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Are we born evil, or do we have evil thrust upon us? This is the eternal question of nature vs nurture at the centre of Killer by Nature, a brand-new psychological thriller from Audible Originals.

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder - a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders...as someone out there will stop at nothing to complete Dinklage's work.

Fully dramatized, with an immersive SFX soundscape, Killer by Nature features an all-star cast, including Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge), Rob-James Collier (Downton Abbey), Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Angela Griffin (Cutting It) and Will Mellor (No Offence).

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Wow! Loved it!

I listen to a lot of dramatizations on Audible and this is one of the best. It's an emotional roller coaster....it made me laugh, cry and everything in between. It kept me engaged the entire time with twists and turns in the plot.
I do feel a narrator would have kept it clearer when switching between scenes and characters but being so engaged you can figure it out.
This is a definite listen for anyone who likes suspense and drama.

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Really really good

Where does Killer by Nature rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 2.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think I liked the main character because she has a lot of secrets.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the beginning when she was talking to the killer in jail.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no I did not but I did enjoy it a lot.

Any additional comments?

The cliff hanger at the end really bothered me, because I want a follow up.

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  • Massachusetts
  • 01-11-18

Let down at the end (slight spoiler)

Was held in suspense for the first nine chapters. Sadly, the final chapter felt rushed and we were left with very little insight or explanation into the whys of the murder. Left me let down.

The performances were fabulous, but I couldn’t really warm up to the protagonist. Don’t think I’ll be back for the next in the series.

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  • Nigel
  • 11-30-17

A good solid psychological thriller

Kept my attention all the way through - the performance of the cast, pace of story and the overall production are excellent. Though there were a few parts I was a bit unsure of; more ‘would that really happen’, than being confused by it.

Overall ‘Killer by Nature’ is a good - but not spectacular - solid psychological thriller. [Split into 10 episodes, each ranging between 24-32 minutes in length.]


I’m glad Audible appear to be increasingly devoting more and more time + energy producing their own audio-dramas, such as this release, and hope they continue to do so. For me this makes it easier to justify being a member.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Flappy Paddles
  • 12-22-17

nothing wonderful but listenable. predictable.

It's not a bad listen but it was a little predictable and not wonderfully exciting. Bit of a disappointment. annoying music which repeated about 50 times throughout.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • MA
  • 12-09-17

Excellent listen

Really enjoyed this and didn’t want it to finish. Well acted and clearly spoken. Good plot with lots of twists and turns. Well worth a listen. Will now look to see if there’s a follow on story

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 11-30-17

Audible Nurturing Enjoyable Drama

Killer by Nature is fairly short but this high quality cast pack in a very enjoyable story which is well paced and gives the main characters some depth despite the brevity. It is dramatically souped up with some background music and lots of special effects. The effects overall were very well done though at times they almost seemed like padding rather than value add. I'm erring on the side of them providing a real-time feel to it rather than padding but I'm sure opinions will vary.

The story itself is largely fairly standard UK domestic thriller fayre but it does delve well into the nature vs nurture debate in all of its strands. It has decent twists and turns and I thought the main characters came across as well drawn and individual brought to life with quality voice acting and of course those sound effects.

In all I'm very happy that I got good value for my credit. I enjoy the occasional audio drama to supplement my staple diet of audiobooks and this one cuts the mustard.

20 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Avril
  • 12-11-17

Good story, but oh the interruptions

This is very well acted and the story quite exciting, but the bursts of background music and the treatment as a serial with announcements about the next chapter are really irritating.

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  • Jools
  • 11-30-17

Enjoyable

A really good listen with excellent actors BUT the music very annoying would prefer more script less music slowing it all down.

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  • alan
  • 01-18-18

great

well worth listening to gòod story. well acted out.would really recomend this book. hope they do another buckley one soon

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy
  • 01-11-18

Excellent! Gripping storyline, well performed

Highly recommended. Gripping storyline with loads of twists. Well performed, great cast well. Well worth downloading

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs Gee
  • 01-10-18

Loved it all the way through! Hope theres a sequel

What made the experience of listening to Killer by Nature the most enjoyable?

Liked the cast of all the characters. Flowed very well.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the story - kept me gripped all the way through.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Was all good

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

Would have loved to have listened to it all in one go!!

Any additional comments?

Loved this drama. The cast were brilliant and kept you gripped all the way through. I really hope they do a sequel to this. If you love any murder mystery on TV you will love this drama.

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  • miss christina bengston
  • 12-13-17

Enjoyable

Bit silence of the lambs, great performance by the cast. Story was exciting. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful