• Abandoned Prayers

  • An Incredible True Story of Murder, Obsession, and Amish Secrets (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, True Crime
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska buried him as "Little Boy Blue", unclaimed and unidentified - until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.

Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect. But behind his quiet façade was a man involved with pornography, sadomasochism, and drugs. After the suspicious death of his pregnant wife, Stutzman took his preschool-age son, Danny, and hit the road on a sexual odyssey ending with his conviction for murder. But the mystery of Eli Stutzman and the fate of his son didn't end on the barren Nebraska plains. It was just beginning....

Gregg Olsen's Abandoned Prayers is an incredible true story of murder and Amish secrets.

©1990, 2021 Gregg Olsen (P)2021 Gregg Olen

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Great book

I love Gregg Olsen, never disappointed. I could listen to Kevin Pierce narrate the dictionary. Even reading the most horrible crimes, his voice is soothing.

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Gregg Olsen at his worst

Ive been very impressed with Olsen's previous works, but sadly no writer can hit the jackpot with EVERY book. Once you get past the novelty of livin' la vida loca Amish style in the first half, it turns into a quite ordinary murder mystery in the 2nd half, and a very boring one at that.

Kevin Pierce gets five stars because he's Kevin Pierce, but even he couldnt do anything with this story. Skip this one if you're a true crime fan.

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well written

narrator was consistently well spoken and maintained the same tempo when reading which made it easier to follow. the story was steep in facts for all of the major subjects in the story. the ending is truthfully rather sad and disappointing especially for the expectation of justice but overall well.written.

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Too graphic!

I love both author and narrator so thought this would be a great story. Unfortunately it was way too detailed about the sexual escapades and homosexuality. The story itself was lost in all of the confusing characters and dates. This literally could have been 10 chapters of succinct writing and would have been much better.

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Disappointed

I love Kevin Pierce but he couldn’t save this one from being boring, repetitive and disappointing. I sometimes I feel this author, in this book and others he has written, is “uncomfortable” writing about homosexuality or minorities and uses old tropes and ignorant comments made by law enforcement that are not necessary to the story. It’s cringe worthy.

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too many Omish (Long names) .

Due to the Omish way and the names at times it was difficult to keep on track with the story.

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don't waste your time

hard to follow and reads like my homophobic father wrote it. Interesting story though. Hopefully another author will do a better job telling it.

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Great narrator Disgusting people

narrator amazing but raunchy and disgusting midway.. Could no longer listen without throwing up
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Wow

I have never heard of this story, and Gregg Olsen, in his typical fashion, outlined an intriguing case. it was full of betrayal, manipulation, heartbreak, and unanswered questions. Many scenarios left me furious with the father and outraged no one spoke up. The way the story was put together was woven in wonderful detail and the narrator was fantastic.

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Gratuitous

Kevin Pierce is as excellent as ever. But the book was mediocre. The story relied too much on the sexual details of this disturbed Amish guy than it did anything else. Cheap.

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  • 12-06-21

As always , brilliant

Anything by this author is fantastic. Anything by the narrator, is sublime. These 2 are the best combination ever
Sad story, lots of unresolved issues. A true sociapath

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