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Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit | [John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker]

Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins -- including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray -- for a landmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds.
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He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins -- including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray -- for a landmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds.

He is Special Agent John Douglas, the model for law enforcement legend Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris's thrillers Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, and the man who ushered in a new age in behavorial science and criminal profiling. Recently retired after 25 years of service, John Douglas can finally tell his unique and compelling story.

With journalist Mark Olshaker, he gives us a behind the scenes look at his fascinating career, revisiting his journeys into the dark recesses and calculated madness present only in our worst nightmares. This is the true-crime work everyone has been waiting for -- by the Mind Hunter himself.

©1995 John Douglas (P)1995 Simon & Schuster

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    Rainiac 02-04-12
    Rainiac 02-04-12 Member Since 2015

    rainwallace

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    "Abridged Mind Hunter needed more story"

    I was bummed out when I realized this story was "un"abridged. I wanted to hear more of his process and case files.

    When I was a kid I'd love to have anyone to read to me, now I've grown picky I was thinking when I spend money I want to hear a pro. However John didn't have an unpleasant voice and it was okay. Next time get a professional narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    YoDigital Washington, DC USA 04-24-15
    YoDigital Washington, DC USA 04-24-15

    Yvette

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    "Short and very informative"

    Loved it, it was very informative but I'm going to have to read it again because it's so much content in a short time frame.

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    leelee8888 Las Vegas 03-11-15
    leelee8888 Las Vegas 03-11-15 Member Since 2015

    True crime lover.

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    "just Ok book, but why would narrate this himself?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Very short and to the point. Although, I found myself drifting and daydreaming because of the boring monotone his voice seems to take from beginning to end. Dull.


    What could John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    a better narrarator to tell your story.


    What three words best describe John E. Douglas’s voice?

    Dull, lifeless, boring.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mind Hunter?

    ehh ...it grabbed my attention half the book, so the other half that did not would be what i would edit out .


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    Frank 01-28-15
    Frank 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely fascinating!"

    An unabridged version would have made this worthy of five stars! Please please make one! The content was riveting. If you enjoy stories of true crime and the firsthand accounts of those who investigate them, get this audiobook. You will not be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 08-27-14
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 08-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "John Douglas - the Original Profiler"
    What does John E. Douglas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoy the credibility John Douglas brings to the table by narrating his own book.


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    Lauren Lanning 06-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Need the unabridged version!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For true crime buffs, this is a must read. This is the guy who created the Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico (though it's called something else now, this is the most recognizable title). Definitely recommend this for anyone interested in criminal profiling, FBI, law enforcement, serial killers, and again, true crime.


    Any additional comments?

    I really, really wish there were an unabridged version of this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Leah Emery Fontana, CA United States 01-28-13
    Jennifer Leah Emery Fontana, CA United States 01-28-13
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    "Facinating!"
    If you could sum up Mind Hunter in three words, what would they be?

    I loved to hear the behind the scenes thought process on how they profiled the suspects.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mind Hunter?

    Learning how the Crime Unit was formed and some of the cases that were discussed.


    What three words best describe John E. Douglas’s voice?

    No energy. Dull.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was sorry to hear that his relationship didn't work out, but that he was still close friends with his ex-wife. That seems to be the case for most people in Law Enforcement.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan on listening to all of his other books regardless of the way it was performed because I know that he was one of the leading profilers in his field.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lorac 08-27-12
    lorac 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A look into the mind of a killer"
    Would you listen to Mind Hunter again? Why?

    I would listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truth, nothing was left to the imagination.


    Have you listened to any of John E. Douglas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I also have the book; it gives you more detail. I wish the audio wasn't abridged so that you could get all the information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BBraun Topock, AZ, United States 10-17-10
    BBraun Topock, AZ, United States 10-17-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Enjoyed and listened twice-will listen again"

    I am a big fan of Douglas, and very much enjoyed this book and will listen to his others. Facinating to say the least. His work inspired me to change my career field after 25 years of nursing- to go into computer forensics. He does a wonderful job at reading his own work. Anatomy of Motive was the first of his work I read and I have been a fan ever since. I recommend this book very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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