Oscar Pistorius made history as the first amputee to compete against able-bodied runners at the 2012 Olympics. A hero in his native South Africa, the "Blade Runner" became a global icon of determination. But less than a year later, Pistorius shot his girlfriend in the early hours of February14, 2013. Charged with murder, he claimed self-defense, but as the investigation moved to trial a picture emerged of a traumatized man fascinated with guns and assailed by anguish and self-doubt. Thoughtful and probing, acclaimed journalist John Carlin offers a piercing look at this intriguing modern tragedy.
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"The world was shocked when South African Paralympian and international track star Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee nicknamed the Blade Runner because of his prosthetic racing legs, shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, claiming that he mistook her for a nighttime invader in his Pretoria home. Narrator Gideon Emery recounts the background story in an agreeable British accent and employs a South African accent for Pistorius and his family, Steenkamp's family, and those involved in his legal case, as well as Pistorius's acquaintances of other nationalities. In Emery's portrayal, Pistorius sounds rather feeble throughout as he is overwhelmed by his situation. Emery also gives a higher-pitched South African voice to for Judge Masipa for the extended passage in which she unveils her ruling. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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