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Green River, Running Red

By: Ann Rule
Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)
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Summary

In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women.

Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry - of who these young women were and who they might have become. A chilling look at the darkest side of human nature, this is the most important and most personal audiobook of Ann Rule's long career.

©2011 Simon & Schuster Audio (P)2004 Ann Rule

Critic reviews

"[C]onveys the emotional truth of the Green River case." ( Los Angeles Times)
"Riveting." ( People)
"Perhaps Rule's finest work." ( Statesman Journal)

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  • jennifer
  • alfreton, United Kingdom
  • 16-10-12

Green River Running Red Ann Rule

Ann Rule delivers again,what a fantastic story,just like Dead Before Sunset a gripping true story of a man that committed so many crimes and got away with it for so long,the crime task force worked so hard but left so many holes in the case Ann explains everything to detail this is my third book by this author and i have enjoyed everyone,Highly recommended.

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  • Ray
  • Alton, United Kingdom
  • 04-07-12

Nightmare Narration

Great book but the very perculiar narration was a major irritation to the point where it distracted from the story for me far too often.

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average

the recording wasnt very clear and had words missing. a good deal of information about victims, very sad.

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Gripping

Full of intricate details of the poor victims lives, and who they were. I love how much time Ann spends listing details of their lives, which were cruelly taken away. A very interesting and gripping insight into the monster that is GRK

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Not for the faint-hearted

True crime writer Ann Rule tells the story of the Green River killer in this extraordinary book. Researching the case for more than twenty years, she later discovered the perpetrator had carried out many of his grisly crimes close to where she lived and had even attended her book signings. America’s most prolific serial killer is known to have murdered at least 49 women and evaded detection until he was caught in 2001. The author sifted through thousands of documents, police records and photographs to bring this harrowing tale to life, detailing the lives of the many victims, their stories and their deaths.

This is not a book for the faint-hearted – packed with gory details and scene-of-crime minutiae, Rule outlines how the police investigation team went through many permutations before they eventually apprehended the killer. At a time when DNA evidence was virtually unheard of, the Green River Task Force struggled to find links that might tie any of the victims to a particular person. Fighting the quirks and whims of political enthusiasm for the case, the detectives were often left with only a skeleton crew, and some members even followed up leads in their spare time.

This is a disturbing story of an apparently mild-mannered but deeply troubled individual and the trail of bodies he left across King County, Washington.

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True crime

As a fan of true crime I was surprised that I had never heard of the Green river killer. A truly harrowing account of a vicious, pathetic, cowardly man. The book was slow to begin with, but picked up around the middle. good narration throughout. If you are interested in true crime you will enjoy this book.

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True crime for housewives.

Plods through the story of the Green River Killer. Overly descriptive and convoluted. Unnecessarily sentimental.

Entire chapters are devoted to barely relevant events that could be summed up in a paragraph. A psychic, for example, has a lead role in the tale, though this person seems barely relevant and a side note in the actual facts of the case. The author seems to enjoy mentioning needless information about politics, I'm assuming to attempt to place the reader into the time and place. This seems like such a pointless literary device that feels like reading someone's school work.

The author bombards you with more names and descriptions of locations than could possibly be remembered, to the extent that any obvious timeline has been lost, and any scale of the murders is impossible to gauge. After all the waffling, chapters often end abruptly with no conclusion or summation at all.

The narration is fitting, in that it is also poor. It sounds like you are listening to an episode of "Murder She Wrote".

I wish I could like this book, because it's such an interesting case, but it seems to be more about the author that the Green River Killer.

Be prepared to be disappointed.

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Excellent listen

Hats off to Ann Rule for the respect and time spent on the important people surrounding the life of Gary Ridgeway, the victims. It's easy to focus on the killer in these books but you reminded us all that the real story is in the victims and devastation caused to their families. They are often forgotten and lost as the focus naturally falls on the heinous acts themselves, but you gave them a voice. Respect to you ma'am.

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Green river running red

I been waiting a long time to read this book, I love how Ann Rule writes straight to the point and no frills. this book proves that Gary Ridgeway was indeed a pathetic evil man.

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Great Book

Very detailed and gripping. This is my first book by the author, ignore other review narration is clear and concise and a pleasure to listen to.

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  • 9S
  • 02-07-11

Suspenseful and chilling

This is one of the better true crime books I have ever encountered. Ann Rule succeeds in chronicling nearly every step of the two decade investigation, yet it is never tedious. At different times during the story suspects are named, questioned and dismissed. The book is more like a suspense/thriller than a typical true crime novel. The frustration and anger of the numerous investigators, and the author, is evident. This very frustration led to a high rate of illness and death among those who worked on the GRK task force. I will not tell you which suspect is the actual killer, but it is so chilling to realize how "normal?" he appeared. It is important to understand he worked for decades to appear normal. The killer was really twisted. Caruso narrates perfectly, putting the listener within the ranks of the task force searching for this monster. I put this audiobook in the few dozen of the over 1300 I own as a "can't stop listening" category.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-13

Well written story, faulty narrator.

The book is very well written and documented. It only feels long because the narrator speaks as if she cannot breathe properly and is breathing through her mouth all the time.

I had to make an effort to ignore the constant sound of the narrator pulling air through her mouth at the beginning of each sentence, as if she had a cold and was congested during the reading of the book.

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  • Lorri
  • 24-07-11

Excellent story and narration

Anne Rule tells the stories of several of the young women who were removed from this world by the Green river monster before they had a chance to better their circumstances. Young people believe they're invincible and prositutes are no different. Gary Ridgeway deprived them of the opportunity to grow up and find other ways to make a living. I would like to say that I hope he can/does read the book, but I'm not sure it would matter at all. How could it matter to someone with no soul?

As a side, I'll look for more books narrated by Barbara Caruso.Great vocal pitch and intonation that doesn't need exaggeration to elicit our sympathy.

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  • tara
  • 23-04-13

A Chilling Nightmare Come True

She's done it again.
Beginning with 'Stranger Beside Me', her story of her once good friend, Ted Bundy, and his hellacious killing spree, then moving onto Washington States most notorious serial killer, Ann Rule out does herself in this horrifying tale of a man gone mad.
The Green River Killer put himself on the map by inspiring use of the term, Serial Killer. Mass Murderer just wouldn't cut it.
Ann takes us behind the scenes with the detectives who worked for years on this case. They devoted their lives to catching one man; A journey that would last much longer than anyone had anticipated.
She dives into the lives of the prostitutes Ridgway chose as his prey. By telling their stories, she presents them as the wonderful women they were. Though their profession was anything but glamorous, she portrayed them as women with dreams, hopes, families, kids, and friends. The vicious cycle these girls were caught up in was pointed out and explained the way it should be, with an open mind and an open heart.
One of her best works, Ann has truly outdone herself in this tale of psychosis, murder, tragedy, and success.
I would recommend this read to anyone, especially in the state of Washington, as a reminder that the monster that can hold you in a grip of fear can be the last person you would ever expect.



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  • gtpammie
  • 31-12-12

Very, VERY detailed!!!

This is Ann Rule's most detailed and specific book to date...almost too much so! We kind of lost track of which girl was which!!

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  • mindusq
  • 24-12-12

Detailed account--worth the listen!

Caruso tells it as if you were in her living room and she wanted you to know everything that happened. Pretend she's your favorite aunt and you can forgive her the mispronunciations and slight lisp. She really put her all into the telling.

Anne Rule wants you to know these girls intimately before you meet the Green River Killer and she does a thorough job honoring their memories. The frustration of the law enforcement teams becomes our own and what great satisfaction to finally nab the real GRK.

What a sicko.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-17

T...M...I...

Waaaaay too much information. While each life taken by the GRK absolutely should be cherished and remembered, this book may not be the correct place to remember them. Much attention is paid to the various victims while relatively little attention is given to the pursuit and capture of Gary Ridgeway.

Although historically accurate, the story trudges along until the end.

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  • Diane
  • 13-04-12

listening to GRK

Would you listen to Green River, Running Red again? Why?

Yes, as I feel it is a fascinating story and also I lived in the Seattle area.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, as it does not give you a real clue until well into the story about Gary Ridgeway and it gives focus as to how eluding he was to police.

Did Barbara Caruso do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She did a good job.

If you could give Green River, Running Red a new subtitle, what would it be?

can't think of one. Think the title is good as it is.

Any additional comments?

It would have been nice to have some of the places be correctly announced.

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  • Linda
  • 20-02-18

Green River Victims

Ann Rule is always a dependable author of true crime stories, I'm a big fan. She does her research. This book focuses more on the victims of the Green River Killer than the killer himself, a little different from her usual method. It's very interesting, and sad, to read about the young women/girls whose lives were snuffed out before they had had a chance to live. The detectives' jobs are also detailed, with the paths they take, the suspects they interview, trying to distinguish patterns in methods and victims. The narrator to me sounded a little like Ann Rule, and that made the book a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-09-17

Awful

Would you try another book from Ann Rule and/or Barbara Caruso?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Rule again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not her fault

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Green River, Running Red?

80% of what was read

Any additional comments?

This book should have been titled "The Lives of the Green River Killers Victims" ...I couldn't finish listening to this book. I got half way through it and couldn't listen anymore! All this book talks about is the lives of the victims, hardly anything about Gary Ridgeway. i don't know if she was waiting until the end to actually talk about the killer himself, but needless to say the book is very boring for the first few hours.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful