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Black Widow: The True Story of Giggling Granny Nannie Doss

Narrated by: Steve White
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

In 1927, Charley Braggs arrived home to find two of his children dead. The doctor who observed the children in their last moments diagnosed food poisoning as the cause. There was no need for an autopsy. His wife, Nannie, blamed tainted grains as the source, but Charley wasn’t convinced.
 

Charley didn’t feel safe around his wife. In the middle of the night, he took his eldest daughter and ran for his life.
 

The outpouring of sympathy doubled for Nannie when they discovered her husband’s treachery. To her community, she was a sweet lady renowned for her cheerful disposition. But behind the facade was a much darker and sinister reality. A truth that four of her future husbands, two of her sisters, her mother, her mother-in-law, her nephew and her grandson would perilously discover.
 

Black Widow is a dramatic and chilling account of one of the most shocking true crime stories in American history. Ryan Green’s riveting narrative draws the listener into the real-live horror experienced by the victims and has all the elements of a classic thriller. 

Caution: This book contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to listen to this audiobook.

©2019 Ryan Green (P)2019 Ryan Green

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fantastic read!

This book was fantastic! Ryan has done a fabulous job! It was detailed, and he tells the story beautifully! I would recommend this, true crime enthusiasts wont be disappointed!

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Exactly how a true crime book should be

I have a guilty pleasure for true crime stories but to be perfectly honest I had never heard about this case until I came across this novel. From the offset it becomes highly apparent to just how much in depth research the author has carried out and the passion for giving the reader all of the information came across in abundance. I was shocked about the length of the book as it is quite short but yet I feel that I had learnt so much within such a short time . It is full of information about this vile and evil human being. Overall a very haunting and thought provoking case which is wonderfully written. i was given this book by the author/narrator in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Chilling

I have mixed feelings about this book - not because of the writing or the narration, both were exceptional. However, there were moments I felt sorry for Nannie Doss. Her story felt real, which is always key for a story based on truth and facts, and Ryan does not shy away from the humanising facts about this lady, nor does he shy away from the chilling truths of her. Steve's narration really helps bring the story to life, a calming voice talking about this horror and what occurred.

I always deem it a good book when it leaves me thinking about the story told, and this certainly does that. I have given myself a few days to try and digest what I heard, and I'm still wondering how Nannie Doss got to that point, even though we were given more than enough information, The truth doesn't always leave us as satisfied as we expect when we think of people that kill.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Looking For Romance.

Another chilling tale this time in the form of someone wanting to live there life. Like the pages of a romance book. There were times were I felt sorry for this woman as she just wanted someone to love her and to be true . Then I remembered some of the stuff she had done. Another true crime book by this author I've enjoyed and with the narrator doing a good job telling the story.

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Great Author and Great Narrator

Ryan Green really knows how to get into the minds of serial killers, in a most disturbing way. And yet you cant help but feel understanding and compassion for Nannie, who just wanted to feel loved.

Steve White does a great job of narrating

Another great listen

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  • Polly Poizendem
  • 23-07-19

Don’t Always Trust Those Sweet Older Ladies!

I enjoy listening to these older cases from back in the day when killers were much less savvy in their methods, but almost got away with it! The story moved right along, and the narrator was very pleasant :) I had no idea that Granny could be THIS bold and heartless...yet also have a strong passion for romance novels. Maybe she used passages from the books in her love letters? Lol.

This book was great - not too long or short, and held my interest the whole time. Although I was given this audiobook free in exchange for an honest opinion, I would NOT have regretted spending the credit/money on it. Thank You!

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  • timj26
  • 27-06-19

Owner of a lonely heart

Another entertaining addition to my ryan green collection
What fascinates me is she married five men had multiple kids and killed eleven people by age fifty
Steve’s narration is always fantastic I highly recommend any of Ryan’s audiobooks
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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 21-06-19

Unsettling

This creepy woman is truly unsettling. Nannie Doss is often sympathetic and isn't just a serial killer traipsing the countryside for her next victim. She's equally terrifying in her severe detachment from emotion when she does kill. It's all the more horrifying because in every case, it's someone who you'd expect her to love. This is the element of female serial killers which is so much more sinister and unsettling than males. You can read about male serial killers and, as long as it doesn't get too graphic, it's impersonal like watching an action movie. Women serial killers never let you forget the humanity of the tragedy.

This is another well done book by author Ryan Green and his partner in crime Steve White. (Green... White... There's definitely a pun or wordplay hiding in there somewhere but I'm not clever enough to find it.)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Kayla Krantz
  • 05-08-19

Anyone Can Be A Killer

The story of the Giggling Granny is one that is very haunting. I’ve always imagined serial killers to be those who have a type of victim and kill to quench some thirst. They’re mostly guys, sometimes family men, but usually the type of person that after they’re caught can be seen as a killer.

In this case, this was not true. Nannie Doss fooled everyone into believing she was a victim time and time again. Even when she was brought in for murder, the officers had a difficult time believing she was really guilty. Nannie was different from other killers though in that she didn’t kill to satisfy some craving, she killed when people became an inconvenience for her. She had a life in mind that she wanted to live, and she didn’t let anyone stop her from living it.

Narration made this an easy listen.

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  • JJLarson
  • 24-07-19

Black Widow

I was given this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Boom at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I cannot believe how short this book was compared to how much I learned about Nannie Doss and her life! She sure had a rough childhood with an abusive step-father. Her marriages were all pretty crappy overall too. I almost felt sorry for her. The craziest part is how she could fool people into thinking she was an innocent victim in everything that happened to her. I am a very empathetic person, but I cannot fathom her reasoning behind killing all the people she killed, especially her own children and grandchildren.
Ryan Green made Nannie come alive to me. He had so much background and the material is thought provoking. I felt like I was in the kitchen with Nannie and I was scared! Thank you very much, Ryan, for the opportunity to read and review this book. I will definitely be looking for more of your work!
Steve White have a very nice voice for narration. I listened to this in one sitting – I did not want it to end.

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  • Teresa Noel
  • 23-07-19

Very Indepth

I have have the Nannie Doss stories before but never to the lengths that Ryan Green tells them in this book. I did not know she killed 2 of her Grandchildren and her mother. I knew about killing her kids and her husbands and her mother in laws.

Ryan is my favorite True crime Author and Steve White does an amazing job or narrating this case.

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  • Jon Gibbs
  • 19-07-19

Don’t bother

Not at all a thriller or mystery ...rather a dull account of her story wit tabloid touches

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  • Nefili_Faeryn
  • 16-07-19

Disturbingly satisfying

At my request, I received this title in exchange for my honest review.

I absolutely LOVE just about anything true crime. Black Widow did not disappoint. I found it fascinating and horrifying that Nannie was able to continue living her seemingly normal life while leaving a trail of bodies, young and old, every step of the way. It goes to show just how much has changed in the past 30 or so years when it comes to justice and law enforcement. It also red lights mental health and the importance of assessments at an early age.

This poor woman was so troubled right from the start. There were so many red flags....SO MANY RED FLAGS! After listening to her story, I can't help but wonder how differently things might have been; how many lives could have been changed, if only someone would have stepped in and helped her while she was still just a child...

Oh well, it sure makes for a great story! Check this one out. You won't be disappointed!

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  • Susan
  • 16-07-19

How did she get away with all of it?

Yikes!!!
This is an unbelievable story of an extremely horrible person. I don't care how much trauma she had growing up. It didn't give her license to become the murderer she became.
I wondered if she would have gotten away with all her crimes today. I doubt it.
Very interesting and well written.

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  • Brittany
  • 15-07-19

Great biography

I loved this book it gave lots of details about how and why Nannie Doss became the black widow. I love true crime stories and this one did not disappoint. This book provided details I had not been aware of about who and how she killed her husbands and family members. I would highly recommend this book. I received this book for free for an honest review.