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Publisher's Summary

Real Life Evil is the first book in a compelling series of true-crime short stories for listeners who don't have time for a full-length novel.

"Hiding in Plain Sight" is the chilling account of serial killer Jack Unterweger, one of the most clever, manipulative predators of the 20th century...and the most dangerous.

"A Message from the Grave" examines the events surrounding the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders, a case which would spawn the largest murder investigation in Long Island, New York's history as an elusive serial killer continues to elude authorities.

©2013, 2017 Kim Cresswell (P)2017 Kim Cresswell

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Short and not so sweet listen!

I enjoyed listening to this book, though, it’s quite gruesome at times....to be expected given the subject matter. It’s well written, short and to the point, and clear the author did her homework. The narration is very good, too. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Interesting cases

I enjoyed hearing about these cases. I saw an episode of People Investigates on The Long Island Killer, so I didn't hear anything I didn't already know. Her research seems thorough. If you want to hear a story that states just the facts, this book is for you. The narration was professional and the narrator had a pleasant voice.

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An easy listen on a disturbing subject

I enjoy these type of books. The narrator was a perfect choice. A good listen.

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Listeners will be fascinated and apalled equally.

The details are in the subtitle. This is a True Crime Quickie. This Audiobook is only 52 minutes long and can easily be listened to during a person's commute to work or even on your lunch hour. Well...maybe not during your lunch hour since you might just lose your appetite.

There are two stories about serial killers contained in this audiobook, one I had never heard of before and one that I had.

The first story details the crimes of Jack Unterweger whose crimes took place in Europe during the time that everyone in North America was fixated on the OJ murder trial. This man, Jack Unterweger was a true sicko and listeners will be shocked at the failure of the justice system in his case. It is actually fascinating and well written.

The second serial killer highlighted in this audiobook is possibly scarier than the first one. Why? He (or she - but statistically probably a he) has never been caught. This is about the Gilgo Beach Murders, also known as the "Long Island Killer."

This audiobook will both fascinate and apal reads in equal measure. Be forewarned that this book is not for the faint of heart.

I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐. The book itself deserves a 5 Star rating, however, the reason I did not give this a five star rating has to do with the narration. It was good, but I believe it could have been better. When detailing the deaths of the women involved, the narrator's voice was flat. It did not seem to radiate the empathy one would expect to hear.

With that said, I do recommend this book to anyone interested in true crime and in serial killers in general.

*Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of this Audiobook.*

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makes you stop and think

this book is very informative and full of facts. it makes you stop and think about the people that you have contact with. I am always interested in serial killers and how their minds work. I was unaware of the number of serial killers that walk around among normal people and never get caught.

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Awesome Quick True Crime

This is a audiobook for true crime book lovers that don't have the time to listen or read a full length book. This first book centers on two stories, the first being, "Hiding in Plain Sight" that focuses serial killer Jack Unterweger and his most dangerous but clever, simplistic methodology to lure and kill his prey. The second, "A Message From the Grave", still haunts Long Island New York, it is the Gilgo Beach murders in which they still to this day have not caught the person responsible. Both stories are told very well and with the right amount of detail, book narrator Jason Fella keeps it professional but pleasing with a wonderful voice for these stories there is a creep factor but one that is supposed to be there not one that is added to spook you. The crime scene details and other technical aspects are explained well so everyone can understand. This is really a outstanding quick book for the true crime lover in your life.

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Informative

Would you listen to Real Life Evil again? Why?

Yes. In case I missed some detail

What does Jason Fella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice adds to the eerieness of the crimes.

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

No. You need time between stories to process all the information.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed it.

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real life evil is much scarier than fiction

Quick book that delves into the life of a serial killer, as well as some unsolved murders. Scary stuff...especially knowing that it’s not fiction.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.