• Die for Me

  • The Terrifying True Story of the Charles Ng/Leonard Lake Torture Murders
  • By: Don Lasseter
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Die for Me

By: Don Lasseter
Narrated by: Charles Constant
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Publisher's Summary

In 1985, Charles Ng and Leonard Lake were spotted shoplifting. Ng escaped, but Lake's capture led police to a concrete bunker in the Sierra Nevada foothills, where they discovered the grisly evidence of an orgy of sex crimes, torture, and murder that claimed at least 16 victims. Lake committed suicide: Ng fled to Canada, where he was tracked down and extradited to California. This 14-year, $10 million legal case was the costliest and longest criminal prosecution in California history.

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boring

Boring and confusing. This book was like a movie that looks amazing from the trailer but to find out upon watching that some of those scenes were edited out of the movie. The premise is very interesting but I never felt they described anything in detail. Imagine reading a John Wayne Gacy book that doesn't describe the crawl space. Or a book on Ed Gein that glosses over what they found in his house and describes it as "he just had some horrible things in there". That's essentially what this book does. If you are a fan of disturbing true crime novels you will be disappointed. I had to will myself to finish it. Narrator is good though.

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great content anout a horrible killer

this was the only book I can find regarding this serial killer. it was very informative.

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Would Not recommend

The narration was awful. It sounded like Niles Crane on Xanax. The story was excruciatingly slow and the narration made it unbearable. Please don’t waste you time or money on this one!

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Struggled to finish

Too much verbiage on the trial. Really didn't completely finish. I had hoped there would be more detail on the conduct of Lake and Ng and the murders, etc.

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Extremely sad story, but great book indeed.

I really loved the narration of the story. Great book i finish the whole entire thing.

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  • claire adams
  • 04-19-21

Fascinating

A fascinating insight into these crimes. I thought the narrator was excellent and the courtroom section not too drawn out as can sometimes be the case in true crime books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-21

The Ballad of Leonard and Charles

A must read! It goes in to detail on what was shown on the ”Miranda tapes”

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  • daniel Jones
  • 11-17-20

Good Narration for a well written book

- It's a hard listen
- Clear, nuanced and well paced narration
- Finally released onto audio

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  • Daniel Lee
  • 08-06-22

I enjoyed this book.

I enjoyed this book, it was very detailed, and was very court heavy (which I really like)

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  • Lee
  • 11-18-21

Ng and lake

This book has lots of descriptive details that some folks may get up set about but they were serial killers. Book was ok but way way to much stuff bought Ng’s court case and subsequent games he played trying to evade the legal process. Was read well.

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  • Jasen
  • 06-28-21

So gripping I listened in 2 settings

If you like true crime you will love this. Excellently narrated in a way that keeps you guessing right until the end. I was familiar with this case through numerous podcasts way back and to hear the whole story made this case even more jaw dropping.