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Green River, Running Red | [Ann Rule]

Green River, Running Red

In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become.
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Publisher's Summary

In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women.

Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry - of who these young women were and who they might have become. A chilling look at the darkest side of human nature, this is the most important and most personal audiobook of Ann Rule's long career.

©2011 Simon & Schuster Audio (P)2004 Ann Rule

What the Critics Say

"[C]onveys the emotional truth of the Green River case." (Los Angeles Times)

"Riveting." (People)

"Perhaps Rule's finest work." (Statesman Journal)

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    J Santa Clara, CA, United States 04-23-14
    J Santa Clara, CA, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A little long on the victim's biographies"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Green River, Running Red to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version of this book so I have nothing to go by.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

    I liked that the narrator read with a sense that she was truly performing and not just reading to get through it.


    If you could give Green River, Running Red a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Green River Killer...and detailed biographies of EVERY PERSON he killed.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jessica CHRISTIANA, TN, United States 03-10-14
    Jessica CHRISTIANA, TN, United States 03-10-14
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    "Disturbing Story yet so well written...loved"
    What did you love best about Green River, Running Red?

    All of it...narrator, story and the details


    What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

    Love her....wish she had done more true crime.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The length of time it took them to catch him and the ease that he lived among the public was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing book, hated when my commute was over as I wanted to keep listening. Great narrator and story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. C. Edens Georgia, USA 01-12-14
    J. C. Edens Georgia, USA 01-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Barbara Caruso's narration is great!"
    What did you love best about Green River, Running Red?

    Well-written and well-read account of the 20+ year saga of the Green River Killer. I wound up buying the mass market paperback copy too, just because I did want to see the photos of the victims and other accompanying photos that are in there. Long but didn't drag like some audiobooks can, because of Barbara Caruso's great reading.


    What does Barbara Caruso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt like she was my friend who just happened to be an ex cop and crime writer, sitting me down and telling me this epic saga. She's not actually Ann Rule, obviously, but that doesn't matter. Something about the tone of her voice is calming. You can't just anyone narrating the gruesome events covered in this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Schurr Boston, MA 05-27-13
    Eric Schurr Boston, MA 05-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Tedious content, excellent narrator"

    I was intrigued by this subject and thought this book would be great. Unfortunately, I didn't even finish it -- the narrator is really excellent (one of the best I've ever heard), but the writing is too detailed and tedious. The first 20 chapters spend most of their time with biographies of each girl who was murdered; certainly I feel sorry for each girl and their murders were horrific, but i don't need to know what they were like in high school or other mundane details.

    Wish i could recommend this, but i can't.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 08-21-12
    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader turned listener.

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    "Hide under the covers if listening at night!"

    I primarily enjoyed the writing of this true account about Gary Ridgeway. Barbara Caruso's voice got a little annoying at times and I'd agree with another reviewer that it sounded like she had marbles in her mouth. There was also some editing issues which made her pauses extra long and awkward. Some of the accounts regarding the victims were a little too long for my liking; it would appear that Rule had more information on some than others. The parts that really made me scared at night were tales of "The ones who got away". There were many women it seemed who encountered GRK, but due to luck or some other circumstance,were able to escape. Crazy! In all, I would recommend this book, but just know there are some very long and drawn out parts and at times I lost track of what year Rule was currently recounting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 08-08-12
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 08-08-12
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    "Totally engrossing and painstakingly detailed."
    What did you love best about Green River, Running Red?

    The amount of research that went into truely getting to know the victims and thier families. The pacing of the story. The retelling of the crime scene discoveries. The background work on Gary Ridgeway. The man was clearly one of the lowest, most pathetic human beings in history and when I finished the book, I hated him more than I imagined I would. I listened to this whole unabridged program in a matter of a few days. It was that captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Opal Mills. She just seemed to have so much promise.


    What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

    As with other narrators, her style grew on me as the book went on. Now I don't want to listen to Ann Rule without Barbara Caruso doing the narrating. She sounds so official.


    If you could give Green River, Running Red a new subtitle, what would it be?

    All the horrible details you could ever need to be creeped out for weeks.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in serial killers, I'd be surprised if there were a book that could top this one. Despite its length, it firmly kept my attention right to the last minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 05-26-12
    Kitty Reno, NV 05-26-12 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "Well done Ann"

    This book had to be long because it covers a twenty year investigation. As usual Ann Rule does a fantastic job with the events in this horrific crime spree. The narrator however, needs to learn how to pronounce towns and cities before she attempts to read another book to us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 02-03-12
    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 02-03-12

    I am the Evil Mama

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    "Loved the book; completely engrossing."

    As usual, Ann Rule rules! Ann Rule explores each victim's life and reasons for being "on the streets." I like having the complete story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-28-11
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2008

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Get through the first half, it's worth it!"

    The first third of this one is pretty slow. I hate vague descriptions like that, but there's just no other way to put it. I think Ann is great, but overall there are MANY more interesting killers out there. However, if you like serial killers in general, GRK is one you should know about. The 2nd half of this book is fantastic. Highly recommend ONLY if you enjoy learning about serial killers. Otherwise, you'll be bored out of your mind.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bungalow Bill California 06-17-11
    Bungalow Bill California 06-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting Story, but Annoying to Listen To"

    This is an OK telling of the Green River Killings. The unabridged version is far superior to the much shorter abridged version. Ann Rule interjects herself way too much into the story which I find quite annoying. She does provide plenty of background on the victims lives which humanizes an otherwize horrendous story. She gives less credit to Sheriff Reichert's involvement in the ultimate capture of the GRK than Reichert does in his self-serving (but very interesting) telling of events in Chasing The Devil. The major flaw I find in this audio book is with the narration. Barbara Caruso sounds like she has a speech impediment or like she is speaking through ill fitting false teeth. She also badly mispronounced the city of El Cajon as El Kay John or El Cajun. I find it very difficult to listen to her. Perhaps Ann Rule should have allowed Michelle Pawk to narrate this version as well. This was however much less egregious of an error than Reichert's Chasing The Devil mistake of referring to the slaughterhouse as P,J and D's and then as P, D and J's. This book is worthy of downloading for those interested in this story. Audible would do well to put out The Search For The Green River Killer by the Seattle Times writers Smith and Guillen. That is the definitive telling of this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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