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We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies - from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment - how they were raised - or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience?

This is the question Kiehl, a protégé of famed psychopath researcher Dr. Robert Hare, was determined to answer as he began his career 20 years ago. To aid in his quest to unravel the psychopathic mind, Kiehl created the first mobile functional MRI scanner to study psychopaths in prison populations. The brains of more than 500 psychopaths and 3,000 other offenders have been scanned by Kiehl’s laboratory - the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository of its kind. Over the course of The Psychopath Whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psychopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder.

In The Psychopath Whisperer, Kiehl describes in fascinating detail his years working with psychopaths and studying their thought processes - from the remorseless serial killers he meets with behind bars to children whose behavior and personality traits exhibit the early warning signs of psychopathy.

A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little-understood world, with startling implications for society, the law, and our personal lives.

©2014 Kent A. Kiehl (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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This is an autobiography with educational content

This book is essentially a career-focused autobiography of Kent Kiehl. A major chunk of the book is about is physical/political progress as a scientist. By the nature of the research, there is a lot of data accumulation with relatively little actual analysis (at least this is reinforced in the book). It is an enjoyable listen and is easy to comprehend for those who haven't had a scientific background especially as acronyms (EEG, DSM, etc) are repeatedly defined or said fully. It can seem a little slow and repetitive at times. It is also very clear that the author thinks very highly of himself.

A couple of the more interesting portions of the book include comparing the psychopatic tendencies between Charles Guiteau (murdered President Garfield) and John Booth (murdered Lincoln) in chapter 3 and the discussion on child evaluations. He interviews a number of prison inmates and serial killers.

While this listen _is_ educational it is more entertaining than it is educational. This is good if you want a very mild educational listen and have interest but very little/no background in the study of psychopathy.

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An autobiography with splatter of neuropsychology.

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This book primarily is about the author's career.
There are interesting stories and information about psychopathy, less than 25% of book.
Well produced, excellent narrator.

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Excellent

A book that takes complicated academic pursuits and synthesizes them in such a way that they are made accessible to the masses, The Psychopath Whisperer is a book I would highly recommend to academics and non-academics alike.

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Fabulous

Fascinating book. Written and read with excellence. I am a mental health professional, and I recommend this book to everyone who works in the field.

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Not about the results

Would you try another book from Kent A. Kiehl and/or Kevin Pariseau?

This is more the life story of this author, not much about the key insights. Can be a shorter book! I will have to think about it.

Has The Psychopath Whisperer turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nope

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

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Psychopath Whisperer?

Keep it short and focus on insights. This is less about the science and more about the story of the Researcher. The book in itself is not bad but it is not true to the Title. It's misleading.

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Narrator was great!

This book was not worth what I paid. I am not sure why is it titled The Psychopath Whisper; better title would be, Burgers,Steaks, and quad espressos with Kent and friends. The last chapter was the best.

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Never thought crazy could be so good

I see psychopaths..they're all around me.. they don't know it.. Entertaining, informative & compelling...I like that he brings other people's work into the narrative.. You'll never forget Shock Richie

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If you dig good storyteller who knows stuff.

Where does The Psychopath Whisperer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The mid to high range.

What other book might you compare The Psychopath Whisperer to and why?

Can't say.

What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kevin Pariseau is a wonderful narrator who has never let me down so far.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Buy the book, the read is very much worth it.

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Enthralled. Material ripe to transform

The door is now open on exploring behavior and the brain. We need more research and more studies to learn how to improve the brain/ behavior. Absolutely exciting.

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Educational book

This book is for all interested in studying the mind and brain of psychopaths

The book is not an ordinary true crime book. You have to have an interest in the subjects psychopaths as you get deeply insight and knowledge about how their brains function

You can always find my full review in my blog

Best wishes

ReadingGhost
(blogspot.dk)

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  • Caroline Mitchell
  • 10-03-17

Fascinating Book

The study of psychopaths has always fascinated me, and I often wondered how many I have encountered during my nine-year career in the police. More often than not, people who commit heinous crimes are angry with the world for their own reasons and when you look into their background you can see why. Many have their own belief systems and motivations. Some are of low intelligence and easily influenced, while others commit crime out of desperate need.
But every once in a while the person who commits such crimes lacks any a sense of empathy or compassion, feels no guilt for their acts and do not appear to care or even consider the repercussions. These are the ones who make us scratch our head and wonder why.
As an author of crime novels, eat up books like these. I thoroughly enjoy the research that goes into each and every novel I write and am often amazed by what I uncover. I bought The Psychopath Whisperer on audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's very well written with a personal touch which makes the story flow nicely. It kept me engaged throughout, and I would read further books by this author. I enjoyed hearing about his interactions with the prisoners most of all, and the different characters he met. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about psychopaths.

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  • Mandy Dockery
  • 10-29-19

Initially promising....

Initially I thought it was a really great listen, however after 2 thirds through...it began to sound like a lecture. A lecture that you had to pinch yourself to stay awake through.

Really disappointing, I feel this author used this book to self propagate his own opinions in psychopathy led by his own whiskey and cigar fueld ego.
Did not finish the book. Sorry. But please author??
Remember we are paying to listen and therefore have a right to an opinion.

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  • Freja
  • 08-10-15

Fascinating!

This book was interesting from start to finish, really enjoyable and a fascinating insight. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in learning about what makes Psychopaths tick!

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  • Caitlin
  • 10-14-21

Fascinating!

Great narration and interesting information on the science of psychopathy.

I listen to a lot of nonfiction books, so the story-telling style of this book was a nice change from the delivery style I'm used to.
I think it would have been an easy one to have binge-listened to if I'd had the time.

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  • Aasibat
  • 08-14-21

Read Without Conscience instead

As the title says. If you want to know about psychopathy read Without Conscience. If you have already read the aforementioned book even then there is no reason to read The Psychopath Whisperer, since it adds nothing new to the subject. Instead The Psychopath Whisperer reads like a diary of a narcissist. It mostly tells in vivid details about Kent A. Kiehls career and personal life. His descriptions about dinners with his peers seem like attempts to impress those associated with him. His descriptions about his career sound like unashamed bragging. All in all Kent A. Kiehl gives an impression about himself as a man who has little to say about the subject of psychopathy and whose career is made by his social skills with his peers alone. Not a a good read. Worst book about psychopathy I have read. In fact The Psychopath Whisperer may be the worst scientific book I have ever read. If you like memoirs and want to know what Kent A. Kiehl eats, then go ahead and read this book. To anyone who wants insight into psychopathy read something else.

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  • Fraken
  • 07-23-21

Unfortunately struggled to finish.

Interesting and informative in places, as a psychologist I enjoyed the forensic and neuroscience research aspects. However, I found it frankly dull to hear what felt like endless bragging about the author's bonuses, deals and wages in the latter half. Also, really didn't need to know one of the author's colleagues was a 'petite blonde' with no comparable descriptions of male colleges (distracting, misogynistic, and cheap in my opinion). Personal narratives can add such richness to what might otherwise be dry academic books, but this really missed the mark towards the end.

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  • Cassie J
  • 03-04-20

Fascinating read

Fascinating read. A journey from student research to current day. Filled with examples, insights, explanation. I found it a real page Turner, which I hadn't expected. Easily accessible, informative, just a great read. Narrator sounds a little like he's left caps lock on, but I got used to him. The story sold itself

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-19

Fascinating!

If you have an interest in psychopathy, true crime and the workings of the criminal mind this is absolutely the book for you. Very well written and narrated; I couldn't stop listening.

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  • DR
  • 10-08-17

Total Kent

Kent - few books move me to tears. Your compassion is unbounded and the gentleman who narrated your audiobook did it well. I also drink quad shot espressos - do I am normal after all.

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  • Chris Nicholls
  • 07-26-21

Interesting autobiographical account

The narrator uses that rather pompous declamatory style which seems to be the fashion for this type of book, and it is a bit irritating at times. But the information is interesting, spiced a little by the personal bits about the author’s life. Worth listening to.

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  • Kellie Davis
  • 11-20-19

Excellent

The huge and self centred ego of the author was so off the scale, that I found him almost endearing
I had to fast forward through his self back patting, that said

Just incredible
Well worth the purchase

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  • Kim
  • 04-24-18

More of an autobiographical book

Interesting audio book and the book contains some fascinating facts and discoveries about psychopaths but the book is also told from an autobiographical aspect by the author which has details that get boring at times. Still worth a listen though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-17

fascinating journey !

Engaging and informative! was an enjoyable listen. Will listen to over and over again Kent! :)

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  • Dale
  • 10-12-16

Informative, interesting and enjoyable!

For anyone that has an interest in the mindset of a psychopath, The Psychopath Whisperer, is an informative and interesting book on the workings of a psychopath's brain.

The book is written in a way that informs the listener but doesn't 'get bogged down' with medical and technical terms. It keeps you listening while informing you through Kiehl's life story, and case studies of cases he has encountered.

Narration can be at time bland, but, as it is not a 'storybook' can be overlooked, and certainly doesn't take away from the experience.