Serial killers: They cross the bounds of evil. They murder at random without logic or reason other than the one twisting in their sick and evil minds. They are diabolical, vile creatures devoid of morality or pity. You will meet a chosen few of them in this audiobook. We will see that serial killers are roaming among us all, from small towns to big cities. They are not limited to a particular place, gene pool, culture, social class, or religion. They are not restricted to any particular demographic or political propensity and they can be of any gender.
Some of the serial killers chosen for this first annual Serial Killers True Crime Anthology you might have heard of and we present their tales in new ways. Others have not graced every newspaper, tabloid, or television screen and represent tales of true-crime horror told in detail for the first time in these pages.
Five of true crime's most prolific authors have come together in this audiobook to present their most compelling cases of serial homicide, famous and not so famous.
©2014 RJ Parker Publishing (P)2014 RJ Parker Publishing
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"The Worst Audiobook!"
This may be a great book in print, but this audio version is terrible! The narrator marks errors directly to the narrative, but it's not edited out. He fumbles over words and it's just a mess. Terrible!
"Different written voices of one engrossing topic"
Anyone interested in True Crime and the inner workings of a Serial Killer this book is packed with plenty variety and engrossing studies of what makes a Serial Killer
His ability to read some of the names without a flaw, my only complaint but didn't really take away from my enjoyment was the two spots where narration editing was not removed where he would say start over and repeat the sentence.
Yes as long as the subject was of interest to me.
Many facts from the different authors and their own special interest in the subject of a Serial Killer.
I read plenty of True Crime and found this book very entertaining and informative. I'm a fan of the authors of this book and have collected other works from them.
This book is a collection of new cases I have not seen in other book forms.
There seems to be different forms of True Crime some is wrote like a mystery movie such as a Ann Rule book, and some take a police point of view that is very entertaining. The collection in this book is another form of Just The Facts that take away all the fluff and just entices you into a study of a criminal mind.
"Oh...... My...... Gosh. He reads.... Like this"
The actual written book might be great. I can't tell, because the reader halts in mid sentence, often multiple times. You can't follow the story because his CONSTANT pausing makes it impossible. This is not a case of a few stumbles. I'm very tolerant of different readers and have never, in my 10 years with audible, and at least 1000 books, come across anything like this.
I have always been fascinated by this subject. Not because I think there is anything good about it, but more wondering why and how a person could do these things. And having 4 teens, I want to know all the danger signs and situations to avoid.
No way. And I've never said this before about any reader.
Did the people producing this story LISTEN to any of this? It's like a teen reading out loud for the class for the first time, the whole time. Example: "As forensic psychiatrist........ James Money......more recently explains..... the limbic region of the brain is responsible...... for predation and attack and defense.... of both the self and the species." And some sentences are worse. The more complicated the wording, the more pauses. Sometimes after only a word or two. This makes it impossible to follow where a sentence begins and ends. You can't just relax and get into the story.
"Narration very poor"
The stories were interesting. However, the narrator was almost impossible to listen to. I finally increased the speed to 1.25 and was able to finish listening.
In addition to his slow and halting narration the repetition from missed edits was very distracting. Maybe the editor had as much trouble listening to the narration as I did. So many obvious repeated reading after what should have been edited out.
"The Most Horrible Narration Ever"
I cannot answer this question accurately because I could not finish listening. See my comments below on Don Kline's performance.
I believe the information in the book was interesting, and would have more of an impact if the narration was better.
Don Kline consistently made basic mistakes in grammar/pronunciation, restarted sentences mid read, stutter/stopped while reading which made the experience unbearable.
Don Kline clearly does not understand proper sentence structure, which makes listening nearly impossible. Don completely and repeatedly missed where the emphasis of a sentence lies, did not read punctuation properly (e.g. the comma), and could not move from one sentence to the next.
Honestly...reading should be the top most skill when interviewing someone to narrate a book. Audible staff should have previewed this book and then rejected its submission for such poor quality in narration.
I am unable to answer this question honestly due to not being able to finish.
Never let Don Kline narrate again...I simply will not buy another book with him listed at narrator.
"Second attempt, worst reader EVER."
A good narrator and different material.
Doubtful. Much of the material was long passages of dry statistical or almanac sounding material.
Simply awful. Kline mumbles and stumbles over long words, whole passages are vomited out in a hard to understand stream. He sounds completely uninterested in the material. I'll never listen to him again, even if the material is something I really want to hear. I'll go buy the book and read it myself. Gosh. I cannot tell you how painful it was to listen to him. I stopped listening at one point, set it aside, came back later and listened to most of the rest of the book before finally throwing it down. Just awful.
I've said enough.
The narrator is distressingly terrible and takes away from the story. Edit notes were left in. I had to bump up the speed to 1.25 to make the Shatner-like reading bearable.
"Awful narrator for such an important topic!"
This audio book is simply awful. The narrator has a halting cadence ... As if ... He is ... Reading ... A poem ... Instead of ... An important work ... On murder. Yeah. The whole book is like that.
It is also rife with errors that went uncorrected. My favorite? A murderer who spent time in a "penile institution."
Clearly, a book of such a serious nature, with stories that are grotesque, warrants a more professional narration.
"I actually liked the Narrator"
I did enjoy the separate stories. My favorite was about Robert Pickton
all the other crime books I enjoy
I actually loved the narrator. He was very earnest. I enjoyed his voice and his cadence. I would listen to him again, anytime.
"I had to find out for myself..."
The narration and editing of this book were as described by other reviewers of this book.
The "start over" sequences when the narrator set out to begin again and the editing left the cut in the actual audio book.
The narrator's lack of accurate pronunciation was both a detractor and entertaining due to the absurdity of some of the attempts.
The overall book as stated by other reviewers is doubtless worth the read. I for one would like to give the narrator a second chance at an accurate reading. The reader has a good voice, and I believe he was let down by his editing.
"Boring and terrible narration"
A competent narrator. It was literally painful but laughable to listen to. He sounded uninterested but had no idea of sentence structure and emphasis. Also included many errors and repetitions.
Get a decent narrator. Also there too much technical info and not enough serial killer examples. I felt like I was back at school.
Everything. Unbelievable he was chosen.
A lot of the technical info but maybe I was put off by the boring narration.
Had to send this back as too boring.
"Great book, appalling reader."
The reader makes frequent, obvious mistakes but doesn't edit them out. It may only be a small thing but this is a professional item and it really pulls you out of the story. He also reads in a very dull way, not sure why but I find myself getting distracted from the audio book, that is not at all like me.
"Annoying voice unfortunately but great story"
Very good details etc although the readers voice is rather dull and annoying, I feel this needed at least two readers
"Interesting compilation let down by terrible language skills"
The book itself was a fun compilation with no individual murderer getting much more than an hour, making it ideal for household chores. Sadly the introduction is severely lacking in academic references which makes a number of the advanced theories interesting, but not much more than the author's opinion.
No, what kills this book is the reader. I should mention here that I am German and Nazi Germany played a significant role in one of the theories advanced. For this the author provides the reader/listener with the German names and words. Sadly what we end up hearing is more of a painful sneeze than a language. I consider myself very well versed in Third Reich history, but I didn't recognise ANY of the words and names, even when I knew what it was suppose to be from the context. It is truly terrible. Towards the end we encounter the same problem with Eastern European terms. Would it have really been too much to ask to get those chapters (I think it is three in total including an American Nazi nut in the middle) read by someone with the appropriate language skills? Or just change things to avoid foreign languages? Sounding like having a bad cold should absolutely not be an option! Especially as it makes it hard to read up on anything mentioned in more detail, which is an unfortunate choice for a book written in a semi academic style.
I would have given one star for performance, but the English parts are actually quite well done.
"Entertaining and educational."
'Soft academic' approach to the subject. explores the history, science AND sensation of serial killers. I found it gripping, it satisfied my morbid fascination and clinical curiosity. Narrator was decent.
Great information. Really kept me going in work listening to all interesting cases.
Well done to all writers involved! X
Really enjoyed this book . I really find how dna brings criminals to justice even years later just brilliant . I found the explanation of how the brain works cause and effect interesting . but most of all my thoughts are with all the children and vulnerable victims so very sad
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