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Summary

Warning: This audiobook contains police and court transcripts and descriptions of graphic sexual violence contained in videotapes made by the perpetrators.

Paul Bernado and Karla Homolka were so perfectly iconic as a newlywed couple that they were dubbed "Ken and Barbie". But their marriage had a dark side involving sex, death, and videotape. The "perfect couple" first raped and murdered Karla's little sister then kidnapped teenage schoolgirls whom they enslaved, raped, tortured, and killed while gleefully recording themselves on video doing it.

Vronsky will take you on the journey from the Scarborough Rapist (Bernardo) to Bordelais (Homolka's current last name) and her return to Canada in October 2014 from the island of Guadeloupe, where she lived for several years.

This is the third audiobook in the Crimes Canada: True Crimes That Shocked the Nation collection.

©2015 VP Publications an imprint of RJ Parker Publishing (P)2015 RJ Parker Publishing, Inc

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  • Christina
  • 02-06-16

Interesting but very graphic

This is a very interesting book. I have heard of the Homolka killings before, but there was information, especially from the video tapes that was new to me. One negative is that this book is really short, so if you spend a credit on it, it is only about a 2.5 hour listen. I have to say the narrator was wonderful though.

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  • Mark R
  • 24-05-16

Good story, poor narration

Don Kline's narration sounds stiff and awkward. Some words mispronounced, sentence flow stutters and restarts at times, breaking the flow of the story. His voice is pleasant enough, but sounds like he's struggling at times to read and recite the author's words.

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  • david s arentz
  • 17-03-16

Worst narrator EVER

Slurring, mumbling narrator that sounds like a middle-school kid giving a poorly written book report.

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  • Anon
  • 12-06-15

Narrator was not a good fit

The cadence of the narrator was all over the place. He sounded like a teenager trying to rush through speech class.

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  • Crockett and Tubbs
  • 27-03-22

Decent writing, awful narration

There is a lot of good information covering the crimes or Bernardo and Homolka, but the writing sometimes veers into the territory of cheesy with commentary. The narrator is not a fluid reader; I found myself frustrated and having to skip back a few times to try to hear the word flow in a way that made sense.

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  • Tiredladymailcarrier
  • 22-02-22

So much boring…

I just wanted to hear the story. The studies and comparisons to other serial killers made me lose interest. I couldn’t finish it.

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  • talyn
  • 18-12-21

worth the credit

I have watched documentaries on the Barbie and Ken killers and read other books with their story in them. This book has a lot of new information in it. Much of it is hard to listen to but done in a way of case study making the book very interesting. spoiler alert- I hate that she is walking free today and even being allowed to work around children. Too bad Canada didn't have the sex offender registration for Karla.

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  • LuLu
  • 04-06-20

Badly Narrated

Very intreresting true crime story. But the narrator needs reading lessons. And I wish he'd swallow his spit.

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  • Elisabeth Henry
  • 08-12-17

Fascinating book; awful narrator.

The book is great, but the narrator's voice makes me physically nauseated. He breaks up lines and phrases at awkward points. It's the auditory equivalent to being on a ship in a raging storm. If this book interests you, read it instead. It's a quick read, and it's available on Kindle.

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  • Devilicia
  • 09-06-17

Sensationalist exploitation of infamous true crime

What disappointed you about Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka: The True Story of the Ken and Barbie Killers?

Both the writing and narration are incredibly sophomoric and considering the horrific acts in this true crime story, frequently glib. The text sounds like it was written by a teenage boy, actually using terms like "looking like a Facebook slut", "the case was clusterf**k", "then came the real sick horrific shit" and using slang terms to describe sexual acts and abuse. There is almost no regard for the victims or their stories and a complete lack of journalistic tone.

Has Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka: The True Story of the Ken and Barbie Killers turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I am usually more careful about what true crime I read, preferring a more adult, intellectual approach that focuses as much on motive, impact, procedure and the victim's stories than on unnecessary sensationalism (most serial killer true crime has enough of that built in; one need not embellish, or worse, celebritize them) . I will, however, be avoiding other releases in this particular series. Peter Vronsky's name was attached and I was a fan of his Serial Killer Files book, which was more journalistic and fact driven in tone, so I took a chance on this, but

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator already doesn't have much to work with, but doesn't improve matters any by sounding like a teenage boy reading around a campfire. And it really sounds like he's reading, complete with out of context pauses and

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The true crime story it is about can't help to be interesting to people interested in the genre, but there are better accounts of the story out there, including Vronsky's Serial Killer Files book