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

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

From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Tim Greensboro, NC, United States 03-04-13
    Tim Greensboro, NC, United States 03-04-13
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    "Not for the squeamish!"
    What did you love best about The Serial Killer Whisperer?

    Found Anthony's journey unique and compelling. His struggle to find meaning was very inspiring!


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

    Lackluster...I assumed at the end he would have cracked a cold case wide open but nothing like that...Disappointing.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Sklar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    His parents struggle to find a place for Anthony after his injury. Thats what you call parents!


    Any additional comments?

    Not bad. I did think going to see the serial killers in person was very strange.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Anaheim Hills, CA, United States 03-25-13
    Karen Anaheim Hills, CA, United States 03-25-13
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    "Unnecessary"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    I felt bad for the guy with the TBI and his difficulty finding people to connect with. But as person who has studied serial killers for a long time I found this book so unnecessary and gratuitous in its descriptive and graphic vulgarity. I am not sure why this guy would be called a "serial killer whisperer," Anyone could have elicited these kinds if details from these killers. He just gave them an audience by asking questions and asking for more and more detail. He gave these serial killers a gift by paying attention to them.

    1 of 1 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 2011
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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 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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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 2003

    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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    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jessamyn WEST HARTFORD, CT, United States 11-26-13
    Jessamyn WEST HARTFORD, CT, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, but not for everyone"
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    This is definitely an interesting story worth being told. However, be advised that the stories from the serial killers are not only disturbing, but told in their own extremely crude language. If that stuff doesn't bother you, then this is a good book.

    The voice of Alan Sklar was annoyingly low and husky at first, but I realized it fits with the content of what he is reading. I got used to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin TN 11-24-13
    Kristin TN 11-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I couldn't stop listening"
    What did you love best about The Serial Killer Whisperer?

    I've always been interested in serial killers so this one stood out to me. The book was very detailed and graphic almost to the point some of it was really sickening. I wouldnt recommend this book for someone who isn't ready for details about killing and rape but if you are open minded as I am you should be fine. The book, and true story, talks about a boy that had a traumatic brain injury. He was somewhat isolated due to outbursts and begins writing to serial killers with his families supervision. The book goes into details about what was written to give you a peek into how the killers think.


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    This guy was awesome at reading


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the book was longer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sara United States 11-08-13
    sara United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2013

    Working the night shift with audible:-)

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    "Graphic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To my friends who are into psychology, yes. To my friend with a weak stomach, no.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anthony


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

    Anthony


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made my stomach turn.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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