Murder In The Yoga Store is the true story of the brutal killing of a beautiful young woman at a chic Lululemon yoga-wear shop. The grisly murder was committed on a pleasant Friday night in upscale Bethesda, Maryland, a leafy suburb of Washington, D.C. In this riveting narrative by veteran journalist Peter Ross Range, the author for the first time brings together the tale of what really happened in the yoga store murder. He portrays the personalities of both victim and murderer, along with the strange and convoluted circumstances of the crime and its cover-up. Range meticulously exposes layer upon layer of deceit and confusion. His account builds the tension of the police investigation until the real story, so odd and creepy, takes your breath away. The drama of the murder trial is a moving emotional roller coaster built around the prosecutors, the detectives and the family of the victim.
Peter Ross Range is a longtime Washington, D.C., magazine writer. A former White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and foreign correspondent for Time, Range has covered politics, international affairs and war. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and many other publications.
©2013 Peter Ross Range (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"Straightforward, and, in the end, unnecessary."
Not sure why I decided to listen to this - I'm too susceptible to late night Daily Deal emails. This is a more-or-less straightforward telling of the investigation of a horrific crime. It's a strange length - not long enough to be really detailed about anything, and with no deep investigation or analysis beyond what one could garner from some quick web-browsing. The additional detail that IS there is kind of strange - long and stereotyped descriptions of Bathesda, of Apple as a soulless hawker of "baubles" (though one can later understand why someone might might misplace some anger towards Apple), and other such generalities. But where there seems to be opportunity to explore the personalities involved more deeply, we get very little. So... if you really want to hear about this crime, and haven't read anything else (even brief news reports) about it, it's OK to listen to while running or washing the dishes. But five minutes on the web will get you at least as much satisfaction and sense of what happened.
"Short and not even remotely sweet"
While the narration was a bit grating, this true story about an almost fictitiously horrific crime was gripping. I had to listen all the way through, start to finish, just to find out how it all ended.
"Never another book with this narrator."
Before writing this I checked to see whether this narrator had done other books. I was astounded to find that he had. His rapid-fire bursts of 3-4 words at a time with no consideration given to the flow of the written word was extremely distracting. Emphasis was given to words within the bursts without thought of the meaning of the entire sentence being read. It was difficult to follow the storyline. The topic was interesting and the writing was okay--I think. I tuned out frequently in frustration. Even as a daily deal, the cost was excessive. Save your money.
"Stopped after the first chapter"
No, the narration was distracting.
George Guidall or Barbara Rosenblat
The narration was choppy, thus distracting to me and I had to stop listening after the first chapter. At some point, instead of listening to the book, I may go back and read it. The story is intriguing and I'd like to read the full version of what happened.
I would have preferred the written version, to the audio, because the narration was aweful
I don't read/listen to a lot of true crime stories so it would be hard to compare it to anything.
I thought the story was sad, but the robotic, awful tone of narrator was difficult to listen too, so I had to take a lot of breaks.
"An enthrall inc read"
This story will suck you in and keep you engaged. It has good twists, and the narrator's voice is perfect for the story. If recommend it to anyone who needs to kill some time with audio.
"Basically just an in depth newspaper article"
I'm not sure what I expected, but this is basically just a scene-by-scene breakdown of what happened, and who the people were who did it. It's a bit unfair for me to review this because I didn't finish it, but I wanted to add my opinion so others who aren't into gruesome details will know that is all this book seems to be. Not worth the listen, as far as I got.
"I never saw it coming"
Yes, this true crime story was riveting. I guess it appealed to me because I am a part of the generation that Lululemon targets in advertising. This murder seemed just so unbelievable when it happened.
Hearing that the employees in the Apple Store next door heard the murder happen but did not do anything. To me, that is unconscionable. How could you hear a violent struggle a few feet away and not call the police or send one of your two armed guards over to investigate.
She makes the narrative more interesting. I think her voice is a reminder that the main people in this story are young women- who had their whole lives in front of them.
Yes, I did listen to the book in one day, but broken up. I found myself wanting to listen for just a few more minutes.
"Maybe worth a longform article; not worth a book."
A professional narrator and a less extended story. A lot of the details seemed unnecessary and like they were added to inflate the story.
This is such a sad and tragic true story on how quickly life can end. The thought that one can be so angry and do this to another human being is just dumbfounding. Prayers to the family of Jena +
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