On the 24th of February 1994, police knocked on the door of an aging house in the English town of Gloucester. They'd come to serve a search warrant in the case of a missing girl - the daughter of the house's inhabitants. What they uncovered would shock the world: decades of child abuse, an underground torture chamber, and a burial ground containing the bodies of the spent victims of the torture - including that of the missing daughter. The address was 25 Cromwell Street, and these discoveries would earn it the moniker "The House of Horrors."
At the end of the investigation, the number of the murdered was 12 - all young females, including one daughter and one stepdaughter. The couple responsible were Rosemary and Frederick West, and this book will tell you their story. We'll start from the very beginning, with the killers' childhoods and upbringings, exploring in detail the factors that contributed to their later depravities. From there we'll detail the crimes themselves, following the tragic tales of their victims, including the mechanisms that led them to their grim fates. We'll examine how the full extent of their crimes was uncovered in the subsequent investigation. Finally, we'll dig into the malignancies both surrounding the killers and within themselves that drove them to perpetrate their heinous acts.
This book is not one for the faint of heart. It enters into graphic details that may upset those of a delicate constitution. It is a true life report on real events. If you believe as I do that we are better served knowing and understanding the full depths of darkness the human soul is capable of, then listen on and discover the story of one of Britain's most infamous killer couples - Fred and Rose West.
©2016 Ryan Green (P)2016 Ryan Green
I love audio books.
Fred and Rose West are some notorious baddies that I've heard and read a lot about in the past. This book was a concise telling of their story, an expertly crafted look into the truly disturbed. Green does a great job of knowing what to include and what to leave out and Sprance narrates the story in a satisfying way. I would recommend this short true crime book to any true crime lovers!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Written for those who are interested in the darker side of the human experience. Thankfully this does not delve deeply into the BDSM, but just shares the facts about the case. I would absolutely be comfortable with my teenage children reading this.
STORY LINE: Details the story of Fred and Rose West from their childhood to their eventual death and incarceration. The author shows a respect for human life, showing how there were many times when concerned individuals could have stopped this horrible event. I particularly appreciated the author’s opinions at the end of the book. They were insightful but respectful.
OVERALL: I really enjoyed reading this book. I listened to this book in one sitting. I was unfamiliar with this story, living a half a world away. Highly Recommended.
Perhaps to the right friend. it is pretty graphic and would turn the stomach of many.
I was provided a review copy by the author or narrator. The events are given in a straight forward manner with minimal fluff and without disrespect to the victims of the crimes by the wests. It has the feel of being alongside an investigator who was 90% aware of what transpired and 10% still investigating.
Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
Well, obviously this audio book was going to be creepy. I was expecting that and was not disappointed. I never listen (or read) to this kind of book about real serial killers but for whatever reason I decided to listen to this one. It was very interesting. Well researched I believe although I'll not be fact-checking. It was not as disturbing as I had feared, or at least did not creep into my dreams or had me thinking about it long after I listened. For this I am grateful but think I have dipped my toe into this genre and am now going to dry it off and carry on. Narration was decent - a good voice for this book.
I was gifted this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
Compelling, Interesting, True
I loved the narration and the way the story was told.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."
I am always interested in reading true stories.
This was a short story about 68 pages long about Fred and Rose West who ended up
being abusers and killers with an underground torture chamber.
The events in this book was so surreal, Twelve Murders..
I would have liked to read more about the actual investigation and police reports.
Overall, this book was an informative read or listen.
Ernie Sprance did well with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
This brief but compelling account of a murder spree by two deeply screwed-up Brits reads almost like a feature magazine article or Dateline America story. And that's a very good thing in this case. There's no filler, no padding, and no meandering backstories about every year of the killers' childhoods. Just the fascinating story of their crimes, their victims, the investigation and trials, and the childhood abuse that helped form their twisted psyches.
The author does a good job of providing some historical and psychological context to their crimes, and he manages to do it in a concise, reporter's voice rather than the overly-dramatic tabloid voice that too many true crime writers fall into. He describes the horrific acts this couple committed, but he doesn't linger on the grisly details, a restraint that I always appreciate when reading about crimes like these. The narrator was excellent, mirroring the crisp, professional tone of the writing perfectly,
My only complaint is that it is fairly short, and I wanted more. But the lack of excess padding is also one of the book's best attributes, so I can't fault the author for letting the story determine the book's length rather than some predetermined page count goal.
All told, I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, but after gulping it down in one sitting the first time I do plan on reading it again. I've listened to two other true crime books by this author (The Kurim Case and Columbian Killers), one given to me in exchange for an unbiased review and the other one I bought myself the day I finished the first one. Both of those were excellent, too, and I'm really looking forward to reading his other work. If you like concise, compelling true crime books, I'm guessing you will feel the same way.
This story I wouldn't call enjoyable but it was interesting to read.
I think the things they did to their own children
I did not have a favorite scene
Sick and Deranged Couple
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Yes, I would listen to it with my wife. We both like true crime stories and now that I am familiar with the characters it would be even easier to follow.
The narrator did an excellent job telling the story with just enough creepiness to make you remember that the story deals with true and shocking subject matter and I really like the way the story was laid out.
Not really a character driven book, but I did like his voice and the pacing was great!
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