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A fascinating account of a couple of eccentric ladies with too much money and time, and an evil woman willing to take everything they have. It is a sad story in many respects but also has satisfying moments. It is almost a five star in my estimation, but not quite.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Started out very interesting and couldn’t put it down- which is unusual for a non-fiction story . But, after a few hours it became very repetitive and drawn out to the point I had to skip over some . These poor women starved by a “doctor” and finally when one of them is rescued there’s not one word about her finally having something to eat- which is what I as the reader was waiting and hoping for , so this was a bit of a let down - you assumed she was finally allowed to eat but couldn’t participate in the feeling. The narration was excellent but with 7 hours to go, I had to stop.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This audio book gripped me from the start, based on a true story and incredibly well researched, this is an oftentimes chilling tale but in no way sensationalised. The narration is unobtrusive, not in the least bit annoying or over-dramatic (as some can be). I highly recommend this audio book.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Starvation Heights to be better than the print version?
Don't know, only have experience of the audio version
What was one of the most memorable moments of Starvation Heights?
The scene where Dora crawls from her bedroom to Claire's and is so emaciated her knees bleed.
Which character – as performed by Jennifer Van Dyck – was your favourite?
She performed all the characters well, but my favourite was Linda Burfield Hazzard, because I really got the sense of her dominating controlling character.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I felt very sad for the sisters that they could be so easily misled. They seemed to be very vulnerable, although both in their 30's when they had the misfortune to come across Linda Burfield, they were dangerously naive
Any additional comments?
This is a fascinating story and demonstrates what a person can get away with when they have a cunning nature, false title and a complete lack of compassion. I think over time Linda Burfield actually believed her own spin. I find it absolutely incredible that this women managed to hoodwink so many and operate as a 'doctor' over such a long period.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful