Mind Hunter

Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
Narrated by: John E. Douglas
Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (463 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins -- including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray -- for a landmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds.

He is Special Agent John Douglas, the model for law enforcement legend Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris's thrillers Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, and the man who ushered in a new age in behavorial science and criminal profiling. Recently retired after 25 years of service, John Douglas can finally tell his unique and compelling story.

With journalist Mark Olshaker, he gives us a behind the scenes look at his fascinating career, revisiting his journeys into the dark recesses and calculated madness present only in our worst nightmares. This is the true-crime work everyone has been waiting for -- by the Mind Hunter himself.

©1995 John Douglas (P)1995 Simon & Schuster

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Abridging this makes it almost pointless.

Would you try another book from John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker and/or John E. Douglas?

Yes but not if it is abridged.

What was most disappointing about John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker ’s story?

The abridged version robs it of any intricacies. It really takes away the depth of what's going on here.

What does John E. Douglas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He sounds professional and sincere.

Did Mind Hunter inspire you to do anything?

Double check and make sure i am not purchasing the abridged version.

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I don't see how it was a good idea to truncate this. It is such a deep and involved subject matter. Its not a story. So how can you just leave out parts of the picture?

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Need the unabridged version!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For true crime buffs, this is a must read. This is the guy who created the Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico (though it's called something else now, this is the most recognizable title). Definitely recommend this for anyone interested in criminal profiling, FBI, law enforcement, serial killers, and again, true crime.

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I really, really wish there were an unabridged version of this.

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Abridged Mind Hunter needed more story

I was bummed out when I realized this story was "un"abridged. I wanted to hear more of his process and case files.

When I was a kid I'd love to have anyone to read to me, now I've grown picky I was thinking when I spend money I want to hear a pro. However John didn't have an unpleasant voice and it was okay. Next time get a professional narrator.

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Short and self-serving

I've read/ listened to many forensic psychology books. This book seems to subtly correct perceived injustices to the author which is usually credit for an idea. I found Kessler's book much more informative, unbiased, and more "case by case" examples.

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Not quite horrible

This is mercifully short, over-simplified, braggadocios résumé. It's more like a long, mediocre magazine story than a book. The narration isn't totally terrible for an amateur, but the narrator struggles with pronunciation, notably of the word "escalate."

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Watch out, this is unabridged

What disappointed you about Mind Hunter?

It's my fault but I didn't notice this was the abridged edition. Incomplete and hardly worth listening to.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes but being abridged, it was full of holes.

Which character – as performed by John E. Douglas – was your favorite?

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What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment in the production.

Any additional comments?

I'll be very careful downloading from Amazon again. Don't want to get shorted again.

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An awful brag-fest.

Not what you think. I thought it would be an inside look of how the FBI solves these awful crimes. It was not. Instead it was a big brag-fest. The author’s arrogance was on full display. This was incredibly off putting. Very poor read.

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Interesting the way profiling advanced and grew

First, I would not have purchased this audiobook had I known it was abridged. A lot of good stories and facts were missing from print to audio. It would have been great full length. So if you are interested in lightly touching, skimming through a fascinating book, I would highly recommend the audio book. But if you want meat with your broth, buy the book.

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Love John E. Douglas!

I don't believe anyone has been exposed to the darkness and horrors John Douglas has seen in his life time. Some of the lower reviews indicate this is a bit of an autobiography, at times it is. This is a beautifully told story about a man who is a national treasure, the path that lead him to work for the FBI, his family life, such a selfless man who sacrificed so much to solve and or stop crime. This man deserves a national holiday for everything he has been subjected to, this is my second book by him and it is so touching to learn of his work with families of the victims and survivors. Just an exceptional human being, I can't imagine the disgusting things he has witnessed but he fights for fairness and justice. Listen to his thoughts regarding the justice system, very eye opening! A true hero, a gift to society! John E. Douglas for President, Douglas 2020! (Mic drop)

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very insightful

Great insight! Tough work. So glad for a unit like this. Crime is a moral crime. Fix that, lower crime.