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The Serial Killer Whisperer Audiobook

The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

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Fifteen-year-old Tony Ciaglia had everything a teenager could want: good grades, good athletic skills, and good friends - until he suffered a horrific head injury at summer camp. Pronounced clinically dead three times by helicopter paramedics before he reached a hospital, Ciaglia lapsed into a coma. When he emerged, his right side was paralyzed and he had to relearn how to walk, talk, and even how to eat. The areas of his brain that were damaged required him to take countless pills to control his emotions and rages. Abandoned and shunned by his friends, he began writing to serial killers on a whim and discovered that his traumatic brain injury - which made him an outcast to his peers - enabled him to emotionally connect with notorious murderers in a unique way.

Soon many of America's most dangerous psychopaths were revealing heinous details to Tony about their crimes - even those they'd never been convicted of. The killers opened up to him, trusted him, and called him a "best friend". But there was a price. As Tony found himself being drawn deeper and deeper into their violent worlds of murder, rape, and torture, he was pushed to the brink of despair and, at times, forced to question his own sanity - until he found a way to put his unusual gift to use. Asked by investigators for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for help in solving a murder, Tony began launching his own personal searches for forgotten victims, incredibly with clues often provided to him voluntarily by the killers themselves.

The Serial Killer Whisperer takes listeners into the minds of murderers in a way that has never been done before - straight from a killer's thoughts. It is also an inspiring (albeit sometimes terrifying) tale of an American family whose idyllic life is shattered by a terrible accident and how healing and closure came to a tormented man in the most unlikely way: by connecting with monsters.

©2012 Pete Earley (P)2012 Tantor

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    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-09-15
    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2011

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    "You can't Unhear this book"

    Let me begin by saying that I am far from squeamish. I love true crime and am often frustrated by the lack of details provided about the crimes themselves or the psyche of the killers. This book leaves NOTHING OUT. It is graphic, almost to a fault the correspondence with the killers is bone chilling.

    The narration was brilliant and made the letters from Gacy, and others spring to life in a way I sort of wish they hadn't.

    I have always wondered what they were like, and now I think I know more than I wanted to.

    Be warned, you can't unhear this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pharmacist Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-08-15
    Pharmacist Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about The Serial Killer Whisperer?

    I was expecting insight into the serial killer mind and was delivered correspondence between one man and various serial killers. Little insight was provided and the book seemed to rely on graphic detail to keep readers interested.


    Has The Serial Killer Whisperer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was bland and added little.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It may appeal to horror/slasher film buffs ... but at a much slower and more mundane pace.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George carrollton, TX, United States 03-28-13
    George carrollton, TX, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring story"
    What did you like best about The Serial Killer Whisperer? What did you like least?

    Best.....inside story's from murderers.Worst...a bit too much personal info on author to maintain interest.


    Would you recommend The Serial Killer Whisperer to your friends? Why or why not?

    Depends on the friend.


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    earthy...good.


    Did The Serial Killer Whisperer inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I know you should never critique a book half way through it....but as talented a writer, and as inspiring as it is.....about half the information about Tony's brain injury & private life could be removed, and replace this space with more on the killers, would make it better for me.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen beaverton, OR, United States 10-25-12
    Colleen beaverton, OR, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Tragedy's can sometimes lead to greatness"
    Would you listen to The Serial Killer Whisperer again? Why?

    Sure. I would be interested in learning more about the serial killers, reading more about their crimes and history; and then read it again when I know the people better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It didn't sugar coat the crimes, but also didn't get too gory. I also liked the fact that many people would have written Tony off after his brain injury, but instead his work helped heal others.


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

    He did a different voice for the serial killers; the bad part was, he used the same "voice" for each person. So the killers had the same "laugh", etc... But, overall I would listen to him again.


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

    Same as the headline: Tragedy's can sometimes lead to greatness


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend studying up on Tony and the killers prior to reading. You don't HAVE to, but I think it would add value.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    heather Pleasantville 09-15-12
    heather Pleasantville 09-15-12

    Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️

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    "Beauty from ashes"
    Where does The Serial Killer Whisperer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the 50%. Great Book about the purpose and place one can find for oneself even in the midst of what seems irreparable!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Serial Killer Whisperer?

    The deep love the parents had for their son and their long suffering attitude.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Sklar – was your favorite?

    The voice of the serial killers. Great job with that.


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

    It was difficult to put down but some parts were difficult to listen to when the killers were telling their stories through their letters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book leaves you feeling very aware of the menacing individuals in our society and so sad for the lives destroyed by these monsters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Papin Denver, Colorado, United States 06-09-12
    C. Papin Denver, Colorado, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE Amazon!

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    "I've Only Just Started This Story...."
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    I've only just started this story but I have been reeled in by not only the narration, but the story itself. Once I have completed the story I will be able to update my review. So far though....so good!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie Pine Bush, NY, United States 04-05-13
    Maggie Pine Bush, NY, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, very disturbing and graphic."
    What made the experience of listening to The Serial Killer Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    The narration was very good. The story was pretty disturbing, a bit drawn out, but a good listen.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Fpo, AE, United States 07-26-12
    Steven Fpo, AE, United States 07-26-12
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    "Spooky journey into the mind of evil"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great listen, this book was by far one of my favorites. If you like true crime and have the stomach for it then get this book!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maryanne DEXTER, OR, United States 02-26-12
    Maryanne DEXTER, OR, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2003

    mpeaslee

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    "Way too graphic"

    I understand that serial kills are sick predators, and a bit of detail would have been good, but the story of Tony is what this book should have been for me and how getting involved with these folks made him who he is. But this book was more about details of murders and what these folks did. I will probably finish the book, but I am fast forwarding through much of the murderers confessions TMI in my opinion.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Josie 08-19-16
    Josie 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    good book, great read really. went into a lot of detail. enjoyed listening.

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