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Murder in Room 305 Audiobook

Murder in Room 305

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Publisher's Summary

A shocking true crime story of sex, greed and cold-blooded murder! Veteran true crime author Gary C. King spins a gripping real-life tale of a woman caught in a deadly web of lust and violence...a riveting story of love gone horribly, tragically wrong.

Kathryn Ann Martini graduated from Yale with a bright future in the banking business. Young, beautiful, and ambitious, she had everything going for her. Until she met Michael David Lissy, the sleazy proprietor of a scuba diving school who was a coke addict that consorted with pimps, prostitutes and other known criminals. Burned out and broke, he had nothing going for him. Then he met Kathryn...a match made in hell.

On July 6, 1984, the raped and mutilated body of Kathryn Martini Lissy was found in room 305 at the Valley River Inn in Eugene, Oregon. Soon afterward, police arrested Michael David Lissy, Kathryn's husband of one year. A few months earlier, Lissy had taken out a large insurance policy on Kathryn's life, naming him as sole beneficiary. Then he hired an underworld assassin to stalk and kill his wife. After one of the most sensational trials in Eugene's history, Lissy was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Notice to listeners: This book was previously published as Web of Deceit.

©2011 Gary C. King Enterprises (P)2017 Gary C. King Enterprises

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    Norma Miles 20/02/2017
    Norma Miles 20/02/2017
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    ""... a victim of his own mouth.""
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    This is not a pleasant story, telling, as it does, a tale of one man's depravity, seeing everything only in terms of his own desires without interest in the feelings of others in any way - unless it is how to manipulate them to his own advantage. Even his parents were seen only as a possible source of capital. And the most terrifying aspect is that this is a true story.In July, 1984, the half naked body of a young business woman was discovered in room 305 of an Oregano hotel room by the maid who came to clean. This book tells of the investigation to find the killer and the intensive interviewing and searches made to acquire enough evidence to gain a conviction. It is a thorough recounting of the police procedures and the many people who were discovered along the route to prosecution who had been involved with the victim and her husband.<br/><br/>The book is meticulous in it's detailed, but never boring, coverage and, similarly, J. Scott Bennett's narration is clear, perfectly paced and unemotional as befits the text of the book. His dramatisation of the dialogue, especially during the coverage of the trial itself, is superb: with such a miriad of players it would be easy to get muddled, but the voices given to each are distinctive and felt as if they did, indeed, fit the persons described. An excellent performance throughout.<br/><br/>It is difficult not to get emotionally involved in this book which is astonishing in it's story of inhumanity. So it would be incorrect to say that this was an enjoyable Audiobook in the accepted sense. But it was fascinating, horrifying, provoking sorrow and anger until final retribution. And it is a book I am so glad I did not miss. My thanks to J.Scott Bennett who generously gifted me a copy when I requested it. The true crime genre is not one I have previously followed but I will certainly be looking out for others by Mr.King whose presentation of the facts was often more enthralling than fiction.

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  • med c
    24/02/17
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    "Room 305"
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    <br/>I found the first part a bit slow, but the compelling main character kept me listening and well before halfway I was itching to find out what was going to happen to the characters. Kept me on the edge up to the end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • VinMo
    25/03/17
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    "Very entertaining true crime book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a quick (even though it was 7+ hours!) and interesting listen. I also love that it documents events that are not easy to find details of on the internet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the pace were perfect. There wasn't too much background story for many of the characters, which (I love when it comes to Jack Olsen's books, but) worked well for this story because it felt like you were experiencing things in the same way that the case was originally unfolded.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    18/03/17
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    "A home-run for any True Crime fan!"
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    This was my first Gary C. King True Crime novel and I must say......I'll be back for more! The story was told in a very detailed way - you felt that you were in the room with the key players several times throughout the book! One of the most important parts of an audiobook for me is the narrator and J. Scott Bennett did NOT disappoint! I'm glad to have read (listened) to the book and will be seeking out additional titles from this author & narrator. <br/><br/>****I was voluntarily provided this free review copy by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tad B.
    New York
    03/03/17
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    "Fabulous True Crime"
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    This true crime story really digs deep and explores the life and death of the promising Kathryn Ann Martini, who was killed far too young. It's totally insane how someone like Michael David Lissy could have committed so much fraud and so many crimes while going unnoticed by the authorities for so long. Lissy was a master of manipulation, making this true story an enthralling listen. I'd recommend this book to any lovers of true crime who also enjoy some extensive background on the types of lives that create criminals.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Vickie
    23/02/17
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    "I really enjoy a good true crime novel, and that's exactly what this is."

    This book to me is an excellent marriage between auther and narrator If you enjoy true crime novels don't pass this one up. In a couple of places it gets a little graphic but it is really crucial to the book. Was voluntarily provided this review copy by the author publisher or narrator at no cost to me

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • rhonda walker
    16/02/17
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    "Excellent! Well researched, interesting story."
    What made the experience of listening to Murder in Room 305 the most enjoyable?

    Good book with a lot of detail and a super narrator to tell the story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy true crime and I'm always happy to find a good true crime author. I look forward to more books by Gary C. King.


    What about J. Scott Bennett’s performance did you like?

    He gives enough detail to easily follow along without dragging it out with a lot of unnecessary information.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not a thing. I thought this narrator did a great job with both male and female parts. I look forward to listening to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the <br/>author, narrator, or publisher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • in1ear (John Row)
    Aurora, Colorado
    15/02/17
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    "There Should Be a Special Place in Hell for Lissy"
    What made the experience of listening to Murder in Room 305 the most enjoyable?

    This was imminently listenable for any True Crime fan. Mike Lissy is pure Evil. One of the prosecutors suggested greed was the motivation. I think it was more thirst for power. He wanted to wield power over women through degrading them sexually. And he involved young men in his crimes to hold power over them. Doling out small monetary rewards, power control in that regard. Finally, he felt he had final word over who lived and died based on how he could profit from the decision.<br/><br/>I'm probably no more picky or "discerning" than other Audible listeners, when it comes to voice work on the books I enjoy. In my opinion, J. Scott Bennett's work added to the enjoyment here, as it has over the many books I've listened to that were read by him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in Room 305?

    The description of his scams and embezzlement from the employers. He always made it look like it was someone else.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed watching him fold under questioning by detectives. He was his own worst enemy, as is often the case with these guys when caught.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a taut, well written True Crime work. If I had a criticism, it would be that some of the court testimony / transcripts were a bit tedious and repetitive. That can be speed read in printed form. Audio books it is an even more apparent issue. I see this in many True Crime books.<br/><br/>As you might expect, VIOLENCE IS PREVALENT THROUGHOUT. Sex and some language too. For me, those issues didn't take away from the action of the story considering.<br/><br/>This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • April H.
    Kansas
    15/02/17
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    "Murder in Room 305"

    Murder in Room 305
    : Gary C. King


    A true life crime story of greedy, vile, self serving people. The husband has married 4 or 5 times to different women that could benefit him financially. Well documented case in solving the crime.


    The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. J. Scott Bennett does a fantastic job in this genre.



    "I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nia Wright
    20/06/17
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    "Detailed true crime investigation"
    If you could sum up Murder in Room 305 in three words, what would they be?

    Meticulously researched facts


    Would you recommend Murder in Room 305 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only the ones that don't mind nightmares!


    What does J. Scott Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes what would otherwise be quite a dry text more engaging and allowed me to finish the entire book across two days.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was quite a dispassionate book, but I was impressed by how the book allowed me to reach my own conclusions in the same way the police investigating the case would have done.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What are you reading?
    24/05/17
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    "WELL RESEARCHED AN INTRIGUING"
    Where does Murder in Room 305 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the True Crime category it is at the top. Great narration and well written story. the perfect balance of detail and imagery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in Room 305?

    Learning about the victims lifestyle and marriage so the interview with the husband.


    Which character – as performed by J. Scott Bennett – was your favorite?

    Hard to say...Bennett did a phenomenal job with all of them. I never had a hard time determining which character was being portrayed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just the over all story line. It is hard to believe it is true but WOW. This book was amazingly well researched and voiced to perfection.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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