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Real Crime

Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Britain's most chilling crimes are brought sensationally to life in this compelling new series, using court room transcripts, police interviews, 999 calls, secret audio recordings and eye witness testimonies. With new insights into those responsible - from the shocking murders and manhunt of Raoul Moat to Jamie Bulger's killers - this show is not for the easily disturbed. 

This immersive, revealing and often shocking series explores some of the UK's most infamous crimes. Featuring sophisticated sound design, exclusive new interviews and creative use of news archive, the show brings fresh perspectives on the crimes that shocked Britain.

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  • Admiralu
  • 01-10-2018

Outstanding British Crime Series

This is a superb series about several crimes which challenged how the British view crime and punishment. Sadly, we in the US are all to familiar with several of these. These cases shocked and horrified that country. Hear what happened and the changes made. Riveting.

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  • Gina Vansickle
  • 16-02-2019

Hate the Sound Effects and music.

I download books to hear them read. Not for theatrical embellishment. It is distracting and unnecessary to have music in the background and sound effects. It is really irritating having more noise. If I am reading a book I do not turn on the radio or tv. I am looking for a peaceful experience not more noise.

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  • Matias Vossen
  • 19-09-2018

A unique kind of audiobook

This is not a usual audiobook, as this is about real events of crimes. The way this was told is amazing. Interesting! Plus the added background music adds some touch to the audiobook!

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  • FredyMcfly
  • 01-06-2019

Entertaining

Not the better stories but real ones, had a nice production and is his narration is very good

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  • James M. Orlando
  • 02-09-2019

Unforgettable - not in a good way

This is a professionally made audio program describing events surrounding and the incident of each crime. The case is well detailed and the actual audio clips do an excellent job of making the events feel real and current.

Personally, I prefer to read (listen to) fiction, because I've never heard of many of these cases - as they're all from the UK and I am not - and they really remind the listener how awful humans are to each other.

The voice acting and narration are perfect. It feels like you're listening to a news documentary.

Theoretically, providing these stories will help prevent future crimes of this nature through increasing awareness.

This incident in particular stopped me from continuing to listen to the series. I can't subject myself to more stories about harming and murdering children. The warnings before the program begins should be taken seriously. Hearing the actual confession from a ten year old admitting to murdering a two year old is not something I expect I will forget.

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  • Joseph Oh
  • 20-08-2019

Inaccurate

Being a fan of true crime, thought I would give this a try. Had to stop after the second story, which was full of inaccuracies. In speaking about the Louise Woodward case (where a British nanny shook a baby) they relied heavily on quotes from defense lawyes rather than on the testimony of physicians in regards to Abusive Head Trauma (previously known as “Shaken Baby Syndrome”). As a pediatrician with training in the field of child abuse, I can tell you that the reported injuries are absolutely consistent with Abusive Head Trauma. Unfortunately, their coverage of this case appeared to have some bias, perhaps owing to the fact that this was produced by a British company.

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  • jimi hinds
  • 21-09-2019

very boring book and hated The voice, it wasn't a

the book was very boring I hated The voice it wasn't even interesting dumb don't get it

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  • Jo Hanson
  • 19-09-2019

I believe that I have already rated this book

I love Murder stories. I have a already heard these stories previously. I have deep empathy for people who have been victims of crime and murder as I and my family have been in a situation where we have been affected by it as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-2019

Always enjoy

I feel odd saying this but I enjoy these stories, as much as anyone can. Narrated well and I feel there aren’t a lot of details left out.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-2019

1st book ever listened to.

I am completely new to this. This was my 1st experience and it was an excellent one. I really really loved listening to this and can't wait to try another book out. Very exciting!!!

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  • Nigel
  • 17-03-2018

Sadness is guaranteed :(

I’m not usually interested in listening to real crime and I seldom watch the News either, as it is always so depressing. Though after enjoying ‘West Cork’, another real crime documentary, which I originally thought was going to be a fictional audio-drama decided to give ‘Real Crime’ a try. It’s free so can always delete it after a few minutes, but I didn’t.

There’s ten episodes and they are all really well produced by ITN:

01. The Philpotts
02. The Story of Louise Woodward
03. Playing with My Killer
04. The Jamie Bulger Story
05. The Story of Raoul Moat
06. The Bus Stop Rapist
07. The Hungerford Massacre
08. Sarah Payne’s Killer
09. The Ipswich Murders
10. The Wimbledon Common Killer

As you can see none of the episodes are going to be uplifting or happy, sadness is guaranteed so best make sure you are in the right frame of mind beforehand.


FAO Audible: I’m confused, in the narrative it says: “from the murderous marriage of Fred and Rose West to Jamie Bulger's killers”. Though there isn’t an episode on Fred and Rose West, where's it gone?

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  • Robin - Audible Editor
  • 28-02-2018

So chilling!

I binged this series really quickly. I listen to a lot of true crime and these episodes were really compelling, containing real audio from 999 calls and other great material. Not for the faint-hearted!

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  • Helen Donnelly
  • 03-05-2018

Excellent - sad, sensitive, shocking, gripping

Some very tough stories told very well with sensitivity and respect. I can't believe I had forgotten about some of these.

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  • kerstie osborne
  • 09-08-2019

Gripping and brilliantly told

Bite sized episodes made my commute much less boring! Loved it.
Shame it was only 10 episodes!
I didn't manage to listen to Jamie Bulger episode as it was very upsetting to hear. All the others I really enjoyed.

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  • eric
  • 06-08-2019

brilliant

good story well said could understand each word looking forward to other stores on this book


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  • patrick
  • 01-08-2019

really interesting listening

Real insight into real stories. Really interesting to listen to. Enjoyed this series, would be interested in another

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  • Sasperella
  • 24-02-2019

An intense listen.

A very intense listen and was disappointed when it had finished. Very informative and not for the faint hearted.

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  • Charlotte Fox
  • 26-07-2019

Absolutely Amazing

I felt as if I was watching the news. Felt like it was bought to life.

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  • Karen Bull
  • 17-07-2019

short and sweet

it's just like a little review of old news stories. gives a little bit of insight on how investigations were done.

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  • Our Tim
  • 10-04-2018

Chillingly brilliant

Would you listen to Real Crime again? Why?

Yes - based on real world stories, you can find out more about some of these horrific crimes online which challenge your perception, both from what you read and what you hear in this series.

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

The very start of the series, with the 999 call from the Philpotts and the narrative of the Hungerford Massacre

Any additional comments?

Chilling. Honest. Unbelievable. One I'd recommend to anyone.

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