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From a New York Times - bestselling journalist: The story of the murder of a California attorney at the hands of the lethally cunning wife he never doubted.

A wealthy and well-connected legal ace and the proud owner of a champion show horse, Larry McNabney had every reason to love his life. But when he disappeared in September 2001, his wife, Elisa, claimed he joined a cult.

When Larry's body was found in a shallow grave three months later, Elisa was already gone. In a red convertible Jaguar, her brown hair dyed blond, Mrs. McNabney was speeding toward a new life in Florida - and a brand new identity.

Who was Elisa McNabney? Beautiful, seductive, and ruthless, she had thirty-eight aliases and a rap sheet a mile long. Carlton Smith, coauthor of the true crime classic The Search for the Green River Killer, reveals one shocking surprise after another in this harrowing tale of broken vows and deadly betrayal.

©2004 Carlton Smith (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • Patrick W French
  • 22-09-20

Interesting story bland performance

The story was really interesting, the victim and perpetrators are really fleshed out. Making them both sympathetic and despicable. The narration bugged me, it was like having a book read by the old movie-phone guy.

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  • Cindy Fogle
  • 12-09-19

too much repetition

The whole story could have been told in an hour. But every scenario was told from 5 or 6 people's pt of view, and they are all the same!!!

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  • douglas griggs
  • 18-09-20

a decent audiobook for middle of the road

A little long in the tooth I feel it could shorten to an extent very middle of the road in my opinion on some of the points made by the Author The story clearly outlines a tale of stupid people with too much money and too many chemical substances in their body to make sound judgments

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  • Linda
  • 23-11-20

Can't even finish tho

There was way too much detail in this book. He talked for 30 minutes about the history of the city Reno. Not at all relevant to the story. There were other times he went on and on with minute, irrelevant details. I am 6 hours into this with 3 hours to go and I just can't listen anymore.

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  • Lisa C
  • 20-11-20

Great true crime

for lovers of true crime genre it's satisfying and thorough look at the psyche of a wayward woman who could do no better. Back story on Larry was longish (could have been at least 90 min shorter--didn't need play by play of his legal career to capture the alcoholic flamboyant lawyer) but overall satisfying. Narration was so dry I couldn't have finished it but for the captivating story. With a good narrator I'd have given it a solid 4 or better for the genre

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  • Rie23
  • 22-09-20

not a fan

I would really couldn't listen to this anymore... i really tried but It really as a computerized sounding voice and so boring

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  • SusieCreamCheese
  • 22-09-20

If you enjoy a monotonous, droning voice...

you may enjoy listening to this story. If you don’t, you may find it as dreary and unenjoyable as I did.

Of course, I couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t tolerate more than 10 minutes.

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  • ATV
  • 21-11-20

Well Done!! Highly Recommended!!

This was the type of story that made you shocked beyond belief, it was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. The narrator did an awesome job to say the least as it well well written and very well narrated.

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  • BVerité
  • 19-11-20

Wow! Great listen!

Really was emotionally moved by the author’s ending. This was better than I expected. I don’t know enough about the case to make judgments, but I felt really sorry for Sarah. I was shocked at the ending. Excellent True Crime book.

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  • Yesenia
  • 06-11-20

Drag

dragged on. hard to follow. so much filler information i didn't need 20 minutes of the history of Reno... I couldn't make it past the 3rd chapter. and I usually love love love crime novels/documentaries/podcast.

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