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On July 13, 2011, Laura Jean Ackerson of Kinston, North Carolina, went to pick up her two toddler sons. It would be the last time she was seen alive. Laura's ex, Grant Hayes - the father of her two sons - and his wife, Amanda, the mother of his newborn daughter, both pointed the finger at each other as the one guilty of murdering Laura, cutting up her body, and then transporting and disposing of the remains on the shores of Oyster Creek, Texas. This is the hauntingly true story of a devoted mother, a disturbed couple, and how these horrific events came to pass.

©2016 Diane Fanning (P)2016 Tantor

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  • The Louligan
  • 18-03-2016

COMPELLING ACCOUNT - WRONG NARRATOR!

This is a pretty good true crime story. One which has not been "done to death" on TV forensics shows to the point where YOU could commit the perfect crime AND solve it in 48 hours! The author did a lot of research, which is daunting in some places, but that's what a true crime buff lives for. However, the amount of details and minutiae become mind-numbing when delivered by this narrator. Her voice is just all wrong for such a dark and disturbing crime. It's like listening to an actress from "Nickelodeon" dropping "f-bombs" and talking about very sexually explicit acts. After about 3 hours, I decided to just look up the murder on Wikipedia because I couldn't take that narrator any longer. Overall, it's a good account and the perfect audiobook if you're stuck in a car for a long drive.

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  • lemon_drop
  • 08-08-2016

Narrator too boring.

I could not finish listening too this. The narrator made it a difficult listen. As much as I don't like to give bad reviews. About halfway through the story I just could not stand another second. Story is good, but I won't listen to this person again.

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  • Kemarri
  • 07-03-2016

Good Listen

A a fan of true crime books in my opinion this book was bronze. It held my attention and was very detailed, describing the characters and helping me to visualize them as I read the story. I think I gave this book three stars because of narration.

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  • Sandra Burkhalter
  • 17-12-2020

The narration is dreadful

Whoever the lady is that narrates the story is ruining the amazing story. Her inflection and monotone way, and how she always ups her pitch after every sentence, is grinding on me. It's very disappointing because the story is excellent. This should be recorded with a man's voice who expresses more emotion and inflection in his voice.

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  • Judi E Igasaki
  • 21-01-2018

I feel like it coulda been good, but...

Seems like a looooong build-up to get to the murder that I now already know from the start of the book. The narrator was really hard to listen to; I’m not going to be able to finish it. I love true-crime stories but unfortunately listening to her was distracting in that I was just annoyed. I’ll google the story to get the nuts and bolts.

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  • Charlaine Hill
  • 08-08-2017

Torn between listening and returning!

The narrator drove me crazy with her "sing song" cadence. The story was definitely up to Diane Fanning's usual quality of reporting, but I almost stopped listening several times because the narration was so distracting. Karyn O'Bryant was able to read passages of dialog with a passable southern accent, using a normal cadence, but could not seem to do this when not reading dialog.

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  • Shane Omailey
  • 21-03-2017

Fascinating Character Study

Fascinating information, about fascinating people. Thorough, & exhausting description, of a murder trial. And, the events, leading up, to it.

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  • Cathe Mack-McGarry
  • 23-11-2016

Tragedy times three

The narration, by Karyn O'Bryant is engaging, and fluid. It is as if she was talking about people she knew personally. That is of course due in part to Diane Fannings' empathetic prose. Bitter Remains isn't just about a horrific crime, rather about the descent into psychopathy, of a trio of very damaged people; but about the ripple effects that will leave limitless scaring of three very young children. Very inconceivable, but very good read.

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  • Karen
  • 30-10-2016

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I'm a Kinston resident and while I didn't know any of the people involved, I feel for Laura's family and friends and for all of the children that are now without parents. I'm glad that justice was granted foe Laura's death and that her murderers are behind bars.

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  • keela
  • 10-06-2016

Fantastic Book

Loved this book. Very easy to follow. Didn't lose interest once. The narrator did a phenomenal job. Very talented author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-2021

Bitter remains

I came here from watching a youtuber I enjoy, Danelle hallan , as she reccomends this audio book. Wow. Fantastic, I’ve really enjoyed listening to this, very informative. Thank you , and thanks to Danelle for the suggestion xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-2020

FANTASTIC AUDIO BOOK - GRIPPING THROUGHOUT

The narration by Diane Fanning in this book was absolutely fantastic. I was gripped from the start and couldn't believe the amount of real-life emails and court transcripts that were shared in this audio book, placing readers right where everything happened. A truly fantastic read, would highly highly recommend!

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