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In Who Killed My Daughter?, acclaimed young adult author Lois Duncan recounts the harrowing story of her own daughter’s tragically unsolved murder, and her personal quest to find and bring a killer to justice.

Teri Clark Linden performs this raw and affecting memoir, her calm, even voice bringing some balance to the emotional turmoil evident throughout this intense audiobook. Who Killed My Daughter? is a poignant and elegiac recollection of personal grief and grit in the face of immeasurable horror, and Duncan’s journey through shock to rage and eventually uneasy acceptance is gripping, and not to be missed.

Summary

The best-selling young adult novelist recounts her daughter's mysterious shooting death and her own investigation into the crime, describing her use of a psychic to contact her dead child and expose the truth.

©1992 Lois Duncan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Just awful. Terribly written. Horrendous narrator.

This is hands down the worst true crime book I have ever read. I even bought the physical book in case I was being swayed by the horrific narrator, but no, that’s just as terrible. I can’t fathom that this author is a professional writer. It’s awful what happened to her daughter Kate, and there is no doubt that her death has been poorly handled by local police, but this mother’s “investigating” is just as bad. This book heavily relies on and contains psychic elements. This isn’t for me, though I accept others may find this interesting. But mostly, this is just a badly written book. The mother seems to feel the need to remind you that she is an author, every other page. Including an instance where she makes sure to tell you that a stranger approached her to tell her she was her favourite author. Yeah right. Regardless of who is responsible for this murder, the fact remains that much of this book is discriminative to minorities. Even the language used is not appropriate. The ongoing use of the descriptor “oriental” as an example.
Now as for the narrator, it’s like listening to an audiobook by siri. So monotone with no emotions and pauses in strange places. Not to mention the completely unnecessary use of accents which toe the line of racism. It’s a joke.
Not worth wasting your time on.

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Excellent!

This is such a heart wrenching story told by someone so close to the victims and that spurs you on to want to know what happens next. Sending love and light to Lois and family x

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avoid

really struggled to listen to this book. The narrator was stilted and robotic. So I didn't even finish listening.

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Badly performed

Couldn't finish it as sounds like it's read by an automaton! Unfortunate,
considering the sensitivity of the text.

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  • 29-06-22

Good

sounds like siri reading it, if you can get passed that, its a good story.

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never finished

the narrator sounded like a robot with a full stop after every word. made me nuts!! made the story so difficult to listen to u gave up.

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Good story, awful narrator

I enjoyed the story but the narrator was awful and robotic. Wish I'd known it was an unsolved story before i started.

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  • Michelle in New York City
  • 09-08-13

Not a True Crime Novel in the traditional sense

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The Narrator has a very odd speaking pattern that became increasingly intolerable for me. She reads almost every sentence as an interrogative sentence. Her voice goes up at the end of each sentence as if she is asking a question even when she is reading a fact. So, possibly, I may have enjoyed this book slightly more if it had been read by another narrator.

Has Who Killed My Daughter? turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Who Killed My Daughter??

All scenes having to do with psychic readings should have been ommitted. As the genre implies, a true crime novel should be made up of known facts. The endless droning on about the numerous psychic readings the author attended was nonsensical and did not add to the story in any way at all. There is not one "fact" that was offered during any psychic reading that aided the author in finding the answer to her question "Who Killed My Daughter". The readings of these transcripts from the psychic were boring and pointless to this listener and detracted from the story.

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  • Jen
  • 01-06-21

I’m begging you to re-record it

This artist is the worst artist ever for this book it is so feeling and she is so unfeeling she sounds like a robot please re-record it

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  • suzanne
  • 23-04-21

Sad story. Horrible narration.

I was familiar with the story and the author. There is a personal connection to this family. However, the narration was absolutely horrible. Never again will I listen to any book she reads. please have someone else read this!!! You are doing a great disservice to Lois and the family.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-21

Couldn't get through it

I legitimately tried to listen to this entire book. I got to about chapter 13 and just could not stand the monotone narrator any longer. I Googled how the story ends because I could not stand to listen to it anymore. It's like she thinks she's reading to a group of 5 year olds and has to annunciate every single word with zero emotion. Horrible.

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  • Oz
  • 21-02-21

Robotic

The narrator seems almost like a text to speech voice. Which is fine, but a bit odd.

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  • Cindy L. Turk
  • 08-07-17

reader is incredibly monotone & boring


narrator monotone making it incredibly hard to finish. story hard to follow. don't waste time

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  • Deb
  • 03-04-16

True Story

I enjoy reading nonfiction. However, this story (even though there is a sequel) suffers from the number one issue with true stories, it is unresolved. So it is fascinating to read about the family, the case, and all the possible solutions. But you have to be okay without those answers.

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  • littlebear
  • 31-01-22

3 Stars for Pity's Sake

This is one of the few books that I haven't bothered to finish. I do feel awful for the family that it is still unresolved but I just can't deal with all of the psychic visits. If I were in the authors shoes, I would probably do the same thing. (Looking for answers from the 'astral plane') but this book is basically just the psychic's 'automatic writing' transcripts that are written so poorly that it's still annoying at 2.5 speed. If you're looking for something written by someone who's had a family member murdered, I would recommend you check out something like 'The Red Parts" by Maggie Nelson.

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  • travelfunlearn
  • 31-01-22

the narration is so bad

I can't even get past the first 5 minutes. absolutely horrible somewhere between robotic and kindergarten teacher.

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  • Peggy Henderson
  • 11-10-21

Not the best

So much endless talking. While there was a story to be told, it just went on and on for ages. The oddest thing was how sweet the voice of the Mother was. It showed no sign of heartache or grief.
It seemed like there were 10 chapters of material stretched to 30+ chapters

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