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The Alienist | [Caleb Carr]

The Alienist

A new breed of evil has come to old New York. The horribly mutilated body of a young male prostitute turns up in the East River in 1896. Reporter John Moore and his mentor Laszlo Kreizler decide to investigate.

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Publisher's Summary

New York, 1896: Reporter John Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend, psychiatrist Laszlo Kreizler, a brilliant pioneer in the new and much-maligned study of society's "alienated" mentally ill. At the river, Moore and Kreizler view the horribly mutilated body of a young male prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. Supervised by the police commissioner, the newsman and his "alienist" mentor embark on a revolutionary attempt to identify the killer by assembling his psychological profile. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before...and will kill again.

©1994 Caleb Carr, All Rights Reserved; (P)1994 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; Audioworks is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    S. Waite Penitas, TX USA 06-18-07
    S. Waite Penitas, TX USA 06-18-07 Member Since 2002

    Retama Thorn

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    "Scary...."

    Fairly raw murder descriptions, but accurate historical detail, thanks to Mr. Carr's historical background. Plot gets you engaged, and you like the main character despite his faults. Good mystery!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SnideSide Full time RV'er, USA 04-07-06
    SnideSide Full time RV'er, USA 04-07-06 Member Since 2005

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    "Better than the book"

    This condensation of the book moves faster and is much more interesting for it. I love Edward Hermanns voice....he makes the book come alive.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert J. Mcgrath Cincinnati, OH 12-24-12
    Robert J. Mcgrath Cincinnati, OH 12-24-12 Member Since 2006

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    "One of the best period suspense/detective stories."
    What made the experience of listening to The Alienist the most enjoyable?

    Great period descriptions and characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Its a long story that builds but characters keep the story going.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Since he's been in many period movies his narration fits easily.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Great Cast of detectives drive a period horror and suspense story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harvey WASHINGTON, DC, United States 12-05-12
    Harvey WASHINGTON, DC, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Good as far as it went"
    Would you listen to The Alienist again? Why?

    No. A good enough story, but not sufficient for a second listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously the heroine.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Yes, well done


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

    no


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    Michael Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-31-12
    Michael Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen. Unfortunately it is abridged."

    I really enjoyed the book. I really wish that it was not abridged. The story was too condensed for me. I wanted to luxuriate in the prose.

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    Louann CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 07-09-12
    Louann CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Period Book for fiction lovers"
    What did you love best about The Alienist?

    Nice suspense novel set in another decade.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator was excellent and kept you drawn in to the story.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first.


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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 10-23-11
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 10-23-11 Member Since 2004

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    "Death and Decay inhabit more then the murders"

    I admit this was not the type of book I'd pick up for fun, I was told to read for a class on cultural History in North America on the advance of the Prof with the cheery comment that it was a best seller and write by a person with an MA in History.

    If you LIKE Freud theories of childhood, poop and sex then you may very well find the ideas of a police investigation team using them to be interest and exciting. The murders are grim, dark and of children.

    The main "police" characters are flat, having each a single attribute of virtue and nothing else to define them.

    The Reporter - Bravery - though it look more like fool heartiness
    The Female Admin - Knowledge of Children - not that she has any
    The Good Doctor - Intelligent - or more correctly the ability to connect the others ideas into a chain

    Edward Herrmann does a good job, giving each of the characters there own voice and feel but is fighting an uphill battle with 1 D plot and little better characters. Truely if you want a thrill there MUST be something less girt, grim and with a storyline.

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    Jennifer Bellingham, WA, USA 10-17-08
    Jennifer Bellingham, WA, USA 10-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Mediocre narrator"

    Probably the prissiest, least imaginative narration I have ever encountered in an Audible download. I nearly gave up on listening to it!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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