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True Crime: Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2018

Annual True Crime Anthology, Book 3
Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
Series: Annual True Crime Anthology, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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Publisher's Summary

Murder, terrorism, and mass killings were prominent in the news for 2018, and in this true crime anthology, you will find the cases that made international headlines from January to the end of December. 

An entire year has been included in this audiobook, and as we go into 2019, it’s important to remember not only the shocking events that took place, but also to acknowledge the many that lost their lives at the hands of others this year.

The types of cases included are:

  • Serial killers
  • Family murders
  • Mass murders
  • School shootings
  • Major hacking incidents
  • Terrorist acts
  • Cold cases

There have been many advances in technology that has led to the uncovering on many suspects in cold cases, including the identity of the Golden State Killer, a secret that had remained hidden for decades. A number of cold case murders were solved this year, bringing an end to the torture the affected families and the investigators had endured for so many years.

Tragically, school shootings were still prevalent, and mass shootings seem to be on the rise. Terrorism struck many corners of the world, in a variety of ways, but results were swifter in identifying perpetrators and taking action.

Some of the featured events in this anthology include:

  • Marshall County High School shooting
  • The Turpin family
  • Larry Nassar and Harvey Weinstein
  • Coincheck hacking
  • Bruce McArthur - serial killer
  • Atlanta cyberattack
  • International spy poisonings
  • Scottsdale spree killings
  • Miles family murders
  • Murder of XXXTentacion
  • Pittsburgh synagogue massacre
  • Mail bombing

Plus many, many more. If you are a lover of true crime, and want an anthology to add to your collection, this is the audiobook for you.

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Reads like a news bulletin

I feel like this book has been rushed into production. It reads more like static news headlines of a bunch of different incidents and crimes that happened, month by month, last year, and lacked the finesse of a well written book.

I usually find myself immersed when listening to true crime but for me, this book lacked the ability to pull me in and hold my attention.

The book has a lot of content about terror attacks and religious extremist war but for me these are separate events to what I would consider True Crime.

There is also a large piece on Harvey Weinstein which I feel was written very impersonally harkening back to the news headline feel I got from the book.

I feel like every bad thing that happened this year was crammed in to this book and for that, the essence and quality of the content, as I expected it to be, was lost.

I also had an issue with the narrator moving from one telling straight into another with out a clear cut pause between to signify the end of one piece and the start of the next.

Not a great book, rushed, impersonal content that would have been so much better if only a selection of cases were discussed and researched more thoroughly.

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  • Kevin Potter
  • 18-05-2019

Interesting, but mostly light on details.

As a fan of Jack Rosewood's Serial Killer books, I was excited to dig into this. Unfortunately, its lack of depth made this not nearly as enjoyable and informative as I had hoped.

Kevin Kollins gives us a solid narration. With this sort of book, vices and tempo changes are completely unnecessary, so I can't rate him on those factors. But his voice is generally pleasant to listen to and he speaks clearly with good pronunciation.

As always, Rosewood gives us clear, concise details and mostly sticks to the facts that are relevant and interesting. There is very little in the way of rambling or voicing his personal opinions.

That fact, however, might also be part of the problem.

With the notable exceptions of the Weinstein affair and the Golden State Killer (and a handful of others that I didn't actually know about before), each case offers very little information apart from names, dates, how many victims, and when the offender is set to go to trial.

While I do understand why the author chose to expand the text with the tiny bit of information available about pretty much every terrorist attack and major headline murder of 2018, a big part of me wishes he hadn't. With the sparsity of details, those cases didn't really add anything of value to the book.

However, those few cases with actual details definitely made the book a worthwhile read. Prior to this I didn't actually know very much about the Golden State Killer, so this was a nice overview to take a look at.

And while I had previously had doubts about the validity of the plethora of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, there is more than enough information here to convince me that at least some of the "Me too" movement does hold some truth. Which saddens me, but I'm also very glad that these women will at last see justice done.

So, in the end, I am disappointed by the general lack of detail in most of the cases, but if you like reading general True Crime or just enjoy Jack Rosewood's reporting style, this is definitely a book you'll want to pick up. However, if you read True Crime primarily for serial killer stories or prefer a lot of depth and detail, then this might not be the one for you.

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  • Courtney Odor
  • 14-05-2019

Edge of your seat reading!

First I have to start off by saying that this book was given to me free of charge for a review of the audiobook, but as always, this does not change my opinion and will not determine how I review the book or the rating that I give it.

Let me start off by saying that crime books are my favorite, but True Crime is even better.

The storyline is great, the narrator was perfect for this. All around a great job.

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  • Coninah Richbow
  • 04-11-2019

Great book

very very great book so many detailes cant wait to read the next book

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  • Walter
  • 22-08-2019

Great collection of stories; excellent narration.

This true crime book is about as good as they get! The author has carefully selected some of the most impacting crime stories (homicides) from the past year, and has mixed it up into something of an art. The narrator also deserves some kudos for a clear and suspenseful narration. A great way to summarize some of the craziness we left behind.
Excellent work.

I got this book for free upon my request from the author. This review is just an expression of my thoughts on the book.

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  • Brittany
  • 01-07-2019

Great recap of 2018

I enjoyed listening to all of the crime stories that took place in 2018. I love how they begin in January and work through the year. I liked how it included major and minor news stories in addition to terror reports for each month. I received this book for free for an honest review.

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  • michael martins
  • 05-06-2019

Quick Synopsis of some of the top crimes in 2018

This book was interesting but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. This doesn't really get in depth on any of the crime stories it is more of a brief synopsis of each crime and then on to the next. It is a good refresher of the year in crime and there were a couple of the stories I wasn't familiar with at all.

The narration was pretty well done by Kevin Kollins, I would of liked more of a pause/break between each story, it sometimes took me a second to realize that we had moved on to another one.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • vanita Thornton
  • 30-05-2019

this book was given to me at my request for review

the narrator did a good job of reading yet I had a hard time finishing it. I don't like hearing about children being abused.

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  • Jeff & Sabrena
  • 30-05-2019

Very brief summaries

Events are organized by month with a very brief description of each case more or less chronologically and a listing of acts of terrorism at the end of each chapter. There is very little detail included for each case.

Kevin Kollins' narration is competent and professional.

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

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  • Shannon G
  • 23-05-2019

Summarizes the Worst Crimes in 2018

I've enjoyed true crime stories for many years. Jack Rosewood is a name I look for for quality retelling of some of the worst crimes committed. This book has summaries of the worst crimes in 2018 from around the world. There's not a lot of detail but enough to let you know what happened. In only 10 hours, Mr Rosewood covers many crimes so an in-depth telling is not possible. I still enjoyed listening to the overviews. Just know that the stories in this book are not in-depth tales but the top details only. The narration by Kevin Kollins is well done. He has a clean and clear voice and he reads at a nice pace. Overall, if you enjoy true crime stories then you'll most likely enjoy this one. Check it out.

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

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  • Kayla Krantz
  • 18-05-2019

Interesting Compilation

I love true crime so when I saw this audiobook, I thought it would be a good listen. And it was. It’s an interesting compilation of the wicked things that 2018 had to offer. There are things ranging from school shootings to neglectful parents to sadistic murder in places all over the world.

While I thought it was fascinating to have a look into so many different crimes, it got a little monotonous after a couple of hours listening to it. I think with a little more depth to each case, it might’ve made it a bit more entrancing.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Georgia. A
  • 18-07-2019

Excellently detailed true crime stories!

The author of this book definitely did their research! There is just so much detail in every story. Everything is considered, to give the listener a full overview of what happened, why it happened, and how it happened. Some of the stories are slightly disturbing to imagine, especially since the narrator brings the stories to life in a manner fit for a documentary. It also shows how violence and mental instability is still prevalent in our society, and leaves the question of "how will this stop?" ringing in the listener's mind. A truly insightful experience.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review; however, the views expressed above are completely mine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-2019

24 hour boring bulletin

One rolls into another like a constant headline. Voice is almost one tone. No excitement of drama. I love this kind of thing but this one was not for me

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  • Benjy
  • 10-05-2019

Frightening, yet fascinating!

This audiobook presents some of the most popular homicide cases from 2018. The story-telling is especially captivating, and it brings the cases to life. It is hard to imagine how crazy the world is, and I always like to be in the know. The content of this audiobook, and the stories show the amount of work the author put into finding facts, dates, and the tiniest of details to make this book unique.

I love it, and look forward to more true crime books from the author.

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  • James.M
  • 07-07-2019

True crime throwback

Epic book! The details, narration and stories in this book are off the charts. 2018 was a year with lots of events, and the crazy crime rates too were equally significant. While I found a few of the stories in this book familiar, there were some new details I also learnt. The way the stories are developed makes the book even more interesting, while still frightening. As a true crime fan, who craves the thrill of a good crazy story, I'll say this book didn't disappoint.

Disclaimer: this book was given to me for free, as a review copy at my request. I found the book interesting and informative, and decided to leave this voluntary review about it.