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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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  • 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.

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris Christopher/aka Ian Southard
  • 12-02-17

Great Story

If you could sum up Killer by Nature in three words, what would they be?

Very good story which kept your attention

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killer by Nature?

The music in between episodes left a lot to be desired. Without it would have been one of the best books I have listened to for a while.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The end

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

Yes definitely

Any additional comments?

Was a great listen to except for the loud music between each episode. This music was not wanted or needed.

3 of 3 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.

10 of 12 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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  • Mrs. J. Jackson
  • 12-02-17

out of nearly 500 audio books it is the best yet

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

everything is just right, never enjoyed a book so much listened to it in one sitting keep them coming.

What other book might you compare Killer by Nature to, and why?

nothing as good as this book and performance

Which scene did you most enjoy?

all of them all the characters played well

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

the mental and moral qualities of the eccentric persons was right on the ball

Any additional comments?

just very enjoyable

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • EmmaTheLittleBookWorm
  • 12-02-17

Captivating and addictive!

I adored this - a little different from a typical audio due to the sound effects but oh so brilliant.

The stellar cast were amazing and it added to the experience as I was able to see the characters as I know the actors from the screen. Mellor and Kelly were wonderful as Winterman and Buckley. Two characters who I loved and related to and I hope that they will be returning in the future.

The plot was slick and although shorter than a book, it worked perfectly. It didn't feel rushed, I was completely absorbed in the storyline and it was executed brilliantly.

When a body is found, the MO is the exact same as the Playground killer's from ten years ago, the only problem being, the Playground Killer - Alfred Dinklage) is locked up in a mental hospital. The police have to figure out if this is him, a copycat or, the worst case scenario, they got the wrong man the first time around.

Dinklage is one of the creepiest killers I've encountered for a long time! I loved how I hated him, bravo to Rob James Collier for such a wonderful portrayal of evil!

DI Winterman is new to the force and enlists the help of local forensic psychologist, Doctor Diane Buckley. She begins to build a rapport with Dinklage but then the investigation takes a very sinister turn. Whilst Buckley is trying to break down the walls around Dinklage, her own family is falling apart around her. Can she help catch a killer whilst keeping her family together?

All in all, you need to get this one, it's believable and thrilling, captivating and addictive, you will not be able to stop listening!!

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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.

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  • Thomas Marshall
  • 12-12-17

accents terrible

if you know accents or psychology then avoid!!! entertaining enough but very clichéd story line.

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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