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The Perfect Father

The True Story of Chris Watts, His All-American Family, and a Shocking Murder
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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In the early morning hours of August 13, 2018, Shanann Watts was dropped off at her Frederick, Colorado, home by a colleague after returning from a business trip. It was the last time anyone would see her alive. By the next day, Shanann and her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, had been reported missing, and her husband, Chris Watts, was appearing on the local news, pleading for his family's safe return. 

But Chris Watts already knew that he would never see his family again. Less than 24 hours after his desperate plea, Watts made a shocking confession to police: He had strangled his pregnant wife to death and smothered their daughters, dumping their bodies at a nearby oil site. Heartbroken friends and neighbors watched in shock as the movie-star handsome, devoted family man they knew was arrested and charged with first degree murder. 

The perfect mask Chris had presented to the world in his TV interviews and the family's Facebook accounts was slipping - and what lay beneath was a horrifying image of instability, infidelity, sexual ambivalence, and boiling rage. 

In this first major account of the case, best-selling author and journalist John Glatt reveals the truth behind the tragedy and constructs a chilling portrait of one of the most shocking family annihilator cases of the 21st century.

©2020 John Glatt (P)2020 Tantor

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  • jill greeson
  • 23-07-2020

Disappointing

If you want to hear the same old facts and learn absolutely nothing new being read to you in the most irritating voice ever, then get this book . If not, pass this one by.

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  • Terri Thomas
  • 27-07-2020

Horrible narrative!! I can’t understand him

You can’t understand the narrator! His accent is way to strong ! It makes it really hard to get into story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-07-2020

Crikey!

Why is an Aussie narrating this? I don't have anything against Aussies, but it just seems off-kilter to my American ears. The gist of the story is: she was a domineering workaholic, and he was this meek little subservient trophy husband. I know this because the story repeats this again and again and again and again and AGAIN.

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  • Jeanette
  • 24-07-2020

just a chronological order of the Chris Watts case

if you are unfamiliar with the Chris Watts case, this is an excellent book for you. It presents all the happenings in order. What is in the book is all public knowledge and obtainable from the discovery documents. The book is well written but I personally did not care for the “reader” of this book, way too strong of an accent for an American murder story. Would I suggest this book for purchase? yes if you are unfamiliar with the case and no if you are like me already know all the details, there is nothing new to learn in this book.

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  • Wendy M. Bailey
  • 16-10-2020

Good book, a lot of details never before heard.

This book is a good read. I would recommend it for sure. I heard a lot of things I have never heard before. Good research completed when doing this book.

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  • Marissa Coy
  • 14-10-2020

detailed

very good detailed book about the family. from start to finish. rest in peace girls

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  • Sam
  • 28-09-2020

Discovery / Interviews

Before I get into my review of the actual book I just wana say that I did not enjoy the pick for the reader. I dont just feel this way because I would prefer it without an accent or anything, I actually enjoy the sound of an accent. My problem is when the accent butchers one of the victims names thru the entire book. Its just kind of annoying to me personally. I'm not saying it ruins the entire experience of the book but her names Bella and the reader kept pronouncing it like Beller and I couldn't stand it by the end of the book. ANYWAY. Like everyone else I feel like if you've been following the case religiously, you probably won't be getting any great new information or anything super exciting. That said, if you're new to the case, this book is super informative, accurate and not full of assumptions and plagiarisms like Letters from freaking Christopher. That book is a disaster. I noticed someone else said it was in chronological order and mostly it is but there are a few parts i had a hard time following.

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  • Chanceux_93
  • 17-09-2020

No new insights

It’s a good timeline recount with everything you already know about the case. But doesn’t seem to have any new information or much input from people close to the situation. The author seems to have just taken everything from sources already widely available and putting them in timeline order.

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  • Candie
  • 09-09-2020

Absolutely heartbreaking

I could not stop listening. Even though I knew how this would end I wanted it to not be real. So many different emotions. Very well written just wish it was fiction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-08-2020

Factual and well narrated

If you prefer factual accounts without editorialisation or embellishments, then this is for you. The narrators voice was easy to listen to.

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  • bookworm77
  • 28-07-2020

Well written

I’m an avid true crime reader and found this book a good source of facts. Heart breaking facts 😞. Such a harrowing tale of a family devastated. I cried several times listening and felt guilty that my hobby of true crime reading is actually 2 families real life tragedy. Think I will stick to old crime tales. Well narrated and written.

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  • sarah harrison
  • 05-08-2020

A Basic Account

A chronology of the case but in a basic style. There were some clear inaccuracies also but this is a good book for those who have very little familiarity with this terrible tragedy.

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  • rosemaryk2006
  • 24-07-2020

Accurate Well Written Account

The narrator has a, good voice but his reading, at the beginning, is hesitant and jerky but he improves. The is a factual account of the Watts family murders and the author doesn't put forward any psychological theories or opinions.

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  • Mohammed
  • 15-10-2020

the most detail I ever had on this shocking event

the detail puts everything together. rip shannan..bella..cece and nico....Will chris ever tell the truth one day

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