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  • Inside the Mind of BTK

  • The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
  • By: John Douglas, Johnny Dodd
  • Narrated by: Jason Klav
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is not great

  • By Anonymous User on 12-10-2018

Great, but a little jumpy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-2015

Inside the Mind of BTK is the third audiobook that I have listened to and the third true crime book. The writing is approachable and the narration intelligible Though I found the story to be set in a logical order, the were occasions where the pacing of the story would change dramatically and the author would jump forwards or backwards in time in a jarring manner.

That said, this was a really interesting work which did not glorify BTK or his acts, but rather portrayed him as the sick, pathetic man he is.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Zodiac

  • The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer
  • By: Robert Graysmith
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre

  • By Matt on 22-12-2015

Bizarre

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-2015

This is an exceptionally bizarre story told through a unique viewpoint. Rather exceptionally, the author segmented the story into chapters in which the story focuses on an individual person. This story has really irked me, mostly as it remains unsolved. Baffling - though I believe that they found a very likely suspect in the end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Vampire Next Door

  • The True Story of the Vampire Rapist
  • By: J.T. Hunter, RJ Parker Publishing
  • Narrated by: Rob Shamblin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

John Crutchley seemed to be living the American Dream. Good-looking and blessed with a genius level IQ, he had a prestigious, white-collar job at a prominent government defense contractor, where he held top secret security clearance and handled projects for NASA and the Pentagon. To all outward appearances, he was a hard-working, successful family man with a lavish new house, a devoted wife, and a healthy young son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing, but very interesting.

  • By Matt on 16-12-2015

Disturbing, but very interesting.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-2015

This is the first audiobook that I have ever listened to. I had it recommended through the Generation Why podcast. As such, I did not truly know what to expect.

The Vampire Next Door is a thrilling story that I found to be profoundly disturbing. The writing is common speak and easy to follow. The narration is unremarkable in either a positive or negative way, which I believe to be exactly what you want.

At times, the story would jump backwards or forwards in time at unexpected places which made it occasionally difficult to reconcile event sequences. For the most part though, the narrative was logical and sequential in a pleasing way.

My biggest gripe with the book is the apparent liberties taken by the author when attempting to record exact conversations between characters where no recording device would have been. Most of these 'conversations' were short, with just a few lasting more than thirty seconds. I felt that they directly took away from the overall credibility of the book. However, it was clear that the content was meticulously researched and as such, the liberties taken had minimal negative impact.

I would recommend this book, though I (and I am sure everyone else) would have preferred a different ending. I will plan to seek out more of the authors writing.