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Fred and Rose Audiobook

Fred and Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors

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Publisher's Summary

The true crime bestseller about Fred and Rose West a couple virtually unique in British criminal history - who loved and killed together as husband and wife.

During their long relationship the Wests murdered a series of young women, burying the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of their teenage daughter, Heather.

What was left of Fred West's eight-year-old stepdaughter was dug up from under the Wests' previous Gloucester home; his first wife and nanny were buried in open country outside the city. Several victims had been decapitated and dismembered, their remains showing signs of sexual torture. These twelve are just the ones the police found when the Wests were arrested in 1994. There may be more whose bones have not been located.

Howard Sounes broke the first major story about the Wests as a journalist, and covered the murder trial of Rosemary West, before writing this, the classic book about the case.

Beginning with Fred's and Rose's bizarre childhoods, Sounes charts their lives and crimes in forensic detail, creating a fascinating and truly frightening account of a marriage soaked in blood.

©1995 Howards Sounes (P)2013 Oakhill Publishing

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    Dani 16/09/2015
    Dani 16/09/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    The guy who read the book is fantastic with accents and voices. Brought the characters to life (or death?!?).
    Awful tale, I'm glad they were caught. So many shattered lives....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 29/03/2015
    Monica 29/03/2015
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    "Mind Blowing"

    as disturbing as the story is, it is a very interesting and couldnt put the book down. another seriel killing family and how the system failed all the victims

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sonya 29/07/2016
    sonya 29/07/2016
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    "Fascinating"
    Where does Fred and Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    pretty high up


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fred and Rose?

    all of it


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Oliver – was your favourite?

    the whole story


    Any additional comments?

    the narrator was very clear and concise and matter of fact. very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jillian Ellenbrook, Australia 02/01/2016
    Jillian Ellenbrook, Australia 02/01/2016
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    "Very Good Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fred and Rose to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio edition as I am not able to find time to sit with a book but this I could listen to whilst driving etc


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fred and Rose?

    The best parts were knowing the background to both of their upbringing and how this shaped their minds and lives and drew them together in a sadistic way, quite compelling story not one to go to sleep with though.


    What about Jonathan Oliver’s performance did you like?

    I liked Jonathan Oliver's performance he tells it well


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

    This is not a book to listen to in one sitting but rather a few


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Suzy
    21/06/15
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    "Gripping, Respectful, Candid"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fred and Rose to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narration contributed to the realism, in my opinion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was very matter of fact and respectful- a constant reminder that real people died. The facts of the story are so beyond normal it would be easy to slip into believing this was fiction, perhaps more comfortable viewing it that way. This is a challenging read it has to be said.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The Author's summary at the end is an excellent end to a very difficult but gripping read


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

    I found the book very emotional. The author, quite fittingly, built a picture of the girls who fell victim to Fred & Rose and I was very upset despite already knowing their fates as each one fell into the clutches of these predators.


    Any additional comments?

    I started this book wondering if the motivation to read it was just voyeurism. I'm still none the wiser, but feel now that people should read this book and others like it for lessons learned. We can never learn enough about how to pick up cues that indicate that a young person is in danger.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    1/02/14
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    "Fred And Rose"

    Sick Sick Sick!
    This is not for the faint hearted you need a strong stomach,
    This author has done a great job on getting all the information on Fred and Rose growing up it is fascinating to know about their childhood and how they met, you can see why they ended up dysfunctional has with many serial killers it always starts in childhood.
    A lot of people will know the story I have read the surviving daughter Ann Marie's book but there was still a lot I did not know about this couple great book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chloe Rennison
    13/10/14
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    "Very Interesting Listen"
    Where does Fred and Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was an extreamley interesting book, I really enjoyed listening to it, This is the kind of book I like, a book I can take something away from, or learn something from.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fred and Rose?

    Chapter 2 and 3 were highlights for me, learing about the childhood of both Fred and Rose, the detail and construction was rather good, and the actual content was quite fascinating.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Oliver – was your favourite?

    The character of Fred was very good, the whole book was an excelent performance on narrators part


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

    I would have very easily been able to listen to it in one sitting, but that is just not possible for me to do, but every spear minute I had I was listeing to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Jonathan Oliver was a treat to listen to, and the book itself was a great listen.... Really, really enjoyed it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    United Kingdom
    27/04/14
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    "The Depths of Depravity"
    What did you like best about Fred and Rose? What did you like least?

    It was not a question of liking or not liking the book, it was a matter of reading about an event in greater depth than afforded by reading the popular press at the time


    Would you be willing to try another book from Howard Sounes? Why or why not?

    Yes, in order to learn more of the ways of the World


    What about Jonathan Oliver’s performance did you like?

    It was a good reading of the dreadful subject


    Did Fred and Rose inspire you to do anything?

    Draw my virtual comfort blanket a little closer


    Any additional comments?

    I am getting to the end of my life and realise how the average person is ignorant of the wicked happenings going on around us. We should all be more vigilant and aware of the dangers lurking in the shadows in order to protect the more vunerable members of society. Having said that, what protection can be offered against pure evil?

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Howes
    22/05/15
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    "Very in depth and interesting"

    Well written, unbiased account of such awful crimes. Well narrated and gripping. I'd recommend to anyone that is interested in true crime.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anne-marie
    20/04/15
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    "thorough and excellent"

    very detailed, the trail of Rosemary was my favourite bit and the narrator was excellent

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Debra Smith
    4/03/15
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    "brilliant book."

    brilliant book, couldn't put it down, very interesting and full of factual details definitely worth a read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqui
    Macgregor, Australia
    14/01/14
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    "Great story, poor narration"
    Would you listen to Fred and Rose again? Why?

    A well researched detailed account of Fred and Rose West. The author has obviously gone to a lot of trouble to use the main part of the book only to tell the known facts, leaving an analysis until the epilogue. For anyone interested in this subject I would highly recommend this book - but buy the written work not this audible version.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Oliver’s performance?

    Unfortunately the narrator all but ruined this book for me. His style of "gambling" through a paragraph and then pausing was extremely annoying, and it was only the quality of the story that made me continue. I have never wished so much that I had bought the book. Unfortunately there were no audible reviews at the time of my purchase.


    Any additional comments?

    The author narrated the prologue and epilogue. A shame he did not do the whole book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Susanne
    Morkov, Denmark
    3/11/15
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    "Mindblowing"
    Would you listen to Fred and Rose again? Why?

    Yes. Beacuse I listen to all my audiobooks more than once. With this one it will be a while though. Only because it's facts and not fiction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fred and Rose?

    Halfway through I felt kind of more openminded towards the couple. Their upbringing was hard listening to. I don't believe anyone is born evil. But I forgot all about that as the story progressed, They were evil.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Oliver – was your favourite?

    In this case I don't have a favourite. Jonathan Oliver did a good job, though, all the way through.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to pick one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • aman ali
    27/08/15
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    "A good classic true crime novel"

    The author writes the book in a way where we know fred and roses whole life story from beginning to end. which also gives us an insight to what may have cause them to pursue this path of wickedness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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