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  • The True Story of Multiple Murder and Two Devastated Families (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Cruel Deception

By: Gregg Olsen
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
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Gregg Olsen tells the whole shocking story of this true crime in Cruel Deception.

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....

©2022 Gregg Olsen (P)2022 Gregg Olsen

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Love Kevin pierce could listen to him all day and Gregg and jack Olsen books

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This book could’ve been done in 1/4 of the time that it was. The lengthiness took away from the overall story, which was good.

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  • Judy
  • 07-06-22

Deadly Mystery

As suggested by Audible ratings guidelines, this is a "pretty good" telling of a grim story. Author Olsen covers the ground in meticulous detail, including large sections of riveting courtroom testimony in his account of the Tanya Reid case.

Olsen's use of literary devices such as metaphors and similes results in a swamp of purple prose. Descriptions such as, "It pierces the air like a penny nail through a pop can," are a poor fit in a genre that calls for clean, clinical language. (Turns out he was talking about the wind.) His description of a medical specialist as having "more degrees than a thermometer" sounds flippant and disrespectful, and is significantly out of order when referring to the doctor's educational and professional accomplishments.

Kevin Pierce turns in his usual dependable performance. One quibble: the correct pronunciation of "Munchausen" is Münkhausen, with the "ch" sounding like a "k".

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-22

Greg’s Best Yet

Like this review…. Concise. Pierce kills it as usual and MBS enters legalese. Another Olsen/Pierce Triumph

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  • Zak Jones
  • 22-10-22

Worth The Credit.

Very good book on MSBP. I’m from Texas and had never heard of Tanya Reed and her atrocities. Women who commit this crime should receive extra-long sentences when a child is betrayed in the ultimate way, it is extra heinous when the mother is the perpetrator. One place a child should never have to worry about evil being done, is in his mother’s arms.
Greg Olsen is a masterful writer who has a firm grasp on writing true crime. I would imagine keeping the chronological order, remaining as unbiased as possible, and interviewing numerous people, all with differing opinions and stories to tell, is a challenge for even the most seasoned writer. Mr. Olsen does not disappoint.
And, last, Kevin Pierce never lets us listeners down. I especially enjoyed his performance of Tanya’s way of speaking. While he doesn’t come off as trying to sound like a woman, which would be impossible with his gruff voice, he is able to convey her machine gun fast way of speaking. It automatically called to reference in my mind what she sounded like without me ever hearing her speak. I always enjoy buying a book that has been narrated by Mr. Pierce. I never have to wonder if the narrator will annoy me or not.

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  • Poppy
  • 08-08-22

Finally an author with the skills of Jack Olsen!

About 10 years ago I read Son, by Jack Olson. Greg Olson wrote the introduction and prepares the reader for what he believed to be the best in true crime authors. . From that book I went on to read all of Jack Colson‘s books. I kept trying to find another author who could capture a real spirit a perpetrator a victim. This is the first author I found who is as talented as Jack Olson. It’s just a coincidence they have the same last name. I highly recommend this book and will look to Gregg Olsen for my next true crime read!

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  • J Smith
  • 26-05-22

Olsen and Pierce never disappoint

I would listen to Kevin Pierce read a takeout menu, and Gregg Olsen is rapidly becoming the best true-crime author imho. Can’t wait for another pairing of these guys. Bravo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-22

Another Great Book by Gregg Olsen

Hard to say enjoyed this book because of the subject matter but I remained engaged through the whole thing.

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  • Karla porras
  • 24-01-23

Sad story, well told

This was a heartbreaking story but very well told. The background of all involved right up to and after the trial was very interesting and informative.

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  • Wendy
  • 21-01-23

Good reading, interesting story to follow closely

Was an interesting story so sad to k is it was real. Very detailed so need to follow closely. Was read well, very matter of factor though (almost like a Dateline episode but with more detail.)

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  • Dan
  • 09-01-23

Why does the title say multiple murder?!

False advertising. Only one murder… story is compelling… hits all court fighting.. sad depressing story.

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  • Iread
  • 15-09-22

Interesting true crime drama!

The subject is bizarrely fascinating… and by that I mean MSBP, NOT pitiful little desperate Tanya! It is infuriating to think she will never admit to this horrible crime. The tale reads a bit like a novel, but it could’ve used a bit more organization. A couple of times, I had to re-listen to know which child the author was writing about. Still, it’s well-researched and a great book. Kevin Pierce is AWESOME, as always. The story left me with a few questions that I felt could’ve been answered and made clear… did Michael ever have any issues?? Did Carolyn & Jim ever admit Tanya hurt her children? I can only hope this lady does a very lonely person, and stays FAR AWAY from any children!!!!!!!