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Editorial Reviews

Jesse Einstein brings a clear voice and understated performance to Peter Ross Range’s nonfiction crime story Murder in the Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killing.

Range, a one-time overseas bureau chief for Time, brings his reporting skills to the murder of the Washington, D.C., yoga store employee who was stabbed to death by her co-worker. Vividly evoking both the victim and the killer, the author recounts the incident, the ensuing cover-up by the murderer, and, ultimately, her arrest and trial.

Einstein trusts the power of this grisly true life story and reads it carefully – and without any overly dramatic flourishes.

Publisher's Summary

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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  • Ullanta
  • 11-02-2014

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.

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  • toromei
  • 28-02-2014

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.

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  • Linda
  • 14-02-2014

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.

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  • Tez L
  • 08-04-2014

Basically just an in depth newspaper article

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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-2014

Stopped after the first chapter

What would have made Murder in the Yoga Store better?

Different narrator.

Would you recommend Murder in the Yoga Store to your friends? Why or why not?

No, the narration was distracting.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jesse Einstein?

George Guidall or Barbara Rosenblat

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Tony M
  • 03-03-2014

Sad Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in the Yoga Store to be better than the print version?

I would have preferred the written version, to the audio, because the narration was aweful

What other book might you compare Murder in the Yoga Store to and why?

I don't read/listen to a lot of true crime stories so it would be hard to compare it to anything.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jesse Einstein?

anyone!!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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  • briofiamma
  • 10-07-2015

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.

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  • J. Simonton
  • 21-03-2014

I never saw it coming

Would you listen to Murder in the Yoga Store again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in the Yoga Store?

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.

What does Jesse Einstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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  • Donald Braman
  • 13-02-2014

Maybe worth a longform article; not worth a book.

What would have made Murder in the Yoga Store better?

A professional narrator and a less extended story. A lot of the details seemed unnecessary and like they were added to inflate the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-2021

Shallow and one-dimensional

A tragic story and very sad outcome for two young women. And what a squandered and lazy lost opportunity to have really dug in and told a deeper more nuanced story of both lives—one a white girl of privilege, opportunity and loving family support intersected at this outrageously overpriced and pretentious outfit (Lupulemon) and one a black girl whose life story is barely mentioned—could have been told. Instead it is a pathetic litany of cliches and surface retelling. The author is interested mainly in the poor victim, who definitely deserves our sympathy, but even she comes across as a uni-dimensional ambition adventuress, an “inspiration” instead of a complex human being and Brittany is barely fully human in this book.

In the hands of a much better, more curious and unbiased author (like Richard Wright did with Black Boy) and much better researcher this could have been a profound book that explored race, class, ambition, fear, differentiated opportunities, rage, mental health, etc. but did none of this.

Not a single probing question is asked about what social and psychological factors drove the murderer, why did she have a life that included prostitution and shoplifting? Why did only one family member speak at her sentencing and why were there ZERO witnesses or expert testimony called by the defense? She clearly had a terrible lawyer and nobody fighting for her to get the mental help she so clearly needed. The victim’s “godly” family care only for revenge.

This was a terribly sad story both for the victim but also for the perpetrator whose background and inner life are not given a shred of in-depth thought or analysis. This book sucked!

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