Fred and Rose

  • by Howard Sounes
  • Narrated by Jonathan Oliver
  • 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The true crime bestseller about Fred and Rose West a couple virtually unique in British criminal history - who loved and killed together as husband and wife.
During their long relationship the Wests murdered a series of young women, burying the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of their teenage daughter, Heather.
What was left of Fred West's eight-year-old stepdaughter was dug up from under the Wests' previous Gloucester home; his first wife and nanny were buried in open country outside the city. Several victims had been decapitated and dismembered, their remains showing signs of sexual torture. These twelve are just the ones the police found when the Wests were arrested in 1994. There may be more whose bones have not been located.
Howard Sounes broke the first major story about the Wests as a journalist, and covered the murder trial of Rosemary West, before writing this, the classic book about the case.
Beginning with Fred's and Rose's bizarre childhoods, Sounes charts their lives and crimes in forensic detail, creating a fascinating and truly frightening account of a marriage soaked in blood.

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Gripping, Respectful, Candid

Would you consider the audio edition of Fred and Rose to be better than the print version?

Yes, the narration contributed to the realism, in my opinion.


What did you like best about this story?

The narration was very matter of fact and respectful- a constant reminder that real people died. The facts of the story are so beyond normal it would be easy to slip into believing this was fiction, perhaps more comfortable viewing it that way. This is a challenging read it has to be said.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Author's summary at the end is an excellent end to a very difficult but gripping read


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the book very emotional. The author, quite fittingly, built a picture of the girls who fell victim to Fred & Rose and I was very upset despite already knowing their fates as each one fell into the clutches of these predators.


Any additional comments?

I started this book wondering if the motivation to read it was just voyeurism. I'm still none the wiser, but feel now that people should read this book and others like it for lessons learned. We can never learn enough about how to pick up cues that indicate that a young person is in danger.

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- Suzy

Very Interesting Listen

Where does Fred and Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was an extreamley interesting book, I really enjoyed listening to it, This is the kind of book I like, a book I can take something away from, or learn something from.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Fred and Rose?

Chapter 2 and 3 were highlights for me, learing about the childhood of both Fred and Rose, the detail and construction was rather good, and the actual content was quite fascinating.


Which character – as performed by Jonathan Oliver – was your favourite?

The character of Fred was very good, the whole book was an excelent performance on narrators part


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have very easily been able to listen to it in one sitting, but that is just not possible for me to do, but every spear minute I had I was listeing to it.


Any additional comments?

Jonathan Oliver was a treat to listen to, and the book itself was a great listen.... Really, really enjoyed it.

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- Chloe Rennison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-11-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK