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Publisher's Summary

In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women.

Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry - of who these young women were and who they might have become. A chilling look at the darkest side of human nature, this is the most important and most personal audiobook of Ann Rule's long career.

©2011 Simon & Schuster Audio (P)2004 Ann Rule

What the critics say

"[C]onveys the emotional truth of the Green River case." ( Los Angeles Times)
"Riveting." ( People)
"Perhaps Rule's finest work." ( Statesman Journal)

What listeners say about Green River, Running Red

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Boring, confusing, repetitive

Although it is 19 hours, not much is said in this book. The stories of the victims all blend together and they are not given chronological, with one or two even coming in the last hour of the narrative. Unfortunately, most victims come from such similar backgrounds that hearing the same story for 6+ hours is monotonous.

The investigative personnel is made up to be infallible, as if they did everything perfectly and there was no way Ridgway could have been caught sooner, and yet there is very little detail about the investigation techniques. There is also an endless list of names of people who worked the cases - from lead detective to (probably) the person who picked up coffee for the officers. It’s impossible to keep track of most of the names.

She goes into massive biographical detail, lasting at least an hour, about a suspect that was not the Green River Killer. The detail about Ridgway‘s background, if you take out the constant repetition, is probably about 90 minutes.

I could go on, but then I would be as monotonous as this book. Anne Rule is usually a good writer but she completely missed the mark with this one.

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holy sweet baby Jesus. for the amount of money that these audio books cost I wish the editing would exist. This lady large audible gasp breaths close to the mic. it was like being slapped every third sentence. why. why is this not edited out. pop stars haven't taken a recorded breath in twenty years and I pay less for their stuff.

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An extraordinary story and very well narrated.

there is not a True Crime Story that I have ever struggled to finish, that said if it weren't for this narrator I'm not sure I would have been able to stick with this. It seemed as though the story would never end. with respect to those with families of the deceased I think it important that they went through every single detail and mentioned everyone's name. However, it turned out to be a very, very long and drawn-out story tiling of the events. the narrator was absolutely brilliant! I look forward to other stories read by her. I wonder if out there at this time in 2018 there is yet another serial killer lurking such as the Ted Bundy's and Gary ridgway's of the world. Both of those killers were so very very similar in nature, well perhaps not nature, but definitely in their crimes and morbid fascination with the deceased. A very good book I highly recommend it if you don't know anything about the case it will and thrall you. If you do know about the case it's still nice to learn how much work went into finding this monster. I still believe we need to search these people out in their young years and offer mental health support to so many more that slipped through the cracks. I believe we could help a great deal of people that kill, if only we got to them in time as professionals. Highly recommend the book I give it 5 Stars overall! on to the next...

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One of the best books I have listen to.

So far AUDIBLE#1 has worked great on my iPhone clear as a bell. Sounds like they are reading from the center of my head while wearing my SONY headphones. I am really enjoying my audio book from #1audible.

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Excellent book

This is the first Ann Rule book I have listened to but it was excellent. I chose it for the content and the length and I was suprised just how quickly it went by.

I looked forward to continuing where I left off from and to find out what would happen next. When I would leave the book it was one that lingered with me.

If you enjoy true crime I suggest giving this a listen. It was well written, well read and very informative.

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I loved this

Ann Rule's writing is amazing as usual. I particularly like the way she makes the reader feel a connection to each and every victim. She really humanizes them and causes the reader to view them as so much more than just another victim. And Barbara Caruso's narrating is PERFECT. I wish she could read every single Ann Rule book there is, I'd buy them all if it were her reading them. She was the perfect choice to narrate this book. I don't think anyone else could do it better. I'm listening to it a second time now because I was so bummed out when it ended, its THAT good.

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  • 2011-07-02

Suspenseful and chilling

This is one of the better true crime books I have ever encountered. Ann Rule succeeds in chronicling nearly every step of the two decade investigation, yet it is never tedious. At different times during the story suspects are named, questioned and dismissed. The book is more like a suspense/thriller than a typical true crime novel. The frustration and anger of the numerous investigators, and the author, is evident. This very frustration led to a high rate of illness and death among those who worked on the GRK task force. I will not tell you which suspect is the actual killer, but it is so chilling to realize how "normal?" he appeared. It is important to understand he worked for decades to appear normal. The killer was really twisted. Caruso narrates perfectly, putting the listener within the ranks of the task force searching for this monster. I put this audiobook in the few dozen of the over 1300 I own as a "can't stop listening" category.

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  • Lorri
  • 2011-07-24

Excellent story and narration

Anne Rule tells the stories of several of the young women who were removed from this world by the Green river monster before they had a chance to better their circumstances. Young people believe they're invincible and prositutes are no different. Gary Ridgeway deprived them of the opportunity to grow up and find other ways to make a living. I would like to say that I hope he can/does read the book, but I'm not sure it would matter at all. How could it matter to someone with no soul?

As a side, I'll look for more books narrated by Barbara Caruso.Great vocal pitch and intonation that doesn't need exaggeration to elicit our sympathy.

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  • Caitlin Raine
  • 2018-07-15

Narration was the big drawback

As a fan of other Ann Rule books - and having just finished listening to the Audible version of 'The Stranger Beside Me' (which I loved) - this one left much to be desired. In 'Stranger', Rule lamented that the sheer volume of Bundy's killing removed a specialness to the victims, that due to their vast number no one victim would be remembered as an individual. It was clear she felt some guilt that she wasn't able to celebrate who the victims were as people prior to becoming a Ted Bundy victim, and she tried to make up for it in 'Green River'. However, it's too much. I felt like the book was dragging when I began listening - three hours in and it was still discussing just the victims with barely any touches on the investigation or how they linked the earlier crimes to one individual. It's clear, without the personal touch provided by Rule's personal friendship with Bundy, something is lost in the telling of a crime novel.

Beyond that, I could not get in to Barbara Caruso's reading. As a Seattle-ite, absolutely no attempt was made to ensure PNW names were actually pronounced correctly. Drove me crazy and really pulled me out of the experience.

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  • tara
  • 2013-04-23

A Chilling Nightmare Come True

She's done it again.
Beginning with 'Stranger Beside Me', her story of her once good friend, Ted Bundy, and his hellacious killing spree, then moving onto Washington States most notorious serial killer, Ann Rule out does herself in this horrifying tale of a man gone mad.
The Green River Killer put himself on the map by inspiring use of the term, Serial Killer. Mass Murderer just wouldn't cut it.
Ann takes us behind the scenes with the detectives who worked for years on this case. They devoted their lives to catching one man; A journey that would last much longer than anyone had anticipated.
She dives into the lives of the prostitutes Ridgway chose as his prey. By telling their stories, she presents them as the wonderful women they were. Though their profession was anything but glamorous, she portrayed them as women with dreams, hopes, families, kids, and friends. The vicious cycle these girls were caught up in was pointed out and explained the way it should be, with an open mind and an open heart.
One of her best works, Ann has truly outdone herself in this tale of psychosis, murder, tragedy, and success.
I would recommend this read to anyone, especially in the state of Washington, as a reminder that the monster that can hold you in a grip of fear can be the last person you would ever expect.



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  • gtpammie
  • 2012-12-31

Very, VERY detailed!!!

This is Ann Rule's most detailed and specific book to date...almost too much so! We kind of lost track of which girl was which!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2013-04-07

Well written story, faulty narrator.

The book is very well written and documented. It only feels long because the narrator speaks as if she cannot breathe properly and is breathing through her mouth all the time.

I had to make an effort to ignore the constant sound of the narrator pulling air through her mouth at the beginning of each sentence, as if she had a cold and was congested during the reading of the book.

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  • Katie LeFevre
  • 2018-12-28

Green River, Running LONG

This book is pretty interesting once you get past the absurdly drawn-out descriptions, all of which are heightened by the narrator's pace, (or lack thereof). However I had some time on my hands, so I stubbornly stuck with it. I'm glad I did.

If you liked Rule's, The Stranger Beside Me, or are just plain interested in learning about serial killers, I recommend giving it a try.

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  • mindusq
  • 2012-12-24

Detailed account--worth the listen!

Caruso tells it as if you were in her living room and she wanted you to know everything that happened. Pretend she's your favorite aunt and you can forgive her the mispronunciations and slight lisp. She really put her all into the telling.

Anne Rule wants you to know these girls intimately before you meet the Green River Killer and she does a thorough job honoring their memories. The frustration of the law enforcement teams becomes our own and what great satisfaction to finally nab the real GRK.

What a sicko.

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  • Nina
  • 2019-01-07

Long, drawn out, bland

I am a lover of mystery, murder stories, serial killer stories, etc., so when I saw the reviews and read the summary, I was hooked and used one of the credits. Without getting too wordy, the best way to describe what this book was is that it feels like you’re reading someone’s very bland journal about the GRK. The book gives us the facts about each victim and most of the book is just that. Maybe I just thought I was getting into a different style of book? If you’re looking for great storytelling, some suspense and a creative take on this serial killer story, I would unfortunately look elsewhere.

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  • Linda
  • 2018-02-20

Green River Victims

Ann Rule is always a dependable author of true crime stories, I'm a big fan. She does her research. This book focuses more on the victims of the Green River Killer than the killer himself, a little different from her usual method. It's very interesting, and sad, to read about the young women/girls whose lives were snuffed out before they had had a chance to live. The detectives' jobs are also detailed, with the paths they take, the suspects they interview, trying to distinguish patterns in methods and victims. The narrator to me sounded a little like Ann Rule, and that made the book a pleasure to listen to.

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