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Publisher's Summary

Every year, we look back in horror at the sheer evil mankind is capable of, and 2017 was no different.

Across the world, but particularly in the United States, startlingly horrific crimes have almost become commonplace, causing us to double-lock our doors at night and look over our shoulders, wondering if we're safe, no matter how crowded or well-lit our location is.

In this true crime release, we've compiled some of the most gripping and gruesome crime stories of 2017. Some of the horrible stories you will hear about includes: 

  • A Florida serial killer stalked a close-knit suburb of Tampa, killing Seminole Heights residents seemingly at random.
  • A member of a neo-Nazi organization used his vehicle to kill a protestor in Charlottesville, Virginia, more than 50 years after the world defeated Hitler's racist rise to power.
  • A couple was sentenced to death for brutalizing a 10-year-old girl for years, beating her, depriving her of food, forcing her to walk on the hot pavement of a sizzling summer in Arizona, only to let her die in an airtight box overnight, her punishment for eating a Popsicle without asking after sweltering in 115-degree heat.
  • Two young girls were smart enough to record pictures and audio of a man suspected in their deaths, evidence that will hopefully soon solve their murders.
  • A blood-soaked man carried his mother's decapitated head into a grocery store, attacking a clerk and stabbing him as well before being apprehended from police.
  • The UK was rocked by terrorist bombings that turned joyous moments deadly in an instant.
  • The death of Charles Manson gave us an opportunity to look back at the bloody mayhem inspired by a murderous man with a messiah complex.

Keep the lights on, Dear Listener, and welcome to 2017's most horrifying true stories.

©2017 LAK Publishing (P)2017 LAK Publishing

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THE Murder Yearbook . . .

I actually loved this books whole concept of giving you the basic rundown of the past years true crime highlights. I thought for SURE that I wasn't going to be too surprised, and certainly there couldn't be *anything* that I've missed in the news - but I was wrong!

Most will have heard about SOME of these stories - but perhaps didn't know the specific details, or like myself, will end up saying out loud Whoaaa...I didn't hear about THAT one! More than once.

Of particular surprise to me was hearing about Charles Manson's will - who he left all his things to - including his body! And the ridiculous "cough syrup made me do it" defense. (making note to remember that) Also a few tidbits concerning the unsolved Delphi murders of Abby and Libby. Just to touch on a few.

I think I will probably have to check out the 2016 edition to see what else I've missed now.

This audiobook was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review - and honestly speaking, if you want to know about all the crazy people out there that you've been missing in the news, then this is for you!

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Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2017

True Crime 2017
Jack Rosewood

This is another great crime anthology from this author.I have heard of most of these but had pushed them to the back of my mind. It was a vivid reminder of evil in our world.


The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Kevin Kollins does a good job as always, however a first small complaint from me. You need to double check pronunsiation of cities. Olathe in Kansas, is pronounced (Oh-lath-a.) Everytime I heard it mispronounced I cringed, and that carried over thru the next few cases. It may just be me but it does bother me.



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

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An intersting collection of the past years crimes

This is a summary of the most horrible crimes for the year 2017. Some I knew about other I did not and still some I learned a little more then I knew. It is a great collection of some of the most dangerous criminals of the year some very shocking and horrible acts that is more than a person can bare. My heart goes out to the families that were left behind and the victims that were killed. It was so easy for me to picture the ugly scenes in my mind, at times my mouth hung open. Getting in the mind of a killer is never easy, we will never know their reasoning or their thoughts to bring them to their actions.

Mr. White did a wonderful job on the narration. He did a few character voices which were really good but most of the book is about facts and there is no need for the different voices. He has a very pleasant voice that really adds to the detail of this audio. He gave the facts as they are but with interest like he really enjoyed learning the facts as much as I did. There are no repeats of words, nor any background noise, there are no volume changes. The music fits the story when it is used it isn’t over powering and blends very well. I thought his performance was great and he added a lot to the story with his tones and emotions. I look forward to listening to more of his work.

The author always gives me a very good listen with facts as they are. He makes his audios interesting as he shows you the twists and turns of a real criminal. If you are a true crime junky like me this is one of the books you do not want to miss. It is interesting, holds your attention, the author lays it out from month to month as he gives you the true facts, the outcome and lets you decided if you feel the verdict was right.

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Great stories; reads like a news article

I really enjoyed learning about many true crime stories that didn’t make the news in my area.

I was disappointed in the way the stories were told. Rather than a continuous, flowing story, each subject reads like a newspaper article that is constantly being updated. Hence, the same facts are repeated several times in each story. A good editor should catch that.

The narrator was very good and made the break up of the book better to understand.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

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okay

i liked this book but didn't like the negative comments about President Trump he slipped in.

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Scary!

A brief look at some of the most notorious crimes of 2017. It's a scary world! Great narration!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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Liked this one so much I bought the previous one.

I was given this book to review, and I liked it so much I bought the one about 2016. This book is a brief look at the memorable crimes from 2017, and some of the more interesting crimes you might not have heard of. It isn’t a deep in depth look into any of the crimes. I really enjoyed this book and the one from 2016.

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2017 what a year

Jack Rosewood and Rebecca Lo have done a great job of compiling true crimes that happened all over the world in 2017. Many I remembered from the news, many I had heard about but didn't know any of the facts, and many I had never heard about. Kevin Kollins does a great job reading this book making it similar to listening to an unsolved mysteries show.

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What a year for crime

Great summary of the year from the crime world. As always, super interesting listen. My one complaint was the lack of a pause between stories. They kind of bled right into one another and hit you like a wall of text. I needed just a bit longer pause between cases so I knew we were on to the next one. But other than that, well done!

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Summary of a Chaotic Year

Before you buy this be aware that some of the details of the crimes may be disturbing.

I love true crime because it brings together facts about an incident or criminal and rounds it out with research into their personal lives/personalities. It also humanizes the victims, or survivors, in a way that a brief news article cannot. This is the second book from Jack Rosewood that I've listened to. As the title says, this book is a summary of major criminal incidents in the United States and abroad that happened in 2017. It is organized by month. The tone of the book is factual and neutral, but the author expresses deep compassion for those impacted by these crimes.

Because Charles Manson passed away it 2017 the author provides a summary of his criminal activity from the 1960s. He was such a well-known figure to readers to true crime it seemed unnecessary to devote an entire chapter to his legacy.

An issue that I had with the reading/narration is that the book sections, or subheadings, don't all have a clear pause/break between them.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Really Good

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

This was a summary of gruesome and awful homicide cases of 2017. It dealt with a lot of famous cases, a lot of which I either knew or heard of in the news, and also covered quite a few mass shootings. It was mainly set in America, though a few cases were in Europe.

I really liked how the book was separated by months. This book was set out really nicely, and this felt like it had a lot more detail than Rosewood’s other True Crime audiobooks. It was really interesting, but it kinda makes you despair of society.

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