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.
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"[C]onveys the emotional truth of the Green River case." (Los Angeles Times)
"Perhaps Rule's finest work." (Statesman Journal)
The content and Ann Rule's writing is fantastic at crafting this horrific story. The woman who read the book was awful. Her voice was difficult to listen to and she emphasized points in the story that didn't make sense to me.
Ann Rule is very well known as a popular true crime author, but the difficulty I had with listening to this is how the victims are described. "Her mother was not able to deal with her" or "she was a chronic runaway" and etc. This dated view of teenaged girls or female sex workers seems incredibly insensitive and wrong, given the current information available on molestation and mental issues, and it irked me. Overall it's a captivating listen, if you can look past how the victims are described.
Anyone who likes true crime you will love this book.
The thing that made this book good was the fact that Anne Rule was really telling you a lot about the girls that were murdered. They won't just names.
I cried for them and they way they lived and died. You get a very clear picture of Gary Ridgeway as well.bit
In a loge of these books murdered are. just names. Loved the narration as we'll
Ann Rule is an amazing author. There are many true crime novels, however, Ann adds a personal layer that many miss. She gives life and personality to the victims in the story. I walked away with an understanding of the victims, their working days, and why they needed justice.
I understand wanting to give the victims of this monster a voice but this book drones on and on about the inane when what matters to readers is a glimpse into the eyes of madness. I am also skeptical of Ms Rules "connection" to GRK.
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The way Ann Rule writes this book is outstanding, especially her treatment of the victims as human beings.
Ann Rule's writing is well done.
Sadly, the narrator should have been someone else. When she says someone is dead, it's a flat, heavy sound that makes you cringe. It's a sharp contrast to the narrator of the abridged version of this audiobook, who is a lot better at reading such horrific content.
It was everywhere, but particularly, there were two "mother" stories here that were similar but widely contrasting in economic circumstances: Ridgeway's mother, and the mother of one of the victims (I'm so sorry, I don't remember her name; there were so many, and that's not really an excuse). Both were horrible people, yet one was middle class and the other poor. Shows an example on how circumstances don't make the person.
I wish this book was reread by the abridged book's narrator.
I'm smarter than my library makes me seem
GRK story told through the victims.
It's always nice to read a long well researched true crime that revolves around the victims lives, movements, and disappearances instead of one focus on the killers movements.
I always find the girls' lives more fascinating and telling of the killers psyche than brutal descriptions of their violation.
If you're into that and books like Lost Girls by Robert Kolker you'll like this one
This book was very well written, but it was honestly heartbreaking. The background and the stories of the victims brings a viscerally emotional component to this story that wasn't as present in The Stranger Beside Me. I didn't realize how many people were killed and how horrific the Green River Killer actually was. Ann Rule does a great job bringing the history and background into perspective. If you enjoy non-fiction true crime this is an excellent choice. But I can't imagine anyone finishing this book and not asking themselves how someone can be so evil, and so cruel.
This is a very well written and interesting story. My only complaint is the reader. I'm actually from the Seattle area and I'm sure that this is merely a personal thing but the reader clearly took no pains to learn how to pronounce place names. Every time she refers to Spokane as Spokain instead of Spokann I want to turn it off. Not quite enough to totally ruin the story. I'd buy it again.
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