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Goodbye, My Little Ones: The True Story of a Murderous Mother and Five Innocent Victims

Narrated by: Kelley Huston
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
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The true story of a murderous mother and five innocent victims. Charles Hickey, Todd Lighty, and John O’Brien bring the story of a mother not fit for the title.
 

Waneta Hoyt’s first baby died. Then her second. Then her third. Nobody, including her husband, suspected Waneta Hoyt - or stopped her from having more babies. Then her fourth baby died. Then her fifth. And the famed medical expert declared they had died of sudden infant death syndrome and use them to support his theory that SIDS ran in families.
 

One man, however, did not except the diagnosis. District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick set out to expose the truth about a crime hard to imagine. To do so meant convicting a woman who had won the hearts of all. And just proving a doctor who had climbed to the top of his field with the help of little corpses.
 

Brace yourself for a true story of motherhood, medicine, and murder you will remember every time you hear a baby crying.

©2018 Charles Hickey, Todd Lighty, John O'Brien (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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  • LN
  • 03-06-19

Absorbing story with fantastic narration

I am an avid reader who listens to a lot of true crime and history podcasts. A skilled narrator is needed to transform a compelling tale into a successful entertaining listening experience. This audio book reminded me of listening to a well produced, well written, and expertly narrated podcast series!
Filled with fascinating facts. The author(s) deliver a steady paced story full of interesting, researched details. "Goodbye,MLO" is easy to follow and really hard to put down.
Without a doubt the story is enhanced by Kelley Huston's (the narrator) skilled and balanced story telling. Her speaking is well paced and her voice and style are very pleasing to listen to. Her reading has a journalistic style or feel with just the right amount of well acted dialogue and theatrical touches.
All in all, a great listen! (12 hours never went by so fast.) I was completely entertained.

I want to stress how quickly I will give up on an audio book in favor of a podcast or an e-book if the narrator is too slow or too fast. Poorly paced narration quickly frustrate sand disappoints when it ruins an otherwise great book. Too bland a narration and conversely an over-acted one I find incredibly distracting so I was THRILLED this story was delivered just right. I could not stop listening! I highly recommend this audiobook for any true crime fan looking for an intriguing story delivered and produced perfectly. Sound was A+

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  • Book Devourer
  • 20-05-19

It's Mommy dearest on steroids

I stumbled on this one almost by accident and after reading the synopsis I thought this would be crazy interesting, especially since this is a true story. Well, I was not disappointed. It almost seems like this should be fiction. I also felt that the female narrator did a great job - very easy to listen to and engaging.

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  • Maggie C
  • 08-06-19

Solid story if a bit sad

I had not heard about the Waneta Hoyt case before, and it sounded very interesting, albeit a bit sad. I was excited to get a chance to listen to Goodbye, My Little Ones: The True Story of a Murderous Mother and Five Innocent Victimsand eagerly listened to it every chance I got.

The narration by Kelley Huston was excellent. She has a pleasant voice with little judgement on what must have been a hard subject to delve into. I would be happy to listen to any of her other works and look forward to any books she narrates in the future.

As for the work itself, I found it to be engrossing all the way through. Through this book, I learned more about two similar cases that helped set precedent for the district attorney to go after Waneta Hoyt. I’ve already found a podcast on the Tinning case and hope to find some more about the other one.

I was just a little confused at some points about the names, but with a non-fiction book, that’s a given for me. There were so many legal figures in a case of this magnitude that it’s confusing even when reading print versions of cases, so it’s definitely not the fault of the authors.

The only thing that I didn’t understand was why the district attorney pursued this case so far. He had to relinquish control of the prosecution as many of the cases took place in a different county, but yet he kept pushing it with the appropriate people. I am in no way saying that Hoyt deserved to get away with any harm at all against any child, but it sounds like a lot of money was spent on a woman who was far past child-bearing years and would likely not come in contact with any babies. I think that pursuing justice for one child would have saved time and money, but perhaps they needed all of the children’s deaths to prove that their mother was the cause for their demise.

The tragic mystery of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is explored in this book. Even all these years later, little is understood about SIDS and parents still worry about this silent killer taking their baby. It was interesting to find out about the research that was conducted by various doctors around the country and how Hoyt’s children’s deaths impacted this research, perhaps negatively. Her actions not only killed her poor children, but I fear that they led others to doubt other parents who lost their children to SIDS.

This is a sad book, because even though justice is served, the babies cannot be brought back to life. I feel that Waneta received a fair sentence and hope that she is able to face up to what she did at some point.

If you’re also into true crime but can bear the sadness of this book, then check out Goodbye, My Little Ones: The True Story of a Murderous Mother and Five Innocent Victims from Audible.com.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rayc
  • 08-06-19

True crime at it's best

Goodbye, My Little Ones: The True Story of a Murderous Mother and Five Innocent Victims..
A poignant tale of the murder of 5 children, Well written and with in depth research this book follows the death of 4 infants & one toddler thru the investigation into their deaths , and eventually the trial.
Kelley Hustons narration is sympathetic to all parties and makes it possible to listen to a traumatic tale.
I was given a free copy of this audio book at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Polly Poizendem
  • 22-05-19

Too medical for my True Crime tastes....

This book involves several different cases of multiple infant deaths within the same family. I would have preferred the entire book devoted to the ONE incident mentioned in the title, and done in complete full story format. It didn’t hold my attention with the endless HOURS of medical discussions, theories, testimonies, about SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), and infant sleep apnea. This was meant to be about a mother who didn’t really want her babies - hence murder, but it VERY quickly evolved into a lengthy medical treatise. Disappointing.

The narrator was excellent, and very pleasant to the ear. Easy to listen to with a nice tone :-)

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  • Derek J. Hollis
  • 19-06-19

Dark and Informative

Very informative audiobook about the murders that Waneta Hoyt committed. What was even worse was the fact that they were her own children. If you like true crime and want to know more about this story definitely give this audiobook a listen!

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  • Courtney Odor
  • 04-06-19

Horrors of the Hoyt Family

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

I was obsessed with this story when it was going on and as a true crime follower. So when given the opportunity to review this, I jumped all over the opportunity.

This was so well and professionally written. Given in-depth information about things that we never saw on the news.

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  • Jeff & Sabrena
  • 02-06-19

Thoroughly researched and documented

This is a very interesting case, thoroughly researched and well documented by this trio of authors. The book covers a couple of other similar cases that serve as background to this one.

Kelley Huston's narration is competent and professional.

Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Brennan
  • 01-07-19

Ripoff of Firstman’s and Talan’s book, narrator intolerable

Richard Firstman And Jamie Talan wrote “The Death of Innocents” a long time ago and it was detailed and fascinating. I wanted a different take on it, but this feels as if the person read Firstman’s and Talan’s ersion and then plagiarized tons of it. A complete waste!

Narrator sounds a bit like Fran Dres - - what was her name? The one with the nasally voice who was in a TV show. She doesn’t set the right tone for this subject matter, and her voice is difficult to listen to; I’d have never made the full 10+ hours.

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  • Melynee
  • 17-10-19

Waste of a credit

Terrible storytelling... I keep waiting for something to pull me in... I can't even finish get past chapter 3. I've tried, repeatedly.