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Evil Has a Name

The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
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Rank this with the best in true crime.

This was the most compelling book I have listened to in years. It's not like any other audio book.
Interwoven stories, research, interviews, from multiple points of view. If you're interested in true crime, detective work, profiling, sensitive accounts from victims and police investigators... you will be captivated. I can't really say enough about it. 6 hours flew by in a flash. And such a relief to have an ending like this one.

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Much respect for the Victims and the Families

Full Disclosure: I am one of the narrators of this project. But I have to say, being given the opportunity to work with Ret. Det. Paul Holes and the Survivor Sisters has been amazing and humbling. They are all true Heroes and Sheroes! The insights they provide and the courage they all displayed is epic.

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  • JD
  • 11-15-18

True Crime Audio Documentary

This is more than an audiobook. It’s a full production including interviews with survivors, investigators and more. I finished it in one day because it’s that good.

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Listened all in one sitting

Jim Clemente and Paul Holes together my two true crime heroes , yes please! Thank you Paul for never giving up!

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Audible Raises The Bar On True Crime Genre

There's not another true crime book like this. In fact, I'm not sure this is a book. It's a collection of interviews woven together to tell the story of capturing the Golden State killer. It's like a very well put together audio documentary. Instead of giving the single perspective of one author, the book gives many perspectives of people speaking in their own voices. From victims to police, the story goes behind the scenes in a way few books do.

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  • LeighAna
  • LONGVIEW, TX, United States
  • 11-16-18

Bravo!

I’m in awe at the tenacity and strength of, not only the victims of this cockroach, but the team of investigators who have put their hearts and souls into ridding the public of a dangerous killer. This audiobook includes the voices of the victims and their families, a well as the voices of the the main actors in this true crime story. Well done.

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Fascinating interviews

An excellent audio documentary in the same very effective format as West Cork, this is a collection of interviews with victims, law enforcement figures, scientists and investigators involved in this recently solved, epic case. If you were mesmerized by Michelle McNamara’s “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” you’ll find in this book a satisfying resolution to the mysteries she addressed. A must-read for true crime fans.

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  • Maria
  • La Grande, OR, United States
  • 11-16-18

Excellent!

Very nicely put together and love the fact that it was mostly narrated by Paul. Thank you Paul for your passion in law enforcement to provide justice.

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Chapter 12

This was well done very informative but also sad and tragic as it should be because what that man did was horrid. GSK was, is a monster and thank God it seems (I believe) he has been captured after so long and will have what's coming to him. Out of all the chapters, the chapter that stood at the most for me was chapter 12. Sitting in my truck, listening at a local grocery store just before I was ready to go in and shop. Couldn't go in until I finished the very and had wiped away the tears. I just can't even imagine.

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  • Douglas
  • Woodinville, WA, United States
  • 11-15-18

Great!!

Great insight into the Golden State Killer investigation. So much info put together in a really engaging way.

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  • Betty Mak
  • 01-09-19

Captivating

I am only new to Audiobooks and I don't think this story would have the same impact via a book. I found myself sighing and groaning as the many disappointments were elaborated. It was so well compiled and informative. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

Thrilling story highly recommend

Paul and Jim do an amazing job narrating this story. If you like listening to true crime stories this one wont disappoint

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-19

Great audio book!

I highly recommend this book. The policing detail is fascinating and the stories from the survivors is presented in such a sensitive way.

If you want a story of of inspirational police dedication this is for you.

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  • ScottyOfAus
  • 06-02-19

Amazing Story

Perfect title, very well told, and a great example of the commitment by police and the community to bring a piece of garbage to justice. The hero Paul Holes a forensic criminologist and retired Costa County detective spent 20 years of his life chasing lead after lead. Until he came up with an ingenious, yet simple, and revolutionary method to find a needle in a haystack.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-19

Enticing!

Usually true crime docos are quite bland to listen to but this one had me engaged the whole way through! There wasn’t a single moment where I wasn’t intensely listening!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-19

Captivating!

This is a story that keeps you wanting to know more from the very beginning. Extremely informative yet emotional. Definitely recommend!

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  • Ashm
  • 05-28-19

Amazing.

Perhaps the best audio book of the year. I have listened to this twice now. Amazing story, and great narration. Highly recommending it. What a story.

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  • Julie
  • 05-26-19

Another perspective

Was a little slow at times but was probably representative of how the investigation progressed. Interesting to get a different perspective of the highs and lows of such a complex and drawn out case.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-16-19

just wow

Loved every minute of it, and glad on the end result. great team work brilliant job. so glad they were able to get such an amazing result with what they had a hand. my heart goes out to all the victims and their families.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-19

Great

Like a true crime podcast, but instead of episodes it's chapters and there are no ads! Very interesting and gripping story. I like that there are multiple voices and the audio design is great. Looking forward to more content like this from audible.