Nothing would have made this book better. It was like listening to a bunch of boring stories told from someone who only knew a little about the subject then before you realize it, the story is over and he's on to the next one.
If the development of the stories was a little better, you could get interested in them. Unfortunately, all of them are passed over so quickly, you can't. The author could have tried focusing more on the details and quality of each story, not the quantity of them.
The man reading this book had a weird English accent and cadence that sounded like he was trying to sound British but wasn't. It was so distracting, I could barely focus on how bad the stories were!!
I was greatly disappointed in this book after listening to several others and finding them all quite good.
Skip this if you value your time at all.
I never read the print version of this book so I have nothing to go by.
This book had many characters in it, none were the exact focus of the book since it was a true crime book and not a fictionalized version with a hero protagonist.
I liked that the narrator read with a sense that she was truly performing and not just reading to get through it.
Green River Killer...and detailed biographies of EVERY PERSON he killed.
Ann Rule is a good author, but tends to sympathize SO MUCH with the victims that she spends nearly half the book on their biographies. While it's sad that these women were killed, I bought a book about the Green River Killer, not Several Women Who No One Ever Heard Of.
If you enjoy dry, analytical, and really boring accounts of serial killers, this book is for you. It documents serial killers from 100 years ago until about 30 years ago in mostly European countries. If you like serial killers from WWI era Russia, you're in luck. If not, then this book is a snore.
Since this book is non-fiction, there is no real ending. No conclusions are drawn, and no real point to the book is made.
The descriptions of the various killings are quite matter of fact, and there is no "edge of your seat" feeling to any of it. Again, since most of the killers in this book lived 100 years ago, there is no sense of urgency and everything is quite flat.
I was very disappointed with this book. It was far to dry and not at all the kind of book I would recommend to anyone.
I would rather read another Ann Rule book than anything else like this...and I don't really like Ann Rule.
I've never "read" a book narrated by Mike Vendetti so I don't know if it was his style, or the way the words were presented to him, but listening to this book was difficult. The abrupt...cadence...that ended before sentences did...and started just as...abruptly...became frustrating.
The descriptions of the Baltimore underbelly and its crime was interesting. The needlessly flowery descriptions made me want to fast forward to the good parts.
The performance was terrible. The only improvement would be to get another person to re-read this book.
I was disappointed with this book. I've "read" many crime books and this was sub-par.
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