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  • Abandoned Prayers

  • An Incredible True Story of Murder, Obsession, and Amish Secrets (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, True Crime
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska buried him as "Little Boy Blue", unclaimed and unidentified - until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.

Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect. But behind his quiet façade was a man involved with pornography, sadomasochism, and drugs. After the suspicious death of his pregnant wife, Stutzman took his preschool-age son, Danny, and hit the road on a sexual odyssey ending with his conviction for murder. But the mystery of Eli Stutzman and the fate of his son didn't end on the barren Nebraska plains. It was just beginning....

Gregg Olsen's Abandoned Prayers is an incredible true story of murder and Amish secrets.

©1990, 2021 Gregg Olsen (P)2021 Gregg Olen

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  • Lisa Gainers
  • 30-08-2021

Great book

I love Gregg Olsen, never disappointed. I could listen to Kevin Pierce narrate the dictionary. Even reading the most horrible crimes, his voice is soothing.

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  • silvia hunkins
  • 06-10-2021

well written

narrator was consistently well spoken and maintained the same tempo when reading which made it easier to follow. the story was steep in facts for all of the major subjects in the story. the ending is truthfully rather sad and disappointing especially for the expectation of justice but overall well.written.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-2021

Gregg Olsen at his worst

Ive been very impressed with Olsen's previous works, but sadly no writer can hit the jackpot with EVERY book. Once you get past the novelty of livin' la vida loca Amish style in the first half, it turns into a quite ordinary murder mystery in the 2nd half, and a very boring one at that.

Kevin Pierce gets five stars because he's Kevin Pierce, but even he couldnt do anything with this story. Skip this one if you're a true crime fan.

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  • Pearly
  • 05-10-2021

Gratuitous

Kevin Pierce is as excellent as ever. But the book was mediocre. The story relied too much on the sexual details of this disturbed Amish guy than it did anything else. Cheap.

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  • Dawn
  • 15-09-2021

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I had a hard time focusing on this story. The story itself is fascinating, but the narrator was awful. In my opinion.

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  • Brenda O.
  • 14-09-2021

Had High Hopes

Love this author and narrator combination! However, this story fell flat for me. It was not an easy listen with all the in and out characters and tracking Eli's trail of tears. Although sad, it evoked very little interest and emotion for me. anticlimactic ending and never really got going.

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  • Mrseche
  • 29-08-2021

Not my favorite

I have read all of Greg Olsen's books.
This was not his best. Felt scattered. I don't think this was the best subject for a true crime book and it really had very little to do with the Amish community because it mentions the subject's upbringing only briefly.
I just wasn't awed by how this was written.
I wish now I had skipped it.

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  • Rosemary Postula
  • 24-08-2021

Disappointed

I love Kevin Pierce but he couldn’t save this one from being boring, repetitive and disappointing. I sometimes I feel this author, in this book and others he has written, is “uncomfortable” writing about homosexuality or minorities and uses old tropes and ignorant comments made by law enforcement that are not necessary to the story. It’s cringe worthy.

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