Blood Games

  • by Jerry Bledsoe
  • Narrated by Kevin Stillwell
  • 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A true story detailing the events surrounding the murder of wealthy North Carolinian Lieth von Stein. The case seemed cold until police followed a trail leading to von Stein's stepson, a smart young man who was obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons and wrapped up in drugs.


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Love the author; perturbed with the narrator

What made the experience of listening to Blood Games the most enjoyable?

Having read several of Jerry Bledsoe's books in print, I was excited to see Blood Games in audio format. I like Bledsoe's meticulous detail in presenting the investigation of the murder, especially since this one involved settings in Raleigh, North Carolina.

What other book might you compare Blood Games to and why?

Blood Games is similar in its topic to Bledsoe's Bitter Blood.

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

I had listened to Bitter Blood before Blood Games, and Kevin Stillwell narrated both. He has an easy, semi-southern drawl that works for the regions examined in both books. The most annoying quirk about Stillwell is his pronunciation of the word "police." He pronounces it "PO-lees," with a long "o" sound and the accent on the first syllable. Since both books involved cases in which the law enforcement played vital roles, this annoying pronunciation continued ad infinitum, much to my chagrin. In addition, there were several mistakes in pronunciation of places in Raleigh and in North Carolina. Ex: Bragaw Dormitory was consistently mispronounced "Burgaw." Burgaw is a town in North Carolina, but it not the name of the dormitory. In my opinion, a savvy editor should have caught this kind of mistake; of course, I am assuming that Bledsoe spelled it correctly in the book. Because the skill of the narrator can make or break an audio book experience for me, I am not sure that I would listen to another book narrated by Stillwell.

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- Susan

Another Jerry Bledsoe success

This is not the most exciting true crime book I've ever read but it has all the characteristics of a compelling read and I spent more time listening than I really should have. What makes it different from many true crime stories is the contrast between the potential of the young men involved and the road they chose. Academically they could have succeeded in any number of rewarding careers and contributed to society in so many ways, but while still in their teens they left the 'straight and narrow' and headed down the path to disaster. I'm left wondering why the discrepancy between reported events and the victim's stomach contents was never followed up - it seemed like a really important piece of evidence. As for Kevin Stillwell's narration, my only acquaintance with US accents is from the occasional TV program so I can't comment on its authenticity, but to me it suited the subject matter perfectly and I found the accent, voice, and presentation very pleasant to listen to.
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- Robyn "Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2015
  • Publisher: ListenUp Audiobooks