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Devil in the Darkness

The True Story of Serial Killer Israel Keyes
Narrated by: Don Kline
Length: 8 hrs
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
4 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)

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He was a hard-working small business owner, an Army veteran, an attentive lover, and a doting father. But he was also something more, something sinister. A master of deception, he was a rapist, arsonist, and bank robber, and a new breed of serial killer, one who studied other killers to perfect his craft. He methodically buried kill-kits containing his tools of murder years before returning to reclaim them. Viewing the entire country as his hunting grounds, he often flew across the country to distant locations where he would rent a car and drive hundreds or even thousands of miles before randomly selecting his victims. Such were the methods and madness of serial killer Israel Keyes. Such were the demands of the Devil in the Darkness.

©2016 RJ Parker Publishing (P)2016 RJ Parker Publishing

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Hire a professional narrator

The narration is SO bad I can't even listen. The emphasis is put on the wrong words as if he is just reading individual words rather than a sentence. I can't possibly tell you if the story is good or not because I can't get through the book with this narration.

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Awful Narrator...

It is really difficult to review this book because it was very hard to understand the story as read by this narrator. He has an extremely odd reading pattern in that he stops as if there is a period in the middle of sentences to catch his breath. As a result, it often changes the meaning of a sentence. I think he reads to the end of each line and stops for a breath instead of the end of each sentence. I was quite distracted with this and had to stop the recording and go back and listen when sentences did not make sense. I realized it was because he does not use periods or commas as reading guides. This made the story very unenjoyable and I would not purchase a book with Don Kline as the narrator in the future. I volunteer in a recording studio; editing books that have been recorded for people who are blind and I wonder if this book was put through any review process before it was offered for sale. Because I think most sound editors would flag this book .

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Interesting look into the brutal mind of a killer.

But the narrator has poor enuciation and pronunciation, and poor reading rhythm.

The production suffers , while the storyline is intriguing.

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Couldn't listen to this, and not bc of the story!

The performance was so terrible I fast forwarded through a lot of this. The reader mispronounces a LOT of words. His pacing is awful. All around so bad I want to send this back and get the physical book to read for myself.

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Awful Narration

The narrator is terrible. The cadence and delivery of the story is broken and seems to jump around. Would rather have read the book myself. Very disappointed.

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Fascinating story of evil

The subject of this story is truly evil. His story leaves one questioning the true nature of humanity. The actions and decisions of this man were so coldly calculating that he is a clear example of the sociopath.

Unfortunately the narrator has a stilted, halting style that truly challenges one to enjoy what is otherwise a very interesting story. Ugh one of the worst I have had to suffer through.

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No new info + terrible narration

As most other reviewers have noted, the narrator was awful. He paused at awkward times, placed emphasis on incorrect syllables, and mispronounced several words... It was distracting. His cringey growl to announce the start of a new chapter was also pretty bad. The content was okay, but not great. There isn't anything in here that you can't find in news articles or podcast episodes. Also, the flow of the book is odd. There are random parts that just resummarize what had already been summarized.

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Save your money

Narrator was awful, he made the book very hard to listen to. His cadence was akin to that of Shatner.

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Story is interesting, Reader is terrible

I find the story of Isreal Keyes fascinating, so that was interesting. It was hard to listen to because the reader has no idea how to pronounce common words. I find it hard to believe the author worte with the pausing the reader used. I will not waste money or time listening to anything else read by Don Kline. American Preditor us a better book.

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Narration is Important

Well told story, with plenty of interesting information, but I found the narrator VERY difficult to listen to. His speech was not clear and he often slurred and mispronounced common words. I would have enjoyed reading this book more than listening to it.

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  • M. Bateman
  • 01-31-18

Struggled

I struggled to enjoy for the same reasons everyone else seems to have, the narrator detracted from the book because of his odd manner of narration. Strange and leaves you feeling disconnected from the book.

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  • Tim Elsom
  • 10-30-19

Good book spoiled by AWFUL narration

I have listened to over 100 audiobooks over the years and I’ve never found one that I had to stop listening to because of the narration...until now that is. I’m sorry but Kline’s sing-song style with pauses where they don’t belong detracts massively from an otherwise good book. He doesn’t sound like he’s read the book first and there is no emotion or passion in the delivery. I hate to write bad reviews but on this occasion I needed to share this. I managed two chapters but was put off from the first paragraph. Completed the book by reading a copy myself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-19

Worst. Narrator. Ever.

Someone needs to tell this guy what full stops are and what they mean. Terrible. His kids would have the shittest bedtime stories ever.

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  • Simon
  • 08-28-17

Ok story, terrible narration.

If you dont really know how to read, respecting that commas and full stops signify pauses, then please do not narrate audiobooks. The narrator of this title pauses at random times, accentuating words that require no need for this, resulting in a stunted performance that is frustrating to listen to and make sense of. The narration ruined the story for me.

Major let down to the point of almost contacting Audible and asking for my credit back.