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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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    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
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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

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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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    Steven Pottstown, PA, United States 10-24-12
    Steven Pottstown, PA, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good story, but bad narration."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, but in print version. Well look above...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It tied everything together somewhat nicely at the end but i wasn't really impressed.


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

    Where should i start, with the no emotion this book draaaaaaaged. The nasal sounding voice was like come on guy I understand the kid is going through puberty, but does everyone need to sound almost the same...


    Do you think I Am Not a Serial Killer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does need a follow-up book, but get rid of John Allen (sorry John)... We need another book because we need to know if this kid is gonna be a serial killer.


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    Amazon Customer OKC, OK 09-06-12
    Amazon Customer OKC, OK 09-06-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Original, gripping, disturbing. It's Horror, folks"

    First, this story is gripping, and it's absolutely horrifying. If you like horror, especially supernatural horror, or think you might, give this book a read.

    Unfortunately, I'm not sure I can recommend the audiobook because the narrator was awful, but you should certainly look for it in print or ebook, or if you think you can handle a great book that sounds like it was narrated by a third rate local news reporter, get it here.

    A note for those who gave the book a bad rating because it was violent and disturbing - it's horror, folks. Everyone isn't nice and happy and the supernatural denizens don't sparkle in the twilight or breathe rainbows or sneeze fairydust.

    And it might, just might have something to do with serial killers, for those of you who DIDN'T READ THE TITLE. And guess what serial killers do? They kill people, they hurt people, and they have a tendency for violence against animals. If you don't like reading about serial killers, maybe you shouldn't read a book with a title about a serial killer. Seriously.

    Summarizing, the book is a great read for people who enjoy a gripping supernatural horror story and don't mind some disturbing violence and downright gut wrenching internal conflict along the way. If you've read Steven King or watched Dexter, you should probably be OK.

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    Pamela Kuna, ID, United States 08-27-12
    Pamela Kuna, ID, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ok read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no, it was just a creative listen


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Listening to Johns thoughts and concerns


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

    Not right for the story


    Did I Am Not a Serial Killer inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Hmmm"

    Strange, not bad, terrible narration. A want to be yound Dexter with a supernatural twist. Not my type of story, but not awful.

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    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 08-18-12
    Carole P. Bronico Harleysville, Pa 08-18-12 Member Since 2010

    sadieladie

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    "Not every sentence ends with an exclamation mark.."
    Would you try another book from Dan Wells and/or John Allen Nelson?

    No. The story may be good, but I couldn't tell. The narrator reads as though every sentence ends with an exclamation mark. It was so annoying that I had to stop listening. I could not appreciate the story.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Wells’s story?

    the narrator


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

    enough said


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