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The Family Next Door

The Heartbreaking Imprisonment of the 13 Turpin Siblings and Their Extraordinary Rescue
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling true crime author John Glatt comes the devastating story of the Turpins: a seemingly normal family whose dark secrets would shock and captivate the world.

On January 14, 2018, a 17-year-old girl climbed out of the window of her Perris, California home and dialed 911 with shaking fingers. Struggling to stay calm, she told the operator that she and her 12 siblings - ranging in age from two to 29 - were being abused by their parents. When the dispatcher asked for her address, the girl hesitated. "I've never been out," she stammered.

To their family, neighbors, and online friends, Louise and David Turpin presented a picture of domestic bliss: dressing their 13 children in matching outfits and buying them expensive gifts. But what police discovered when they entered the Turpin family home would eclipse the most shocking child abuse cases in history.

In the first major account of the case, investigative journalist and author John Glatt delves into the disturbing details and recounts the bravery of the 13 siblings in the face of unimaginable horror.

©2019 John Glatt (P)2019 Tantor
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Boring and not much detail

I found this book lacked any real story of what actually happened to the children. It spent half the book retelling the background of the parents. Wouldn’t recommend.

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Not interesting

Repetitive in parts and pretty much a review of everything already reported in the media. Towards the end was just a reread of court transcripts.

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  • R. Squyres
  • 21-08-2019

Sloppy Journalism

The story is absolutely intriguing. The writing is not. The author never seems to have actually interviewed anyone close to the family to give a view inside the home. Instead we are left with lots of quotes from facebook (lots of facebook!), quotes from news articles, CNN, and court transcripts. But the author himself doesn't bring anything new to the story, he just piles his resources up. Worse, he doesn't even organize the material in an interesting way.

We are never really given a look inside the house, but kept at arms distance. None of the children seem to have been interviewed by the author. So he relies on other peoples notes.

The end of the book drags on and on as he reports every courtroom move. This is not high courtroom drama, but a rehash of what he's already told us. Worse, every courtroom objection is logged; every back and forth from each witness. Because, if nothing else, the author has the court transcript, and he intends to get the most out of it. Audible would do just as well just recording the court transcript.

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  • Thinker
  • 18-08-2019

Rehashed other writers

If this book sounds “stolen from the headlines” it’s because the author reworked every newspaper and sound byte on the story. Ultimately, I read nothing that I had not gleaned from earlier newspaper articles. The writing is as choppy as a book could be after taking other articles and relieving them into one semi coherent work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-2019

Good story<br />Bad narrator

The narrator was horrible with his sing song voice and repetitive and monotonous inflections. ugh

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  • Jacob
  • 28-08-2019

Not my insight.

There isn't much here a quick Google search or Wikipedia won't tell you other than the 911 call transcript. The author mentions the kids all kept journals recording their day to day life but there isn't a excerpt from any of them. I enjoyed the author's other works but this one left me feeling let down.

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  • Robin K Smith
  • 21-08-2019

Deja Vu

The author tells of the horrors from the kids side then again at the end during the hearing using the exact same words. That irritated me. I actually checked the chapter once because I knew I'd heard that previously.

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  • Deborah Wright
  • 17-08-2019

Could be a good story but narrator kills it

The Narrator kills the story and it just seems to drag!! I put it on while I was cleaning because I wanted to hear what really happen to those poor kids but it offered little more than any of the news specials did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-2019

Heartbreaking story, but bad narration

This is a horrific story, but the Turpin children seem to be getting on with their lives as the judge says, "...in spite of them" (their parents). Story is told well, but narrator is not the best. He seems to be asking a question with every sentence.??

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  • Missiej121
  • 20-04-2020

Disappointed

This book was EXTREMELY repetitive, I would not recommend it. Read one of the news articles, you'll get the same information.

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  • Julie M
  • 18-04-2020

Poorly written, can't take the robotic narrator

i struggled to finish this book. It's such an important story yet the writing sounds like one big never-ending news story. Not one character comes to life. The reader cannot get engaged or emotionally invested. It was like being read to out of a dictionary by the most robotically annoying voice in the universe. it took weeks for me to finish it and I only did so out of respect for the people about whom it is written. These children deserve to have their story told. I hope somebody else pens this story in a meaningful way in the future.

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  • LaBrea
  • 02-07-2020

Please re-record this again

The book was good, the the narration was TERRIBLE. there are emphasis in places they don’t belong and no emphasis where there should be. This person was trying to read this as if it was some mystery radio show and not a book.

Would have liked the book more had the narration been better.

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  • Tracey Maher
  • 17-01-2020

not that easy to follow

takes a while to get used to this mans voice and odd style hard work

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  • Jade Hadfield
  • 08-04-2020

Can't listen to the man's voice

I had to stop this book only a few minutes in as the man reading it sounds like a robot. I focused on his voice more than the book to the pouny I had to swap it. Such a shame.

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  • sharronr
  • 07-04-2020

Narration is so annoying.

I looked forward to this book. But I could not get past chapter 1, before returning for a refund. The narrator has an awful affliction at the end of EVERY sentence, it drove me mad. It makes no sense to use a narrator who speaks in this way.

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  • Mrs. Sally Wade
  • 23-04-2020

Repetitive & missing emotion

Extremely repetitive & the author completely skips past the escape. Not worth the credit. Get his book on Jaycee Lee Dugard instead.

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  • Shiv
  • 23-04-2020

Interesting & Heartbreaking

The story is well-written and thought out. However, the narration is very difficult to listen to for 8hours. The narrator's tone of voice is strong and well-spoken. The negative is he fluctuates at the end of every sentence. EVERY SENTENCE. Small or large. It's the same pattern. It was incredibly distracting and hard to concentrate on what he was saying, instead only noticing the way he was speaking. Again, I cannot fault the story or way it was written. I highly recommend reading this book and avoiding this audiobook.

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  • Kelly
  • 22-04-2020

Terribly sad

It is incredulous that two human beings can be so unbelievably cruel and behaved so sickening towards any human life let alone one’s they have created.

Well done to the incredible braveness of the sister who escaped to get help not being able to bear hear her younger siblings no longer cry.

Narrator very repetitive , which made you want to give up on story.

So pleased they are now being supported and cared for as they should of been since birth . I wish you all well for your future.

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  • Mandy
  • 04-06-2020

Terrible narration

I didn’t get past the first chapter as I couldn’t listen any longer to the way in which the story was being told. The narrator read in a clipped manner and it did not flow. Very annoying.