Death Sentence

  • by Jerry Bledsoe
  • Narrated by Kevin Stillwell
  • 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everybody knew Velma Barfield as the perfect wife and a loving grandmother. But there was something about her that nobody knew.... Velma Barfield had a secret life and a sick urge to kill.


What the Critics Say

"Fast-paced...breathes new life into the true crime genre." (Raleigh News & Observer)
"Bledsoe has written a detailed account of Barfield's troubled life and motives...holds the reader's interest with a true story that reads like a novel." (Library Journal)
"Undertakes to answer the questions about the justice system and the motives that drive women to kill." (Washington Post Book World)


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Customer Reviews

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Master Manipulator of All Time!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes and no. Yes because I simply cannot believe how Velma Barfield so manipulated everyone whilst incarcerated that the victims became almost by-products! Unbelievable! No because if you are not a religious person, you will feel as rankled as I.

What could Jerry Bledsoe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have lightened up on the "sainthood" of this murderer.

What does Kevin Stillwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reading was fine.

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

If it moved me, it moved me in a direction not intended by the author. It was the near vilification of the victims and their families!

Any additional comments?

By book's end the reader was supposed to be convinced that Velma was a saint. The horrible deaths she inflicted upon those she supposedly loved, all the while being righteous, was...really not important. What seemed important to the author was that she had "gotten religion" ... who on death row does not?To tell the truth I was outraged on behalf of the victims and their families. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. This woman was such a manipulator that she had sold even the defense attorneys on her sainthood. But since there were no drugs to be had, and no one to murder while in prison, what choice did she have? The only viable point is the knot on her head...studies are being done still, to this day, to prove that that area of the brain can cause this type of behavior. But the knot on her head was still there when she was in prison. I think the sickening amount of religious propaganda and the lack of attempting to be in the shoes of the victims and their families...well, I'd have to think 10 times before reading another book by this author. The writing was just fine, but it was any means, without prejudice, in my opinion.What I did get from the book was that this woman was the master manipulator of all time.

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- IndyMcDuff


This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I cannot think of anyone who would enjoy this book. It was completely devoid of any suspense or substance. The plot, if there was one, was weak at best. It went on and on, saying the same thing over and over. It was like watching paint dry.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jerry Bledsoe again?


Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Stillwell’s performances?

Kevin Stillwell reminded me of Mr Rogers, as though he was reading to 8 year olds.

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

This book had no redeeming qualities. For the few chapters it seemed like something of interest might happen, but it took eight or so chapters for it to pick up slightly, and then quickly fell right back down to yet more humdrum. It was a total waste of time. Of course, I did not finish this book.

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- CT

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2015
  • Publisher: ListenUp Audiobooks