• Harold Shipman

  • The True Story of Britain's Most Notorious Serial Killer
  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Ernie Sprance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 29-01-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ryan Green Publishing
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (12 ratings)

Summary

The man on the cover of this book looks like he could be anyone's grandfather. It's easy to imagine him doting on his little grandkids, reading them stories from his lap and letting them play with his big, bushy beard. If you were told he was a doctor, I bet you'd imagine he was a good, kind and gentle one, with an easy, affable manner and deep care for his patients.
Harold Frederick Shipman certainly projected all those qualities, but only so that he could hide the evil that lurked deep inside. Shipman abused his trust and used his position to kill - no less than 218 of his patients found their end at his hand, making him the United Kingdom's most prolific serial killer by a long shot.
This book tells Shipman's story, from his childhood under a domineering mother to his pathetic death in a prison cell. It will put you in the perspective of those who lived and worked in proximity to him, showing you the considerate but sometimes haughty doctor he presented himself as before taking you through the process of wrenching off that mask and uncovering the full extent of the evil festering within.
We will make a study of the man's possible motives and close with a look at the systemic failures that allowed him to kill and steps taken to make sure nothing like his murderous spree ever happens again.
©2015 Ryan Green (P)2016 Ryan Green
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3 out of 5 stars
By L Phillips on 08-06-18

Half sensible insight

Was Interesting but found the readers voice really bad, sounded like a computer was reading out the words, words were very blockie it, was, not, very, nice.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 29-03-17

Who Was The Most Notorious Serial Killer in Britain?

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This was pretty good. Rather brief and much more biographical than I was expecting, but it seems rather well researched, especially small medical details, which many would have skimmed over or forgotten completely.

Harold Shipman, AKA the most notorious serial killer in British history, used his position as a doctor to kill his patients and rewrote some of their wills in order to take their money. A relatively ingenious idea for the time period, as rules regarding drugs were a lot more lax during his time as a doctor than they are now, even if Shipman bent the rules back then. Tending to focus on geriatric patients and advising loved ones to cremate their parents or partners, he could possibly have continued for years more, had he not made a mistake with one patient called Mrs Grundy.
It seems rather incredulous now, looking back in hindsight, that nobody noticed this happening, considering the number of people he killed in such a small GP area.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simone K on 21-10-16

Dr. Death!

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Green is a masterful writer in the true crime genre. Shipman was indeed one of the worst cases I've heard and Green does an excellent job of keeping the story riveting, concise and on track. Ernie Sprance does a lovely job, as always, of narrating this disturbing tale of a man who abused his power and preyed on the most vulnerable of his patients. Any listener who enjoys true crime will enjoy this book!

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

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul A. Luedecke on 23-02-18

Disturbing

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Harold Shipman did some vile things. It is not always easy to listen to but it is relatively short so at least the tension settles after a short time. Few things are more disturbing than the true stories. The narration is in more of a news story style, so hard to put a grade on it, but it is good.

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

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