No one in the annals of crime is capable of arousing such passionate debate as the perpetrator of the Whitechapel Murders in 1888. Was he a demented Royal, a Masonic assassin, a sexually frustrated artist, a member of the Czarist secret police, a crazed reformist or even an escaped gorilla?
More than a century has passed since this unknown killer murdered East End prostitutes under the very noses of the police, and yet we seem no closer to uncovering the Ripper's identity. Countless volumes have been written by warring researchers, seemingly unable to agree even on the number of his victims. Is it possible that we will ever know the truth, or is the Ripper destined to remain an enigma, his place in history secured as both an English-heritage crime icon and a universal bogeyman?
This revised and updated edition contains a summary of Jack's crimes, victims, and the ill-fated police investigation. It considers many of the Ripper's proposed identities, bringing you up to date with the latest suspects and includes a guide to the Ripper's many fictional outings, from The Lodger to From Hell.
©2006 Pocket Essentials; (P)2009 Summersdale Publishers Ltd
I really enjoyed this book. It goes through every Ripper case in full detail, including how the police reacted to each murder (which in itself was pretty interesting), and also then goes on to list every suspect that has ever been linked to the case in any way...and there are a lot of suspects!!
It does go on to list every tv show and film that ever featured Jack the Ripper as a character which did seem to be to be a bit pointless but the book is so indepth and thorough that if you have any interest in the subject matter whatsoever then this book really does tell all...
I wasnt sure whether to go for this audio book or not. Most reviews seemed very positive but there was one that seemed very down on the narrator which did make me pause but after listening to the books sample I decided I quite liked the narrators voice and so went ahead and bought it. I was not disappointed...the book is jam packed with every bit of Jack info you could ever want to know. I agreed with the negative reviewer that the book did go a bit downhill at the end but only because they were listing tv programmes that feature Jack as a character which I just thought was pointless. The book had already detailed everything I could ever want to know so I can hardly pick holes in the fact that it offered yet more info. Im sure film and tv fans will love that particular chapter, it just wasnt for me.
Personally though I quite enjoyed the narration...the voice was very easy on the ear, unlike some other audio books that seem to be narrated by people with very jarring voices. I've even gone on to purchase another audio book by the same narrator as I felt she had a very easy on the ear style.
All in all a fab listen and very informative.
I enjoyed this - had read books about the Ripper many years ago, and decided to remind myself what the condensed version of the evidence was like, although it's not what I would usually select. As far as I can tell this is a well researched acount of the events and theories surrounding Jack the Ripper, and is very clearly written.
Like another reviewed I really liked the voice of the narrator, and will look out for other books by them . Narration was expressive, clear, and well-recorded.
This concise handbook is essential for everyone who follows the mystery of Jack the Ripper and a useful introduction to anyone who wants to find out why he has held the horrified fascination of the public for so many decades. Beautifully read, this is a most enjoyable addition to anyone's audio library
This audiobook serves as an introduction to the Ripper murders, and offers a great many insights into contemporary theory coupled with "core facts". However, I found my enjoyment of the book significantly hampered by an utterly awful narrator, whose remorseless upward inflection at the end of every sentence turns almost everything into a question. Credibility of the narrator is also tarnished by pronunciation - "Mittra Square" (Mitre Sq), "Le-mann St" (Leman St), "Bough St" (Bow St). The audiobook fades in quality fast at the end, and the book reviews fast fade into farce and sarcasm, while the narrator (by now clearly bored and wanting to get to the end of the script) reads out ISBN numbers of currently available titles.
An interesting attempt to bring the world's most famous serial killer to audio format, but there are much better ways of learning the subject - buying a couple of printed books, as recommended by this audio version - is far better.
I was a little disappointed in this audio book. It would be great I suppose if you were doing a thesis on Jack with all the info in one place but there was nothing really new on here. I had read all this info online. The narrator read the info so quickly it sounded a bit like she was reading off a shopping list and at the end it was the writers opinions on how good or not other books and films portrayed the story of Jack. Reading this section like a shopping list failed to put over some of the humourous comments. I gave it 2 stars simply because all the known info on Jack already is in one place
I have found all books on Jack the Ripper fascinating and was looking for an audio book covering the known facts that I could listen to whilst in bed.
I found this one from audible.co.uk. 'Jack The Ripper(Unabridged)'. Having listened to it once I came to the conclusion that it would have been perfect on the page!
However there is one point that spoils this spoken word edition. Pronunciation! Peoples names,anatomical details and placenames are pronounced as if a child is reading the words for the first time!Surely it would have been kinder to give the reader some notes on how to pronounce words such as 'Mitre' and 'Minories' for example?
Having worked in that part of London and visited the sights of the crimes I find it incomprehensible that such well known Ripper place names have been mangled in such a way!
The small but consistant errors spoil the reading for me and I would expect anyone else with a passing knowledge of the case to find these equally jarring!
As someone with a chronic interest in Jack the Ripper and the studies made of the murders around Whitechapel, I really enjoyed this audiobook. It covers all the first-hand and other contemporary sources regarding the victims, suspects and the police activities. However, what marred my enjoyment was the narrator's pronunciation of certain words. For example, I'm pretty sure that the suspect Pizer's name should be pronounced 'Pie-zer' but in the audiobook it is read as 'Pizzer'. Similarly, I'm fairly certain Mitre Square should be read 'Might-er' (like the episcopal hat) rather than 'Mitt-rah Square'. I did find this audiobook engaging and it's a great introduction to the murders for new Ripperologists as well as being a good recap for those familiar with the events, but the narrator's occasional eccentric utterances were a little bit irritating.
I used this book for a project I was doing at school and it has gained me a top rating for the project. It had every possible piece of info that I could ever need on the Jack the Ripper saga.
Its also worth noting that as part of my research I went on one of those Ripper walks in London and the guide said that he too had listened to this audio book and actually used a lot of its content in his guide. He gave it a big thumbs up!!
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