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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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    Amazon Customer WEST JORDAN, UT, United States 09-05-12
    Amazon Customer WEST JORDAN, UT, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrifying killers and a family's love"
    Would you listen to The Serial Killer Whisperer again? Why?

    No. I think once was enough for me. The stories of the killing and rapes were sometimes hard to get through but the overall story of Tony and his family made it worth it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony's father. The love for his son was so strong. It was really inspiring.


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

    I don't know if he was my favorite because he was so scary but that was the point so my favorite person who Alan Sklar voiced was Arthur Shawcross.


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

    I was moved throughout the book by the brutality of these men and that they had not remorse. It makes you shutter inside to know that there are these types of people around us!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. Disturbing but also hopeful. I do believe that there is true evil walking around in this world but I also believe that Tony and his family were put here to help control that evil.

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    Will Tarkington Fairfax, VA USA 09-04-12
    Will Tarkington Fairfax, VA USA 09-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Armchair Serial Killer Researcher a different side"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Serial Killer Whisperer to be better than the print version?

    The actor who reads this out loud gives the laugh that the serial killers pepper their correspondence with a chilling nonchalance that reminds you of where these letters are coming from.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    If you have read the multitudes of books that surround serial killers then you have gotten the basic profile down. In this book "Tony" is the investigator in all of us that simply asks, "Why? Ok I see you killed them but WHY did you do it?" Sometimes he gets an answer and sometimes not but even the dodges are interesting to read.


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

    The first time he laughed as "Arther Shawcross" it really grabbed my attention ha...ha..


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    Joselyn San Francisco, CA, United States 09-03-12
    Joselyn San Francisco, CA, United States 09-03-12
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you listen to The Serial Killer Whisperer again? Why?

    Yes and I have relistened to the beginning again already. This story is fascinating and the insight it gives the listener on top of that, quality.


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

    The letter from the killers themselves are chilling, but this is why I chose this book.


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    Perfect voice for reading a killer's words. It grumbled ever so slightly when reciting the letters from serial killers without ever going overboard while reading everything else.


    Any additional comments?

    Some reviews mark down the book because it is graphic, but what kind of book did they think they were listening too? The letters from serial killers in this book are obviously going to be graphic, but please don't mark the book down because you expected otherwise from these murderers. Much of this book exposes what serial killers did and thought at the times in their lives when they performed these horrible acts. Gross yes, but a glimpse into something you can't find in many other books on the subject.

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    Valorie FAIRVIEW, NC, United States 09-03-12
    Valorie FAIRVIEW, NC, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Tragic to triump."
    What made the experience of listening to The Serial Killer Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    The love and struggle of a very strong family. How their support molded the positive outcome in a tragic situation.


    What other book might you compare The Serial Killer Whisperer to and why?

    None


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

    The father in the family was such a great mentor to his son. I think that if this young man had not have such a great supporting family his life could have taken a devastating outcome.


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

    The book really got into the insecurities of the serial killers. That seemed to be the common thread between all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for someone with a week stomach. This book vividly goes into the dark side of these monsters.

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    J. Clark 08-28-12
    J. Clark 08-28-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Well written - Good Narration - Hard to handle..."

    It's a great book, very interesting, detailed and flows well. however this book is NOT for the feint of heart. This book is detailed, filled with the sickest people on the planet's own words, so keep that in mind if you're reading this book. I had some parts where even as a person who sees some of the worst of the worst in my work with State Correctional Facilities, had a really hard time not losing my lunch over. If you want a hard hitting, true crime novel that is an incredibly well written book in which the main plot line is actually a really fascinating story about a boy with brain damage, not these monsters and their letters, than this is a great read. But don't forget the Monsters are still there, and they're the loudest voice of them all.

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    David S. Saunders San Jose, CA 08-23-12
    David S. Saunders San Jose, CA 08-23-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Amazing story and repulsive as well"

    This story is a fascinating tale of a psychopath who found succor by drawing out the stories of other psychopathic serial killers. The letters from the prison inmates are read in unedited detail and should be offensive to all, but the fact that Tony got these men to speak where so many others failed is incredible and I hope that it provides value in efforts to capture and/or prevent tragedies perpetrated by others.

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    Spencer 08-20-12
    Spencer 08-20-12
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    "Very, Very Dark"

    This book is long on quotes from the letters from serial killers to a young man that has had some very terribly life changing events. The letters are unedited except for length and are graphic to the point of what many readers will consider pornographic. I'm not sure the ending really justifies the overall book. But the reader will come away with a real appreciation of the manipulative, dishonest, and evil nature of these people. It's been reported that there are, on average, 2 serial killers active in each of the 50 states at any given time. They don't always get caught because they move about and many murders are not linked to the same perpetrator until much later, if ever. For those that do not support the death penalty in the case of these kinds of serial killers, my guess is that their opinions might be tweaked a bit after reading this book.

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    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 08-04-12
    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.

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    "Entertaining Listen...Disturbing Stuff"
    What did you love best about The Serial Killer Whisperer?

    Getting an unfiltered window into the minds of serial killers. Understanding how they think about killing. What it means to them. How little they think about consequences.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The letters back and forth between David and the killers. When the writer finally opens up the book to portray some of the victims as people.


    Did Alan Sklar do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    For the most part. He was a little over the top and a little off-putting at first, but as the story grabs your attention the narration becomes less of an issue


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

    There is nothing moving in this book. It's an entertaining read, but it is all about bad people doing bad things. Not many places to find hope.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good book to gain insight into the criminal mind. You have to have a strong stomach.

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    Jo Potocki Stolen Native American Land 06-23-12
    Jo Potocki Stolen Native American Land 06-23-12

    Writer of Words and Painter of Paint

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    "Most Uncomfortable Book I Have Ever Listened To"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narrator was fantastic - kudos for even reading this. It was far more graphic I anticipated and the serial killers talking about their crimes one on one was way more detail than I ever wanted.


    What was most disappointing about Pete Earley’s story?

    It's far more graphic than it needs to be.


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

    Alan's voice is really great to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was pretty grossed out at the level of detail given to the blow by blow murders.


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    Tiffany Milwaukee, WI, United States 06-08-12
    Tiffany Milwaukee, WI, United States 06-08-12
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    "This book gets inside their minds..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Serial Killer Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    I love the narrator her has narrated other books that I have read and his voice fits. When he reads as Shawcross he sounds just like you think he would sound. Following his son through the stages he went through after the accident are helpful to understand what really goes on inside some other these killers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony's mom and dad. They let you see inside the stages that the family of a TBI survivor goes through.


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

    Arthur Shawcross


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

    No, there was so much information to take in and then I liked to go back and think about some of it and listen to parts again. It is a lot to take in in one sitting. I think at some point your brain would start to tune out the details of the murders. So it should be listened to in about 4 or 5 sittings, I think. There is just a lot of very good info in this book and taking it in too fast you will miss some really good info.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was very eye opening to say the least. You here how killers can't feel and that is why they sometimes kill. Well following Tony's journey and his feelings it becomes almost understandable that they kill. Not that is is ok, just that you can understand the process the brain goes through and the important processes it skips over after a TBI.

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