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The Serial Killer Books

15 Famous Serial Killers True Crime Stories That Shocked the World
Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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Publisher's Summary

There are reasons why some of the most famous serial killers in the world have names that stick in our memories, send shivers up our spines, make us double-check to make sure the doors are locked at night, and maybe peek under the bed to be sure nothing is lurking there before we turn off the lights.

These are monsters who are real, whose crimes are so reprehensible, so horrific, that they become seared in our memories.

For this true crime anthology, we've combed the serial killer files to give you a closer, more intimate look at some of the worst of the worst from the world of serial killer, combining multiple stories into one perfect late-night book that's just the thing to keep you up at night, unable to stop listening.

For those who love criminology, who can't put down the latest true crime stories, this collection of stories rivals the best serial killer books, and give you deeper insight into killers ranging from the charismatic, cunning Ted Bundy to the long-abused Aileen Wuornos, whose unimaginable troubles finally came to a very violent head.

This diverse collection of serial killer stories, culled from the annals of history, is an ideal choice for the true crime buff who wonders why the monsters of our imaginations came to life and walked the streets, lurking in dark corners to wait for their next victim.

©2017 LAK Publishing (P)2017 LAK Publishing

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  • Rhonda
  • 16-07-2017

So many well known serial killers in one book.

What made the experience of listening to The Serial Killer Books the most enjoyable?

These are serial killers most of us have heard of. There is a lot of information on the killers and their crimes but it doesn't drag on. The cases move from one to another and I got sucked right in from one case to the next.

What about Kevin Kollins’s performance did you like?

Kevin was a good narrator. His voice and the way he read was perfect for this type of book.

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

There were so many terrible cases here that one couldn't help but be horrified and saddened several times.

Any additional comments?

For anyone interested in serial killers, this is a must read. These are stories you would have heard of and are somewhat familiar with. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Mandymay💄👠👛
  • 06-07-2017

More Terrifying Than a Horror Movie

Jack Rosewood really did his research with this book.
I watch a fair amount of gruesome tv and some of these cases had me anxiety ridden and on edge at work.
I usually listen at night alone.. that didn't happen with this book.
I had to turn it off and finish when the sun came up.
I'm familiar with most of the high profile cases and maybe a little desensitized due to all the media coverage but Jack still managed to shock me with some of the world's most horrendous sadistic killers.
This book is well written and extremely graffic.
Kevin kollins did do a great job narrating this horrifying book but..
I didn't like the long pause in between chapters.
I still think it's worth a credit.
And I have to give it 5 stars just on the scare factor alone.
I requested this book in exchange for my honest review

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  • spacechick365
  • 13-07-2017

Interesting true stories

Jack Rosewood has a knack for telling stories about serial killers and making them even more interesting than they already were. He goes into just enough detail to be able to imagine the horrific events without going so far that you don't want to hear any more. Great read!

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  • in1ear (John Row)
  • 22-06-2017

Serial Killers Compilation

What did you love best about The Serial Killer Books?

If you have an interest in True Crime,Jack Rosewood's books are easy to listen to. He takes the most salient aspects of the cases and presents them in an interesting manner.

What did you like best about this story?

I am interested in True Crime non fiction. My interest is in an attempt to understand the acts that people like Gacy, Bundy, Dahmer perpetrate. I enjoy in depth work, sure. But the important aspects that Rosewood presents in his writings I enjoy too.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Kollins – was your favorite?

This is presented as narrative. Kevin Kollins isn't portraying characters. He has an easily listened to voice, good pronunciations, interesting presentation.

Any additional comments?

This is the fourth or fifth book I have listened to by Jack Rosewood.

Thanks for the opportunity to listen and to offer my opinions on this work!

A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

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  • Michael Rubino
  • 10-08-2017

If you Like True Crime, then you will Love This

If you could sum up The Serial Killer Books in three words, what would they be?

Good True Crime

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Serial Killer Books?

The Murder Castle was particularly interesting because I grew up just outside of Chicago and had no idea about this history until I heard it in the audiobook.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Kollins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't, but he was very good. Articulate with good pacing.

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

I was extremely appalled at the way a human being could so callously take the life of another without remorse.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book for free by the author/producer for an unbiased review of the material.

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  • Christine Newton
  • 26-07-2017

3.5* - large collection of crime stories

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What I enjoyed about this collection is that it included crimes spanning a wide period of time (the late 19th century until recently). I was familiar with many of the criminals discussed in the story, but I'm always interested in hearing new or previously forgotten details so I have no problems whatsoever that the author mixed famous and less-famous cases. Another thing that I appreciate is that the narrator included references at the end of the book, for those of us who are interested in following up on some of the stories. (I wish more non-fiction audiobooks included audio or pdf versions of references/further reading...)

There are only two reasons why I didn't give this collection a higher rating. Firstly, the stories were uneven regarding the amount of information - some were very very brief and others gave us a much more complete picture of people, events, motives, aftermaths, and so on. I would have preferred that the brief stories were expanded to give us a complete picture of the crime. The other reason why I didn't give this collection a higher rating is because some details around (sexual) violence were included for sensational reasons in some stories (but not all) and they were disturbing to hear. I agree that people should know if extreme sexual violence occurs in a crime. However, there is absolutely no purpose to be served in disclosing how many inches the rapist shoved the broom handle up the victim's bloody genitals. It gives attention to criminals and it is disrespectful to victims of sexual violence, and I think it desensitizes people about sexual violence and may even encourage copycat or 'one-upping' behaviour among psychologically unstable readers who may be prone to violence. I agree with free speech and I enjoy reading true-crime stories, but I question the author's intention in disclosing the details of *extremely* brutal sex crimes (or details of crimes involving children as victims). Gosh, I sound like a prude here and I don't mean to be that way. I guess I'm just throwing a thought out there - how much details of violent sexual crimes are appropriate for a mass-market book on true crime... Some of the details went too far in this volume, in my personal opinion, but I acknowledge that everyone has different comfort thresholds.

(I was a young woman living in St. Catharines, Ontario, when Kristen and Leslie were kidnapped. In fact, I often rode my bicycle past the relatively isolated lake (Lake Gibson) where Leslie's body was discovered. In all the news stories that I read about Bernardo/Homolka, the details of the sexual torture were never disclosed in the media. I'm glad that the media held those specific details back from the public.)

The narration was great - no complaints at all! Kevin Kollins has a great voice for this genre...

I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • TinkerMel
  • 07-07-2017

this book was very well done!

Narration was spot on.
Plus there was so much information packed into this book. I listen to a lot of these types of books, and, I will say, that this one went into so much detail, that I was queasy listening to some of it. It also talked about past killers from our history, and detail about the survivors, victims and some of their family.

great listen. worth the credit if this is your thing.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Branden
  • 22-10-2019

Not a bad listen, wish it went a little more in depth though

Pretty basic information about the crimes and the killers, but it does make for great background noise while cleaning up the house!

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  • Jacqueline A.
  • 07-10-2019

great stories

this actually goes more into detail of the actual killings. the narrator has a great voice and great speed of reading

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  • Ann
  • 13-09-2019

Terribly organized

This book is poorly put together with some stories about serial killers being repeated over and over while others are mentioned as an aside. Fact are strewn about like blood droplets with very little meaning in each one. I did not learn anything new about these cases from the book and, if this is all I read about them, would know very little about any one case.

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  • lufae
  • 24-12-2018

amazing

great book. definitely worth it. kept me very interested and managed to get through it all in 2 days.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2018

random

no real order to it.
not happy with this book and will return. could be a great deal better

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  • sophie
  • 21-01-2018

15 Famous serial killer book audio

I loved listening to all of the stories mentioned. some I have heard about on tv however they only showed glimpse into the serial killer world such as what they did and why. however in these books, Jack goes onto explaining the full extent what happened to that person when younger, how and what they did and the after math of it all. Such a good listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-2018

addictive!!!

absolutely loved this book couldn't stop listening as it was lots of short chapters to keep me interested would strongly recommend

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  • Will1888
  • 16-11-2017

something new<br />

No matter what I think I know about serial killers I learned something new here

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  • Adam
  • 31-08-2017

Amazing

I loved it I always love all crime and serial killer stories and this is an amazing listen.

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  • John
  • 12-05-2019

Engaging book!

I first completed the big book of serial killers by this author, and I loved it. This book is equally as phenomenal. The details are just well done. The stories are well crafted and narrated to give the reader a realistic experience of the content. Excellent book.

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