The Abduction of Nelly Don

  • by Patrice Williams Marks
  • Narrated by Clay Lomakayu
  • 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

During the Great Depression, high-profile kidnappings became more and more commonplace. On December 17, 1931, self-made millionaire fashion designer Nell Donnelly becomes the next casualty.
Senator Reed, a family friend, steps in to lead the investigation. Impatient with ineffective police efforts, he is willing to go to extraordinary measures. How extraordinary? How about enlisting the help of two of Kansas City's most notorious crime bosses. This deal with two devils may very well be Reed's downfall. But more importantly, will the involvement of hardened gangsters lead to Nell Donnelly's freedom or her demise?

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Superb True Crime Novel that Reads Like Fiction.

What made the experience of listening to The Abduction of Nelly Don the most enjoyable?

The riveting plot and the amazing main character Nelly Don. She is a historical character that is very well developed in this story. She is smart, ambitious, and incredibly likable. Another cool feature was the last section which tells what happened to all the characters after the abduction. Nice way to end the story.


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

Yes, this is a very well written book based on a real historical event. The suspense is artfully built from the story and is evenly sustained throughout.


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

Mr. Lomakayu has a lovely southern drawl which fits this book perfectly. He gives an excellent performance.


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

There are a number of tense moments. The actual abduction, the search, Nelly's contemplation of escape in the outhouse, the money drop, and in the final scenes wondering if she will survive.


Any additional comments?

This is a very good book and it is clean. It is appropriate for teenagers even with the tense themes. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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- pixledust "Because tales should be told."

Must listen to Author!

I love the narration of the books it was so enjoyable! The author makes you feel like you are part of the story. Can't wait to read or listen to her other books!
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- Shannon Starke

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2015
  • Publisher: Circa Publishing