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Stalking Jack the Ripper

Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion.

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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©2016 Kerri Maniscalco (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Audrey Rose Wadsworth prefers breeches to ball gowns, autopsies to afternoon tea, and scalpels to knitting needles. Though her father, Lord Edmund, has forbidden it, Audrey covertly studies forensic medicine...while 'the Ripper' remains two steps ahead, lurking where Audrey least expects...." ( Booklist)
"This is a book that will keep you up at night and haunt you during the day." (Beth Revis, author of the New York Times best-selling series Across the Universe)
"Kerri Maniscalco paints a picture of nineteenth-century London that lives and breathes in wonderfully sinister fashion. You won't want to put this book down." (Renee Ahdieh, author of the New York Times best seller The Wrath and the Dawn)

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Refreshing YA

Awesome story, narrator was easy to listen to, can’t wait to listen to her sequel.

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Amazing!!

This was an amazing read and I fully enjoyed every part of it! I look forward to reading all future books in this series. This was very well done and I can't wait to see adventures come next.

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  • lauren
  • 2016-10-03

Great listen

The performance is amazing! The story is gripping. I would recommend to anyone not just people who enjoy mysteries

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 2018-04-28

A must-read

Gripping story, with a powerful message, outstandingly told and beautifully narrated. I couldn't stop listening!

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  • R. Gugler
  • 2017-04-29

nope

I wanted to like it, but whiney teenage romance ruined the plot. The main character was a grown man's fantasy of a teen girl. It was so disturbing I didn't make it past the 2nd chapter.

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  • george
  • 2017-01-29

For 12 year old women

This is written for young women, in their early teens. If you are not of that demographic, you may not find this novel engaging enough to finish. The narator, Nicola Barber is excellent though, and is a bright spot in this audible book.

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  • Lena Lynn
  • 2017-01-20

Why does everyone love this so much?

I will admit the actual plot pf this fantastic, it flowed really well and was a quick read. Now getting onto Audrey Rose. I am so tired of every ya book being "firey headstrong to the point of being illogical" female character falling wayyy to fast for a "hot arrogant jerk". I was super excited because I had heard she was really girly and liked pretty dresses, I thought it could be interesting. That being said this book did not hold up, if a female character is super girl how are you having her aunt scold her for dressing like a tomboy. Also having a character who is interested in basically being a medical examiner amd yet is almost squeamish and so sensitive about death came off as a joke. It especially came off as a joke when a boy taught her to look past this. If that's going to be character development why can't someone other than a love interest help her? That is so overdone.

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  • Nicole C.
  • 2018-03-29

Obvious

I appreciate that it must be difficult to write a novel with an unguessable mystery. However, it was really obvious to me who Jack the Ripper was. It was obvious very early on (I'm talking no more than an hour in), and I kept hoping that I was way off because it was so obvious, but I was correct. That being said, mysteries, like horror, are extremely subjective, and what is obvious to me may not be so to another reader.

It just seemed to me that all the red herrings were obvious red herrings, and I was very aware of the author trying to obscure her twist. I was very aware of the author throughout the book in other ways, as well. This book is set in the late 19th century, and it is clear that the author has done her research, and is eager to share it. But she may be a little too eager. There are several instances where she'll put a piece of historical trivia into a character's mouth instead of just showing it to the reader through setting and world building.

For an example, one character might say something like, "Audrey Rose, it's inappropriate to address a man by his Christian name unless you are engaged." This is clunky and stilted--chances are, everyone already knows that, because they're steeped in the rules and traditions of their day. A more realistic reaction would just be to gasp, or look scandalized. One of the age old rules for dialogue is to never write dialogue that is solely meant to give the reader information. Another example of this is Audrey Rose's brother's awkward insistence on inserting 'sister' into every sentence he utters to her. I also really can't stand the weird and cumbersome name, 'Audrey Rose,' but that's just me being picky.

Audrey Rose is your typical fiery, headstrong female protagonist who is so stubborn she gets herself into ridiculous situations and regularly refuses to see reason. Yawn. What makes it even worse is that Kerri Maniscalco is determined that we should know that Audrey Rose is a feminist character. Just about every thought she has is tied to the restraints of society because she's a woman, and how everyone underestimates her because she's a woman, and how she can be a strong woman and still like lace. As a writer, you should try not to make the message of your work something the reader already knows. The message we're being beat with here is, sexism is bad. We already know that.

And as strong and independent as Audrey Rose is supposed to be, approximately 60% of her character revolves around hating/loving the arrogant genius, Thomas. There is angst, there are hormones, there is instalove. I would love it if we could start writing YA heroines who aren't madly in love with jerks, or--gasp--maybe don't even have a love interest at all.

The characters, especially for the first half, are often cartoonish, their actions and their words exaggerated nearly to the point of ridiculousness, and character development in general leaves a lot to be desired. Theories about Jack the Ripper's motives are very Psych 101--I may have been willing to forgive the fact that their analysis is Freudian though Freud's theories on psychoanalysis were not widely known in 1888, if it weren't for everything else. Historical liberties are ok, but poor setting, poor character development, awful YA tropes, and a weak twist are not.

I confess that I read this just to get to Stalking Prince Dracula, the higher-rated next book in the series. Let's hope things improve.

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  • Jessica
  • 2017-05-05

OMG SUCH A GEM

Where does Stalking Jack the Ripper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10! The dialogue is amazing and the addition of James Patterson's expertise clearly shows and if you are knowledgeable of the Jack the Ripper story you will find many easter eggs here.

What did you like best about this story?

The performance was amazing, it made the story so much more enthralling.

What does Nicola Barber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accents were impeccable and added so much flavor!

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

It was all great

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  • Kelsey
  • 2018-08-06

Underwhelmed...

I was intrigued by the summary and I personally love reading about the Victorian era. However, I was underwhelmed by this book. The story and pacing was good but I found Audrey-Rose to be obnoxious at times. The way she would keep reinforcing that she was smart and capable was beating a dead horse. I can take it a couple time but it was every couple of minutes! The narrator was great and probably what saved the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-04-21

great gripping story

listened to this while on a road trip it was gripping and kept me on the edge of my car seat.

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  • Jacqueline M.
  • 2016-12-02

Excellent suspense for teens!

I listened to this with my 13 year old daughter who loves mystery and suspense. It was perfect! The story was so thrilling and entertaining and didn't need to rely on bass language and gratuitous sexual scenes. We lived it!

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  • Cheerioh
  • 2018-07-24

Agréable réécriture de l'histoire de Jack l'éventr

En dehors de l'histoire d'amour toujours un peu pénible, ce roman s'avère une histoire bien ficelée et agréable à écouter.