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I Am Not a Serial Killer Audiobook

I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

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John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

As he struggles to understand the demon and find a way to kill it, his own mind begins to unravel until he fears he may never regain control. Faced with the reality that he is, perhaps, more monstrous than the monster he is fighting, John must make a final stand against the horrors of both the demon and himself.

©2009 Dan Wells (P)2010 Tantor

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    Tyson 04-20-15
    Tyson 04-20-15
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    "not really sure how good this book is"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have heard a lot of great things about this book, but the narrative is so bad that I can't tell for myself if the book is any good or not. I wasn't going to even rate the story but I couldn't post a review without doing so. The narration is all one voice at one level of intensity no matter what is happening. This makes it difficult to understand who is talking sometimes and makes it difficult to stay tuned into the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Allen Nelson?

    Bronson Pinchot would be a great narrator for this book.


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    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 04-12-15
    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 04-12-15

    I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.

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    "Great series that gets better and better!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Not a Serial Killer to be better than the print version?

    i never read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main character is my favorite


    What does John Allen Nelson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not a fan of his narration, the book got so much better when Kirby Heyborne read book two and three.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i pretty much did, the book was refreshing and a fun listen.


    Any additional comments?

    great story! If you like shows like dexter, you will love this series.

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    Amazon Customer Smithfield, UT, United States 03-22-15
    Amazon Customer Smithfield, UT, United States 03-22-15 Member Since 2014

    Kowalski, someone's looking at my profile. Find them. Rico, time for boom boom. Private, send the family a funeral bouquet.

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    "Great Story"

    I noticed a few people mentioned they didn't like the narration. I thought it was fine, but I don't think Nelson's voice is a good match for the genre. I think his voice would be perfect for non-fiction, business, or something like that. It helped to increase the pace to 1.5 speed.

    The story was great. At one point the plot seemed to twist so much that I found myself a little disappointed that the story I had become invested in seemed to no longer be the focus. But it ended up getting all tied together. I'm surprised that the average rating is under four stars. I recommend giving it the book a try.

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    ajb043 03-06-15
    ajb043 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "narrator didn't fit story"

    The narrator sounded more like a 1960's newscaster than a15 yr old. Good story though.

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    Cameron SPANISH FORK, UTAH, United States 02-23-15
    Cameron SPANISH FORK, UTAH, United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Go get the actual book."

    I decided just to read the book after a chapter. John Allen Nelson just sounds like a computer. I'm used to fixing inflection and accent here and there in my head, but I had to re-render EVERYTHING so that it sounded like a kid in high school and had the sarcasm of that high schooler. Dan Wells is great, though. I met him at Comic-con with Brandon Sanderson. if you like Brandon, you'll love Dan. I guess my fiancé is proof that if you *don't* like Brandon Sanderson, you'll like Dan Wells, but that'bedside the point..

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    MJ 01-09-15
    MJ 01-09-15
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    "Combo of ok writing but sub-par narration"

    I read the other reviews - I was warned. But I listened to a sample and thought, "The narrator isn't bad. I'll give it a shot."

    Yeah, I should have heeded their advice. The narrator starts out as tolerable, but it just wore me down the further I got into the book. And while the subject of the book is interesting, the writing isn't enough to entice me to finish the book. When you're wincing at the thought of listening again, that's not a good sign.

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    Janie O'brien US 10-23-14
    Janie O'brien US 10-23-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "MAYBE I AM, MAYBE I'M NOT !!"
    If you could sum up I Am Not a Serial Killer in three words, what would they be?

    A nice romp!


    If you could rename I Am Not a Serial Killer, what would you call it?

    I have these strange and dangerous thoughts !!


    Any additional comments?

    I quite enjoyed this book and would classify it as lighted hearted. I did not find this book horrifying at all; maybe occasionally a little grotesque. Perhaps I have become desensitised by watching the likes of CSI on the tele, but the mortuary scenes scenes were not at all shocking the way they were portrayed in such an everyday manner. In fact, I found the book rather amusing, especially when the supernatural elements appeared in the form of 'the demon' disguised as the old neighbour. What this demon serial killer did to his victims I read in the same humorous vein as the demon himself was described. I will buy the second in the series and again look forward to a nice light hearted 'horror.' Perhaps I'm a psychopath too (hehehe)!!

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    Igrat777 10-10-14
    Igrat777 10-10-14
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    "Teen thriller"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was well written and mildly interesting but not at all what I thought it was going to be. It was more of a sophisticated teen horror story than the adult bloody thriller I was expecting.

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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 08-10-14
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Strong and Fascinatingly Disturbing Debut"

    This was a great debut effort that stands out because of the strong characterization of the main character. Boiled down, this is a pretty straightforward mystery novel. The thing that makes it stand out is that the story is told in the voice of a main character who is a sociopath. In that sense, Wells has done an outstanding job. Now, I don't know if his depiction of a sociopath is accurate or not, but it feels believable enough. On the other hand, the main character is afraid that he is going to turn into a serial killer because he has so many common serial killer traits and thoughts. I don't know if I buy all that, and I think that it is overdone in several places. Parts of the book were disturbing and I would rather they not be in there, personally. But overall I have to admit that it is well done. The overall plot may not be realistic, but the book itself is pretty good.

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    Francesca 03-12-14
    Francesca 03-12-14

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    "Worse narrator ever"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a clever little book, kind of Dexter for YA, but the narrator is so so wrong I could barely listen to the story. So on on level was not well spent.


    What didn’t you like about John Allen Nelson’s performance?

    He simply sounds like a grouchy older guy, not al all like a teen. It was a complete mismatch, for which I guess the publisher is to blame.


    Could you see I Am Not a Serial Killer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


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