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Harold Shipman

The True Story of Britain's Most Notorious Serial Killer
Narrated by: Ernie Sprance
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
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The man on the cover of this book looks like he could be anyone's grandfather. It's easy to imagine him doting on his little grandkids, reading them stories from his lap and letting them play with his big, bushy beard. If you were told he was a doctor, I bet you'd imagine he was a good, kind and gentle one, with an easy, affable manner and deep care for his patients.

Harold Frederick Shipman certainly projected all those qualities, but only so that he could hide the evil that lurked deep inside. Shipman abused his trust and used his position to kill - no less than 218 of his patients found their end at his hand, making him the United Kingdom's most prolific serial killer by a long shot.

This book tells Shipman's story, from his childhood under a domineering mother to his pathetic death in a prison cell. It will put you in the perspective of those who lived and worked in proximity to him, showing you the considerate but sometimes haughty doctor he presented himself as before taking you through the process of wrenching off that mask and uncovering the full extent of the evil festering within.

We will make a study of the man's possible motives and close with a look at the systemic failures that allowed him to kill and steps taken to make sure nothing like his murderous spree ever happens again.

©2015 Ryan Green (P)2016 Ryan Green

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Dodgy Character

I pretty much already knew the story, but good to listen to an audiobook of it, I know somebody who actually had Shipman as her doctor, guess she had a lucky escape

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Was Interesting but found the readers voice really bad, sounded like a computer was reading out the words, words were very blockie it, was, not, very, nice.

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Who Was The Most Notorious Serial Killer in Britain?

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This was pretty good. Rather brief and much more biographical than I was expecting, but it seems rather well researched, especially small medical details, which many would have skimmed over or forgotten completely.

Harold Shipman, AKA the most notorious serial killer in British history, used his position as a doctor to kill his patients and rewrote some of their wills in order to take their money. A relatively ingenious idea for the time period, as rules regarding drugs were a lot more lax during his time as a doctor than they are now, even if Shipman bent the rules back then. Tending to focus on geriatric patients and advising loved ones to cremate their parents or partners, he could possibly have continued for years more, had he not made a mistake with one patient called Mrs Grundy.
It seems rather incredulous now, looking back in hindsight, that nobody noticed this happening, considering the number of people he killed in such a small GP area.

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  • Simone
  • 21-10-16

Dr. Death!

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Green is a masterful writer in the true crime genre. Shipman was indeed one of the worst cases I've heard and Green does an excellent job of keeping the story riveting, concise and on track. Ernie Sprance does a lovely job, as always, of narrating this disturbing tale of a man who abused his power and preyed on the most vulnerable of his patients. Any listener who enjoys true crime will enjoy this book!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • JJLarson
  • 06-08-19

Harold Shipman

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Overall this was a pretty interesting book. I haven't heard of Harold Shipman until now. What a vile human being. I can't believe he got away with all these killings for as long as he did! He used his position as a doctor and earned the trust and love of many patients and then ended up murdering them.
This book was very short and to the point, but definitely worth the read. Ernie Sprance was a good narrator.

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  • Anna L Dedrick
  • 13-08-18

Flat

Very dry, barely "scratch the surface" true crime description. Couldn't get into it at all.

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  • Paul A. Luedecke
  • 23-02-18

Disturbing

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Harold Shipman did some vile things. It is not always easy to listen to but it is relatively short so at least the tension settles after a short time. Few things are more disturbing than the true stories. The narration is in more of a news story style, so hard to put a grade on it, but it is good.

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  • cps
  • 01-05-17

I remember this

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I remember this story when it was happening. Of course, back then everyone didn't have computers and the internet was almost a dream so information was very limited. This book provided all of the details and facts about the horror that was this man and what he did. It was interesting and got my full attention. This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.

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  • VinMo
  • 17-04-17

Thoroughly researched concise retelling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - it's great for a car ride and keeps your interest from beginning to end because it's packed with one fact after another.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it's a short book, so I found it to be an easy one-&-done listen.

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I had never heard of Harold Shipman before, and I recommend it to anyone else with little to no background info on his cases. The only thing I missed in this book - besides preferring longer reads - is the lack of a detailed narrative, which I figured would be the case due to its duration.

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  • Emily
  • 05-04-17

Who Was The Notorious Serial Killer in Britain?

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I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This was pretty good. Rather brief and much more biographical than I was expecting, but it seems rather well researched, especially small medical details, which many would have skimmed over or forgotten completely.

Harold Shipman, AKA the most notorious serial killer in British history, used his position as a doctor to kill his patients and rewrote some of their wills in order to take their money. A relatively ingenious idea for the time period, as rules regarding drugs were a lot more lax during his time as a doctor than they are now, even if Shipman bent the rules back then. Tending to focus on geriatric patients and advising loved ones to cremate their parents or partners, he could possibly have continued for years more, had he not made a mistake with one patient called Mrs Grundy.
It seems rather incredulous now, looking back in hindsight, that nobody noticed this happening, considering the number of people he killed in such a small GP area.

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  • Rhonda
  • 04-04-17

Such betrayal of trust!

If you could sum up Harold Shipman in three words, what would they be?

Deadly cold doctor

What other book might you compare Harold Shipman to and why?

Other serial killer books because they are cold hearted killers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I kept listening to find out why he was killing all these patients.

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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the
author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Bikram Agarwal
  • 03-04-17

Informative

Another book that I finished in one sitting - because of its length. Listened to it on my way back from work and it was a time well spent. The incidents were described very well and informative way. I hadn't known of this before and glad that I came across this book.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 29-03-17

Good quick read

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Harold Shipman by Ryan Green was The True Story of Britain's Most Notorious Serial Killer. This book follows Harold Shipman. Shipman became a doctor and used his position to kill around 218 of his own patients. This was a good study of a dangerous serial killer.