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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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    Big jim Picotto Great White North 04-07-15
    Big jim Picotto Great White North 04-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story with plenty of insight"

    Enjoyed this story. Well written, and certainly well researched. Well narrated as well.Difficult to grasp how someone can go down this path.

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    Mr. Sagiv Hadaya Bellevue,wa 09-20-17
    Mr. Sagiv Hadaya Bellevue,wa 09-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "scary story. but a bit boring on writing style"

    the story is crazy and unbelievable. but 1/2 the book drags on too slowly and only the 2nd half goes into more hunt style, the characters all around are not given enough attention and detail and even the main informant is left a bit shallow, which im she she was not.

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    AmzCust68 09-18-17
    AmzCust68 09-18-17
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    "Meh - Narration was more painful than the plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Too much filler. Narrator was horrid


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different narrator and shorter listen.


    What didn’t you like about Will Collyer’s performance?

    Not engaging. Tone was very flat


    Do you think The Good Nurse needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No because there was there wasn’t enough material for this book. Very repetitive.


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    Robert 09-17-17
    Robert 09-17-17
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    "Good Audiobook"

    Held our attention. Good narration. Did not like the mispronunciation of 'Dig' (pronounced dij- rhymes with 'midge'). Other than that, highly recommended.

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    Adrienne Swan 08-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story, okay narration"

    The beginning of this book was a little repetitive with how the killer went about harming his patients but after getting to part 2 where they described the investigation and how he was caught, I was absolutely hooked. The narrator mispronounces numerous medical words (if he said hep-a-rin one more time I felt like heaving my phone through the wall). But all in all, definitely worth the listen.

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    Stephanie M. Tinicum Township, PA 07-10-17
    Stephanie M. Tinicum Township, PA 07-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "My first audio book."

    As my first audio book experience it was pleasantly unexpected and kept me wanting more.

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    me 05-03-17
    me 05-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "highly recommended"

    Usually I struggle to finish audiobooks, unless they are comedies. But this book grabbed me from the very beginning. The story is fascinating and the reader is superb. I highly recommend it.

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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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