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Fifteen-year-old Lynda Mann's savagely raped and strangled body is found along a shady footpath near the English village of Narborough. Though a massive 150-man dragnet is launched, the case remains unsolved.

Three years later the killer strikes again, raping and strangling teenager Dawn Ashforth only a stone's throw from where Lynda was so brutally murdered. But it will take four years, a scientific breakthrough, the largest manhunt in British crime annals, and the blooding of more than 4,000 men before the real killer is found.

©1989 Joseph Wambaugh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • ricketsj
  • St. Paul, MN United States
  • 05-07-14

Interesting story, a few quibbles with the audio.

This book turned out to be a more interesting story than the average true crime story because it was the first crime solved using DNA typing. It was fascinating to listen to the way the crime was investigated because it revealed such a huge difference between the way the British view crime investigation and the way Americans do. It is literally not possible to imagine a town in the U.S. where every single male citizen would volunteer to provide a DNA sample, even before people really realized how accurate such testing was. The story of the underlying crime was not particularly unique or fascinating as the perpetrator was just your average psychopath, but the author did a good job of providing an accurate portrait of the two victims and their families. The tangent in the investigation due to the false confession was also quite interesting because the suspect was such a complete oddball. I hope they kept a close eye on that young man after this case was resolved!

The narrator was a bit irksome to listen to because he did the reading in the accent of the region, which was thick and fairly difficult to understand. I have actually heard interviews of the parents of the victims on a television program, so I know that this accent was correctly performed, but that didn't make it easier to understand.

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Meh

I guess it wasnt my kind of book. The story drags on with information that has nothing to do with the main story. If it does, they could have cut it out. Too long for what it was. Reminded me of the crime mystery shows on the ID channel.

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Sometimes tedious but overall good

I love this author but at times this true crime, my favorite genre, got to bogged down in the technical aspects and there were so many people to follow. Overall very complete picture of the crime, area and police work done to solve these 2 murders and a crash course on the beginnings of DNA.

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enjoyed the mystery

listening to while commuting to work kept me on edge , even the narrator used convenient accents to express a point.

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  • Sandra Barber
  • 06-08-13

Ruined by an atrocious narrator

Fascinating and disturbing true story, very well written and researched. But the narrator is woeful. His attempts to deliver dialogue in a Leicester accent are so bad (think merseyside meets Somerset meets the Scottish highlands) that it is impossible to concentrate on the story. Shame.

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  • Paul Loseby
  • 04-15-15

Excellent book and very accurate accurate but

Would you listen to The Blooding again? Why?

Yes - it is a true account of what happened during the investigation into the deaths of two young teenage girls in the village where I live. All of the residents of the three small villages were affected and the men had to give blood for their dna to prove that they were not the murderer

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blooding?

The arrest of murderer Colin Pitchfork

Which character – as performed by George K. Wilson – was your favourite?

Derek Pearce - but as with every one of the people involved, the accents were wrong and 'not English'

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

This is the true account of how DNA profiling caught the killer of two schoolgirls in a small village in Leicestershire. It really is an excellent book but it is narrated by an American who pronounces so many things wrong and gets totally wrong accents and dialects. This book is still well worth listening to

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  • Ross Ferguson
  • 11-02-14

Think carefully.

What disappointed you about The Blooding?

The American narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blooding?

Switching it off.

How could the performance have been better?

By using a British narrator, please don't think that this is a xenophobic comment, however,this narrator's attempt at a Leicestershire accent made Dick Van Dyke's Cockney accent in Mary Poppins sound like it was dubbed by Ray Winston!!!!!!

What character would you cut from The Blooding?

N/A

Any additional comments?

Please rerecord this book again with a British narrator as it is a fascinating and historically important story.