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Summary

Ben Field was good looking and charming, and as a passionate English literature student, knew the power of words to seduce. In the village of Maids Moreton in Buckinghamshire, 69-year-old Peter Farquhar, an eminent teacher and author, found Ben’s presence irresistible. They set up home together, underwent a ‘betrothal’ ceremony at a church, but all along Ben was gaslighting his partner and secretly poisoning him. A year later Peter was dead. 

Ben moved on to a neighbour in the same street, Ann Moore-Martin, who also fell helplessly in love with him. All the time Ben was setting her up to redraft her will so that Ben would benefit on her death. 

Remarkably, Ben described in intimate detail his manipulations and scheming, his perverse fantasies and desires in numerous journals and diaries, providing a unique insight into the mind of a psychopathic personality.

This is an extraordinary story of corruption and evil within a seemingly cosy English middle-class setting. Combining the forensic attention to detail of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood with the rural whimsy of an Agatha Christie novel, Let Us Prey is an astonishing account of one of the most bewildering and fascinating murders of modern times.

©2021 David James Smith (P)2021 Audible, Ltd.

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Compelling disturbing true crime

This book deals with Ben Field, one of the most disturbed and disturbing individuals ever to emerge in the pantheon of criminals. His manipulative, devious and dastardly doings not only deprived two people of their lives through the most unimaginable suffering but also left dozens of people including friends, family and associates shocked, disturbed and traumatised. Ben Field was a psychopath and by reading this book, you will get to understand what a psychopath is capable of. They live within our communities and they can tarnish our lives in so many ways. This book is read by the author himself, and whilst I generally like an author to read their own work, I was particularly disappointed with this performance. The narration is dry and without expression, there is not much emotion or voice given to the characters and I would have spent the time more profitably reading the book as an e-book. For a potted version of these events, you might want to look at the Channel 4 documentary in the footsteps of a killer, the episode diary from the grave deals with this case.

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Absorbing, horrifying but compelling listen

I agree with other reviewers that the sheer detail of this account can be disturbing. Nothing is off bounds, and I mean nothing. It may have been an integral part of the story but it seems a pity that both innocent and respectable victims have had every aspect of their private lives, sexual and otherwise, pored over and analysed in almost lascivious detail, when they are not in a position to protect their privacy.

I disagree with those reviewers that disliked the narration, by the author. Many true crime podcasters adopt this even, factual tone and it works well with the material. It contrasts well with the absolute horror of the story.

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Boring boring boring

Terrible reader a monotone and deadly dull. Didn’t get past a few pages. Pity as it looked like a good read

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Good listen

I found this very interesting, but it is also so sad. I think the writer / narrator did a good job and seemed to genuinely care about the victims and was fascinated about the case. I appreciated all the background information about the victims and how it didn't just focus on killer.

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Interesting listen.

This was interesting listen...spoilt by narration, the one tone narration could have been better and a different narrator would have made a difference, nevertheless a good book

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Awful

A massive amount of this book is totally irrelevant detail, i can't think of a book I've enjoyed less.

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David James Smith is a fantastic writer

This book is great, as I would expect from this author, the best True Crime author out there in my opinion. I don't know if its that I just really click with his style but I really love his writing.

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Booooooring

First audiobook I can't finish. Just gave up. Boring. Boring. Boring. Boring. Boring. Boring.

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Appalling. Audible should never have published this

As if it’s not enough to have been duped, drugged, tortured and murdered, this author drags up details of the victim’s lives which should have remained confidential. Why on earth should he have the right to publish the records from PF’s counselling sessions for example?

This is disgraceful, mawkish and shameful. How disappointing that this scurrilous bilge has been given a platform.