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  • Black Widow: The True Story of Giggling Granny Nannie Doss

  • Written by: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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Publisher's Summary

In 1927, Charley Braggs arrived home to find two of his children dead. The doctor who observed the children in their last moments diagnosed food poisoning as the cause. There was no need for an autopsy. His wife, Nannie, blamed tainted grains as the source, but Charley wasn’t convinced.
 

Charley didn’t feel safe around his wife. In the middle of the night, he took his eldest daughter and ran for his life.
 

The outpouring of sympathy doubled for Nannie when they discovered her husband’s treachery. To her community, she was a sweet lady renowned for her cheerful disposition. But behind the facade was a much darker and sinister reality. A truth that four of her future husbands, two of her sisters, her mother, her mother-in-law, her nephew and her grandson would perilously discover.
 

Black Widow is a dramatic and chilling account of one of the most shocking true crime stories in American history. Ryan Green’s riveting narrative draws the listener into the real-live horror experienced by the victims and has all the elements of a classic thriller. 

Caution: This book contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to listen to this audiobook.

©2019 Ryan Green (P)2019 Ryan Green

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  • POLLY POIZENDEM
  • 2019-07-23

Don’t Always Trust Those Sweet Older Ladies!

I enjoy listening to these older cases from back in the day when killers were much less savvy in their methods, but almost got away with it! The story moved right along, and the narrator was very pleasant :) I had no idea that Granny could be THIS bold and heartless...yet also have a strong passion for romance novels. Maybe she used passages from the books in her love letters? Lol.

This book was great - not too long or short, and held my interest the whole time. Although I was given this audiobook free in exchange for an honest opinion, I would NOT have regretted spending the credit/money on it. Thank You!

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  • timj26
  • 2019-06-27

Owner of a lonely heart

Another entertaining addition to my ryan green collection
What fascinates me is she married five men had multiple kids and killed eleven people by age fifty
Steve’s narration is always fantastic I highly recommend any of Ryan’s audiobooks
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Neesie315
  • 2021-06-17

Granny Nannie

The author, Ryan Green, has a talent for writing a true crime thriller that reads more like a novel. Instead of just the cold, hard (and often dry) facts, he takes those facts and creates a very readable story using the facts.

Nannie Doss had a horrific childhood, being raised in a loveless home with an abusive father. When she comes of age, she starts seeking the romance she reads about in her books. The only problem is that Nannie is easily angered and decides to start trying to improve her life through the use of poison. She seeks husbands through the mail in lonely hearts clubs, but each one of them is lacking in their ability to give her the storybook life she desires.

I had never heard of Nannie Doss, but she seems to have been one of the more prolific female serial killers. If you are looking for a strictly factual account of the life of Nannie Doss, this book might not be for you. But, as a good overview of her horrible crimes and what might have led to them, this is a great book.

The narrator, Steve White, has become the voice for Green's books and he does his usual wonderful job. His pacing is perfect and his voice keeps your attention throughout the book. I was given the chance to listen to this audiobook by the author/narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

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  • Sara Sue
  • 2020-07-07

Black Widow- Nannie Doss

I received this story for free in exchange for a honest review. If you like true crime that will blow your mind than this is the story for you.👍😎

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  • Chopsticks11
  • 2019-09-14

To Satisfy the True Crime Lover

For a long time I have watched true crime shows that go into more of the backstory of the victims and perpetrator, but I’ve only recently discovered the book equivalent. I find that I like the older cases more since they are quite a bit removed from memory and the lack of technology at the time was such that more sleuthing was necessary.

The story of Nannie Doss was riveting. I felt it was very well told and the more gruesome parts were not lingered on for shock value, but rather woven together with a great narrative. You felt as if you were peering into the window of an early 20th century family home.

The narration was great as well. Mr. White has a very pleasant voice that provides great inflection. Even though the reader knows what is coming, his voice lulls you into a false sense of security that everything will be just fine.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read or watch true crime. I’m hooked now and can’t wait to read my next one.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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  • Leslie Gibbs
  • 2019-07-19

Don’t bother

Not at all a thriller or mystery ...rather a dull account of her story wit tabloid touches

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  • txdoc
  • 2020-02-23

Incredibly incisive account of a serial killer…

This was my first book by this author and I was so impressed with his ability to convey the story of Nannie Doss in such a smooth flowing narrative rife with personal detail. The biographical account of her life almost read like a fictional novel even though it was obviously a thoroughly researched and carefully analyzed timeline of events in the life of this remarkable and disturbed woman. The story is told from Nannie’s point of view (something not commonly seen in true crime books) and was, therefore, not simply a recitation of dates and facts conveyed in a succinct journalistic style which would have yielded a somewhat dry read offering a far less immersive experience. It is obvious that great thought was given to the psychology of Nannie resulting from the severe circumstances of her childhood. The author’s interpretation of Nannie’s behavior is imbued with keen insight into the effects of the seemingly inescapable emotional and psychological suffering she was forced to endure. Nannie’s profound psychopathy may never be completely understood but Mr. Green has certainly provided us with a very readable account of one of the most disturbing “black widow” cases to have come to light in relatively recent times. For those choosing to listen to the audio version of this story I would like to mention the outstanding narration provided by Steve White. Without reservation, I would highly recommend this case study to any enthusiast of the true crime genre.

While I did purchase a copy of this book, I was given a copy of the audio version by the author and I am voluntarily offering my honest and unbiased review.

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  • Christine S.
  • 2020-02-16

Nannie Doss

This was a story about a real life black widow. It’s so interesting to me how she was able to get way with her crimes for as long as she did. If something like her story was to happen in modern times, I don’t believe it ever would have lasted this long. It’s interesting how many serial killers happened to have traumatic head injuries as children. Makes me wonder if there is a correlation with violent behavior and damaging certain parts of the brain. Regardless it was a very interesting read. I recommend it for any fan of true crime.

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  • Jennifer L Archer
  • 2020-01-30

Black Widow

Very interesting book! So casual about what she did but not surpising! That's why I love Ryan's books! Always based on true stories! Excellently written plus learned a little history! Always a plus plus with Ryan! Congrats Ryan on a fascinating read!

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  • Sistaseven
  • 2020-01-15

Granny wasn't much of a giggler.

Although this is a story about a serial killer, it reads more like a biography than a TC story, it goes down a little dry. I felt it lacked the suspense and excitement I'm used to in a TC. Because I had never heard of Granny Doss before the lead up was interesting. Once into it however, she begins collecting and killing so many lovers they begin to blur into each other. To add to the mundane, the murderous methods employed by Granny were so passive that she almost seems normal. ALMOST I say, because when she starts offing family members just as nonchalantly as she does the lonely lovers, you are reminded of what a heartless sociopath she truly is. This story's lack of intensity however, is not reflective of the authors great writing skills. If you want a titillating "killer granny" story, I would recommend the Dorthea Puente tale "Beneath the Boarding House" by Ryan Green. It has all the gruesome detail and salaciousness this book doesn't.
- I was given a review copy in exchange for my honest review.