Cruel Deception

  • by Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by Christy Lynn
  • 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In and out of hospitals since birth, angelic nine-month-old Morgan Reid finally succumbed to what appeared to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Morgan's Texas-born mother Tanya, a nurse and devoted wife, pulled up stakes with her grieving husband Jim, and moved on. It was the best way to put the past behind them. Until their son Michael, a boy who by all accounts was terrified of his mother, began showing signs of the same affliction that stole the life of his baby sister....
First, the suspicion: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Then, Tanya was charged and convicted with felony child abuse of her son. She was later tried and ultimately convicted for first degree murder of Morgan. It would become a landmark trial that unfolded in a series of reversals and bizarre twists of fate as it gradually revealed another side of Tanya Reid - of her own troubling childhood and the dark secrets that drove a woman to the cruelest deception of all....
Gregg Olsen tells the whole shocking story of this true crime in Cruel Deception.

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Customer Reviews

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Dont waste your money

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator obviously has a cold. The constant stopping to sniffle then repeat herself is annoying disgusting and insulting. m


What didn’t you like about Christy Lynn’s performance?

She needs to blow her nose sniffle and clear her throat in her own time. just awful


Any additional comments?

Change narrators then repost the book its worthless as it is

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- Rachel

The worst audio editing I've ever experienced.

What would have made Cruel Deception better?

Monitoring of the recording process and post-recording editing. Chapter 2 is a disgrace with pauses, repeated false starts, sniffles, throat clearings, etc.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not exactly, but it's not that kind of book.


Would you be willing to try another one of Christy Lynn’s performances?

Possibly, but it might be a long time.


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

I like true crime stories and this probably would have been considerably more enjoyable with a male narrator.


Any additional comments?

Personally, I think that this title should be withdrawn; at least, until it can be brought up to snuff technically. I've never had a worse experience reading an audio book (and since I'm blind, I've been doing it all my life) than trying to get through Chapter 2. Didn't *anybody* validate the work before it was released?

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- Walter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: Crime Rant Classics