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Publisher's Summary

From a New York Times - bestselling journalist: The story of the murder of a California attorney at the hands of the lethally cunning wife he never doubted.

A wealthy and well-connected legal ace and the proud owner of a champion show horse, Larry McNabney had every reason to love his life. But when he disappeared in September 2001, his wife, Elisa, claimed he joined a cult.

When Larry's body was found in a shallow grave three months later, Elisa was already gone. In a red convertible Jaguar, her brown hair dyed blond, Mrs. McNabney was speeding toward a new life in Florida - and a brand new identity.

Who was Elisa McNabney? Beautiful, seductive, and ruthless, she had thirty-eight aliases and a rap sheet a mile long. Carlton Smith, coauthor of the true crime classic The Search for the Green River Killer, reveals one shocking surprise after another in this harrowing tale of broken vows and deadly betrayal.

©2004 Carlton Smith (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Interesting story bland performance

The story was really interesting, the victim and perpetrators are really fleshed out. Making them both sympathetic and despicable. The narration bugged me, it was like having a book read by the old movie-phone guy.

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a decent audiobook for middle of the road

A little long in the tooth I feel it could shorten to an extent very middle of the road in my opinion on some of the points made by the Author The story clearly outlines a tale of stupid people with too much money and too many chemical substances in their body to make sound judgments

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Can't even finish tho

There was way too much detail in this book. He talked for 30 minutes about the history of the city Reno. Not at all relevant to the story. There were other times he went on and on with minute, irrelevant details. I am 6 hours into this with 3 hours to go and I just can't listen anymore.

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too much repetition

The whole story could have been told in an hour. But every scenario was told from 5 or 6 people's pt of view, and they are all the same!!!

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not a fan

I would really couldn't listen to this anymore... i really tried but It really as a computerized sounding voice and so boring

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Great true crime

for lovers of true crime genre it's satisfying and thorough look at the psyche of a wayward woman who could do no better. Back story on Larry was longish (could have been at least 90 min shorter--didn't need play by play of his legal career to capture the alcoholic flamboyant lawyer) but overall satisfying. Narration was so dry I couldn't have finished it but for the captivating story. With a good narrator I'd have given it a solid 4 or better for the genre

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If you enjoy a monotonous, droning voice...

you may enjoy listening to this story. If you don’t, you may find it as dreary and unenjoyable as I did.

Of course, I couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t tolerate more than 10 minutes.

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Wow! Great listen!

Really was emotionally moved by the author’s ending. This was better than I expected. I don’t know enough about the case to make judgments, but I felt really sorry for Sarah. I was shocked at the ending. Excellent True Crime book.

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Boring

Man I couldn’t even get through the first 4 chapters. Yawn! The story kept changing and on so many different rabbit trails. One minute it’s a history of Reno then the next minute it’s some other person who is related to someone else indirectly related to a death. So many people involved I couldn’t remember who was who.

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Well Done!! Highly Recommended!!

This was the type of story that made you shocked beyond belief, it was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. The narrator did an awesome job to say the least as it well well written and very well narrated.

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  • kelly
  • 08-08-21

I didn't even manage 2 chapters.

I liked the narrator but the story is full of such unnecessary detail that I could not even finish two chapters. I would genuinely recommend this for people that struggle to fall asleep though as it would make a good background story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

Another story of stupidity and greed

Full of very unsympathetic characters especially the victim and main perpetrator… I don’t think i would have wanted to spend time with either.
Pleased to move on to another book.

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  • Emily Bell
  • 08-13-21

Bit boring but not the worst.

Not the best narrator, extremely monotone, but fine. The story itself is not the most interesting. Lots of money fraud talk. A fine book, but a fairly boring listen for 80% of it.

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  • Adaline
  • 08-08-21

Do yourself a favour and skip to the last chapter.

Despite the valiant attempts of the narrator, this book is boring and mind-numbing. Not recommended.

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  • Sally Mally
  • 08-26-21

Unbelievable but true

A story with twists and turns, sad on how many lives have been effected by a persons actions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-21

Interesting but way too long

I almost gave up. The transcripts of the interrogations had me crawling up the walls. The story is interesting but doesn't warrant a book.

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  • 06-16-21

Long but worth it

Took me a while to get mr sucked in but loved it! Couldn’t wait to pick up where I left off

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  • 11-25-21

Takes a while to get into it

there was a lot of information that could've been cut out, it takes a while to get into anything that seems relevent. A lot of people are introduced with no real need for it and the narrators voice is monotone until about half way through when even he seems to get more interested. It is a good story but it just took too much time to get to the point, I was thinking of giving up but I hate not finishing things.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-21

A different story

This was an insight into the mind of a lair ,cheat and murder wanting everything she was thought she was entilted to. A story well told. Yet she turned out to be a coward. Leaving others to pick up the pieces. Narration fine

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  • sleyner
  • 09-23-21

this is just terrible

I managed to get through just over 1 hour of this garbage. I can safely say that I've never given up on a book anywhere near this quickly, but seriously, the whole time all I could think was "WTF is this guy actually telling a story about?!"
Everything about this title is terrible - from the annoying monotone voice that performs it, to the confusing, boring and irrelevant details it describes. In the short time I had taken to listen to it, around 20 characters were introduced, and so many tangents minutely described that I couldn't make sense whatsoever of what on earth was actually going on.
A lot of people would say that it's not fair to judge a book so quickly. To this I say - try listening to this thing for more than an hour and then get back to me. The thought of actually trying to get through the whole title is nothing short of terrifying. The only good use for this audio book would be as s torture technique in maximum security prisons and military operations - I guarantee that any information being withheld would be handed over within minutes.
I really wish I had taken the other 1-star reviews on board more and never started listening to this. It is hands down the worst title I've ever encountered on Audible, or anywhere else for that matter. I know it was free, but that's an hour of my life I'll never get back. I'm really surprised that Audible accepts works of such low quality, as every other title I've listened to on here, including many free ones, has been great.