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Summary

In and out of hospitals since birth, angelic nine-month-old Morgan Reid finally succumbed to what appeared to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Morgan's Texas-born mother Tanya, a nurse and devoted wife, pulled up stakes with her grieving husband Jim, and moved on. It was the best way to put the past behind them. Until their son Michael, a boy who by all accounts was terrified of his mother, began showing signs of the same affliction that stole the life of his baby sister....

First, the suspicion: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Then, Tanya was charged and convicted with felony child abuse of her son. She was later tried and ultimately convicted for first degree murder of Morgan. It would become a landmark trial that unfolded in a series of reversals and bizarre twists of fate as it gradually revealed another side of Tanya Reid - of her own troubling childhood and the dark secrets that drove a woman to the cruelest deception of all....

Gregg Olsen tells the whole shocking story of this true crime in Cruel Deception.

©1999 Gregg Olsen (P)2013 Gregg Olsen

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Bugs Bunny

This is a straight narrative on a well-known case (Olsen gathers facts as opposed to 'tells stories') & as such it's fine. I can't recommend Cruel Deception as an audiobook however on account of the Narrator's resorting to Bugs Bunny squeaks when representing the key character / defendant, the kids' mother; no adult female ever sounded like that & dire narration trivialises this account.

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Decent

Interest story, but some of the narration is really strange. The accents and sudden shouting is wholly unnecessary and for some reason the narrator pronounces Texas as "taxes". It does calm down a bit as it gets towards the end though.

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  • night owl
  • 28-02-17

Great book,So so ma

The women of the Texas Panhandle should consider sueing this narrator for making them sound like idiots. They should be admired for their loyalty, even misguided, and family values. Most of the problems mentioned by other reviewers about the narration have been resolved, making this an adequate presentation. The story is quite good. Mr olsen does a great job with his characters and locations. He gives us valuable and interesting information without over doing it.
It's hard to imagine what these babies went through.These mothers must be true sociopaths.I this any one who care about children should read this, but like me once will be more than enough.

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  • IloveMN
  • 20-09-16

good story, narration not so much.

Not until the afterward did the narrative sound professional. Tonya, as voiced by Christy Lynn, sounded like someone portrayed by a 7th grader. Absolutely awful. It was tolerable when Ms Lynn wasn't reading actual dialogue, but when she did I tried to Ff through it so I didn't have to listen to the horrible fake southern accent and shrill voice.

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  • GGIRL
  • 23-03-15

Excellent

Very interesting the reader held my interest very much - the story line was smooth and easy to understand the medical Terms

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  • MLR
  • 24-11-14

So annoyed by listening to the narrator...

Would you try another book from Gregg Olsen and/or Christy Lynn?

I would try another book with a different narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The stopping in the beginning made me think something was wrong with my phone, but it's the tone she uses and the voice of all the characters that made me nuts! Surly, they don't all sound surprised every time they speak! She makes everyone sound really "dumb" - in my opinion. It was hard to listen to the whole book!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably

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  • Dianne
  • 22-11-17

Are we sure?

Loved the book but I am left with doubts that Tonya Reid was guilty of anything. The story left me on emotional highs and lows. The diagnosis given on the time period left me guessing if professional people really knew anything about was was going on with these children.

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  • Erica
  • 12-07-15

Great novel from beginning to end!


I loved this book. It was well written and performed. Thank you to a great author!

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  • amber
  • 20-04-15

msbp

as a nurse and a mother i found this book interesting and sad. i was surprised that i had never heard of this case before because i live in Amarillo texas. i hope she never gets out of prison!

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  • B Rose
  • 24-12-14

Okay book, way too long!

What did you like best about Cruel Deception? What did you like least?

Interesting story. Very repetitive, and way too long.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Shortened it and only tell the details once not over and over.

What three words best describe Christy Lynn’s performance?

She was very good.

Was Cruel Deception worth the listening time?

No not at all.

Any additional comments?

This is somewhat interesting if you don't know anything about MBP, but if you do skip it.

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  • J. Walker
  • 15-06-14

Such a disturbing story that you can't put down.

What made the experience of listening to Cruel Deception the most enjoyable?

This is a book I read and couldn't put down. Listening to it was like watching a movie of the events. You don't know whether to hate her or feel sorry for her sickness. In the end, you just want to cry for the babies.

Any additional comments?

One of the best books I have read or heard in a long time.

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  • CL
  • 18-08-13

Fascinating true story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - it's an in depth look at a serious but highly misunderstood issue.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It did - wondering about all the evidence coming into play and the strength of the Prosecutor and Defense's cases. Total "edge of your seat" book - Gregg Olsen's writing is PHENOMENAL.

What about Christy Lynn’s performance did you like?

She's good - her voice definitely suits this genre.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A story that you can not afford to miss

Any additional comments?

Love Gregg Olsen's writing!

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