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Green River, Running Red Audiobook

Green River, Running Red

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Publisher's Summary

In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women.

Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry - of who these young women were and who they might have become. A chilling look at the darkest side of human nature, this is the most important and most personal audiobook of Ann Rule's long career.

©2011 Simon & Schuster Audio (P)2004 Ann Rule

What the Critics Say

"[C]onveys the emotional truth of the Green River case." (Los Angeles Times)

"Riveting." (People)

"Perhaps Rule's finest work." (Statesman Journal)

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    Michael Johnston Maui, Hawaii, USA 06-07-17
    Michael Johnston Maui, Hawaii, USA 06-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good listen but plays like a mile long obituary"

    good read, good narration. More of a story about the victims than the mind of the monster. Sad hearing about the pathetic lives of the strung out hookers Ridgeway murdered, but probably some solice for the victims families.

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    LINZI Perth, Australia 05-24-17
    LINZI Perth, Australia 05-24-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Beautifully researched tragedy."

    A slum district with no hope, lost girls with no way out, a pathetic loser with no conscience. This combination creates one of the longest running serial killer investigations. It cost a fortune, the body count and toll in human misery was huge. They were hunting the boogeyman and caught a limp little loser. The most memorable parts of this book ( and this is to the author's credit) are the girls themselves. They as prostitutes, are so often forgotten, seen as people who deserve whatever happens to them. If you read The Stranger Beside Me (another Rule book) contrast the community horror about Bundy targeting college girls vs the disinterest about working girls in this case. In this book however Rule works hard to bring each girl to life as a person, someone's child and a human being who mattered. She also gives credit to the police who plodded on when the community did not care, the money ran out and the leads ran dry. I was impressed with how much they cared about the girls and their families. In some ways this is the total opposite of A Stranger Beside Me. No glamour, no flash but it is a detailed, unsensational study of the people behind the headline and the greatness of common humanity in the face of base evil.

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    Nyssa Thompson 05-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "My second Ann Rule read, but definitely not last"

    Another great Ann Rule book!

    The narrator sounded like a stern grandmother, which worked oddly well, but she pronounced some location names wrong. Understandable because the PNW has some difficult names, but sort of pulls you out of the narrative if you're a local.

    Working in Kent really added a great extra dash of the heebie jeebies.

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    Collin C. Carrothers new york United States 04-22-17
    Collin C. Carrothers new york United States 04-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Dated but captivating"

    Ann Rule is very well known as a popular true crime author, but the difficulty I had with listening to this is how the victims are described. "Her mother was not able to deal with her" or "she was a chronic runaway" and etc. This dated view of teenaged girls or female sex workers seems incredibly insensitive and wrong, given the current information available on molestation and mental issues, and it irked me. Overall it's a captivating listen, if you can look past how the victims are described.

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    Melissa Bereiter MILWAUKEE, WI, US 04-11-17
    Melissa Bereiter MILWAUKEE, WI, US 04-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Book"

    Anyone who likes true crime you will love this book.
    The thing that made this book good was the fact that Anne Rule was really telling you a lot about the girls that were murdered. They won't just names.
    I cried for them and they way they lived and died. You get a very clear picture of Gary Ridgeway as well.bit
    In a loge of these books murdered are. just names. Loved the narration as we'll

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    Amazon Customer 04-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I expect the best... and I got it."

    Ann Rule is an amazing author. There are many true crime novels, however, Ann adds a personal layer that many miss. She gives life and personality to the victims in the story. I walked away with an understanding of the victims, their working days, and why they needed justice.

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    Kindle Customer 03-28-17
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    "Dreadful Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Green River, Running Red the most enjoyable?

    The way Ann Rule writes this book is outstanding, especially her treatment of the victims as human beings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ann Rule's writing is well done.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sadly, the narrator should have been someone else. When she says someone is dead, it's a flat, heavy sound that makes you cringe. It's a sharp contrast to the narrator of the abridged version of this audiobook, who is a lot better at reading such horrific content.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was everywhere, but particularly, there were two "mother" stories here that were similar but widely contrasting in economic circumstances: Ridgeway's mother, and the mother of one of the victims (I'm so sorry, I don't remember her name; there were so many, and that's not really an excuse). Both were horrible people, yet one was middle class and the other poor. Shows an example on how circumstances don't make the person.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish this book was reread by the abridged book's narrator.

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    Carolina 03-19-17
    Carolina 03-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "All About the Girls"

    GRK story told through the victims.

    It's always nice to read a long well researched true crime that revolves around the victims lives, movements, and disappearances instead of one focus on the killers movements.

    I always find the girls' lives more fascinating and telling of the killers psyche than brutal descriptions of their violation.

    If you're into that and books like Lost Girls by Robert Kolker you'll like this one

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    Chadd 03-09-17
    Chadd 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrifying"

    This book was very well written, but it was honestly heartbreaking. The background and the stories of the victims brings a viscerally emotional component to this story that wasn't as present in The Stranger Beside Me. I didn't realize how many people were killed and how horrific the Green River Killer actually was. Ann Rule does a great job bringing the history and background into perspective. If you enjoy non-fiction true crime this is an excellent choice. But I can't imagine anyone finishing this book and not asking themselves how someone can be so evil, and so cruel.

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    mark 02-17-17
    mark 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pathetic Green River Gary"

    The most pathetic, attention-starved loser In history perhaps. Great audiobook, terrible "star" character. So weak and twisted.

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