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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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Would you try another book from Jerry Bledsoe and/or Kevin Stillwell?
The writing is good, but the only way I'd read another is if there is a different narrator. Why on earth does this book have a narrator with a syrup-thick southern accent? Just because the events happened in North Carolina? Since when is regional dialect appropriate for narration? Too distracting.
Would you recommend Blood Games to your friends? Why or why not?
Not with this narrator.
What didn’t you like about Kevin Stillwell’s performance?
Really can't stand the accent. Who says "PO-lice" like Boss Hogg in a book narration? It this was an attempt at a "folksy" style, it wasn't well-done.
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