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The Good Nurse Audiobook

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

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Publisher's Summary

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned 16 years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly 10 years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, The Good Nurse weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.

Graeber's portrait of Cullen depicts a surprisingly intelligent and complicated young man whose promising career was overwhelmed by his compulsion to kill, and whose shy demeanor masked a twisted interior life hidden even to his family and friends. Were it not for the hardboiled, unrelenting work of two former Newark homicide detectives racing to put together the pieces of Cullen's professional past, and a fellow nurse willing to put everything at risk, including her job and the safety of her children, there's no telling how many more lives could have been lost.

In the tradition of In Cold Blood, The Good Nurse does more than chronicle Cullen's deadly career and the breathless efforts to stop him; it paints an incredibly vivid portrait of madness and offers a penetrating look inside America's medical system. Harrowing and irresistibly paced, this book will make you look at medicine, hospitals, and the people who work in them, in an entirely different way.

©2013 Charles Graeber (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Meredith Muckerman 04-26-17
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    "Girl, please."

    The narrator's portrayal of a female voice (ESPECIALLY a female child's voice) in this audio recording was cringeworthy and creepy. It really took away from the dramatic retelling of conversations pivotal to this investigation and case.

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    lesley marrone 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great story about a tragic truth."

    loved this book. sad to say this happens. as a member of healthcare industry this was a interesting read for me.

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    S/V Ladyhawke 03-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best audiobooks I've ever 'read'"

    Writing, performance, research, subject...all excellent. Its a story you'd expect to hear of 1950s healthcare. Nope: 2003!

    It's on my top ten list.

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    Kindle Customer okc, ok 03-15-17
    Kindle Customer okc, ok 03-15-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Disturbingly fascinating"

    As an ICU nurse I found this book to be very eye opening and shocking. The fact that something like this can not only happen but continue to happen is a grave injustice to not only our patients but, our profession as a whole.

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    Julie 02-07-17
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    "Riveting, disturbing, nearly too much to take"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first half of the book was disturbing. I didn't expect to be so terrified. This storyline and setting doesn't usually get under my skin, but told this way, it's unforgettable and almost too much to bear. I actually felt guilty about listening to it because it was so amoral.


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    Michael Lonn Smith Cambridge, MA, US 02-02-17
    Michael Lonn Smith Cambridge, MA, US 02-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "He's got to get the medical terms correct!"

    The reader did a great job except when it came to speaking medical terms, especially the short version for digoxin. It could have been corrected SO easily.

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    "Wow"

    A very interesting book that is very good. Sometimes reality is more disturbing than fiction

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    Amazon Customer 12-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Good Nurse--true thriller suspense."

    This true story thriller is the best audiobook I've heard to date. An exceptionally well written and narrated compilation beyond expectations. The male nurse who possibly murdered 400 patients over 16 years of reckless employers with unforgivable ethics and medical malpractice etcetera to cover the business of hospitals, instead of exposing this disgusting human who choose a needle as his murder weapon.

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    Amazon Customer Washington, USA 12-14-16
    Amazon Customer Washington, USA 12-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A must listen or read if your in the medical field"

    The narration was very good, and the story is a chilling one. A must listen or read if your in the medical feild. "people are still people".

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    PMSROCK London 12-10-16
    PMSROCK London 12-10-16 Member Since 2016

    I love reading, I love audible books even more, I don't have to stop listening when I have things to do or plsces to go...I can do both!!!

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    "UNBELIEVABLE"

    This is definitely an eye opener. I understand that people can be blind to the unspeakable things one human being can do to another, but wow. And the reactions and consequences to these things can be just as upsetting. This book brings that home. I was fascinated from the start, and would recommend this book to any who are captivated by true crime.

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