The electrifying new thriller from New York Times bestseller Stephen Hunter takes you deep inside the mind of the most notorious serial killer of all time: Jack the Ripper.
In the fall of 1888, Jack the Ripper slaughtered five prostitutes in London's seamy Whitechapel District. He did not just kill - he ripped with a butcher's glee - and then, after the particularly gruesome slaying of Mary Jane Kelly, he disappeared. For 127 years, Jack has haunted the dark corners of our imagination, the paradigm of the psychotic killer. We remember him not only for his crimes, but because, despite one of the biggest dragnets in London history, he was never caught.
I, Ripper is a vivid reimagining of Jack's personal story entwined with that of an Irish journalist who covered the case, knew the principals, charted the investigation, and at last, stymied, went off in a bold new direction. These two men stalk each other through a city twisted in fear of the madman's blade, a cat-and-mouse game that brings to life the sounds and smells of the fleshpot tenderloin of Whitechapel and all the lurid acts that fueled the Ripper headlines.
Dripping with intrigue, atmosphere, and diabolical twists, this is a magnificent psychological thriller from perennial New York Times bestseller Stephen Hunter, who the San Francisco Examiner calls "one of the best storytellers of his generation."
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A fascinating interpretation of who the Ripper was. A very well presented and narrated audiobook that included many twists and turns. A very clever use of diary entries tell the story - well done to the author! I highly recommend this audiobook.
"I REALLY wanted to love this book; I really tried."
Sadly, I couldn't recommend this book to anyone.
There was clearly an effort to provide a sensational flair and an elaborate twist to the Ripper story, but sadly, it fell quite short of the mark. I guessed the who the Ripper was the moment he was introduced. I have a high tolerance for grisly violence, but this book was hard for even me to stomach. I disliked it from the start, but doggedly came back to it after finishing several other books along the way, hoping my reaction would be more favorable. It wasn't. The twists meant to startle, stump or stun were weak and unbelievable. I kept falling asleep near the end, having to go back and re-listen; very strange for what should have been the most exciting part!I'm a great fan of the Ripper mystery and follow all renditions, in print, audio or on screen. I'm disappointed that this one was barely "meh".
Unfortunately, I found the narrator's voice very unpleasant, especially when speaking as the Ripper. It grated on my nerves, another factor causing me to pause and go off to other books multiple times. I think strident, with the sensation of fingernails on the chalkboard, may capture my opinion. Even after I forced myself to tolerate the voice, I found myself losing track of which character was speaking, even though a clear effort went into giving the key characters distinctive voices.
The book mostly sparked disappointment, with a dash of annoyance and recurring disgust. As noted, the grisly details were just that. Language can be so much more eloquent, even when portraying graphic images. If shock value was the goal, it still fails. The story has so much unfulfilled potential. There was great effort expended in the characters, but I couldn't warm up to any. Really too bad.
I will probably avoid both author and narrator in the future.
Stephen Hunter has done it again. What a genius of story telling. His use of history to intrigue the reader is masterful.
"Structure of story lends itself to audio very well"
The story is just average but the format and great presentation make this worth it.
"Rich and rewarding, I will definitely read it again"
As always Hunter weaves a great story rich with well developed unusual characters. The plot turns often reveal his dark sense of humor. I left the experience fully entertained and with much food for thought.
At first I thought ugh, a gore-fest. But the book improved as it went on and became a clever, if a bit far fetched blend of history and fiction. An enjoyable read overall.
"Literary Version of Blue Balls"
A way better ending and a better Jack The Ripper. Such a good story with an enormous let down at the end.
The killer was incredibly predictable.
The story through the murders was outstanding, afterward it quickly dissolves into stupidity.
The entire second half of the book.
This story was so good at the beginning. It is a very addicting page turner during the murder scenes, but as soon as the murders end, so does the book's appeal.
"Imaginative and keeps your attention"
After so much time has passed, the story of Jack the Ripper, and the unanswered questions he left behind still intrigue us. This is a very good work of historical fiction that expertly fills in gaps, leaving one scared and satisfied.
"An enlightening tale of history I thought I knew!!"
Very well done! The Speaker is wonderful. The tale of Jack the Ripper is unfolded, day by day, from different perspectives. Very entertaining!!
"Not a typical Hunter story although typically well done."
I've read all his novels and he is excellent with military/spy suspense. I, Ripper is well outside this genre and yet Hunter has creative and well done story.
Performance was top notch; could not have been done by a better person!!
""An insult to...sanity""
I will not read/listen to another book by Stephen Hunter, but I have no complaints with regard to Michael Page.
No book could be worse than this book, so any book that I choose (as long as said book isn't a book by Hunter) shall be a step in the right direction.
The credits at the end of the book.
Disappointment, disgust, confusion; how did Stephen Hunter get this book (or any book) published?
To the best of my recollection, this book is the worst book that I have ever read/heard. Michael Page's narration is well executed, but such skill is wasted on this graphic-for-graphic's-sake misogynistic and repetitive Freudian story. Hunter's constant heavy-handed hammering home of the idea that it is London, 1888, is so unbelievably annoying that it surpasses the annoyance created by the extremely graphic descriptions of gratuitous sex and violence. If you are looking for something akin to the writings of Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, or Erik Larson, you need to look elsewhere, for you will not find it here.
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