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Publisher's Summary

From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
In this last remnant of the Wild West - where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the "Phantom Terror", roamed - many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than 24, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations, and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling but also emotionally devastating.
©2017 David Grann (P)2017 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

An outstanding story, highly recommended

Yes, the series of narrators is confusing. More on that later. The important thing is that this is a great story, an important story, an amazing story that has been hidden from you. Everyone should read or listen to it. This is a true American crime story, a story full of villains and honest to god heroes. If you loved Boys in the Boat or Unbroken, don't miss this one. It's top notch research and story telling. I couldn't put it down.

Now, about the narration. First, you have Ann Marie Lee reading it. Her enunciation is perfect, but she hasn't got a dramatic bone in her body. I'm sorry Ann Marie. It's like listening to a kindergarten teacher reading Dick and Jane. No character. No drama. What the heck? Next Will Patton comes along.He has read a number of Stephen King books and is a marvelous dramatic reader. He can do the voice of evil really well. The transition is all the more jolting for the listener. From Romper Room to Stephen King. Suddenly you're listening to a totally different book. But you'll want to continue on because the story is that good. At the end there's Danny Campbell -- another fine reader, and another adjustment for the listener. It's a double shame that this story of a conspiracy to murder the Osage tribe and cover up the crime is bungled by Random House Audio. Are they part of the conspiracy too???

I highly recommend this book in spite of Random House's unfortunate production.

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3 out of 5 stars
By kurdis teed on 02-09-18

A History Lesson: 2.5 Stars

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was okay, and some of it was interesting. Maybe it's because I normally read fiction and took a chance on some non-fiction, but Flowers of a Killer Moon failed to keep my attention at times. I found myself having to back the performance up because I would drift off and think of something else.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was pretty much a summary of things that had already happened. I didn't really react to the ending.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

There are 3 sections to the book, and a different narrator for each section. Will Patton was good. Danny Campbell was decent, but Anna Marie Lee was not good. She narrates the entire first section of the book, setting the tone for the first half of the novel. While her vocal performance was not all that good, there was also something wrong with the production. It sounded as if a speaker was busted when pronounced certain words. When Will Patton takes over, this problems goes away, and the narration and the book get better for awhile.

Do you think Killers of the Flower Moon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I do not. Unless they find some new evidence (and a lot of it), I don't see how there could be or why there would be a follow-up.

Any additional comments?

All in all, this book was average at best, and I probably wouldn't have finished it if Anna Marie Lee narrated the entire novel. On the other hand, if Will Patton had narrated the entire novel, I think it would have been a bit better.

There are many better performances on Audible. This is not one I can recommend.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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