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The reading was flawless, as was the book.
Taking the advice the advice of other reviewer(s), I dutifully sat and watched the documentary "Dear Zachary." I laughed at Andrew's clowning, and cried, as the editing and film-making had such an impact, found myself ready to kill a lot of people in the Canadian justice system, not to mention Carol Ross and that idiotic psychiatrist. Not that our judicial system is any better. My husband couldn't finish watching just before part II started, but I did. Somehow I felt it was my duty, after all one of my sons is the same age as Andrew.
So I bought the book because from watching the documentary, I felt a bond with Andrew, Kate, David, Zachary, Kurt, and all of those wonderful friends. The Bagby's are all too human, but humans anyone would be proud to know. Through his writing, he expressed the unimaginable, and even though I only finished it, I plan to listen again. The book and the film should be mandatory for everyone in the judicial and child care systems of the world, not just on this continent.
If you listen to only one true crime book, listen to or read this one. If you are impatient, the book might not be for you, but I believe the loss of these two lives should stand for something. Getting to know the Bagby's a bit through the film and book, I think if they can be the catalyst for sweeping changes so that this type of thing never happens again, they will then know their son and grandson live on in the hearts and minds of so many. I will never forget, but that is of small consequence because I am not a law-maker nor in the child care system. But one of my sons is the same age as Andrew, and my own son's face would sometime blend in with Andrew's as I watched, and as I listen, because I do see mental images as I listen.
On the one hand the story is extremely heart-breaking. On the other hand, the amount of love in it is stupefying. My love goes out to the family and friends left behind.
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Would you listen to Dance with the Devil again? Why?
Yes. But I'll need time to digest this and ponder before listening again. It's quite emotional. From intense sadness to a anger ablaze, I was tossed about with each chapter. At times, I had to stop the book and just think for a minute about what was unfolding.
What about Allan Edwards’s performance did you like?
Excellent, fabulous narrator. I'd not heard him before this but now I'll try to find more books narrated by him. Truly talented. His inflection was spot on all the way through. This story is purely maddening and Edwards captures the anger.
Any additional comments?
I've watched Dear Zachary three times. The first time I saw the film, I'd never heard of the case. For that reason, when the film reveals Shirley Turner's final actions, I literally gasped and covered my mouth in horror. Absolute horror. I did not see it coming. But... the Bagbys did.
Conversely in the film, the viewer is exposed to not only remarkable footage of Andrew, who was clearly one heckuva guy, a gem in every way, but to his parents. From the first time I saw the film I knew they were a cut above. So when I saw this book on audible, I didn't even need to read the reviews or the synopsis. I bought it. I had to see further inside the hearts of these two people. Forget Shirley Turner. It was the Bagbys I wanted to know more about.
The reader will be amazed by the intestinal fortitude of these two. Their resilience, their determination, and even their melt downs are full of strength and full of love not just for Andrew but, for Zachary and for each other. Love of that depth is far too rare.
I've wondered throughout this book about Shirley's children and how they cope with such a horror in their family history. They are victims of her in a terrible way, forever linked with a beast that they likely still love in whatever manner love survives such an atrocity. Can't imagine the twisting and tearing at the emotions for them.
Albeit a dreadful story, it was beautifully written and brilliantly narrated. Like so many other readers, I send my warm, heartfelt wishes of wellness and peace to the Bagbys.
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