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I Am Not a Serial Killer Audiobook

I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

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John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

As he struggles to understand the demon and find a way to kill it, his own mind begins to unravel until he fears he may never regain control. Faced with the reality that he is, perhaps, more monstrous than the monster he is fighting, John must make a final stand against the horrors of both the demon and himself.

©2009 Dan Wells (P)2010 Tantor

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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 03-10-14
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 03-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Mildly Entertaining"

    This was an ok book. Not great, but not bad. The narrator has been beat up pretty bad in other reviews. I think reason the narrator didn't work is because the main character is a 15 year old boy, and his narration was just not believable. It especially atrocious when he did female voices. I actually felt embarrassed for the narrator. This is the first book in a series. I will not listen to the rest of the books.

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    elizabeth 02-23-14
    elizabeth 02-23-14
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    "narrater mismatch to character"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is told from a teenage boy's point of view and the narrator sounded like a middle age man. I hate when narrators are poorly matched to the character they are narrating. I found it hard to enjoy the story because it was so distracting. I didn't like the narrators cadence.

    I wish I wouldn't have spent my money on this book

    I didn't really think the story was that entertaining


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Wells? Why or why not?

    no, not if the same narrator is used


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Allen Nelson’s performances?

    perhaps if he was supposed to be narrating a middle age or older man's character


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


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    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 02-23-14
    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book."

    I enjoyed this book even though I am NOT into supernatural fantasy stuff. I took a chance since it was on sale and I enjoyed it. I will probably get the next in the series, especially if it's on sale.

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    Me PORTLAND, OR, United States 06-07-13
    Me PORTLAND, OR, United States 06-07-13
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    "Not sure how I feel about this one"

    FYI.. might be a little spoiler in this review, but I wish there had been before I bought the book.

    After reading other reviews I expected the bad narrator, and that's what I got. As long as you go in expecting that then it's not THAT bad lol. I thought the story sounded interesting and was going to get the next 2 books in the series if I liked this one, but now I'm not so sure. The book went in a supernatural direction that I wasn't expecting and I wasn't really looking for that kind of story so it was a little disappointing.

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    Lauren SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 05-28-13
    Lauren SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 05-28-13
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    "Terrible Narrator"

    OMG the other reviews are right! This narrator is completely wrong for this story. He sounds like a 30-year-old man, but the main character is supposed to be 15. I just couldn't buy it with this narrator. The narrator also has strange intonation and stress patterns - the words he emphasizes are weirdly chosen, and the dialogue is kind of stilted and unrealistic because of it.

    The story is good, but the narrator made it really frustrating to get through.

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    Kimbyy 05-21-13
    Kimbyy 05-21-13
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    "Great story - needs a new narrator"

    The story is terrific, had me laughing out loud in the middle of the grocery store. However, the narrator is completely inappropriate. For the first few minutes it makes it almost intolerable, however, the story kept me hooked and I was able to finish. I see there is a new narrator for the second book in the series so I can't wait to give that one a try.

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    Phebe Joppa, MD, United States 02-04-13
    Phebe Joppa, MD, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Hey, I liked it --- even if for young adults"

    Some reviewers are complaining about the reader, but I think he's got a creative solution to doing a 15-year-old's voice. He does sound naive and young, and that's what the protagonist is.

    I have a feeling this book would be perfect for male teens, and may be intended for young adults. However, I enjoyed it and I finished it, and I'm not young or male!

    It's not clear that John Wayne Cleaver is a serial killer. He thinks he is, but he may just be mixed up normally. He does not in fact kill anyone....................exactly, at least not anyone human. I liked this kid a lot more than Dexter, which goes WAAAAY too far in violence for me.

    Lots of action and lots of interesting psychology and very creative ideas: all in all, a good listen, in my opinion.

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    Hallowmas 01-21-13
    Hallowmas 01-21-13 Member Since 2015

    I grew up in a household full of books. I love reading, and I love having someone read to me.

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    "Teenage Dexter"

    I have two real problems with this.
    One is a personal issue, the other is a narration issue.

    Problem the first:
    I have an irrational fear of embalming (I know, I know...that's why it's irrational), and as this takes place partly in a mortuary, it's a no brainer that embalming will be mentioned...I have no issue with that...but it wasn't just mentioned. It was described. I do have issues with that...listening in the car on the way to work was not the best idea...blarg...once I got past that bit I really began to enjoy the story.

    The second issue:
    I have an issue with the decision to cast John Allen Nelson as the narrator for this audiobook. Don't get me wrong, he has a wonderful voice for reading, just not for reading a narration by a 15 year old boy. His voice makes John Cleaver sound like a news anchor. I just don't think it was a good fit. I see that there is a diffrent narratior for the next two books, so I hope he's a better fit.


    With the exception of these two thing I really enjoy this book, and would definatly recommend it.

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    John Denver, Colorado, United States 11-24-12
    John Denver, Colorado, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I loved AND hated this book"

    I loved this book because the main character was creepy and the antagonist was likable. I will never read this book again or further books in the series because the main character was too creepy for my taste. Read at your own peril. I would, however, suggest that a friend of mine would read this.

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    Mr. Jared C. Serra st. louis, MO USA 11-18-12
    Mr. Jared C. Serra st. louis, MO USA 11-18-12 Member Since 2016

    Fathers Face Remembered

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    "YA Dexter with a twist"
    If you could sum up I Am Not a Serial Killer in three words, what would they be?

    clever, scary, absorbing


    What other book might you compare I Am Not a Serial Killer to and why?

    Dexter becuase of the serial killer aspects


    What three words best describe John Allen Nelson’s performance?

    old playing young.


    Who was the most memorable character of I Am Not a Serial Killer and why?

    The villian. I won't say who that is here. Needless to say the Killer stuff is the best thing about this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this authors on a podcast for years. I am very glad to see that his completed works match up to my expectations.

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