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Precious Victims

By: Don W. Weber, Charles Bosworth Jr.
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
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Summary

This is a New York Times best-selling true crime book considered by many to be a classic of the genre.

The police in Jersey County, Illinois, accepted Paula Sims' story of a masked kidnapper who snatched her baby girl, Lorelei, from her bassinet. Three years later, her second newborn daughter suffered an identical fate - and this time the police were unable to stop searching until they had discovered the whole horrifying truth. This is the full terrifying story of twisted sexuality and hate seething below the surface of a seemingly normal family and of the massive investigation and nerve-shattering trial that made the unthinkable a reality. Written by the lawyer who won the case and the reporter who covered its entirety, the listener is given a unique close-up of the riveting drama that unfolds, painting a dark picture of the depraved family who lived with a murderous secret.

©2015 Charles Bosworth, Jr., Don Weber (P)2015 Charles Bosworth, Jr.

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About a lot, that isn't the Sims

This is the story of a group of prideful, rude and pretty obnoxious cops and a lawyer so obsessed with killing a woman, you think they have the wrong person in the dock. From leaning on a mourning mother so hard half the police station hears it, because they can't find anything else to do. It later turns out to be right of course, but at the time there is little to suggest it other than ineptitude. Prepare yourself for unending names of incompetent cops, with toddler egos, who are the very best at everything. Prepare for a lawyer throwing out jurors for having to take a second to think about killing a women they know nothing about. "Not KEEN enough on state sponsored murder! OUT!" I'm a supporter of the death penalty and this made my skin crawl. You might note how I've said little about the Sims case. That is because that isn't the subjective of this book. We find out when a cop missed his turning on his way home, but not half that on the actual case. I would give it a miss.

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Precious Victims

I am sure it deserves more stars. I can judge only what I read and I could not read anymore. Too upsetting so the author has made an impact. Don't let my feelings stop you from reading this book.

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How creepy can a family get?

Would you consider the audio edition of Precious Victims to be better than the print version?

I prefer the audio edition as I can work and listen at the same time

What other book might you compare Precious Victims to, and why?

Are You There Alone? By Suzanne O'Malley is similar as it tells the true story of Andrea Yates who drowned her children, however Andrea Yates was seriously mentally ill.
The style of the book is similar to other books written by Don Weber and Charles Bosworth.

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

Very suited for the book and his performance does the book justice.

Any additional comments?

This is one of my top 3 favourite audio books. I have listened to it lots of time and it is still interesting and engaging.

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Best book ive ever listened too

What an incredible sorry crazy unreal never heard of this before crazy people poor kids had no chance great book with the goat kevin pierce

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Fascinating story

An unbelievable story told in great detail, I found this audiobook really addictive and finished it in two days.

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Must have!! Heartbreaking yet interesting! A******

Amazing! Narration was great , as always, and such a sad yet interesting and very well told series of events with a tragic, tragic end to what is an absolutely heart breaking story. I loved it! If you love case and trial details where the evidence will always speak for itself (with a little help from a kickass prosectutor) then you certainly won't be disappointed!

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No Shocks

the being kept me reading but through the middle felt like I was listening to the same chapter over and over and no surprises at the end

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Overly long given the material.

I stuck with this book in the hope it would turn a corner, pull back the curtains and reveal a truly fascinating turn of events.
Unfortunately it didn’t, instead everything panned out rather as I thought it would, no surprises, and no insight into the perpetrators mind set.
This book, you realise at the end, is a drawn out advertisement for the lawyer involved.
He seems truly impressed with himself and let’s you know it.
A story that could have been told in an hour.

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Tragic story expertly told

This is a tragic story but nevertheless a fascinating legal and investigative case study. I find these "small town murder" cases, for want of a better term, can sometimes be badly relayed: either told melodramatically, or embellished, or at the other end concentrating on irrelevant detail ad nauseam such as giving detailed biographies of every minor character to fill space. None of that here: this was a perfect blend of man on the spot's detail filtered through a journalist's talent for telling a story. And let no one kid themselves: a story is what you have signed up for if you buy a book such as this. There is forensic and investigative expertise complemented by humanity and compassion for all the victims, dead and alive. And as ever wonderfully and flawlessly narrated by the great Kevin Pierce who cannot be bettered as a true crime narrator.

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Shockingly Terrible!

stunning detail, and gripping throughout. i've always been a fan of detail, and i wasn't disappointed at any time. your nerves will be heightened while reading this book, forming question after question, and the one you'll ask the most is.. How Could Such A Terrible Thing Ever Happen In A Civilised World?

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