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Inside the Mind of BTK Audiobook

Inside the Mind of BTK: The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer

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Publisher's Summary

This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years, a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations.

After disappearing for nine years, he suddenly reappeared, complaining that no one was paying enough attention to him and claiming that he had committed other crimes for which he had not been given credit. When he was ultimately captured, BTK was shockingly revealed to be Dennis Rader, a 61-year-old married man with two children.

©2008 John Douglas and Johnny Dodd; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Inside the Mind of BTK is a chilling and fascinating place to be, and there is no better guide to take us there than great American Mindhunter, John Douglas. This is a story of ordinary people and extraordinary evil - lock your doors, check your telephone lines, and read this book." (Linda Fairstein)
"An unforgettable portrait of a guy most of us are glad we never met." (Bloomberg.com)

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    monique 11-19-11
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    "Unfortunate choice of narrator."

    Excellent story--I've read everything by J. Douglas. However, this narrator has such a monotonous delivery, and he mispronounces even only moderately difficult words, suggesting he didn't do his homework first. Increasingly irritating, and I gave up.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Slam Bones 03-15-12
    Slam Bones 03-15-12
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    "The narration is atrocious!"
    Where does Inside the Mind of BTK rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    The content was great, and if you can survive the narration, the book is really good. I would say it's in the top 25 audio-books I've listened to. I guess it says something if the content is good enough to -almost- neutralize the narrator? I don't know if I could/would tolerate another


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inside the Mind of BTK?

    The book contains copious amounts of information. There was no single


    What didn???t you like about Jason Klav???s performance?

    Mr. Klav should seek another line of work. He should also give back the money he was paid for this book.


    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 12-13-12
    Chris 12-13-12
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    "Poor narration"

    I find the subject matter to be very interesting and I enjoy learning about the inner workings of a criminal's mind; but -- the narrator for this story is getting on my last nerve.

    How can the narrator not know the proper pronunciation of so many words.

    Quantico, VA is being pronounced: "kwanteeko"

    I could list several more but I'm not sure how to spell them out phonetically to describe it.

    I'm hoping I can finish the book.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-05-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Book Spoiled by Narrator"

    I have always found the books written by John Douglas an interesting look into the behavioral understanding of crime. The content of this book was good but I continually had to move past the rote reading and incorrect pronunciations of commonly known words (Quantico pronounced with the accent on the second syllable, library pronounced as libary etc.)I have been an audible customer for several years and have hundreds of books in my library. I will not buy another book read by the narrator.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Dallas, TX, United States 08-30-11
    Leslie Dallas, TX, United States 08-30-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Terrible narration"

    This is the worst narrator I've ever heard. There are so many mispronounced words. It's amazing the mistakes weren't corrected - he mispronounces Quantico over and over. Very annoying. It's a fascinating story, but the narrator reads it like he thinks it's unbearably boring.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Evan La Jolla, CA, United States 09-18-10
    Evan La Jolla, CA, United States 09-18-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Simply cannot STAND the "narrator""

    I should have heeded other reviewers who warned of this narrator, but I thought that I could suffer through a few butchered words, however moronic the effect. The problem, however, is not merely his tenuous grasp of basic cultural literacy, but that his voice is so monotonous, tedious and just plain... ineffectual...that his butchery of simple language are actually the few moments of slight interest.


    At the risk of sounding cruel, I would be willing to wager that this is no professional narrator at all, but instead a college friend of the author who was in dire need of work. In fact, I see no evidence here on Audible.com that he has ever narrated anything else whatsoever.

    Sorry, Mr. Klav, but you've wasted my time and money. Kindly leave the narration to professionals who can read.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 05-23-12
    Tammy 05-23-12
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    "Creepy"

    This book is very disturbing. I bite off more then I could chew when I decided to listen this. It gave me nightmares to think that someone could be this sick in the head. As for the narrator, He is the worse I've ever heard. He actually made the story boring. I had to put it down several times because I was so bored with the way Jason Klav seemed to run one boring sentence into the next. I will not ever listen to a book Jason Klav narrates again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 03-29-12
    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 03-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator needs a pronunciation dictionary...."

    This narrator was very distracting with his mispronunciation of words. It is not "modus operandee"; and it is a larynx; not a lairnyx; just to name a few.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    emily shellhaas 02-02-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "Again, good book, BAD reader"

    Like all of John Douglas's true crime books, this is a fascinating read. Alas, narrator Jason Klav's personal vocabulary isnt up to the task. Its not just technical terms he mangles, but seemingly any word thats not used in everyday conversation. (Example: demolished building are "razed", pronounced like "raised". Klav's pronunciation is "razzed".) The truly amazing thing is that the producer didnt catch it and make him re-record those sections.
    Still I recommend the book.... and that you try to take Klav's numerous bobbles as unintentional comedy, lightening some very dark material.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Crook, United Kingdom 06-02-11
    Andy Crook, United Kingdom 06-02-11
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    "Enthralling!"

    I skipped this a number of times due to the bad reviews here and the unjustified obsession with narrator. Whilst he isn't the best in the world, and does indeed mispronounce a couple of words, he's far from the worst I've heard! I should point out that the narration of the prologue is far worse than the rest of the book for some reason. Irrespective, if you're interested in the subject matter you should find this compelling. I am and I'm only half way through it! Be warned though, this book goes into incredible detail and some of it is a little disturbing in places ... Excellent book though.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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  • MRS
    2/10/16
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    "interesting reading."

    worth a listen, narration was excellent. has given me nightmares though !! so listen with caution.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nr. C. Palmer
    3/26/11
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    "Fascinating story, let down by the narration"

    For the most part, this horrific story held my complete attention. BTK's defiance of all the comfortable cliches about what makes a serial killer - loner, history of abuse as a child etc. - gives you a genuine sense that anyone could be capable of terrifying violence. What lets this audiobook down is the occasional - but jarring - tendency of the narrator to mis-pronounce certain words. This mainly happens with place names or technical terms with which the narrator is clearly unfamiliar, but it is a shame that no one present for the recording took the time to correct him. It seems such a minor point, but in some cases the mispronunciations (I particularly recall 'Larry-Nix' for 'larynx') are almost funny, and that reaction is so at odds with the feelings produced by the story as a whole it detracts from the experience.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    PUDSEY, United Kingdom
    1/21/12
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    "Narrator is poor."

    I largely agree with the other review. Content was interesting/riveting and terrifying, but the thing that stuck out for me was the narrator. I noticed a few of the mis-pronounciations, but frankly, I was surprised at how at 'un-regal' his voice was, compared to the others I've listened to. That's an opinion of course..

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    9/7/17
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    "This book is not about BTK"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is not about BTK it's about its egomaniac author. Couldn't get passed the first 4 chapters even though I was excited about the BTK story. Wasted time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam Baker
    Shrewsbury
    9/6/17
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    "Deep inside the mind of BTK."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inside the Mind of BTK to be better than the print version?

    I always enjoy audio versions of books compared to print versions as with a good narrator I can get really into the story and feel genuine feelings towards the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing how this disgusting killer managed to evade the police for over three decades.


    Have you listened to any of Jason Klav’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard any other performances as of yet. At first i didn't think his voice acting was up to par with others that I have heard, but his voice did grow on me as the story progressed and by the end I was hanging on every word.


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

    It's very hard to listen to books like this in one sitting as they are are upwards of ten hours long. However if I could I would be more than willing to listen to the details without having breaks in between. I don't like forgetting certain small details by taking a break.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    3/19/17
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    "rough start but grows on you."

    narrator was awful but a great story, crazy to think anyone could evade police for that long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • georgia
    12/24/16
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    "Not impressed by the author as he was by himself"

    If you like reading books by people who really love themselves, this is for you. Otherwise avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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