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  • Inside the Mind of BTK

  • The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
  • By: John Douglas, Johnny Dodd
  • Narrated by: Jason Klav
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Chris on 12-13-12

Immersive story, WEAK performance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-18

This was a hyper detailed book that really put you in the passenger's seat of the convoluted yet exciting search for the BTK killer. By the time things were concluding, you felt a real connection if not kindred feelings toward the well presented characters.

That said, my major complaint is with the narrator. Throughout the book it seemed as if he were reading the book for the first time right along with you; just unrehearsed with odd phrasing and pauses from start to finish. This along with his countless mispronounced words made for a constant distraction, and for some an irritation to overcome.

This is my second John Douglas audiobook and although the first had a different narrator (I checked before purchasing this book), it too had poor narration that detracted from full enjoyment.

Certainly give this one a try though, the story is well worth overcoming the narrator. I'll continue to give John Douglas books a go and hope a better narrator was found.

  • Light

  • A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age
  • By: Bruce Watson
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Light begins at Stonehenge, where crowds cheer a solstice sunrise. After sampling myths explaining First Light, the story moves on to early philosophers' queries, then through the centuries, from Buddhist temples to Biblical scripture, when light was the soul of the divine. Battling darkness and despair, Gothic architects crafted radiant cathedrals while Dante dreamed a 'heaven of pure light.' Later, following Leonardo's advice, Renaissance artists learned to capture light on canvas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow starter but stick with it!

  • By Fed Barona on 06-15-18

Slow starter but stick with it!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

A little tough at times to “purely listen to” without looking at the diagrams referenced in the discussion but way worth the time. It starts off a little sounding like it will be a philosophy lecture but if you stick with it, you get into an engaging discussion of the science and history of our current knowledge on LIGHT!

If you aren’t interested in listening to physics, theories and the history of folks who chased the knowledge of not only how light behaves but what it actually is, then give this a hard pass.

  • Mindhunter

  • Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
  • By: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012

Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much ego

  • By Kourtney on 01-27-18

Sub interesting story and trite 50s detective reading.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

The show is much better than the details in this book however, I think it would be ok were it not for the reader's take on how to perform the reading. His voice and stylizing is right down the middle of a 50s murder mystery or true detective show. It is really distracting and makes this less than enjoyable.