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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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    Janie O'brien US 10-23-14
    Janie O'brien US 10-23-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "MAYBE I AM, MAYBE I'M NOT !!"
    If you could sum up I Am Not a Serial Killer in three words, what would they be?

    A nice romp!


    If you could rename I Am Not a Serial Killer, what would you call it?

    I have these strange and dangerous thoughts !!


    Any additional comments?

    I quite enjoyed this book and would classify it as lighted hearted. I did not find this book horrifying at all; maybe occasionally a little grotesque. Perhaps I have become desensitised by watching the likes of CSI on the tele, but the mortuary scenes scenes were not at all shocking the way they were portrayed in such an everyday manner. In fact, I found the book rather amusing, especially when the supernatural elements appeared in the form of 'the demon' disguised as the old neighbour. What this demon serial killer did to his victims I read in the same humorous vein as the demon himself was described. I will buy the second in the series and again look forward to a nice light hearted 'horror.' Perhaps I'm a psychopath too (hehehe)!!

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    Igrat777 10-10-14
    Igrat777 10-10-14
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    "Teen thriller"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was well written and mildly interesting but not at all what I thought it was going to be. It was more of a sophisticated teen horror story than the adult bloody thriller I was expecting.

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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 08-10-14
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Strong and Fascinatingly Disturbing Debut"

    This was a great debut effort that stands out because of the strong characterization of the main character. Boiled down, this is a pretty straightforward mystery novel. The thing that makes it stand out is that the story is told in the voice of a main character who is a sociopath. In that sense, Wells has done an outstanding job. Now, I don't know if his depiction of a sociopath is accurate or not, but it feels believable enough. On the other hand, the main character is afraid that he is going to turn into a serial killer because he has so many common serial killer traits and thoughts. I don't know if I buy all that, and I think that it is overdone in several places. Parts of the book were disturbing and I would rather they not be in there, personally. But overall I have to admit that it is well done. The overall plot may not be realistic, but the book itself is pretty good.

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    Francesca 03-12-14
    Francesca 03-12-14

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    "Worse narrator ever"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a clever little book, kind of Dexter for YA, but the narrator is so so wrong I could barely listen to the story. So on on level was not well spent.


    What didn’t you like about John Allen Nelson’s performance?

    He simply sounds like a grouchy older guy, not al all like a teen. It was a complete mismatch, for which I guess the publisher is to blame.


    Could you see I Am Not a Serial Killer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


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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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