They All Love Jack

  • by Bruce Robinson
  • Narrated by Phil Fox
  • 30 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For over 100 years, the mystery of Jack the Ripper has been a source of unparalleled fascination and horror, spawning an army of obsessive theorists and endless volumes purporting to finally reveal the identity of the brutal murderer who terrorized Victorian England.
But what if there was never really any mystery at all? What if the Ripper was always hiding in plain sight, deliberately leaving a trail of clues to his identity for anyone who cared to look while cynically mocking those who were supposedly attempting to bring him to justice?
In They All Love Jack, the award-winning film director and screenwriter Bruce Robinson exposes the cover-up that enabled one of history's most notorious serial killers to remain at large. More than 12 years in the writing, this is no mere radical reinterpretation of the Jack the Ripper legend and an enthralling hunt for the killer. A literary high-wire act reminiscent of Tom Wolfe or Hunter S. Thompson, it is an expressionistic journey through the cesspools of late-Victorian society: a phantasmagoria of highly placed villains, hypocrites, and institutionalized corruption.
A Polemic forensic investigation and panoramic portrait of an age, underpinned by deep scholarship and delivered in Robinson's inimitably vivid and scabrous prose, They All Love Jack is an absolutely riveting and unique book, demolishing the theories of generations of self-appointed experts - the so-called Ripperologists - to make clear, at last, who really did it and, more important, how he managed to get away with it for so long.

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not as much about Jack the ripper

this 20+ hour audiobook is less about Jack the ripper, and more about the authors candidate for the identity, James Michael Maybrick.
the content regarding JTR could easily have been cut down to a handful hours.

The book revolves around James Maybrick, his associates, and sometimes people only vaguely related to him, and not at all to JTR.

the authors theories are presented in a form that reminds me of a political debate. presenting everything as fact, while condemning or mocking other theories. Sometimes presented rather arrogantly and condescending.
Some of the theories are quite interesting, while others seem to be grabbing at straws, built on wishful thinking or assumptions.

This is more a book about Maybrick, free masonry, and the police in London around the time of the JTR events.

If you want this book based on your interest in JTR. Don't! I would suggest a better use of your time is to Google "James Michael Maybrick + jack the ripper" and get your info that way. The book has far too much side-info, and non related facts and/or fictions to be worth it.

however, the book isn't a complete waste, it's interesting on another level.
Think of it akin to start watching the movie "one hour photo" because "Robin Williams is a funny guy". you would be disappointed, not because the movie isn't good, but because you expected something else.

in summary :
interesting book, but too much filler to be worth it purely as a JTR theory book. Google the theory, or hope for a severely abridged version
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- go1den3ye

Interesting research. Fluffed up story.

While the research was interesting I found two major flaws with this book.

1. The book was 30+ hours but could have been a third of its length. The storytelling was thickly padded with gratuitous stylized language. I got the impression that the author wanted to show off his wit just as much as he wanted to prove his points. While the narrator was clearly talented and worked with what he was given, I often couldn't tell if I was listening to a book or a reading of a very long monologue from a very long play.

2. In one sentence at the beginning of the book the author tries to discount Patricia Cornwell's research leading to Walter Sickert. After reading her original edition, and the more recently updated one, that just doesn't cut it. I found this brief discount insulting to her work, and self-discrediting of him. As a matter of fact, throughout the book the author snidely labels other researcher/authors as 'ripperogists' as if he is indicating that he is somehow different or superior when what he has done is just a much longer attempt at the same.

I am glad I stuck with the book after almost giving up, to sift through 20 hours of bloviating for maybe 10 hours of substance
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- Lauren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio