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The Anatomy of Motive

The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (418 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In this eagerly anticipated book from the internationally best-selling authors of Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession, legendary crime fighter John Douglas explores the root of all crime: motive. Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. Understand the motive, and you can solve the mystery.

The Anatomy of Motive offers a dramatic, insightful look at the development and evolution of the criminal mind. The famed former chief of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit, Douglas was the pioneer of modern behavioral profiling of serial criminals. Working again with acclaimed novelist, journalist, and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, and using cases from his own fabled career as examples, Douglas takes us further than ever before into the dark corners of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, serial and spree killers, and mass murderers.

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Critic Reviews

"An informative, provocative page-turner.... Douglas is a good teller of gruesome tales." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Smuckers jelly narration. Still good.

I do see a lot of neg. reviews due to voice. If you can get past that, give this book a listen. Without going into the details this book has a lot of good info, stories and lessons. Stories are gruesome and detailed and make you think about the human race but they are good.
Rating 3 stars due to smuckers jelly voice narration. Overall very entertaining.

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I liked it

Good, but I wish he had gone in to the psychology behind some of the more intense stuff..

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John Douglas the formost authority on Profileing.

LOVE everything John Douglas has written and this book is just as educational and exciting.
I've always wanted to be a profiler, but did not have the college, nor timing.
His books are like taking a course from him.
I've listened to all his books, more than once.
If you are interested in Profileing, True Crime, or non- fiction, this book will not disappoint.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Fascinating as usual

Narrator was excellent
Douglas is his usual awesome storyteller.
Can never put his books down

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Great Narration!

Always enjoy Joe Barrett’s narration. Enjoy the psychological profiling techniques of Douglas and the writing is educational and interesting.

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Arrogance

The author provided mild new information. The author’s arrogance is extreme throughout the entire book, with frequent self glorification and his usage of childish insults to describe unknown suspects.

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Information gathering & statistical probabilities

The book explains how to make educated inferences based on crime scene evidence. The technique combines psychology statistics and criminal justice.

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just when you think you cant learn more!!

john douglas never fails to impress. although i am a huge fan of john douglas' work, i have read most of his work and didnt imagine there was much more he could expound on. i was certainly mistaken. Douglas dives even deeper into the reasoning and progression of the criminal mind in all of its forms. only wish is that it was longer!

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  • RoniRN
  • North Carolina
  • 01-09-19

Interesting read

I love a well written true crime story. There a plenty stories described in this book. Gives greater details to many cases I’ve heard about. He tends to be dry in hi delivery, and he likes to toot his own horn. But enjoyable.

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  • ak
  • 11-16-18

Not as good as mindhunter

Personally, the topics discussed were dull when compared to his previous book, mindhunter. The narration wasn't as good either - too monotonous for me.