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There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk, and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires, and monsters, and they walk among us.

These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day-to-day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader's, the fathers, husbands, church-going members of the community.

This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal reference audiobook. Included are the most famous true crime serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, and not to mention the women who kill, such as Aileen Wuornos, and Martha Rendell. There are also lesser known serial killers, covering many countries around the world, so broad is the range.

Each of the serial killer files includes information on when and how they killed the victims, the background of each killer, or the suspects in some cases, such as the Zodiac killer, their trials and punishments. For some there are chilling quotes by the killers themselves. The Big Book of Serial Killers is an easy-to-follow collection of information on the world's most heinous murderers.

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GREAT FOR TRUE CRIME DEVOTÉES, BUT....

........this is a 5-Star PRINTED book but just a 2-Star AUDIOBOOK. You get all the serial killing that you could hope for, with several spree killers thrown in. Narrator Kevin Kollins is absolutely perfect for this genre.

So what’s the problem? Well, it’s written in outline form, making it difficult fully appreciate in audio. The author presents each killer in a non-chronological database form, which references and cross-references their crimes, which is often redundant. Also, he lists “Murder Victims” (by name and age), “Offenses” (including murder), and a “Timeline of Murders”. This is alright, albeit redundant, if there are less than 5 victims. However, in the case of prolific serial killers like Ted Bundy, Gary Greenway, and John Wayne Gacy, you will zone out by victim 10. Lord help you if there are 30+ victims! Or, in the case of Chinese, Korean, or South American killers (don’t ask me their names!) who killed as many as 100 people in their native countries......well, I think you get where I’m going with this.

This book makes a better hard-copy version because the reader can skim or totally skip over the lists which add nothing to the accounts unless you’re a researcher. You get a pretty thorough synopsis in the narrative backstory included with exact killer.

I am going to return the audio version and just buy the print version. I suggest you do the same. This is a great READ but an almost impossible LISTEN.

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The Big Book of Serial Killers

The Big Book of Serial Killers: An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers - 150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers
: Jack Rosewood

Thïs book is exactly what it says it is, an encyclopedia of serial killers. It gives basic information on many serial killers. With this being said, it doesn't translate well to audio book format unless all you want is to go through hours of listening in alphabetical order. I would like to read the e-book version. Jack Rosewood is an expert on this subject!




The narration was well done by Kevin Kollins.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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This Audio Book Is Incredible

From the moment I started to listen I was hooked !!! Very detailed and concise, there were moments I would stop and return the next day. This is by far one the best audio books I have listened to. I am looking forward to listening to more by Jack Rosewood, bravo Mr. Rosewood!!!!

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Overall good book

I guess I was expecting a book like a novel, but it’s not. Very, very detailed in the content. But it is simply the narrator going down a list of serial killers their crimes and outcomes.

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RIVETING

I received this Audible Audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

As always, I am never disappointed by Jack Rosewood's accurate and precise factual writing. The information he shares is truly disturbing, but written in such a matter-of-fact way that I was able to get though the book without anxiety or nightmares at the conclusion of listening to over 17 hours/150 files on the worst serial killers!

Although the books Mr. Rosewood writes are about people that I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to learn about, I do enjoy looking into the lives of those whose path took such a heinous path (what made them the way they were, what promoted them initially to begin their reign of terror, etc.).

I look forward to future books by this author as his subject matter is truly riveting.

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Serial killers in alphabetical order

This book lists serial killers in alphabetical order. While being set up like a traditional encyclopedia, the content allows for easier listening. Also, there isn't as much gruesome detail for each killer making it easier for those that don't want to know all the details.

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Amazing !

narrator was great , right to the point with each chapter. a must listen too.

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A fun listen

This has been a really fun listen, I would start my day listening to this book and not stop until the end of the day which I don't often do.
I will be listening to this book again :-)

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Good variety of stories adding "trivia" details

Well-known and less familiar tales serial killers both male and female, US born and international. This book includes court resolutions, updates, and suspected murders.

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PERFECT if looking for facts and no speculation

If you could sum up The Big Book of Serial Killers in three words, what would they be?

Facts, Intriguing, Spooky

What other book might you compare The Big Book of Serial Killers to and why?

Other Jack Rosewood books. They are all awesome and dont make up thoughts going through peoples heads who end up being murdered. Dont make up things. Jack does a great job not bringing that crap into this.

What about Kevin Kollins’s performance did you like?

Good clear voice. Did mess up some pronunciations but I think that responsibility is with the person who gave him the script to read.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but at times made me disgusted, but for a true crime fan, that is a good thing.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic book I am both glad ended but also wished it didn't.

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  • Liz
  • 09-17-17

Disturbingly awesome...

A detailed account of bizarre human behaviour. Gruesome, yet, I couldn't stop reading and it left me thinking, we all have the capacity to kill if you could just remove that little bit of your mind called a conscience. Highly recommended read for true crime fans!

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