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The Ryan Green True Crime Collection: Volume 1

Narrated by: Ernie Sprance
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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Summary

Four chilling true-crime stories in one collection from the best-selling author Ryan Green.

Volume one contains some of Green’s most fascinating accounts of violence, abuse, deception, and murder. Within this collection, you'll receive:

Harold Shipman: The True Story of Britain’s Most Notorious Serial Killer

The story of Britain’s most notorious serial killer, Harold Shipman, from his upbringing, his victims, his trial, and his motivations. Shipman killed no less than 218 of his patients, making him Britain’s most prolific serial killer. 

What possessed a respected and trusted man to abuse his power on such a grand scale?

Colombian Killers: The True Stories of the Three Most Prolific Serial Killers on Earth

Luis Alfredo Garavito, Pedro Alonzo Lopez, and Daniel Camargo Barbosa are among the most prolific serial killers in the world. Between them, they were convicted of 329 murders, but it’s believed the number they committed is over 750. 

Fred & Rose West: Britain’s Most Infamous Killer Couples

This chilling audiobook is based on the true life events of Britain’s most infamous killer couple, Rosemary and Frederick West, and the terror they wreaked on their hometown before their apprehension in 1994. The story includes decades of child abuse, an underground torture chamber, and a burial ground containing the bodies of the spent victims - including that of their missing daughter.

The Kurim Case: A Terrifying True Story of Child Abuse, Cults & Cannibalism

A horrific narrative uncovered by accident exposes a mother and sister’s sadistic acts of child abuse, confinement, and even cannibalism of two young boys. But this turned out to be the tip of the iceberg. The child abuse was performed at a much larger scale.

©2018 Ryan Green (P)2018 Ryan Green

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Shocking and thrilling!

A series of true crime stories that focus on Harold Shipman, Fred and Rose West, The Columbian killers: Luis Alfredo Garavito,Pedro Alonzo Lopez, and Daniel Camargo Barbosa and the Kurim Case.

I’m a true crime fan, especially when it comes to serial killers. It was Fred and Rose West that caught my eye on this book – they’re a couple that I always like to read or watch programs about because I find it fascinating how somebody could be so cold blooded and cruel…I’d not heard about any of the others but, gosh, they all gave the Wests a real run for their money.

The ‘stories’ are really interesting. Green tells them in such a great, way. He obviously has a lot of knowledge on it and focuses fully on facts, making it very clear if something he says is his own opinion or a public assumption. At no point do I feel like he exaggerates or makes anything up, it is very factual and backed up by where he’s found it a lot of the time.

Most of these sections had me hooked, I found out more about the Wests than I already knew and the ones that I didn’t know were so interesting and shocking I really enjoyed them. I struggled with the Kurim Case story – not through any fault of the narrator or author – it was just a very confusing case!

The narrator, Ernie Sprance is great. He’s very disclosed throughout the audiobook and speaks in such a tone where what he’s saying can be quite chilling, but doesn’t make it dramatic, just reading the facts in front of him.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read more of Greens work and recommend him to any crime lover.

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Hit and Miss

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Harold Shipman

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.

Rating = 4* / 5*.


Colombian Killers

I found this book to be quite basic. It was only very brief, and I think it suffers for trying to talk about three notorious serial killers in a space/time where he normally only talks about one. There is a general apathy towards the victims of these serial killer's victims and are often just referred to as "runaways" while sympathy is afforded to the said serial killers for growing up poor and being sexually abused. It doesn't negate what they did to the 300+ children mentioned as victims in this book. The book itself felt like one massive attempt to excuse what these serial killers did.

It also tended to repeat information. I was told at least three times that Columbia can only imprison people for a maximum of 16 years before it was later changed to forty years. It would have been interesting to have a side note or an end note explaining why this happened, as would have occurred in many other true crime books. It also suffered from mispronunciations which made me cringe throughout the book. Aside from this problem, the narrator, Ernie Sprance, was actually really good and I did enjoy listening to his narration.

This concluded with a really weak conclusion. Based off of three serial killers based in and around Colombia, the author concludes that serial killers are either the fault of the parent's / upbringing, or societal expectations. It was a disappointing conclusion and I would have thought that the author would have delved a bit deeper than that.

Rating = 1* / 5*.


Fred and Rose West

I was a tad disappointed by this book. Normally I don't know a lot about the topics discussed in these True Crime books, but I actually know quite a bit about the Wests and as such I noticed quite a lot of errors in this book. I also found the "this may be what they were thinking..." and the "possibly the kids felt like this..." extremely annoying because this is a True Crime book and not a book about the author guessing emotions and motivations. Give me accurate facts and information that doesn't feel like it came out straight out of newspaper articles.

Also the last chapter talking about how the Wests were a "normal family". Ughhh.

Rating = 1* / 5*.


The Kuřim Case

This book has left me feeling confused and in need of actual research. The first problem was the Czech language. As the book itself is aimed at English speaking True Crime fans, it would have been nice if Green had used the Czech words the first time and just used the translated versions afterwards, but he continued to use the Czech language throughout, which kept throwing me because I didn't know what they meant and I found it quite hard to follow the book, which was in itself quite hard to follow anyway. The second problem was the writing style. While the case itself seems interesting, albeit gruesome and terrible, the way Green writes makes the case seem a lot more convoluted than it is (it is convoluted but it really isn't as confusing as this book made it seem) and it was very difficult to follow because of the vast amount of people he was mentioning. I understood who Klara and Katarina were, and the two sons, and Barbra, who was Annika and then Adam? and she had a father who kept getting mentioned but there was another family who took her in and they were in Norway but then they were in the Czech Republic? I got that there was a cult involvement, but for the amount of time that this book dedicated to Barbra, I still don't understand who she was, how Klara managed to adopt her as Annika when there were no records of her and she was pretending to be 13 as a 33 year old, how as a woman in her mid thirties she managed to pass as a teenage boy, and what her purpose was? Nobody's motives could be figured out from reading this book and the whole book was just confusing.

For once, the author was actually pretty impassive regarding the criminals, which is pretty rare. However, Ernie Sprance was a really good narrator, except for the problem of mispronouncing a couple words.

Rating = 2* / 5*.

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A really interesting read, thoroughly enjoyed it

This was a great book. I knew some of the facts about these stories but I have learned a lot more.

The narrator was good and read it in an appropriate way ( a bit like a newsreader).

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Mike
  • 31-12-18

2nd Volume is MUCH better

1st-volume is more statement-of-fact than story. I wouldn't have bought the 2nd-volume based on the 1st, but I bought them both at the same time. The 2nd-volume is much more suspenseful and story-telling, the 1st-volume was tough to get through. Both volumes are graphic (rape, bondage).

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  • Katie Lind
  • 01-07-19

annoying background sound

The book was okay in itself...a little hard to follow a couple of stories, but it sounded like a tape recorder whirring in the background throughout the entire book. I couldn't help but constantly hear it.

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  • Rayc
  • 10-12-18

Shocking true crime

The Ryan Green True Crime Collection: Volume 1, This book is both shocking and illuminating, These serial killers able to carry out their crimes without the people around them noticing. This book will make you want to check your doors & windows are secured, and take a good look at your neighbours.
Eye opening is what this book does.
A great read.
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  • Gabrielle
  • 14-10-18

The Ryan Green True Crime Collection: Volume 1

This volume gives listeners four different crime stories. Each story delves into the crimes from the beginnings of what may have turned these people into the monsters that they are and to the end of their terrorization and incarceration. There is so much depravity in just these four stories alone. If you are a collector of true crime stories this is a collection not to be missed. As horrible as these crimes are it is always good to know the specifics and what to look for in the future so nothing like these things happen again. Narrator Ernie Sprance does a good job of keeping the narration flowing and engrossing.

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  • Shannon G
  • 26-09-18

Four Mind Boggling True Stories

This collection of four true stories is completely mind blowing! How these people got away with what they did for as long as they did is very sad! Ryan Green delivers all four stories in his usual story mode and backs them up with his research. If you are a true crime fan then you'll want to add this collection to your collection. The narration is done very well. Ernie Sprance has a very nice voice and he reads these stories at a good pace. Mr. Sprance's smooth voice and steady cadence makes this a truly enjoyable (despite the tragic tales) listen.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 16-09-18

Good Read

The Ryan Green True Crime Collection: Volume 1 by Ryan Green was a good read. This book consists of four books by the author; Harold Shipman: The True Story of Britain's Most Notorious Serial Killer, Colombian Killers: The True Stories of the Three Most Prolific Serial Killers on Earth, Fred & Rose West: Britain's Most Infamous Killer Couples and The Kurim Case: A Terrifying True Story of Child Abuse, Cults & Cannibalism. This was a good collection of true crime stories that anyone that enjoys true crime stories will like.