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Murder on Birchleaf Drive

The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case
Narrated by: Eddie Frierson
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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Summary

Was Jason the monster who bludgeoned his beautiful wife to death, leaving his toddler alone for hours to walk through her blood? If so - would he get away with it? 

To the outside world, Jason and Michelle Young lived a storybook life - an attractive couple with great jobs, a beautiful home, a precocious two-year-old daughter, and a baby boy on the way.    

Soon after the 29-year-old pregnant mother’s brutally beaten body was discovered on their bedroom floor, a very different picture emerged. Of a marriage crumbling at its foundation. Of a meddlesome New York mother-in-law whose running critique left Jason frustrated and angry. Of a 32-year-old man who behaved like a frat boy rebelling against adult responsibilities. 

Murder on Birchleaf Drive documents the gripping tale of a family’s marathon quest for justice, confounding crime scene evidence, the persistence of law enforcement officers, and riveting courtroom combat. 

“One of the best true crime books I have read.” (David S. Rudolf, featured attorney, The Staircase [Netflix])

©2019 Steven B. Epstein (P)2019 Steven B. Epstein

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  • SportyM16
  • 12-08-19

Great story.

Hadn’t heard of this story.. book kept me interested. Easy to turn the virtual pages.

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  • Susann
  • 09-08-19

Excellent reading and content

Truly enjoyed this book and the way it was presented. It felt very objective and factual, both in tone and style.

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  • amyzzz
  • 25-07-19

Awful narration

Good story, but listening to the audio was painful. If I didn't know better, I would have wondered if it was read by a robot.

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  • just jan
  • 13-08-19

Love true crime books!!!

I so wanted this to be good “true crime”. I have been reading this genre for 30 years. I think this author will grow and become a good writer but this felt very redundant in places. I think I could have overlooked a great deal if the narrator had not tried all the different southern accents. It just came across as hokey in my opinion. I grew tired of his voice.

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  • Jamie W.
  • 18-09-19

I followed this horrendous crime, real time.<br />

I'll never understand what drives a person to commit this type of unspeakable violence. Especially gruesome when the murderer is well aware his own child's life hes ending too. Sick!
The book was well done and the narrator/ narration grew on me, so to speak.
I'd recommend.

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  • D. Thomas
  • 17-09-19

I didn't like it

so much of the story is repetitive, I kept thinking I accidentally rewound. after hearing the same thing over and over I didn't even care to hear how the story ended.

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  • VC
  • 11-09-19

good story

Excellent story but bad/unnecessary imitations by narrator were annoying
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  • B. Olson
  • 04-09-19

Those character voices (SMH)

The narrator's character accents became so cringeworthy, it was painful to finish. Also, not all southern men sound like a version of either Bill Clinton or a Mayberry drunk

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  • Eddie38
  • 22-07-19

Compelling Case

The narration was spot on and this case was compelling from start to finish. It is tough because there was pretty much zero physical evidence to convict. Circumstantial and common logic. But is that enough for reasonable doubt? Then again, did OJ do it? Fascinating and sad that a vibrant life was taken too soon.

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  • Susan
  • 10-08-19

File Corrupted Couldn't Finish

I tried on 3 different devices and it keeps going back to Chapter 1 so I don't know how it turned out. Bummer!!!

What I did hear was good.

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