This true story begins on a sunny morning in 2003, just before the Fourth of July, outside of Flint Michigan, when an 80-year-old grandmother has mysteriously disappeared from the face of the Earth. She was my mother.
Three days after she disappeared, the charred remains of her new car were identified, after being completely destroyed by an intentional fire; but she was nowhere to be found.
For the next three months, my family and I searched for her, and this book chronicles that search, and eventually her memorial service, funeral, and the trial of the person who stood accused of killing her. It is an odd and twisting tale about robbery, kidnapping, a lesbian love triangle, attempted murder, and actual murder.
©2015 Daniel L. Murphy (P)2016 Daniel L. Murphy
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"Beautiful story, fabulous narration, 5 stars"
I so enjoy Kevin Pierce's performances, I am likely to dust this off and re-listen to it in a few years.
The narration. Besides that, this is just a beautifully-written book, well told. A wonderful listen, full of rich description and thoughtful reflections on a memorable and bittersweet story. The book is informative, and delivers procedural details without getting mired in them, while also providing enough context to ensure that those persons involved were developed as fully human -- helping the reader to empathize.
All of them. Pierce is such a pro. Never over-acts. Clearly differentiates the characters. Brilliant delivery. I am such a shameless fan.
The epilogue. Full of hope and new beginnings. Such a brave family, and the author in particular was genuinely inspiring. Won't say more to avoid spoilers.
I have grown to trust and enjoy Mr. Pierce's true crime productions so much that as soon as he releases one I immediately buy it without even reading the full book description. As an Audible client with hundreds of titles who achieved the "master" level of listening hours long ago, I've sampled many narrators with various levels of talent and lack thereof. Mr. Pierce is my #1 favorite actor of all time, and any author would be *beyond* lucky to sign him.
"Such a sad but great true story"
Really enjoyed this book I did the audible in a day I couldn't stop listening. The narrator did a fantastic job telling the story. Unique perspective from the family. I was happy to listen to the court transcripts in which most of the story came out. Worth a read for sure.
A great listen and well written story that kept me hooked. The narrator was excellent and really brought the story to life. I don’t usually listen to books in this category, but will be looking for more from this author in the future.
* I was given a free copy of the book from AudiobookBlast dot com in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"missing mom: A true crime,true family story"
Love listening to kevin pierce. Gripping story of a missing 80 old mom written in first person. Heart wrenching.
"A must read!"
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One of the hardest things to ever go through is to lose a loved one, and to write such a great book about it has to be hard. The author didn't show just how hard as the book flows from beginning to end. I hardly ever read books of this nature, but I'm so glad I did. I would recommend this book to everyone, as it's well worth the credit. The narrator did such a great job. His voice sounded like it was made to read this book.
"simple book that does what it sets out to do"
Missing Mom looks at the completely needless crime of murder through the eyes of its true victims, the family and friends of the deceased. There are no twists, no turns, no surprises, but there doesn't need to be, nor should there be. This is just an outlet through a family's journey of grief and it really shows. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
"Missing Mom: A True Crime, True Family Story"
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
This is a murder mystery based on a true story. I can understand the author waiting a decade to publish this book, as it is so personal. It
gripped my heart from start to finish.
The narration was exceptional with the right inflections in all the right places.
"A Gentle Family Meets Evil"
Not a nail biter, but it shows a very good man dealing with sudden violence.
"Not a top ten, or 25, but worth the credit. "
there are a couple times, more than what I like that the writer repeated himself. that is one of my pet peeves. A couple things could have been omitted from the book as I myself fast forward. I did like his character development and I love Kevin Pearce reading this. This book is worth purchasing.
"Heartfelt story "
I enjoyed the detail and wonderful descriptiveness in most parts of this book. I could imagine being right there.
"Moving and Captivating"
Tragic story, well written with fascinating personal insights from the son of Mrs Murphy. Highly recommend.
"Sad true story"
Felt it took a while to get into (nearly gave up as narrator is a bit boring, I found) but glad I didn't.
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