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I've always been a solid Ann Rule, buying every true crime book that she's written over the past 30 years. In print, Rule's books were compelling, well-researched, and hard to put down. However, this was BEFORE the general public became as savvy as this author in police procedure, forensics, and crime solving, thanks to the plethora of true crime and forensic science shows which "rule" today's television programming. Still, I purchased Ann Rule's Audible.com collections in spite of owning all of her main stories in hard copy. After listening to 5 or 6 of these compilations, I found that the longer "anchor" books are much better in the abridged versions because, rather than edit these stories for relevancy in the new millennium, Rule chose to retain information that was new and cutting edge in the 1980s but is now just repetitive and unnecessary. However, if you are new to Ann Rule, you will likely find her as entertaining as I did decades ago.
NOTE: I really wish Audible and Amazon would cease referring to Rule as a "former Seattle police woman" when the truth is that she was unable to pass the required eye test for the force. This misleading bit of info makes a reader think that a Rule gained some insider training as a policed officer and internal support as a member of the "the thin blue line". In actuality, she was just a good researcher and crime reporter during her prime which has long since ended as evidenced by these rehashed and out-dated entries in her "true crime files".
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What made the experience of listening to You Belong to Me the most enjoyable?
The cases Ann Rule investigated were interesting - as usual for Ann Rule.
What was one of the most memorable moments of You Belong to Me?
All the cases kept my attention, but none that were memorable.
What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Great reading voice, I always enjoy the tone of her voice.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The reaction I generally get from an Ann Rule book, shake my head and glad I haven't met the people she writes about.
Any additional comments?
I always look forward to Ann Rule audiobooks. They are too few and far between. For sure get the unabridged version of this audiobook. I originally bought the abridged version and it felt incomplete after finishing listening to it. The unabridged version is the way to go.
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