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Serial Killers

Shocking, Gripping True Crime Stories of the Most Evil Murderers
Narrated by: David John
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

The terrifying story of the most monstrous serial killers through history.

Serial killers are the most notorious and disturbing of all criminals, representing the very darkest side of humanity. Yet they endlessly fascinate and continue to capture the public's attention with their strange charisma and deadly deeds. From Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy and the Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, these killers transfix us with their ability to commit utterly savage acts of cruelty and depravity.

Only with modern police detection methods and psychological profiling have these figures that have existed throughout human history finally been identified in the deadliest category: serial killers. These methods, the killers' characters and their crimes are described here in fascinating and terrifyingly gripping detail. The whole history of serial killers is brought to life in 50 chapters, including:

  • Herman Webster Mudgett
  • Devil in the White City
  • John Christie
  • The 10 Rillington Place Murders
  • The Zodiac Killer
  • Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, the Moors Murderers
  • Ted Bundy
  • Fred and Rosemary West
  • Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Aileen Wuornos
  • Harold Shipman, Dr Death.

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everything you've read already but in one place

pacey narration but without much feeling or sensation despite the story. overall nothing new or revelatory but still very interesting and a good reminder of the darker side to humanity

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ok but nothing new learned

my interest in true crime stems from psychological or social perspectives. this is ok but it just gives lots of facts, more like a general guide. it is read quite well, but I struggled to engage

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superficial

the book has very short chapters. It lacks depth and detail on cases. a bit disappointing.

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I love true crime, but I prefer information on the insides of the minds of the criminal. This publication was merely a recount of past events, giving unnecessary details on the dates the victims were found, but not for example how the crime occurred or why the perpetrators did what they did.
Don't get me wrong, at least now I've got additional names of the criminals that I want to know more about, so not all that bad. Found the narration very flat. Understand this isn't fiction or drama, but really appreciate at least a little pause between the chapters, as you can easily lose track of you're also paying attention to what's going on on the road (I predominantly listen while driving).

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A basic rundown of the most famous serial killers

No insight into the psychological makeup of the perpetrators here. Just a run through of the crimes; dates and gruesome descriptions. The narrator draws out every word in an excruciatingly slow cadence that putting the playback speed to 2x makes it just about bearable. Each chapter ends with a summary that often falls off a cliff and leads straight into the next chapter with no pause. Overall an accurate but tediously boring book.

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The basics

its a ok book for someone who doesn't know much about serial killers or true crime in general. For true crime fans such as myself this book really offered nothing new. There were also some facts in the book that are (atleast from what I've read) inaccurate or just flat out wrong (namely the FBI claiming that they did the profile for Richard Chase when it was in fact the local police)
Its a good starting point for anyone new to the subject.

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Content better than the narration

Good detail and information in the cases but the narrator is quite monotonous to listen to.

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A little evil

This breaks down many serial killers and gives an insight into each of them and their crimes. It’s interesting. A definite must for those who enjoy the darker side of life

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Sort stories with average narrative

I think the stories were good but too short . Each case was desperately squeezed in few minutes review as if the author want to include in the book every serial killer ever existed.
Chapters not clearly divided . Easy to loose tract while one ends and next starts . Performance of the narrator not grate. Make the book very monotonous.

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very good

Good read loads of information and is presented in a very sympathetic way well recommend

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  • Todd Molony
  • 16-01-19

found it boring with the just facts writing style

just facts and dates, seems more important to cover all of them but with little detail for most, never thought id be bored in this area.. disappointing.. cannot finish it