The Kuřim Case

  • by Ryan Green
  • Narrated by Ernie Sprance
  • 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In May of 2007, in a small, quiet town in the South Moravia region of the Czech Republic, a technical glitch - a simple, accidental crossing of signals - revealed a terrible case of child abuse, and an entire nation watched transfixed with horror as the grisly extent of the perversion of the maternal instinct was revealed. Two small brothers named Jakub and Ondrej, nine and seven years old respectively, were revealed to have suffered confinement, mutilation, psychological brutality, and cannibalism at the hands of several people - foremost among them their own mother and her sister.
The ensuing investigation and trial captivated the country as a web of secrecy and manipulation was laid bare. That entire nation's attention was transfixed as the disappearance of a teenage girl revealed a daring case of concealed identity and international intrigue, culminating in a 1,000-mile chase in the depths of a Scandinavian winter.
The allegations that were levelled would keep any parent of a young child awake at night. A secretive cult operating in close proximity to children: stealing, forging medical records, and possibly attempting to create a new messiah were in full swing. All the while its members appeared, on the surface, to be models of excellent caregivers.
This is the story of the infamous Kuřim Case, an investigation that engrossed the public and media of a whole country for two years. It is a story of intense cruelty and sadism, inflicted on the most vulnerable members of society.
If you are especially sensitive to accounts of the suffering of children, you may find it advisable not to listen any farther.
If, however, you seek to understand the darker side of human nature by coming face to face with it, then this audiobook is for you.

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Compelling Reporting on a Truly Bizarre, Sad Case

I wasn't sure what to expect from the description of this true crime book, given that it involved children, cults, cannibalism and abusive parents. So I went into it almost wincing in anticipation of the horrors that I knew were coming. Make no mistake, they came, and kept coming. But within a few minutes I could tell I was in the hands of a seasoned reporter who was focused on making the reader understand this incredible case and all it's many twists and turns, rather than exploiting the horrors themselves like many true crime authors and tabloids tend to do with cases like this. It became clear after the 3rd or 4th astonishing twist that the simple, unadorned facts in this bizarre case were shocking and surprising enough without any exaggeration or pulpy flourishes, and I was glad to see none of that in this account. I also appreciated that the author underplayed the actual abusive acts; he tells what happens without lingering too long on them.

I finished listening to the entire book in one goggle-eyed gulp, and I will surely be reading it again at some point. While the case is interesting all by itself, I credit the author's writing style and presentation of the facts -- along with the narrator's under-wrought, professional delivery -- with making an already compelling story into a thrilling audiobook experience.

I found it particularly interesting that the family members who committed these unthinkable acts on their own kin were apparently not abused themselves as children. Most abusers tend to be former victims themselves, links in one long, never-ending chain of misery that is passed from generation to generation. The author touched on that fact, but I wish he had delved deeper into what made them start doing these things. I was hoping for a better understanding of the dark spark that begins these generational chains of misery and abuse, but I can't say I came away with a satisfactory explanation. Perhaps there just isn't one.

Still, true crime fans should love this book --- it's exactly what the genre is all about. But I also think anyone who is interested in human nature and the shocking ways that it can be twisted into something dark and unrecognizable will find this a fascinating way to spend a couple hours. I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review, and I'm glad I got past my initial reticence and took them up on the offer.
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- Dave

Awful bit of history, but...

While the subject matter is horrific, it has sadly become all too common. However, this review is on the audio book and not the subject matter.

The narrator gave a flawless reading, and his voice is very pleasant. But as chilling as the subject matter is, the book failed to keep my full attention, and that is only the third time this has happened. It seemed to me to be just the culling of media stories without any interviews, without any thorough descriptions. I could not visualize any of the actors in this melodrama, I could just as well have been reading directions on how to knit a sweater.

I'm sorry, I wish I could have given this a better rating. The first few chapters seemed very promising, but the book did not live up to the expectations. Perhaps other listeners will not have the same reaction.

“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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- IndyMcDuff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-17-2016
  • Publisher: HRD Publishing