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  • The Family Next Door

  • The Heartbreaking Imprisonment of the 13 Turpin Siblings and Their Extraordinary Rescue
  • By: John Glatt
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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The Family Next Door

By: John Glatt
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
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Summary

From New York Times best-selling true crime author John Glatt comes the devastating story of the Turpins: a seemingly normal family whose dark secrets would shock and captivate the world.

On January 14, 2018, a 17-year-old girl climbed out of the window of her Perris, California home and dialed 911 with shaking fingers. Struggling to stay calm, she told the operator that she and her 12 siblings - ranging in age from two to 29 - were being abused by their parents. When the dispatcher asked for her address, the girl hesitated. "I've never been out," she stammered.

To their family, neighbors, and online friends, Louise and David Turpin presented a picture of domestic bliss: dressing their 13 children in matching outfits and buying them expensive gifts. But what police discovered when they entered the Turpin family home would eclipse the most shocking child abuse cases in history.

In the first major account of the case, investigative journalist and author John Glatt delves into the disturbing details and recounts the bravery of the 13 siblings in the face of unimaginable horror.

©2019 John Glatt (P)2019 Tantor

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Interesting & Heartbreaking

The story is well-written and thought out. However, the narration is very difficult to listen to for 8hours. The narrator's tone of voice is strong and well-spoken. The negative is he fluctuates at the end of every sentence. EVERY SENTENCE. Small or large. It's the same pattern. It was incredibly distracting and hard to concentrate on what he was saying, instead only noticing the way he was speaking. Again, I cannot fault the story or way it was written. I highly recommend reading this book and avoiding this audiobook.

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not that easy to follow

takes a while to get used to this mans voice and odd style hard work

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Narration is so annoying.

I looked forward to this book. But I could not get past chapter 1, before returning for a refund. The narrator has an awful affliction at the end of EVERY sentence, it drove me mad. It makes no sense to use a narrator who speaks in this way.

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Can't listen to the man's voice

I had to stop this book only a few minutes in as the man reading it sounds like a robot. I focused on his voice more than the book to the pouny I had to swap it. Such a shame.

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Could have been better

Although the story was good it was extremely annoying listening to the narrator. sounded like a robot. Was hard to get into and keep listening.
This would have been a 5 star listen but needs someone else to read and perform.

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Repetitive & missing emotion

Extremely repetitive & the author completely skips past the escape. Not worth the credit. Get his book on Jaycee Lee Dugard instead.

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Authors should chose their narrators carefully

The book seems interesting and I’d love to finish it but the narrators voice is just awful - it’s like he’s reading statements not a story!!

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Terribly sad

It is incredulous that two human beings can be so unbelievably cruel and behaved so sickening towards any human life let alone one’s they have created.

Well done to the incredible braveness of the sister who escaped to get help not being able to bear hear her younger siblings no longer cry.

Narrator very repetitive , which made you want to give up on story.

So pleased they are now being supported and cared for as they should of been since birth . I wish you all well for your future.

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Well written, badly narrated

The book itself? Very worth reading. Interesting, engaging, terrifying and thrilling.

As a teacher with a good grounding in phonetics, though, this is frustrating. Please, narrator. Please work on your intonation patterns.

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monotone

interesting story . narrator very difficult to listen too very monotone not a good voice for listening to when driving.

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