In May of 2007, in a small, quiet town in the South Moravia region of the Czech Republic, a technical glitch - a simple, accidental crossing of signals - revealed a terrible case of child abuse, and an entire nation watched transfixed with horror as the grisly extent of the perversion of the maternal instinct was revealed. Two small brothers named Jakub and Ondrej, nine and seven years old respectively, were revealed to have suffered confinement, mutilation, psychological brutality, and cannibalism at the hands of several people - foremost among them their own mother and her sister.
The ensuing investigation and trial captivated the country as a web of secrecy and manipulation was laid bare. That entire nation's attention was transfixed as the disappearance of a teenage girl revealed a daring case of concealed identity and international intrigue, culminating in a 1,000-mile chase in the depths of a Scandinavian winter.
The allegations that were levelled would keep any parent of a young child awake at night. A secretive cult operating in close proximity to children: stealing, forging medical records, and possibly attempting to create a new messiah were in full swing. All the while its members appeared, on the surface, to be models of excellent caregivers.
This is the story of the infamous Kuřim Case, an investigation that engrossed the public and media of a whole country for two years. It is a story of intense cruelty and sadism, inflicted on the most vulnerable members of society.
If you are especially sensitive to accounts of the suffering of children, you may find it advisable not to listen any farther.
If, however, you seek to understand the darker side of human nature by coming face to face with it, then this audiobook is for you.
©2016 Ryan Green (P)2016 Ryan Green
I wasn't sure what to expect from the description of this true crime book, given that it involved children, cults, cannibalism and abusive parents. So I went into it almost wincing in anticipation of the horrors that I knew were coming. Make no mistake, they came, and kept coming. But within a few minutes I could tell I was in the hands of a seasoned reporter who was focused on making the reader understand this incredible case and all it's many twists and turns, rather than exploiting the horrors themselves like many true crime authors and tabloids tend to do with cases like this. It became clear after the 3rd or 4th astonishing twist that the simple, unadorned facts in this bizarre case were shocking and surprising enough without any exaggeration or pulpy flourishes, and I was glad to see none of that in this account. I also appreciated that the author underplayed the actual abusive acts; he tells what happens without lingering too long on them.
I finished listening to the entire book in one goggle-eyed gulp, and I will surely be reading it again at some point. While the case is interesting all by itself, I credit the author's writing style and presentation of the facts -- along with the narrator's under-wrought, professional delivery -- with making an already compelling story into a thrilling audiobook experience.
I found it particularly interesting that the family members who committed these unthinkable acts on their own kin were apparently not abused themselves as children. Most abusers tend to be former victims themselves, links in one long, never-ending chain of misery that is passed from generation to generation. The author touched on that fact, but I wish he had delved deeper into what made them start doing these things. I was hoping for a better understanding of the dark spark that begins these generational chains of misery and abuse, but I can't say I came away with a satisfactory explanation. Perhaps there just isn't one.
Still, true crime fans should love this book --- it's exactly what the genre is all about. But I also think anyone who is interested in human nature and the shocking ways that it can be twisted into something dark and unrecognizable will find this a fascinating way to spend a couple hours. I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review, and I'm glad I got past my initial reticence and took them up on the offer.
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True crime is my favorite genre to read/listen to so it’s no surprise that I absolutely loved this book. If you’re sensitive to the harming of children then this book probably isn’t for you. Ryan Green does a fantastic job of carrying the reader expediently but carefully through this tale of torture and mental illness. An interesting look into the minds of those who commit unimaginable atrocities; I would recommend this book to any readers interested in a terrifying and true story. Ernie Sprance does a lovely job narrating this sad tale.
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Author Ryan Green provides a very unique look into this very disturbing and sad story. I was a bit hesitant at first to listen to this book as it does involve children, but the author provides the details of each incident without making it uncomfortable to listen to. I was compelled and totally engrossed in this story from beginning to end. I would recommend this book to any true crime buff.
Ernie Sprance provides an excellent performance of this book. He has great tone, pace and inflection that enables him to keep you engaged from the very beginning.
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It was very interesting, but short of any of my "top" lists
The details around the case, so basically the entire book...
Solid performance all around, I was fully engaged the entire time
The dog cages...
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I have never heard of this case and was so surprised by every turn. There is so much information…This was a excellently executed true crime audio book. This book was really informative and interesting to listen to. I would highly suggest.
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the names were confusing. but overall an interesting read. i like that the author kept it the shorter length. this way he went right to the meat of the story. not messing around w boring, drawn out details. other authors should use this example. .
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
The narration was good with a complex and sad subject matter like this.
The story was difficult to listen due to the nature of its intent. I was engrossed in the story, but felt sad and disturbed for the victims.
More sadness and sometimes anger.
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Yes...if my friend enjoyed true crime stories then this audiobook would be right up their alley.
Nothing that I have ever read or listened to. But I assume any type of true crime story where violence, murder, betrayal, detective work and courtroom drama is front and center. This case in the Czech Republic must have been as big as the OJ case was here in America.
Mr. Sprance did an excellent job! His narration was spot on. Slow enough to follow and dramatic in the right spots. There were many difficult names to pronounce so I give him a lot of credit. :)
I don't really know
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I love Audiobooks! :)
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this was a pretty disturbing story, I can't say I enjoyed it but it was interesting.
Best thing about the story was that some of the abusers were punished
There's nothing he can do to make this a better story, this was just a terrible situation from the start
This was well worth the time, learning about these cases.
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