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A Study in Red: The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper | [Brian L. Porter]

A Study in Red: The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper

A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper by Brian L Porter tells the story of Robert Cavendish, a modern day psychiatrist who is bequeathed a strange set of papers which purport to be the journal of the long-dead infamous Whitechapel Murderer whose crimes gripped the hearts and minds and instilled terror on the streets of Victorian London.
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A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper by Brian L Porter tells the story of Robert Cavendish, a modern day psychiatrist who is bequeathed a strange set of papers which purport to be the journal of the long-dead infamous Whitechapel Murderer whose crimes gripped the hearts and minds and instilled terror on the streets of Victorian London.

As he begins to read the journal, Robert becomes convinced of it's authenticity and finds that the words of the Ripper have a strange and compelling effect on him. Unable to cast the pages aside he finds himself being drawn into the dark and sinister world of the killer until he is unable to distinguish what is fact and what is fantasy. In short, Robert Cavendish begins to feel as though he is being taken over in some way by the soul of the long-dead Ripper. What happens as he progresses through the journal will disturb and shock the reader as the close dividing line between sanity and madness is explored to the full.

©2008 Double Dragon Publishing; (P)2009 Action Audio

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    Gaither baton rouge, LA, United States 07-01-09
    Gaither baton rouge, LA, United States 07-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Eerie from start to finish"

    In spite of the many reviews here panning this book, the publisher's description intrigued me so I decided to give it a listen. I enjoyed it. For one thing, this account of the Ripper is not one of those that promotes one of the many theories about his identity. Neither is the premise of this story an attempt to forge a new theory about his identity. It's pure fiction and I found it eerie (in the enjoyable way) from start to finish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Sikeston, MO, USA 03-15-09
    Barbara Sikeston, MO, USA 03-15-09
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    "Terrifying in print; mesmerizing in audio"

    I seldom listen to novels adapted to audio. Nevertheless, when I came across Brian Porter's award winning novel 'A Study in Red' I had to take a listen. The narration of this masterpiece performed by Mr. McKenzie was nothing short of superb... I know it is classified as an historical piece of fiction, but Mr. Porter's depiction of the Ripper murders come across as all too real. I was captivated by Brian Porter's 'A Study in Red' in print... Listening to this work of art in audio will intensify and evoke thoughts of terror as you anticipate the final climax.

    As you listen you will be transported back in time to 18th century London...see the deprivation...smell the stench that engulfed the streets of Whitechapel. Be prepared to enter the sick mind of a notorious serial killer known as...Jack the Ripper!!!!!!!

    Author/Reviewer, Barbara Watkins

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bruno Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States 05-06-12
    Bruno Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Dreadfully Bad - Wishing I could get the time back"
    What didn’t you like about Ian McKenzie’s performance?

    The narrator was awful, even considering the terrible story he had to work with. Most of the time, it was obvious that the narrator was reading. His tone was mostly annoying with his voice rarely conveying the emotion of the text (what little there was.) Thankfully, there were only a couple of female characters in the story with speeches. He managed to voice these with a possible nod to “Monty Python.” For these women, he used a high falsetto voice of comical attributes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The reaction most thought of, related to this book, is nausea. It is difficult to believe this novel managed to be published. It has a very weak plot, little character development, and none of the tension or apprehension that one might expect with this subject matter. The author will relate a couple of paragraphs of immature ramblings from the supposed “ripper.” Then the author will spend maybe a page or two of infantile prose on how the main character is affected by the two sophomoric paragraphs.


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    Len Melbourne, Australia 04-30-11
    Len Melbourne, Australia 04-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "unusual plotline"

    If you like books about Jack the ripper in the myriad of guises and plots in which he has been featured, this is another quite unusual version. It was enjoyable and unique. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Orange City, FL, USA 02-08-09
    Kristi Orange City, FL, USA 02-08-09
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    "A Study In Success"

    After reading a great deal of this author's work, I have to say he certainly deserves the movie deal in place to bring ASIR to the big screen. While it requires a certain intellectual level to truly appreciate this smart thriller, it also offers some very visceral impact. Written in a voice very appropriate to the period and material, this novel proved something of a time machine. Congrats to Mr. Porter on this project's already huge success. ~ Kristina Dalton, author of Taken, Unleashed, Untold, Until You, The King's Right, The Ring, and Vampire's Lover

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Simonsen 02-01-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A Complete Waste of Time and Money"

    This book has no character development whatsoever. The dialog is repetitious and the story is painfully overworked in a vain attempt to wring out some measure of suspense. It's so bad that after a while it becomes almost comical.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Josaphine brooklyn, NY, United States 04-30-09
    Josaphine brooklyn, NY, United States 04-30-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Story is probably great...I couldnt tell."

    I was really looking forward to this book but absolutely could not stand the narrator! Rarely have I encountered a voice so frightfully nasal and utterly grating. It's almost impossible to detect inflection or dramatic nuance through what comes across as a whining sneer laced with snobbery and a total disconnect from any form appropriate affect. There is essentially zero dynamic in his reading which forces the listener to constantly question who's voice (meaning which characters voice) is being used. This completely robs the story of it's inherent plot driven quality as the narrators deficits are simply too distracting to allow the listener to truly engage. Unless you are highly adept at tweaking audio recordings, this hamfisted production of an otherwise promising story will leave you irritated- not intrigued.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fred baltimore, MD, United States 02-10-09
    Fred baltimore, MD, United States 02-10-09 Member Since 2004
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    "I wish I could get my credits back!"

    Wow this book is really lackluster. There is very little character development. The dialog and slag for the Victorian era is all wrong. Plot points are repeated unto death! (it is almost as if it were written to be serialized).

    The narration is utterly horrible! over acted, over done, and under produced (there is such a thing as a cough button, use it on inhales, and swallows too)

    audible should have given me a credit for even considering to give this a listen.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Carol Washington, DC, USA 04-12-09
    Jo Carol Washington, DC, USA 04-12-09
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    "Awful!"

    After an enticing opening, this author's tedious storytelling is awful. Do not waste credits on this repetitious bore.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Lugo 02-17-09
    Chris Lugo 02-17-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Terrible book."

    This book talks to you like you are a 2 year old. It is also painful to listen to because it is sooooooo repetitive. I want my money back!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Karen
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
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    "Good but the narrator could have done better"

    I enjoyed this story especially the ending,but having listened to quite a few audio books now I found the narrator here
    (Ian Mc Kenzie) not to be one of my favourites. Some narrators become the characters but this one sounded just like he was reading it off a card and in a hurry too. I also got irritated by the way that everytime Jack spoke you heard the sound of only what could be described as a motorcycle reving up in the distance.
    I realize it was used for effect but I found it distracting
    A good book that could have been better but for the above mentioned

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    poole, dorset, United Kingdom
    4/21/10
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    "" A Study in Red""

    This is a gripping book with an ending that you know is coming but you cant stop it. A brilliant book that you cant stop listening too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Tranent, United Kingdom
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    "Unconvincing"
    What disappointed you about A Study in Red?

    Very simplistic story


    What was most disappointing about Brian L. Porter’s story?

    The general quality of writing


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ian McKenzie’s performances?

    I doubt it very much


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Study in Red?

    The whole story was weak and unconvincing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Griff.81
    CHESTERFIELD, United Kingdom
    2/12/12
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    "had to stop listening"

    i listened to the first 2 hours and couldnt listen to it anymore. im not sure if its the narrators voice or the story its self, but i just couldnt stand to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    2/14/09
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    "Terrifyingly Brilliant!"

    'A Study in Red' is without doubt a masterpiece of psychological terror. The central character Robert Cavendish see himself falling deeper and deeper into the abyss of madness with every page he reads of the journal. Is Jack the Ripper able to reach out to those who read his terrible words as recorded so many years ago? For anyone with an interest in Ripper fiction this one is highly recommended, a superb blend of fact and fiction used to create a study in terror!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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