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The Murders at White House Farm

Jeremy Bamber and the Killing of His Family. The Definitive Investigation.
Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Summary

The definitive account of the White House Farm murders - now a major TV series

On 7 August 1985, Nevill and June Bamber, their daughter, Sheila, and her two young sons, Nicholas and Daniel, were discovered shot to death at White House Farm in Essex. The murder weapon was found on Sheila's body; a Bible lay at her side. All the windows and doors of the farmhouse were secure, and the Bambers' son, 24-year-old Jeremy, had alerted police after apparently receiving a phone call from his father, who told him Sheila had 'gone berserk' with the gun. It seemed a straightforward case of murder-suicide, but a dramatic turn of events was to disprove the police's theory. In October 1986, Jeremy Bamber was convicted of killing his entire family in order to inherit his parents' substantial estates. He has always maintained his innocence. 

Drawing on interviews and correspondence with many of those closely connected to the events - including Jeremy Bamber - and a wealth of previously unpublished documentation, Carol Ann Lee brings astonishing clarity to a complex and emotive case. She describes the years of rising tension in the family that culminated in the murders, and provides clear insight into the background of each individual and their relationships within the family unit.  

Scrupulously fair in its analysis, The Murders at White House Farm is an absorbing portrait of a family, a time and a place and a gripping account of one of Britain's most notorious crimes.

©2020 Carol Ann Lee (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Riveting

This is a very well written book, lots of information about the backgrounds of all the players. Very good narration which keeps your attention fixed on the progression of the crime , trial and beyond. I would highly recommend this.

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difficult to follow, narration is awful

poor diction, articulation, pauses where there isnt one, droning, strange expression. spoilt a good book

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Longer than I'd anticipated!

I wanted to listen to this book before watching the ITV series. I found it a looong listen, yet actually had to slow down the narrator a little as her voice is quite high and the combination of high and fast made the pace hard going for me . The narration is mostly articulated very well, but now and again, misplaced emphasis on a particular word would throw me off the narrative. Also calling a straw boater a straw boa left me wondering, and not listening. I enjoyed the book nevertheless, but might avoid this narrator for further listens. Although the narrator had a 'nice' voice and tries hard at perfect diction, I didn't feel her voice held the gravitas required for the serious nature of the book.

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Lots of information but narration is disjointed.

The author has clearly done her research. There is a lot of information to consider and the author remains impartial, merely quoting others and stating the known facts. There are still many unanswered questions but the evidence points heavily in one direction. It's a real who-done-it and worth listening to just to see whether you agree with the final verdict, having heard all of the witness statements and first hand accounts. Some parts are a bit protracted and the narration is poor with breaks in the middle of sentences and a tendancy to emphasise the wrong parts of words and sentences. An interesting listen.

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Jeremy Bamber - Personification of Evil & Greed

I remember these events vividly. The White House Farm TV series based on this and another title made me revisit the crime. Comprehensive analysis of the facts. Recommend.

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Detailed and thorough exploration of an awful crime

This book is extremely detailed and painstakingly lays out both the background leading up to the awful events at White House Farm and the aftermath. Some reviewers had complained about off-putting pauses in the narration but I found the narration to be very clear and any pauses are purposely placed to indicate quotes either from written or verbal accounts.

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error on part 2

very frustrating that the place marker in part 2 doesn't stick.
interesting overview of the case, well read by narrator

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Gripping!

The author's attention to detail and historical analysis of the facts makes this a great read. Narration is slightly annoying in parts but I adore Sanderson's diction, tone and the way she emphasises key moments. A highly recommended read if the genre is your thing.

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Very detailed reference book

If you want all of the facts about the White House Farm murders this is the book for you. Consequently it is a very lengthy listen and although I enjoyed it I did have some issues with the narrator and the editing. The narrators phrasing was off, it often felt disjointed and was not improved by poor editing that would insert a missing or changed word into the middle of a sentence in a different tone.

Nevertheless the subject is fascinating, the author is never biased but it is quite clear given the clearly stated facts that Bamber was guilty. His full life sentence is fully justified.

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Comprehensive & interesting

If the case interests you, then this is a superb listen, I disagree with other reviewers and enjoyed the narrative and narrator. Essential listening and well written and read.