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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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    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.

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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 2015

    I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. 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.

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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-28-11
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2013

    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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    Shane Maple Valley, WA, United States 02-12-13
    Shane Maple Valley, WA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow getting started but then OMG"
    Where does Green River, Running Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For true crime right near the top behind Manson


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I live in Seattle


    What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

    She reminds me of Ann Rule I felt like Ann was talking to me


    Any additional comments?

    Love it.......It is a must listen.....Especially if you live in the NW

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Leesburg, VA, United States 11-12-12
    Fritz Leesburg, VA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Title is a misnomer!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really dont know who to recommend this to. Maybe someone interested in the lives of victims of serial killers.


    Has Green River, Running Red turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    This book discussed the biographies of the victims way too long. I almost forgot what I was listening to, because the book author spent too much time detailing the lives of each victim. This was not about the actual killer or what he did specifically and that is what I was looking for in this book.

    I thought this book would be more about the murders and how they occurred. I spent so much time listening to the victims bio's in the beginning, I could not stomach the thought of continuing to the end of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Newmarket, ON, Canada 03-26-12
    Michael Newmarket, ON, Canada 03-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Needs an Editor"

    I almost never stop listening to a book once I purchase it...but in this case I made an exception.

    The problem - this book desperately needs an editor. Every single story line needed to be edited. Although every victim was a real person and I admired that Ann researched each…I just could not take yet another extensive bio of each victim.

    I will never read or listen to an Ann Rule book again.
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    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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