Serial killers: They cross the bounds of evil. They murder at random without logic or reason other than the one twisting in their sick and evil minds. They are diabolical, vile creatures devoid of morality or pity. You will meet a chosen few of them in this audiobook. We will see that serial killers are roaming among us all, from small towns to big cities. They are not limited to a particular place, gene pool, culture, social class, or religion. They are not restricted to any particular demographic or political propensity and they can be of any gender.
Some of the serial killers chosen for this first annual Serial Killers True Crime Anthology you might have heard of and we present their tales in new ways. Others have not graced every newspaper, tabloid, or television screen and represent tales of true-crime horror told in detail for the first time in these pages.
Five of true crime's most prolific authors have come together in this audiobook to present their most compelling cases of serial homicide, famous and not so famous.
©2014 RJ Parker Publishing (P)2014 RJ Parker Publishing
The actual written book might be great. I can't tell, because the reader halts in mid sentence, often multiple times. You can't follow the story because his CONSTANT pausing makes it impossible. This is not a case of a few stumbles. I'm very tolerant of different readers and have never, in my 10 years with audible, and at least 1000 books, come across anything like this.
I have always been fascinated by this subject. Not because I think there is anything good about it, but more wondering why and how a person could do these things. And having 4 teens, I want to know all the danger signs and situations to avoid.
No way. And I've never said this before about any reader.
Did the people producing this story LISTEN to any of this? It's like a teen reading out loud for the class for the first time, the whole time. Example: "As forensic psychiatrist........ James Money......more recently explains..... the limbic region of the brain is responsible...... for predation and attack and defense.... of both the self and the species." And some sentences are worse. The more complicated the wording, the more pauses. Sometimes after only a word or two. This makes it impossible to follow where a sentence begins and ends. You can't just relax and get into the story.
Kipp Poe Speicher
Anyone interested in True Crime and the inner workings of a Serial Killer this book is packed with plenty variety and engrossing studies of what makes a Serial Killer
His ability to read some of the names without a flaw, my only complaint but didn't really take away from my enjoyment was the two spots where narration editing was not removed where he would say start over and repeat the sentence.
Yes as long as the subject was of interest to me.
Many facts from the different authors and their own special interest in the subject of a Serial Killer.
I read plenty of True Crime and found this book very entertaining and informative. I'm a fan of the authors of this book and have collected other works from them.
This book is a collection of new cases I have not seen in other book forms.
There seems to be different forms of True Crime some is wrote like a mystery movie such as a Ann Rule book, and some take a police point of view that is very entertaining. The collection in this book is another form of Just The Facts that take away all the fluff and just entices you into a study of a criminal mind.
This may be a great book in print, but this audio version is terrible! The narrator marks errors directly to the narrative, but it's not edited out. He fumbles over words and it's just a mess. Terrible!
I did enjoy the separate stories. My favorite was about Robert Pickton
all the other crime books I enjoy
I actually loved the narrator. He was very earnest. I enjoyed his voice and his cadence. I would listen to him again, anytime.
I cannot answer this question accurately because I could not finish listening. See my comments below on Don Kline's performance.
I believe the information in the book was interesting, and would have more of an impact if the narration was better.
Don Kline consistently made basic mistakes in grammar/pronunciation, restarted sentences mid read, stutter/stopped while reading which made the experience unbearable.
Don Kline clearly does not understand proper sentence structure, which makes listening nearly impossible. Don completely and repeatedly missed where the emphasis of a sentence lies, did not read punctuation properly (e.g. the comma), and could not move from one sentence to the next.
Honestly...reading should be the top most skill when interviewing someone to narrate a book. Audible staff should have previewed this book and then rejected its submission for such poor quality in narration.
I am unable to answer this question honestly due to not being able to finish.
Never let Don Kline narrate again...I simply will not buy another book with him listed at narrator.
Yes it's very informative
Well written and captivating
First time. I thought he done a great job
People are intelligent and can make up their own minds. Commenting "don't buy and worst audiobook ever"? Trying to sway others. These are usually written by other genre authors unfortunately. This is a great book
The stories were interesting. However, the narrator was almost impossible to listen to. I finally increased the speed to 1.25 and was able to finish listening.
In addition to his slow and halting narration the repetition from missed edits was very distracting. Maybe the editor had as much trouble listening to the narration as I did. So many obvious repeated reading after what should have been edited out.
Not even sure we got the full text as the forth chapter was just a repeat of the first. Several times the narrator would fumble through, say "start over" and indeed repeat the whole sentence. He also does not seem to understand the concept of reading a complete sentence. It sounds like he pauses at the end of a line rather than in relation to the sentence structure or context. He even mispronounces words. Very disappointing.
"Interesting compilation let down by terrible language skills"
The book itself was a fun compilation with no individual murderer getting much more than an hour, making it ideal for household chores. Sadly the introduction is severely lacking in academic references which makes a number of the advanced theories interesting, but not much more than the author's opinion.
No, what kills this book is the reader. I should mention here that I am German and Nazi Germany played a significant role in one of the theories advanced. For this the author provides the reader/listener with the German names and words. Sadly what we end up hearing is more of a painful sneeze than a language. I consider myself very well versed in Third Reich history, but I didn't recognise ANY of the words and names, even when I knew what it was suppose to be from the context. It is truly terrible. Towards the end we encounter the same problem with Eastern European terms. Would it have really been too much to ask to get those chapters (I think it is three in total including an American Nazi nut in the middle) read by someone with the appropriate language skills? Or just change things to avoid foreign languages? Sounding like having a bad cold should absolutely not be an option! Especially as it makes it hard to read up on anything mentioned in more detail, which is an unfortunate choice for a book written in a semi academic style.
I would have given one star for performance, but the English parts are actually quite well done.
"Entertaining and educational."
'Soft academic' approach to the subject. explores the history, science AND sensation of serial killers. I found it gripping, it satisfied my morbid fascination and clinical curiosity. Narrator was decent.
Great information. Really kept me going in work listening to all interesting cases.
Well done to all writers involved! X
Really enjoyed this book . I really find how dna brings criminals to justice even years later just brilliant . I found the explanation of how the brain works cause and effect interesting . but most of all my thoughts are with all the children and vulnerable victims so very sad
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