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  • "The Good Nurse gets it right"

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    I have read or listened to dozens of true crime books written by authors who are considered to be the masters of the genre. And almost none of them can hold a candle to The Good Nurse for sheer entertainment value.

    As an aging attorney who started out in the District Attorney's office nearly 40 years ago, I am usually irritated to some degree by the non-nuanced manner that the criminal justice system is treated in books, TV shows, movies, etc. But Graeber hits the nail right on the head in The Good Nurse. And he does it all without pandering to the perpetrator, the families of the victims, or the cops who eventually solve the case--a claim that in my opinion can be made by only one other true crime author (Vincent Bugliosi). If there is any justice in the world, The Good Nurse will become a classic like Helter Skelter.

    And when I finished listening, I couldn't remember anything specific about the narration, which is exactly what I want--a narrator who delivers the goods and gets out of the way. Excellent job by Will Collyer.

    Looking forward to more books by Charles Graeber.

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    The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

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    • By Charles Graeber
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
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    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Good Nurse the most enjoyable?

    This book reads like a thriller. It reeled me in from page one and I found it hard stop listening. I've had many sleepless nights trying to keep my eyes (and ears) open for this incredible story. Horrific, amazing, scary, shocking....but an absolute must listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Nurse?

    While reading the description of patients receiving care on the burn unit, I cringed but couldn't stop reading.


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

    His voice was perfect for the "character" he portrays in this book. There were many times when I got so deep into the reading that I had to remind myself that the person reading wasn't the perpetrator.


    If you could give The Good Nurse a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A story of a relentless serial killer.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely recommended.

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    Unfortunately, Ann Rule stumbles with The Stranger Beside Me, by claiming to be an intimate friend of Ted Bundy. She transforms the short, erratic time she worked with the man into a close relationship. Yet, despite herculean efforts, nothing more than a casual acquaintanceship is described. Also, Rule frequently repeats that she was highly regarded by law enforcement agencies, thus attempting to validate her own self-importance. Furthermore, Rule is enamored with Bundy, often mentioning how sophisticated and gentlemanly he was. Eventually listeners will tire of the lavish praise heaped on one of histories most prolific killers.

    However, interspersed with the leaps of fantasy are outstanding snippets of the gruesome horrors perpetrated by Ted Bundy. Of course, Rule does a superb job of describing his descent into murderous madness. To begin with, we see an intelligent, polite young man. But, gradually a portrait emerges of a monster. In addition, the notorious killer was suspected of abducting and killing eight year old Ann Marie Burr, in 1961. She is thought to have been Bundy's first victim, with the murder being perpetrated when he was only 14. Lorelei King delivers an effortless performance as she recounts Bundy's childhood, the murders he committed, his capture, imprisonment and trial. All things considered, it would be remiss to imply that this is less than an engaging account of the infamous serial killer.

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    Jeg sad over for den attenårige Kenneth på et lille kontor på Nakskov politigård. Han ville ikke have kaffe eller wienerbrød. Noget skulle han have, så jeg havde stillet et glas vand foran ham. Kenneth sad foroverbøjet med hænderne i skødet. En spinkel og almindelig dreng at se på og uden iøjnefaldende fællestræk med en klassisk kriminel. Det var en fremtoning, der stod i skærende kontrast til det, jeg havde set på gerningsstedet. Det passede bare ikke sammen.

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    Today's high-flying, high-rolling conglomarateurs and corporate raiders are a tame lot compared to their immediate predecessors. The most notorious of these is Robert Vesco, the Kingfish himself, who in 1973 fled the United States accused of looting $250 million from Investors Overseas Services. Now, in this riveting account, noted author Arthur Herzog tells the astounding story of this high school dropout from Detroit, who parlayed cunning, ambition, a brilliant mind, and above all, other people's gullibility and money into a vast financial empire.