The Complete Jack the Ripper

Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Fully updated and revised, Donald Rumbelow's classic work is the ultimate examination of the facts, theories, fictions, and fascinations surrounding the greatest whodunit in history.

Laying out all the evidence in the most comprehensive summary ever written about the Ripper, this book, by a London police officer and crime authority, has subjected every theory - including those that have emerged in recent years-to the same deep scrutiny.

The author also examines the mythology surrounding the case and provides some fascinating insights into the portrayal of the Ripper on stage and screen and on the printed page. More seriously, he also examines the horrifying parallel crimes of the Düsseldorf Ripper and the Yorkshire Ripper in an attempt to throw further light on the atrocities of Victorian London.

©2013 Donald Rumbelow (P)2018 Tantor

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The Best Jack the Ripper Book So Far

This is the book if you're interested in Jack the Ripper. Very detailed, explained in an easy to understand manner. There's not many Jack the Ripper non-fiction audio books so we're lucky we've got the best one out there now. Highly recommend.

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Exhaustive

An absolutely masterful handling of the facts and myths surrounding Jack the Ripper. However, Rumbelow wanders off the path at the end covering other “ripper” type slayings which have nothing todo with “Jack”. There is no comparison between Rumbelow and every other Ripper historian.

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catch the facts if you can

Overall I enjoyed this book and I think my issues with it might have been less noticeable if I had read it instead of listening to an audiobook. My biggest complaint is that there isn't a section of the book that clearly lays out all the evidence complied about Jack at the time if the murders. There is a very detailed account about the difficulties of the case due to conditions and turmoil in the police department and very detailed information about the women's bodies. All other relevant evidence is presented as needed while talking about possible suspects. I found this made some of the conclusions hard to follow specifically as an audiobook because it's hard to know when the author is giving you a factual account of something or quoting some one else's lengthy account. It makes it difficult to follow overall because you don't have evidence to draw your own conclusions amd make judgements on how you feel about a theory being presented. The result is that you have to believe all the theories are wrong because the author says so and you don't have enough information to make your own theory. This also sort of leaves you with the feeling that the author believes you are more than casually aware of the ripper murders before ever picking up the book. My other issue is the book leaves you with the feeling that there was no point to the book. I picked this one to read specifically because the author doesn't try to solve the murders and instead presents all relevant information. However as I already said he never really coherently gives you all the evidence and instead seems to just be trying to say everyone is wrong. That coupled with the fact that the last section of the book talks about murders that were similar to the ripper case without ever making an argument for how that enlightens us at all leaves you with a since that there was no real coherence to the book.

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couldn't finish

The first part of this book wad ok, but when it started going through every single suspect, or person of interest it got to be way to much for me, I got lost in what he was talking about several times.

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Incredibly boring

I purchased this based on the reviews it received. I don't understand many of them. The detail is good, but the author goes way off track from the White Castle murders.

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Full Complete

greatly narrated,very strongly explored and close to all murders.Highly recommended if you want to decide on your own WHO Jack the ripper was.

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fantastic story

I found this book quite. interesting. I would recommend it. a great read all around.

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One of the few books I couldn’t even get through 2 chapters

The reader is obnoxious and the story is extremely boring. If I could return it I would. Major waste of my credit.

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Do You Understand Archaic English?

Anyone know what a tuppence is???? Me either. That is just one of hundreds of archaic English words and acronyms in this book. If you were living in 19th century England it would have been clear as day but as an American living in 2018 I found much of the content very frustrating to understand.

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