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This audiobook focuses on the countless theories that have been put forward with regard to the identity of the notorious Victorian serial killer and offers an extensive section presenting all the known facts in the case. It includes 30 essays by the most famous, often controversial Ripperologists putting forward their own theories.

It remains one of the few audiobooks to offer a series of alternative solutions to Jack the Ripper's identity and the truth behind the Whitechapel murders. But how many new theories and identities can researchers come up with?

©1999 Maxim Jakubowski (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Charmingly amateurish sniping

This book is an interesting collection of theories about Jack the Ripper from various sources. It gets slightly repetitive, as the canonical murders are rehashed, as are a few of the disputed killings. But it oddly helps to solidify the basic facts of the story in the listener's mind. At least it did for me.

What is most striking about the book (in its own way, quite entertaining) is the predictable pettiness that is rampant in any "ripperologist" discussion. There is a charming amateurishness to the collection. (Anyone who's listened to the Rippercast podcast, will understand completely).

Numerous essays start by touching on the wilful disdain by other authors regarding the facts of the case, how cocksure they are of their conclusions without any supporting evidence. This is usually followed by how, with their own intensive research, they have uncovered the truth. (Somehow, even though they all have intensive research, they come to wildly different conclusions, and all are confident in their conclusions. Go figure.) Others make sure to note their bona fides, and experience in the field of ripperology. It's kind of like long suffering Cubs fans, who bemoaned bandwagon jumpers in 2016. It's actually fun to hear the sniping though.

The oddest essay is probably the one that is essentially a love letter to Patricia Cornwell. One of the more prominent authors who has engaged in the behaviour mentioned in the previous paragraph, she's defended by one essayist, with no other real point to it.

Fun stuff, but not entirely informative regarding any one solution to the identity of Jack. And full disclosure, for my use, with digestible chapters of an hour or less, and each a separate essay, it's good material for insomnia. This is not a criticism that it's boring, but just convenient.

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  • Lilian Crossley
  • 12-05-15

All you ever wanted to know about Jack the Ripper

Would you listen to The Mammoth Book of the Jack the Ripper Stories again? Why?

I would listen again, particularly on a long drive, because I'm sure I missed some salient points by listening whilst sewing/doing housework/gardening. It would be good to listen without such distractions.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the various hypotheses - difficult to specify my particular favourite, as it would spoil the revelation - and had already read some of the books mentioned. Indeed, we once lived in Wilkes Street in London and Jack committed one of his gruesome murders at the end of that road - one of the reasons I became intrigued by the case.

Have you listened to any of Kris Dyer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Psychopath or conspiracy - consider the evidence . . .

Any additional comments?

A challenging read, particularly some if the descriptions of the injuries, but very thought-provoking with regard to the possible identity of Jack - or of the conspirators.

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  • Julie Brutnell
  • 09-28-16

A must for any ripperologist .

This book reveals the opinions of some prominent ripperologists on some of the ripper suspects

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-17-16

They all did it!

What did you like most about The Mammoth Book of the Jack the Ripper?

This book was fascinating. Like most people with a flirting knowledge of Jack the Ripper I am aware of the more outlandish theories of the case - royalty, mad doctor, conspiracy etc - and I enjoy the odd documentary if I catch it on TV but this is the first time I have truly listened to something with the desire to learn more. I had no idea there were so many honest to goodness REAL possibilities for the identity of the Ripper.

Each author put their chosen suspect and accompanying argument across in such a way that I was truly convinced by the end of each essay that that person had done it. A bit frustrating I will admit but very eye opening at the same time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mammoth Book of the Jack the Ripper?

One of the writers pulled the rug out from under us at the very end of their 'case'. Quite clever and funny to be honest. I don't want to spoil it so I won't say exactly what it was.

Have you listened to any of Kris Dyer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't. But I wouldn't mind searching out some more of his work.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was quite disturbing. After all it is dealing with the deaths - gruesome and barbaric - of real women. I found it quite sad and in some cases I found myself wanting to cry and feeling fretful for the fear and desperation that these poor women must have experienced in their last moments - especially when what was being hypothesised was the killer being someone they knew.I think sometimes it is too easy to forget or at least soften the thought that these were real living breathing women.

Yes these crimes happened over a hundred years ago but this book really brought home (for me at least) the fact that they had lives that were cruelly brought to an end.

Any additional comments?

An excellent eye opening piece of work that left me wanting to learn more and yet slightly unsettled too.

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  • mrs_v
  • 10-09-17

Alternative opinions on infamous crimes.

Really good performance from the narrator, switching voices with ease and not sounding too ridiculous. The essays themselves are a mixed bag, some interesting, some make a good point, some obnoxious. If anything this book is a window into the Ripperology community with the investigators or historians serving as the main characters, some of them coming across almost comically arrogant in their convictions. Many myths are quashed, yet some of the writers are reluctant to drop some ideas, but then will alter facts to shoe horn their suspects into the Ripper role. Enjoyable enough.

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  • Tom McDermid
  • 03-03-17

Interesting

Gives a comprehensive overview of the murders and their context.
The essays set out a number of the theories and the suspects.
Well worth a listen