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........this is a 5-Star PRINTED book but just a 2-Star AUDIOBOOK. You get all the serial killing that you could hope for, with several spree killers thrown in. Narrator Kevin Kollins is absolutely perfect for this genre.
So what’s the problem? Well, it’s written in outline form, making it difficult fully appreciate in audio. The author presents each killer in a non-chronological database form, which references and cross-references their crimes, which is often redundant. Also, he lists “Murder Victims” (by name and age), “Offenses” (including murder), and a “Timeline of Murders”. This is alright, albeit redundant, if there are less than 5 victims. However, in the case of prolific serial killers like Ted Bundy, Gary Greenway, and John Wayne Gacy, you will zone out by victim 10. Lord help you if there are 30+ victims! Or, in the case of Chinese, Korean, or South American killers (don’t ask me their names!) who killed as many as 100 people in their native countries......well, I think you get where I’m going with this.
This book makes a better hard-copy version because the reader can skim or totally skip over the lists which add nothing to the accounts unless you’re a researcher. You get a pretty thorough synopsis in the narrative backstory included with exact killer.
I am going to return the audio version and just buy the print version. I suggest you do the same. This is a great READ but an almost impossible LISTEN.
37 of 38 people found this review helpful
The Big Book of Serial Killers: An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers - 150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers
: Jack Rosewood
Thïs book is exactly what it says it is, an encyclopedia of serial killers. It gives basic information on many serial killers. With this being said, it doesn't translate well to audio book format unless all you want is to go through hours of listening in alphabetical order. I would like to read the e-book version. Jack Rosewood is an expert on this subject!
The narration was well done by Kevin Kollins.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This could have been such a good and interesting book, but it just annoyed me more and more as time went on and I had to stop listening to it because it was driving me mad!!!
I bought a book boasting 17 hours and 36 minutes playtime but the author or publisher has sadly used really irritation and ( my opinion only ) underhand tactics to extended the length of a shorter book, there are gaps between the chapter's that are so long I kept thinking me timer was up, then it would pop into life again!! But by far the most annoying thing is that the list of each killers victims is repeated twice for some unaccountable reason, perhaps they believe the listener has short term memory loss!!
My view is that I would have preferred to spend my money on a book that doesn't waste my time like this, there are much better books out there that don't use these tactics to sell themselves, use your money or credit to buy one of those instead.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed listening to this in the car, interesting and informative about different serial killers.
A detailed account of bizarre human behaviour. Gruesome, yet, I couldn't stop reading and it left me thinking, we all have the capacity to kill if you could just remove that little bit of your mind called a conscience. Highly recommended read for true crime fans!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Well researched but not really written in a format that works as an audio book. The endless lists and repetition get dull and confusing.