books. I remember this story from the '90s and the facts are very different than what was reported at the time. This story details an abusive and extremely dysfunctional family and a father accused of murder by his daughter. The author presents a believable psychological explanation and a 2011 update.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tonya
    14/03/16
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    "Couldn't get into it"

    The performance is so off I couldn't make it to the end of the second chapter. My mind kept wandering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reznicek, Pavla
    North York, Ontario Canada
    13/03/16
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    "Interesting story but slow read"
    What about Wendy Almeida’s performance did you like?

    Had to listen on faster speed. Narration is too slow and tedious.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting subject matter. Be prepared for a slow narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather Knox
    03/02/16
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    "Half and Half"

    The first half of the book was great second half not so much very dry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Nelson
    LINCOLN, CA, US
    30/11/15
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    "Interesting and addictive story, bad narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Upon A Time, A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law to be better than the print version?

    No, the narrator was annoying. I found myself getting irritated at her over and mis-pronunciations.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Wondering if her story is true, or how much of it is true.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Wendy Almeida’s performances?

    NO


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me interested and wondering what was going to happen next. It made me research this case, look at pictures of the family and try to decide for myself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • inov8v
    Hampstead, MD, United States
    22/10/15
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    "exceptional..."

    i found this book to be exceptionally written and very well narrated...the story is unreal but is told in such a well written manner...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie
    HEATH, OH, United States
    14/10/15
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    "On and on and on...."

    I stuck with this, almost grimly, in the hopeful expectation that there would be an event or a twist or some little denouement which would justify my persistence.
    Alas, no.
    The only good thing about it is that if you need to leave it to see to something while you're listening, it's not necessary to pause the recording because nothing will have happened while you're away.
    Nor is it a good choice if you're prone to taking naps during the day as the slow delivery will soon have you snoring.
    Sorry - just didn't like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Shamblin
    Greenfield, IN United States
    02/02/16
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    "Our children. Our future."

    The book leaves you with an aftertaste of avoiding contact with any appearance of molestation however innocent. I've often wanted to get involved with helping disadvantage youth but fear those who have suspicious minds. Innocent until proven guilty is a myth. It's a shame as our future is tied to our children.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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