There are reasons why some of the most famous serial killers in the world have names that stick in our memories, send shivers up our spines, make us double-check to make sure the doors are locked at night, and maybe peek under the bed to be sure nothing is lurking there before we turn off the lights.
These are monsters who are real, whose crimes are so reprehensible, so horrific, that they become seared in our memories.
For this true crime anthology, we've combed the serial killer files to give you a closer, more intimate look at some of the worst of the worst from the world of serial killer, combining multiple stories into one perfect late-night book that's just the thing to keep you up at night, unable to stop listening.
For those who love criminology, who can't put down the latest true crime stories, this collection of stories rivals the best serial killer books, and give you deeper insight into killers ranging from the charismatic, cunning Ted Bundy to the long-abused Aileen Wuornos, whose unimaginable troubles finally came to a very violent head.
This diverse collection of serial killer stories, culled from the annals of history, is an ideal choice for the true crime buff who wonders why the monsters of our imaginations came to life and walked the streets, lurking in dark corners to wait for their next victim.
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Interesting true stories
A set of gruesome stories that keep you listening
It's another set by Jack Rosewood that I would recommend to everyone interested in real life crimes. It's also a set that will make you cringe and shudder at the extent of human cruelty towards another human being. Stories which the set comprises range from an unimaginable horror of a family member killing all his/her relatives, to serial rapists and murderers, to hate killings, to an unfathomable murder of 8 innocent nurses with no reason or motive whatsoever... And it's a set that will keep you listen late at night...
The reader/listener must be warned: the author describes the crimes in vivid, sometimes drastic details, not trying to hide the more horrific aspects of the murders/killings... It may be disturbing for some (it definitely was for me) but it also emphasizes the reality of those heinous acts of depravity...
Kevin Kollins narration was good - factual and not too emotional, which was perfect for the content of the book... I liked the pace of his reading and slight voice alterations when quoting people involved in particular crimes.
I've given the performance 4 stars instead of 5 not because I've found Mr Kollins' interpretation of the book faulty in any way, but because of some technical aspects of the recording: there are unnaturally long pauses between the sections of a given chapter (and some of those sections are really short, like 3-4 sentences only), and there's also one instance when two sections appear in the wrong places (the "Notable" sections concerning Starkweather and Gilmore were interchanged...).
So overall my rating would be 4.5 rather than 4:)
DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
- Lidia Chymkowska