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Careless Whispers

The Award-Winning True Account of the Horrific Lake Waco Murders
Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

When the bodies of three teenagers were found on the shores of Lake Waco, Texas, in July 1982, even seasoned lawmen were taken aback by the savage mutilation and degradation to which they had been subjected. Yet only 52 days after the gruesome triple-murder was discovered, frustrated authorities suspended the case indefinitely.  

Patrol Sergeant Truman Simons, who had been called to the scene that night, saw the carnage firsthand - and vowed to find the ferocious killer or killers. He soon became a man with a mission, risking his career and his family's safety in search of evidence. Plunging himself into a netherworld of violence and evil, Simons finally got close enough to a murderous ringleader to hear his careless whispers - and ultimately put him and his three accomplices behind bars for the brutal slayings.  

Now, in his Edgar Award-winning account of the Lake Waco killings, acclaimed true-crime writer Carlton Stowers lays bare the facts behind the tragic crimes, the twisted predators, and the heroic man who broke the investigation - with important updated information based on new developments in the case.

©1986 Carlton Stowers (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Jen Roy
  • 26-11-18

Enjoyed

I was floored at how this man David was able to treat woman in Waco Texas. Those poor kids suffered and their families. Justice was served.

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  • Rosalind Bickel
  • 04-11-18

Great Book, Terrible Audio

This was an exceptionally well-written true crime book. I am very glad I used my free credit for this, and I will check out the author's other books. He really draws you into the characters lives and makes you feel like you know them and care about them. The murders, which I'd never heard about, were handled very respectfully. It's an excellent, fascinating story, much better quality than most true crime.

HOWEVER, the narration is awful. The guy who reads it is elderly and sounds like Susan Collins with a thin, shaky voice. It is very irritating and grating and really detracts from the excellent story. I'm all for elder rights, but a job is a job. A shaky voice reading an audible book is just not a good match. The whole thing is like listening to Pepperidge Farm Remembers.

The book is that good that I will definitely buy it in paperback so I can read it myself. I would skip the Audible.

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  • Chris Caldwell
  • 27-12-18

The narrator makes it unlistenable

My apologies to what, I'm sure, is a very nice man. However, the narrators voice is so weak and shaky that it's distracting. Another reviewer I read pointed this out but I didn't take heed. I'm a huge fan of Olson (Son) and this story telling (not narration) pales in comparison to such a deep and rich story compared to an Olson book.

I'm going to keep on listening but it's incredibly difficult with this narration.

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  • Susan
  • 17-11-18

Excellent Writing, Horrible Narration

Where is Kevin Pierce?
Seventeen hours of this narrator was tough. He has a very weak and shaky voice that almost ruined a good book.
However, it was a great read.
I have to admit that I've become wary of police people recently and books like this make me realize how hard their jobs are and that a few bad apples do not make up a whole profession.
The main officer in this investigation was relentless in his efforts to find the truth.
I also give the author a lot of credit for his compassion for the victims and their families.
I will look for more books by Carlton Stowers.
A gripping and very sad tale.

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  • Sherry Zbierajewski
  • 01-03-19

Murders in Waco

This book was long winded. OK by my standards (I've read and listened to 100's of books), things were tied together in the end.

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  • Ed Jones
  • 19-02-19

Laborious

I finally quit listening because the book just ran on and on with peripheral information. In addition, the F word was dropped repeatedly. I doubt the author actually heard that word over and over, so liberally throwing it in was needless and more reflective of his style of communicating.

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  • jennifer
  • 06-02-19

Love Carlton Stowers

Carlton Stowers writes with intelligence and compassion second to none. I was not sure about this book at first and once I started it couldn't put it down. Its clear as to why he won an award! I anxiously await the next book! The story; while terrible and complex is intriguing and a true example of evil walking among us.

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  • Anne/Annie
  • 25-01-19

Disappointing

So much extraneous ‘stuff’. A good editing and removal of personal information would help. Characterization of players is weakened by hyperbole.

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  • mblporter
  • 06-12-18

Lake Waco Murders

l lived in Waco when this happened and this book brought back some very scary and sad times.