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Colombian Killers explores the stories of three men who have forever tainted the lush fields of Latin America. This book narrates the sadistic acts of serial killers Luis Alfredo Garavito, Pedro Alonzo Lopez, and Daniel Camargo Barbosa.

For these men, rape and murder were but the beginning of the horrors they inflicted upon the world. The fear their crimes inspire is not about their nature, the methodology, or even the victims. It is about who the killers themselves are.

These men were motivated by perhaps the most chilling trifecta - sex, power and revenge.

This book begins with three parts, each dedicated to one of these three monsters of modern-day Colombia. Once you've been edified with the general knowledge of the atrocities, we will delve further into the tiny details, the forgotten horrors, the thousands of ways that we as a society failed these men and, in so doing, shaped them into be the monsters they are known as today.

Luis Alfredo Garavito, Pedro Alonzo Lopez, and Daniel Camargo Barbosa are among the most prolific serial killers in the world. Between them, they were convicted of 329 murders, but it's believed that the number they committed is over 750.

Colombian Killers is not for the faint of heart, nor for the feeble of spirit. Be very sure you want to know what you are about to hear, because if you can be sure of nothing else, be sure of this: You will never forget what you are about to hear.

©2016 Ryan Green (P)2016 Ryan Green

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very short very unsweet and very to the point

This book I only 1 hour and 44 minutes long and covers 3 serial killers Luis Alfredo Garavito, Pedro Alonzo Lopez, and Daniel Camargo Barbosa. Each mans story is told, leaving out a lot of the details of the murders they committed. Which is probably a good thing since their targets were mainly children and young teenagers. The thing that just ticks me off which has nothing to do with the author Ryan Green or his telling but with the sentences these men received. You can get more time in the US for beating an animal these they got for sexually abusing and killing multiple children. Also the fact that Ryan Green says in the book that this is societies fault. I have to wholeheartedly disagree. This is not societies fault. These people are sick and twisted, it is their fault. It is the governments fault they got such short sentences though. Yes this was many years ago and now the laws are tougher but 16 years is just nuts, and these men did not even get the full 16 years. I honestly do not know how they body count could be so high before they were caught. I understand Columbia is a poor country which is where most of the murders took place, but with that many children being missing I just can't understand. This story will probably haunt me for a long while. I am positive these stories could be broken into fill length books for each person but I think I am kind of glad Ryan Green took the approach he did and grouped them together in this short book. The 3 men had nothing to do with each other during their killing sprees. In fact 2 of them knew nothing about each other until they met in prison. They were just the same kind of sick and twisted individuals. All 3 had rough lives as children themselves and were sexually abused, which just makes it even harder for me to fathom as to why they would want to do this to other children knowing what they went through themselves. Between the 3 of they they were charged with 329 murders but the number they killed could actually be over 750. Ryan Green done an amazing job of bringing this story without delving to deep into the acts themselves of the murders. I don't think I could of handled full details of all the murders, It's bad enough knowing they sexually abused these kids then killed then, then buried their bodies. The book is Narrated by Ernie Sprance. Who brings the chilling facts, investigation, and trials of these cases to life in a somber but interesting way. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Colombian True Crime

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This book looks at three brutal cases that are probably not known to you if you are in the English speaking world. I tend to like true crime books that go into a lot of detail, so of course three stories that are covered in an hour and forty five minutes are going to have less depth. Knowing that, I enjoyed the stories anyway. It's always interesting to hear about crimes that have been committed in foreign countries and how their judicial system differs from the one in my home country. These were some bad dudes; if you are sensitive to child abuse, I'd steer clear of this one!

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Disturbing True Life Accounts of Serial Killers

Disturbing True Life Accounts of Little Known Serial Killers.

TARGET AUDIENCE: True life crime story that is not over editorialized. The author provides an accurate account of the actual facts of the stories of these abhorrent individuals. It makes you aware that are individuals who prey on the weak and downtrodden in every country and nation

PROFANITY, SEX & VIOLENCE: Appropriate for all ages. Written in a way that describes the heinous crimes without using delving into details.

NARRATOR: Excellent job narrating these accounts.

OVERALL: I love to read about true crime, and this is a well written account of serial killers which you probably have not heard about in the English speaking world. Excellent book.

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interesting

was very informative. I love diving into the backrounds of killers the narrator was pleasant to listen to

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Disturbing

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The Colombian Killers is a disturbing book about real life serial killers. Few things are more disturbing than the true stories. The narration is in more of a news story style, so hard to put a grade on it, but it is good.

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Interesting Material, if you like true crime...

What did you like best about Colombian Killers? What did you like least?

The narrator did an excellent job in his tone and pacing.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The information given is, as always, the most interesting part of any true crime book. I could have done without any opinions from the Author, I think the facts in the case speak for themselves.

Which character – as performed by Ernie Sprance – was your favorite?

Mr. Spance simply narrated the book, so there were no characters in this audiobook

Do you think Colombian Killers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think that Ryan Green should write more books on other serial killers from other parts of the world

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I was given this audiobook for free from the Author / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Fascinating, Fast-Paced True Crime

I was given one of this author's other true-crime books by the publisher, and thought it was so interesting that I actually went out and bought his other work, including this one. I found this book to be just as good in much the same way: its a fast-paced, reporterly chronicle of a series of truly horrible crimes, professionally narrated in a way that enhances the author's style but doesn't overpower the story. It somehow made it even more interesting that the 3 serial killers discussed in this book were from South America and committed their crimes in and around Columbia. The unusual setting and characters were an intriguing twist that I appreciated after reading so many true crime stories set in small-town America. Most of all, I really like the author's ability to take complex stories that involve gruesome, horrific crimes and boil them down to their most interesting essence. Too many true crime books get buried in excess biographical details or grisly blow-by-blow dramatizations of the crimes themselves. Green, while he doesn't shy away from the grim and horrific, seems to report it rather than breathlessly embroidering it as many authors tend to do. All told, it felt like a particularly compelling 3-part feature magazine article or 48 Hours Investigative series, and I found that to be a refreshing -- and riveting -- change from many true crime chronicles.

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Fascinating but no depth

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Though this book was well written, it lacked depth. There was very little background and lacked emotion.
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Sad But Interesting Story

Would you listen to Colombian Killers again? Why?

No, once was enough

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The killers childhood's.

Which scene was your favorite?

I had no favorite scene

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Dark and Terrifying

What made the experience of listening to Colombian Killers the most enjoyable?

An inside look into dark minds and how they operate. It was a fascinating listen and very well narrated.

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"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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  • Emily
  • 05-02-20

Lacking

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I found this book to be quite basic. It was only very brief, and I think it suffers for trying to talk about three notorious serial killers in a space/time where he normally only talks about one. There is a general apathy towards the victims of these serial killer's victims and are often just referred to as "runaways" while sympathy is afforded to the said serial killers for growing up poor and being sexually abused. It doesn't negate what they did to the 300+ children mentioned as victims in this book. The book itself felt like one massive attempt to excuse what these serial killers did. It also tended to repeat information. I was told at least three times that Columbia can only imprison people for a maximum of 16 years before it was later changed to forty years. It would have been interesting to have a side note or an end note explaining why this happened, as would have occurred in many other true crime books. It also suffered from mispronunciations which made me cringe throughout the book. Aside from this problem, the narrator, Ernie Sprance, was actually really good and I did enjoy listening to his narration. This concluded with a really weak conclusion. Based off of three serial killers based in and around Colombia, the author concludes that serial killers are either the fault of the parent's / upbringing, or societal expectations. It was a disappointing conclusion and I would have thought that the author would have delved a bit deeper than that.

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  • deafmick
  • 04-03-20

I only just got into Ryan Green book got to give it 5 out of 5

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  • Manda N
  • 10-01-16

Interesting analysis of serial murder

Would you listen to Colombian Killers again? Why?

Yes I will do, it's an easily digestible factual account about three prolific serial killers that operated in Latin America ( one may still be operating.......) Wonderfully narrated and fascinating to listen to. Made a pleasant change to watching a movie to take the time to sit and listen in one session. Highly recommended.

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This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.