The Big Book of Serial Killers

An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers - 150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers
Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
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There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk, and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires, and monsters, and they walk among us.

These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day-to-day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader's, the fathers, husbands, church-going members of the community.

This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal reference audiobook. Included are the most famous true crime serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, and not to mention the women who kill, such as Aileen Wuornos, and Martha Rendell. There are also lesser known serial killers, covering many countries around the world, so broad is the range.

Each of the serial killer files includes information on when and how they killed the victims, the background of each killer, or the suspects in some cases, such as the Zodiac killer, their trials and punishments. For some there are chilling quotes by the killers themselves. The Big Book of Serial Killers is an easy-to-follow collection of information on the world's most heinous murderers.

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GREAT FOR TRUE CRIME DEVOTÉES, BUT....

........this is a 5-Star PRINTED book but just a 2-Star AUDIOBOOK. You get all the serial killing that you could hope for, with several spree killers thrown in. Narrator Kevin Kollins is absolutely perfect for this genre.

So what’s the problem? Well, it’s written in outline form, making it difficult fully appreciate in audio. The author presents each killer in a non-chronological database form, which references and cross-references their crimes, which is often redundant. Also, he lists “Murder Victims” (by name and age), “Offenses” (including murder), and a “Timeline of Murders”. This is alright, albeit redundant, if there are less than 5 victims. However, in the case of prolific serial killers like Ted Bundy, Gary Greenway, and John Wayne Gacy, you will zone out by victim 10. Lord help you if there are 30+ victims! Or, in the case of Chinese, Korean, or South American killers (don’t ask me their names!) who killed as many as 100 people in their native countries......well, I think you get where I’m going with this.

This book makes a better hard-copy version because the reader can skim or totally skip over the lists which add nothing to the accounts unless you’re a researcher. You get a pretty thorough synopsis in the narrative backstory included with exact killer.

I am going to return the audio version and just buy the print version. I suggest you do the same. This is a great READ but an almost impossible LISTEN.

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gets pretty old

the book is great for learning about serial killers but it has some major flaws.

they read the victims names, and then read the names again with the date they were murdered. one chapter was 20 minutes long and 90% of it was spent reading off the 150 victims twice.

And I might be wrong, but I don't recall them talking about H. H. Holms, which is ludicrous if they didn't include him

There are some chapters that are very interesting but most are very lack luster

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A great resource! Both chilling and fulfilling!!

Brrrr.This is a great resource for anyone interested in serial killers. Like the title says it covers 150 of these cold-hearted killers. There are killers from all over the world profiled here, many famous, many not so well know. All I can say is that you had really better have a strong constitution as this is not for the faint-hearted or those of the weak stomach. It can be down right chilling.

This book covers intricate details about each individual, including their stalking/hunting habits, their trials, things they said, and so forth.You don't get a thumbnail, you get a complete rundown on these people. It almost comes across as one of those alphabet agencies dossiers. I don't you could ask for more information, even if you had an individual book done on these monsters, one by one. Each profile is concise and tight, but not bare-bones by any means.

Additionally, Kollins cranks out his narration to a point that it is almost like listening to Unsolved Mysteries, and that is a good thing. He is on point of his descriptive prose narration, and he brings the details to life.

I would suggest this to anyone who is a fan of true crime, serial killers, unsolved mysteries, or even shows like Hannibal and Dexter. It is both frightening and fascinating all at the same time.

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The Big Book of Serial Killers

The Big Book of Serial Killers: An Encyclopedia of Serial Killers - 150 Serial Killer Files of the World's Worst Murderers
: Jack Rosewood

Thïs book is exactly what it says it is, an encyclopedia of serial killers. It gives basic information on many serial killers. With this being said, it doesn't translate well to audio book format unless all you want is to go through hours of listening in alphabetical order. I would like to read the e-book version. Jack Rosewood is an expert on this subject!




The narration was well done by Kevin Kollins.



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

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This Audio Book Is Incredible

From the moment I started to listen I was hooked !!! Very detailed and concise, there were moments I would stop and return the next day. This is by far one the best audio books I have listened to. I am looking forward to listening to more by Jack Rosewood, bravo Mr. Rosewood!!!!

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Keyword . . . ENCYCLOPEDIA


For those expecting some sort of storyline, bear in mind that this IS as the title suggests, an encyclopedia. So therefore, its also going to be read/sound like one too. Not exactly the sort of thing one would normally sit and listen to straight from beginning to end....thus it will be much more enjoyable for you doing that in increments.

Having said that, it is VERY informative as far as getting a basic rundown of nearly every killer you can possibly think of. And then some. Its wonderful for prompting further study in a case that you may be unfamiliar with, and perhaps might want to delve deeper into.

There were several that peaked my interest for sure. You could easily relisten to this one again, because there is SOOO much information. I also thought the narrator was pretty well suited for this audiobook. :)

I recieved this audiobook at no cost to me in exchange for an honest opinion. I think I might get this book (paper) for the bookshelf...nice handy reference guide. Some things are just better in print so you can look things up as needed.

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Interesting - but not for audio

THe info is interesting but take the word "encyclopedia" seriously. Not much more than overviews. And I was highly frustrated with narration

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Great stories, great listen..

I have purchased many of Jack's works, and this one rates right up there with the others. I look forward to the long drive to and from work now. I wake up in the morning and de-stress on the way home as these stories put me right there with them. Kevin Kollins is a great narrator. He really brings the stories full circle. I defiantly recommend this and any other of Rosewood's works.

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Long drawn out, not at all Riveting<br />

Struggled to finish it, quite boring. Wish I hadn't had bought it at all. Would love to Swap though

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Amazing

It was interesting and educational. Loved the facts and history. Very intriguing to read. I will get more on your books

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  • Noemie
  • 01-21-18

Deliberate Timewaster

This could have been such a good and interesting book, but it just annoyed me more and more as time went on and I had to stop listening to it because it was driving me mad!!!
I bought a book boasting 17 hours and 36 minutes playtime but the author or publisher has sadly used really irritation and ( my opinion only ) underhand tactics to extended the length of a shorter book, there are gaps between the chapter's that are so long I kept thinking me timer was up, then it would pop into life again!! But by far the most annoying thing is that the list of each killers victims is repeated twice for some unaccountable reason, perhaps they believe the listener has short term memory loss!!
My view is that I would have preferred to spend my money on a book that doesn't waste my time like this, there are much better books out there that don't use these tactics to sell themselves, use your money or credit to buy one of those instead.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-22-18

Awful

It’s literally a reference book 😩 serious error of judgement by me, it’s robot talk too.

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  • Alana
  • 02-22-18

Not good

Really not impressed with this book. The guy narrating sounds so robotic and boring. His tone stays the same throughout. This is the type of book you are really going to benefit from reading rather than listening to. Will be returning

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  • Chris Welch
  • 10-04-19

Struggled with the monotone voice

I'm sure as a book this is an interesting read, as an audiobook however it's hard going. The book is read by someone who clearly is just doing his job, he lacks any emotional connection to the subject matter and is dull. Clearly he made an effort with the pronunciation of the Chinese locations yet didn't bother to learn how to pronounce Gloucestershire or other English locations making it gratingly poor to listen to.

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  • Catherine
  • 06-10-20

Brilliant!

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Very insightful and I will definitely look into buying more

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  • john robson
  • 11-06-19

The big book

great encyclopedia only bit I skipped was Harold Shipman because the names went on and on and on and on and on

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  • John
  • 05-12-19

A real thriller

This audiobook is as captivating as it is chilling. But then, the stories of serial killers are usually of that sort. This book details the profile of some of the most notorious predatory humans, their activities, victims, lair/tactics, etc. Be sure, the stories here are not for the faint-hearted.
However, this book is excellent for those who can handle their scary stories, and also love True Crime.

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  • K.D.K 1971-1980-2006
  • 03-15-18

Shorts of information on various Serial Killers

I enjoyed listening to this in the car, interesting and informative about different serial killers.

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  • bigjim78
  • 01-29-18

Great book

Very fascinating and learned alot about some of the most deplorable crimes imaginable, great audio book

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  • Benjy
  • 06-11-19

Creepy, yet thrilling!

This book has so much details on serial killers. Sometimes it is difficult to understand the mindset behind the grevious evil perpetrated by these twisted folks, however, listening to the details of their lives sometimes put everything into perspective. This kind of closure (not the best words, but close. Nothing can rationalize the twisted nature of serial killers!) is what this book offers by shedding light on some intricate details about the serial killers, their victims, and the role of the law enforcement agencies.
I think the narrator decided to use a slightly creepy tone to capture the darkness of the stories being told, and it was a good choice in my opinion.
Overall, this book is intriguing, engaging, and tells of some of the craziness that still exists in this world.

I received this book as a free review copy, and this is my unbiased opinion about it.

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  • Liz
  • 09-17-17

Disturbingly awesome...

A detailed account of bizarre human behaviour. Gruesome, yet, I couldn't stop reading and it left me thinking, we all have the capacity to kill if you could just remove that little bit of your mind called a conscience. Highly recommended read for true crime fans!

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  • Sandra M Platypus
  • 07-13-18

not what i expected.

very short description of each one, no search facility, not good format for an audiobook

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  • Kimberley
  • 03-14-18

Interesting topic, wrong platform

Well researched but not really written in a format that works as an audio book. The endless lists and repetition get dull and confusing.

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  • Sue.Armstrong
  • 12-27-18

Yeah nah not for me.

I was pretty disappointed with this book most of the true crime books I purchase or really good but this one was really quiet boring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-18

crap

crap book tape so repetitive ,. do not buy it so bad hope he dies