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Performed docuseries style by a star-studded full cast including Santino Fontana, Shelby Young, Marin Ireland, JD Jackson, Dan Bittner, Vikas Adam, Gabra Zackman, Fred Berman, Darrell Dennis, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis, Hilary Huber, and Lisa Flanagan

For fans of riveting true-crime docuseries a la Serial and Making a MurdererThe Anatomy of Desire is a modern tale of crime and punishment exploring unbridled ambition, blinding passion, and the dark side of desire

Claire Griffith has it all: a thriving career, a gorgeous boyfriend, glamorous friends. She always knew she was destined for more than the life her conservative parents preached to her. Arriving in Los Angeles flat broke, she has risen to become a popular fitness coach and social media influencer. Having rebranded herself as Cleo Ray, she stands at the threshold of realizing her biggest dreams. 

One summer day, Cleo and a woman named Beck Alden set off in a canoe on a serene mountain lake. An hour later, Beck is found dead in the water and Cleo is missing. Authorities suspect foul play, and news of Cleo’s involvement goes viral. Who was Beck? An infatuated follower? Were she and Cleo friends or lovers? Was Beck’s death an accident...or murder?

Told in the form of an immersive investigative docuseries, L. R. Dorn’s brilliant reimagining of Theodore Dreiser’s classic crime drama, An American Tragedy, captures the urgency and poignance of the original and rekindles it as a very contemporary and utterly mesmerizing page-turner.

©2021 L. R. Dorn (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent

I really enjoyed this re-imagining of An American Tragedy / A Place in the Sun ( definitely see the movie). The authors very cleverly updated the story to include several current trends (social media influencers, LBGTQ, celebrity lawyers). A great use of a podcast-style narrative; all of the narrators were excellent.

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Captivating and Current

Loved this debut novel. The audio book truly brings the complex relationships to life and is a fitting format for the modern day tale via podcast. Can’t wait to see what LR Dorn writes next

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Something new and fresh in the genre!

I really enjoyed this book. It is a new and fresh Idea in a genre that has seen everything, and I really like that. it kept me guessing and to be honest, I am still guessing. it doesn't wrap things up in a nice bow in the last chapter. It leaves you to draw your own conclusion. I usually would hate that, but here I am not mad about it. The story is solid and the characters are well developed. it wasn't the best book I've read this year or even this month, but it kept my interest and it was worth the credit.

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Audio Theatre

Listening to this book felt like I was watching a play. I’m very familiar with the area where this story takes place so it was easy to visualize the scenes. Excellent delivery by the readers and a truly unique “book” experience. Bravo to the author for a fresh take on an old story! Looking forward to seeing what they produce next!

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Excellent Story Evolves in Inyo

We really enjoyed listening to the audible version of this crime thriller.

This 'radio broadcast' presentation adds another dimension to the story of youthful desire and lust.

The superb cast, added extra life to the story making it feel like you were there, gasping at the details of a modern love affair.

Highly recommended.

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Couldn’t stop listening

Excellent story. A real page turner. Contemporary version on a classic murder mystery. A must read for anyone in the Eastern Sierras.

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Full of Layers!

I just finished this and found it a rollercoaster ride. Voice acting was a bit cheesy at times but it fit the characters. I enjoyed the story line. Just when you think you've got the full story...guess what?

you sure don't!
it's a fun read. Definitely in a true crime, podcast style.

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I LOVED IT

I have never read An American Tragedy or seen A Place In The Sun, or heard of the 1906 case that inspired these works, but now bc of this retelling I will definitely seek out the others! The story on it's own is compelling but this audiobook is so perfect. If you're a podcast fan you will LOVE this. It wasn't overproduced and the performances were perfect. Sometimes I hate to listen to an audiobook this good bc I know this is gonna be hard to top.

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A very different "True Crime" experience

I don't write a review for every audiobook I listen to; but felt compelled to do so with this one. This is an updated version of "An American Tragedy" by Theodore Dreiser. It involves the relationship between Cleo, a social media influencer, her girlfriend Rebecca.. Shortly after they were seen together at a lake, Rebecca is found dead & Cleo is nowhere to be found. It's a story of love, betrayal, and a world where being #1 in the public cybersphere is what counts. Personal lives are laid bare; the amount of importance the media & public opinion are scrutinized for all of us to evaluate.

Presented in a documentary style series format, I found this to be unique and different for this genre. The performances were excellent; and my attention was riveted from the get-go. The story is engaging and is layered with the same complexity that makes up the human condition. Because of the unusual style the book is written in; I must say I think the Audiobook is the only format that will do this novel justice. It truly was like listening to a podcast or watching an episode of a True Crime show. I don't think "reading' this novel would capture the intensity & flavor of this book.

Unique, fresh, engaging....and a story that will make still wonder and analyze when it's over. Definitely worth the credit.

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Not a fan of podcast

I may be old-fashioned, but I haven't gotten used to this kind of audiobook. This book was just okay for me. It took 3 tries to finish it. At times, it was difficult to understand which character was speaking. I think the readers are supposed to understand from the voice because there were not always mentioned who was speaking. it was just confusing sometimes.