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The Serial Killer Whisperer Audiobook

The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

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Publisher's Summary

Fifteen-year-old Tony Ciaglia had everything a teenager could want: good grades, good athletic skills, and good friends - until he suffered a horrific head injury at summer camp. Pronounced clinically dead three times by helicopter paramedics before he reached a hospital, Ciaglia lapsed into a coma. When he emerged, his right side was paralyzed and he had to relearn how to walk, talk, and even how to eat. The areas of his brain that were damaged required him to take countless pills to control his emotions and rages. Abandoned and shunned by his friends, he began writing to serial killers on a whim and discovered that his traumatic brain injury - which made him an outcast to his peers - enabled him to emotionally connect with notorious murderers in a unique way.

Soon many of America's most dangerous psychopaths were revealing heinous details to Tony about their crimes - even those they'd never been convicted of. The killers opened up to him, trusted him, and called him a "best friend". But there was a price. As Tony found himself being drawn deeper and deeper into their violent worlds of murder, rape, and torture, he was pushed to the brink of despair and, at times, forced to question his own sanity - until he found a way to put his unusual gift to use. Asked by investigators for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for help in solving a murder, Tony began launching his own personal searches for forgotten victims, incredibly with clues often provided to him voluntarily by the killers themselves.

The Serial Killer Whisperer takes listeners into the minds of murderers in a way that has never been done before - straight from a killer's thoughts. It is also an inspiring (albeit sometimes terrifying) tale of an American family whose idyllic life is shattered by a terrible accident and how healing and closure came to a tormented man in the most unlikely way: by connecting with monsters.

©2012 Pete Earley (P)2012 Tantor

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    Alexander Sarasota, FL, United States 05-05-13
    Alexander Sarasota, FL, United States 05-05-13
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    "Too much for me, but maybe not you"

    I had to stop listening. I'm not weak of stomach, but I felt dirty listening to the depravity.

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    Karen 03-25-13
    Karen 03-25-13
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    "Unnecessary"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


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    I felt bad for the guy with the TBI and his difficulty finding people to connect with. But as person who has studied serial killers for a long time I found this book so unnecessary and gratuitous in its descriptive and graphic vulgarity. I am not sure why this guy would be called a "serial killer whisperer," Anyone could have elicited these kinds if details from these killers. He just gave them an audience by asking questions and asking for more and more detail. He gave these serial killers a gift by paying attention to them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PosterChild Orlando, FL 02-11-13
    PosterChild Orlando, FL 02-11-13

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    "Eye-Opening"
    Where does The Serial Killer Whisperer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2nd


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting inside the brains of serial killers


    Which character – as performed by Alan Sklar – was your favorite?

    Tony


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when Tony realized his purpose


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure I was going to like the book at first because I expected to get right into the serial killer letters. It took a bit to get past Tony's story, but it was worth the wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kelly los gatos, CA, United States 11-07-12
    kelly los gatos, CA, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Very disturbing, graphic sexual violence"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book lingers on the graphic sexual violence, trying to illustrate how depraved these killers are, but I felt it was unnecessary to put so much detail into the book. Since most of the readers are not serial killers, a little bit goes a long way toward making the point. And if a reader is a serial killer in a prison somewhere, this is like pornography to them. I wish the book would have focused more on how Tony and his family, through the relationships they had established with the SKs, helped families of the missing, and how it helped Tony realize his goals of having a useful life.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was stunned that his parents would let their child write to serial killers, let alone become so involved with so many. I found it interesting that the SKs were still so manipulative even behind bars, after all those years. I understand that Tony was initially so interested because he was afraid that he was potentially a serial killer, and over time he realized that in spite of his brain injuries he would never evolve into a killer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was no "scene" which was my favorite, but I am glad I finished the book because Tony finds something useful to do with his bizarre relationships with these deeply disturbing people


    Did The Serial Killer Whisperer inspire you to do anything?

    It has actually put me off reading mysteries with sexual violence in them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna San Diego, CA, United States 10-15-12
    Donna San Diego, CA, United States 10-15-12

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    "Extremely interesting!"
    Would you listen to The Serial Killer Whisperer again? Why?

    This is a complex, disturbing, and ultimately vindicating story of a young man who, as the result of a head injury, developed a consuming interest in serial killers and their minds. The author himself attributes his success at probing the minds of these killers in part as a loss of the normal judgement that humans make about these monsters. A look into the mind of the homicidally obsessed is always valuable, and this young man has a lot to teach us.


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    Nickie Battleground, WA, United States 09-24-12
    Nickie Battleground, WA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Horrific listen!"

    This book was very graphic! It was interesting but I don't think anyone should hear the horrible stories the serial killers in this book told! Wish I could un hear it!
    Be careful on this one. I have read a lot of true crime stories but this one takes the cake! OMG!!

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    Roseann 09-19-12
    Roseann 09-19-12

    I love scary stories, true crime, and the paranormal.

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    "Great read.. I mean great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if you can handle the details


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

    Yes I had a hard time putting this one down


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia L. Hunt Louisville, KY 09-17-12
    Cynthia L. Hunt Louisville, KY 09-17-12

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    "Disappointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was not what I expected. After suffering through the gore and sick delight the killers revealed in retelling their stories, I expected a more substantial ending than finding a few clues about more of their carnage.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not true crime


    Have you listened to any of Alan Sklar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, same. He does a good job.


    Was The Serial Killer Whisperer worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The feel good part of this book is how Tony's family stands behind him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Whitney Trussville, AL, United States 09-14-12
    Whitney Trussville, AL, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2013

    I like nonfiction, biographies and the occasional novel. BUT I can not pass up a good mystery, crime novel, or really great suspense plot. I am fascinated by an author's creative ability to interweave twists. Since Flynn's 'Gone Girl', the bar for a completely unseen game-changer is pretty high! Challenge extended :)

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    "Reader reviews warned extremely stomach turning"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was interesting because it did include cases I had seen or heard brief details on throughout the years on different true crime shows. But to truly be able to step into the mind of killer guard down is a different animal all together. Truly sickening and beware it is extremely descriptive and gory from a serial killers perverse own recollection.


    If you’ve listened to books by Pete Earley before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't so I can't compare


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they are in the car leaving a visit at a max sec prison and the distant crime story aspect is gone and now any pity he felt for the SKs was gone and focus was again on the Victims & families


    Was The Serial Killer Whisperer worth the listening time?

    Yes but only once! I'm truly amazed at how the killers rationalized or excused their crimes. Sometimes even claimed they were doing them a favor


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator kept me listening. Excellent performance

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    Amazon Customer WEST JORDAN, UT, United States 09-05-12
    Amazon Customer WEST JORDAN, UT, United States 09-05-12
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    "Terrifying killers and a family's love"
    Would you listen to The Serial Killer Whisperer again? Why?

    No. I think once was enough for me. The stories of the killing and rapes were sometimes hard to get through but the overall story of Tony and his family made it worth it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony's father. The love for his son was so strong. It was really inspiring.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Sklar – was your favorite?

    I don't know if he was my favorite because he was so scary but that was the point so my favorite person who Alan Sklar voiced was Arthur Shawcross.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved throughout the book by the brutality of these men and that they had not remorse. It makes you shutter inside to know that there are these types of people around us!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. Disturbing but also hopeful. I do believe that there is true evil walking around in this world but I also believe that Tony and his family were put here to help control that evil.

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