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  • Murder on Birchleaf Drive

  • The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case
  • By: Steven B. Epstein
  • Narrated by: Eddie Frierson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Murder on Birchleaf Drive

By: Steven B. Epstein
Narrated by: Eddie Frierson
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Summary

Was Jason the monster who bludgeoned his beautiful wife to death, leaving his toddler alone for hours to walk through her blood? If so - would he get away with it? 

To the outside world, Jason and Michelle Young lived a storybook life - an attractive couple with great jobs, a beautiful home, a precocious two-year-old daughter, and a baby boy on the way.    

Soon after the 29-year-old pregnant mother’s brutally beaten body was discovered on their bedroom floor, a very different picture emerged. Of a marriage crumbling at its foundation. Of a meddlesome New York mother-in-law whose running critique left Jason frustrated and angry. Of a 32-year-old man who behaved like a frat boy rebelling against adult responsibilities. 

Murder on Birchleaf Drive documents the gripping tale of a family’s marathon quest for justice, confounding crime scene evidence, the persistence of law enforcement officers, and riveting courtroom combat. 

“One of the best true crime books I have read.” (David S. Rudolf, featured attorney, The Staircase [Netflix])

©2019 Steven B. Epstein (P)2019 Steven B. Epstein

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worst book on Audible

I couldn't put my finger on what made this so bad. the writing was dull, like a spoken conversation with a biased friend of the grieving family but the performance then reduced the characters to cliché.

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I cant listen to this

The narration is just very robotic I can't listen to it. I might read instead.

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Murder on Birchleaf Drive

Story line dragged on and the big issue was the narrator's voice struggled to finish.

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Great book

Great story - narrator grated a little but I got used to him after a while

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  • amyzzz
  • 25-07-19

Awful narration

Good story, but listening to the audio was painful. If I didn't know better, I would have wondered if it was read by a robot.

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  • SportyM16
  • 12-08-19

Great story.

Hadn’t heard of this story.. book kept me interested. Easy to turn the virtual pages.

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  • jamie_beeehive
  • 18-09-19

I followed this horrendous crime, real time.

I'll never understand what drives a person to commit this type of unspeakable violence. Especially gruesome when the murderer is well aware his own child's life hes ending too. Sick!
The book was well done and the narrator/ narration grew on me, so to speak.
I'd recommend.

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  • just jan
  • 13-08-19

Love true crime books!!!

I so wanted this to be good “true crime”. I have been reading this genre for 30 years. I think this author will grow and become a good writer but this felt very redundant in places. I think I could have overlooked a great deal if the narrator had not tried all the different southern accents. It just came across as hokey in my opinion. I grew tired of his voice.

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  • Susann
  • 09-08-19

Excellent reading and content

Truly enjoyed this book and the way it was presented. It felt very objective and factual, both in tone and style.

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  • tammy
  • 20-02-20

I can see the movie version of this story

This was Steven Epstein's first crime book and I feel he did an amazing job. I had not heard of this story which made it even better for me. The narrator did a pretty good job with both the long Island and southern accents. His rendition was actually funny and I am from the south.
I recommend the book for sure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-10-19

Great True Crime Read

I thought Narrator was excellent. Some reviews criticized narrator. Totally unfair. Strongly recommend this book. Very well told and thorough co tent

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  • B. Olson
  • 04-09-19

Those character voices (SMH)

The narrator's character accents became so cringeworthy, it was painful to finish. Also, not all southern men sound like a version of either Bill Clinton or a Mayberry drunk

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  • VC
  • 11-09-19

good story

Excellent story but bad/unnecessary imitations by narrator were annoying
and took away from a compelling narrative.

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  • Amanda Boswell
  • 09-07-20

True Crime Story

There is a lot of technology of the courtroom in this true story. The author stuck to the facts and really kept very neutral in my opinion with the families in mind.

I live in Raleigh so a lot of the references were something I knew so I probably like it better than some would.

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