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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.

Any additional comments?

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.

Any additional comments?

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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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."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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?

n/a

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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Fascinating

Subject matter and insight to the history of profiling was extremely interesting. If you enjoy the mindhunter series on Netflix, you will enjoy the audio book.

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A very interesting book.

I found this to be a very interesting book, I sought it out after watching the Netflix series based in it. I don't know why I have always been interested in serial killers, more the real life stuff than fictionalized versions, it still shocks me how dark the human mind can be. I think this book does a good job showing the reader what makes up a violent criminal and that part was very interesting to me.

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Too dang short. The abridging is awful.

I think they cut too much out of the story. It went from fully engaged to end in about 10 minutes.

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Great short book

While this book was great, it was simply too short. I'm sure the writer has much, much more to say.

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Great book

I enjoyed this book, will be looking for more like it. Hope he has more books to choose from.