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Life Means Life

Jailed Forever
Narrated by: Esther Wane
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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Summary

In their wake, they leave a trail of death and devastation that both fascinates and revolts the world.

From sex-crazed fiends to cold-eyed professional assassins, only those convicted of the most terrible murders are told they will die behind bars. 

This audiobook tells the stories of those most depraved killers whose crimes outraged society and demanded the harshest penalty available to a British court.

Among a UK prison population of close to 100,000, fewer than 40 men and women have been told they will end their days in a prison cell. They range from men who crossed continents to slay youngsters to contract killers who relished their grisly calling. Some planned their killings in a sick and sadistic manner, others killed in an unanticipated explosion of rage, lust, greed or jealousy. But whatever their crime, whatever their motive, each of these beasts has one thing in common: they are the most evil people in our prison system. 

A graphic and harrowing listen, this audiobook is the first ever to bring together the case histories of every full-term lifer in Britain's jails. It offers never-before-published information about these extraordinary offenders. Police, lawyers and the relatives of the victims and killers all describe how the truth behind these awful crimes was pieced together and those responsible were brought to justice to face the harshest punishment. These are the 36 monsters deemed beyond redemption, who by their own hands forfeited the right to live among us forever. These are the killers whose crimes were such that society demanded that...life means life!

Nick Appleyard is a national newspaper and magazine editor and the author of true crime books and biographies.

©2009 Nick Appleyard (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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flipping brilliant!!!

absolutely got sucked in to this book, really interested in the legal processes, some of the cases i have heard, some I hadn't. superb narrator, read with emotion and clarity.
i found myself really feeling emotional with regard to the horrors of these monsters victims. fascinating.

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Disturbing stuff

It's terrifying to think that the evil people covered in this book once walked our streets.
Each chapter tells the story of a different lifer and the shocking crimes they committed.
It is well researched, well told and full of shocking details.
All in all a good, if disturbing, book.

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The content of the book is great but the narrators attempt at accents were terrible!

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Comical!

Ok, so this is easy reading of a genre beloved of the British public, written in a jolly Sun journalist sensationalist style, and as such is fine; pre bedtime easy reading. To be fair I don’t think it pretends to be anything else. However, the narration of this fine work is an utter joke. I’m not sure if the comedy accents were done for a dare, or as retribution for some perceived wrong, but they are cringeworthy in the extreme. From the stern ‘you’ve been a naughty man’ judge, slipping up and down an octave, to the squeaky falsetto and baby voice of any female under 18, to the ‘Ivor the engine’ Welshman, it was universally appalling and unnecessary. It certainly seemed a strange work to choose to demonstrate comedic talent, and I’ll be avoiding any more audiobooks narrated by this individual in the future!

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Recommended!

All true crime fans will appreciate this run down of some of Britain’s most horrific murders. Yes, due to the compendium nature of the book, it is concise - but that is probably its biggest strength. There’s no getting bogged down in detail. Every case is very adequately portrayed and you don’t feel you need to know more than the author provides. The narrator is OK and certainly doesn’t distract with her delivery - as you sometimes find in factual audio books. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!

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Utterly compelling, truly frightening

I read this when it first came out and had to get it for my husband to listen to in the car (he drives for work). The stark narration is spot on given the dark subject matter, and it’s brilliantly written and researched.
Be warned though, it’s not something you should listen to late at night if you’re easily spooked. Yes, it was published a decade ago and the list of whole life sentence killers has changed in that time but that doesn’t affect the impact of this audiobook. We love it and I’ve already recommended it to loads of our friends. I hope they do an updated version soon. A solid 10 out of 10 from us!

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Outdated

Considering it was released in July 2018, it is not very up to date at all. The book claims there are 36 on whole life tariff, while as of 2018 release date there are 70. There is no mention of Joanne Dennehy who was sentenced in 2014. Nor was Stephen Griffiths mentioned who was sentenced in 2010. Narration was mediocre, and often emotive words were used to describe events and individuals that made the book sound less than impartial. Meh!

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Interesting but not amazingly insightful

seems like a lot of newspaper articles together. Narrator tried to place accents and speech fairly well.