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Psychopath: A Novel | [Keith Ablow]

Psychopath: A Novel

Forensic Psychiatrist Frank Clevenger confronts the ultimate opponent - a serial killer who is also a brilliant psychiatrist, with an uncanny ability to burrow into the deepest recesses of the human mind.
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Publisher's Summary

Forensic Psychiatrist Frank Clevenger confronts the ultimate opponent - a serial killer who is also a brilliant psychiatrist, with an uncanny ability to burrow into the deepest recesses of the human mind.

Listen to more Keith Ablow thrillers that feature forensic psychiatrist Dr. Frank Clevenger.

©2003 Keith Ablow; (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Only Thomas Harris does it more stylishly." (Kirkus Review)
"Unique, psychologically complex characters." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Venice Accrington, N/A, United Kingdom 07-29-03
    Venice Accrington, N/A, United Kingdom 07-29-03
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    "This book is ACE!"

    I loved this book! A great psychological thriller. There are few books I can think of where the reader is invited to identify with the bad guy as well as with the good guy.It made me look at the nature of good and evil in a new and enlightening way.

    The narrator who is also the author does a fantastic job. I only wish more authors would narrate their own books. My only gripe is that it was abridged. I much prefer unabridged books, and I didn't want this one to end.

    This book drew me in and had me so hooked that I ended up listening to it in one complete session! Wonderfull!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Helen vista, CA, USA 02-24-04
    Helen vista, CA, USA 02-24-04
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    "Sad but good story"

    I like this book. The author does an excellent job playing the various characters. He is one of the best I've heard.

    What I like about the story is that it shows the different ways people cope with childhood abuse and depression. Yes, this is a sad story and now that I'm done listening, I'm going to pick a happier book.

    The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It was somewhat cliche.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Palmetto, FL, United States 06-06-04
    Nancy Palmetto, FL, United States 06-06-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Very interesting novel"

    The author, a psychiatrist, presents the thinking of the way the killer gets victims to trust him in a psychologically accurate format, unlike other author's. This makes this book not only interesting, but educational, as well. Highly recommend to readers who love mysteries.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tomodachi Burke, VA 01-10-06
    Tomodachi Burke, VA 01-10-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Author-reader a bit flat"

    Sometimes an author provides just the right voice for his novel. That wasn't true for Psychopath. I really missed the spirit that some of the fine actors give to an authors' words. This author's flat voice made the listen a bit tedious.
    The story itself kept my attention enough to finish the book, but in places I just found myself saying, "Oh no, here comes Hollywood again" because it read a tad like it was intended to be made into a mediocre movie. No "Silence of the Lambs" here - this is more the stuff of an intriguing trailer that turns out to be a disappointing film. Predictable in some places, very Hollywood in others. (Every pretty woman to which we are introduced in the story eventually becomes attracted to our main character. And outside of Hollywood, would anyone put themselves in the hazardous situations that some of the characters in this story do?)
    Some of the situations are resolved in a slightly atypical way, and some of the psychological insights are intriguing, but all in all I felt I'd heard this story many times in forgettable movies. However, it did keep my attention, so I gave it three stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcy Raleigh , NC, USA 12-23-04
    Marcy Raleigh , NC, USA 12-23-04
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    "Fantastic"

    This held my attention from the start. I loved that it was told from the killer's perspective. Great attention to detail, excellent character formation. Very worthwhile listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Sylmar, CA, United States 05-16-12
    Kimberly Sylmar, CA, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not too bad"

    The reader was a little dry but all in all it was an interesting story..

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    R. Dempsey Portage, Mi United States 04-09-12
    R. Dempsey Portage, Mi United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Exciting ride"
    What did you love best about Psychopath?

    The unique main character who is both brillant and damaged.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Psychopath?

    The opening sets the tone for the novel.


    What does Keith Ablow bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices of each character is a great help.


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

    At the point, I realized the main character (psychpath) is speaking from his heart.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nik National Park, NJ, United States 12-02-11
    Nik National Park, NJ, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "Enjoyable Evil"
    If you could sum up Psychopath in three words, what would they be?

    Good time evil!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the main character and his constant inner turmoil.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought Ablow did a decent job reading his own story. No complaints.


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

    At times, yes because I wanted him to catch the psychopath!


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book out of order, but it was still enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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