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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
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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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Story line dragged on and the big issue was the narrator's voice struggled to finish.

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Great book

Great story - narrator grated a little but I got used to him after a while

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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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  • jamie_beeehive
  • 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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  • 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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  • tammy
  • 20-02-20

I can see the movie version of this story

This was Steven Epstein's first crime book and I feel he did an amazing job. I had not heard of this story which made it even better for me. The narrator did a pretty good job with both the long Island and southern accents. His rendition was actually funny and I am from the south.
I recommend the book for sure.

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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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  • 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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  • Fred
  • 13-01-20

excellent story and well organized together

I'm sitting wondering how a man can get life in prison for shoddy circumstantial evidence. there is no doubt that this man was a terrible husband and was not ready to be married. But there is nothing linking him to this crime. After the state didn't get him the first time they went back after him and used a civil lawsuit before the trial to go after him. we are all entitled to our own opinion but somebody being an asshole shouldn't be enough to convict them of murder. There are a lot of questions that weren't answered but that shouldn't sit on the plate of the accused. I feel terrible for both families but what a gripping story

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  • Judy Gowin
  • 24-10-19

Narrator tried to do too many voices

I loved the book but I really disliked the narrator. He should have just read the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-19

Great story, boring narration

Sounds like a robot is reading this book. A bit long and boring because of that.

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