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Inside the Mind of BTK

The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
Narrated by: Jason Klav
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

After disappearing for nine years, he suddenly reappeared, complaining that no one was paying enough attention to him and claiming that he had committed other crimes for which he had not been given credit. When he was ultimately captured, BTK was shockingly revealed to be Dennis Rader, a 61-year-old married man with two children.

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Critic Reviews

"Inside the Mind of BTK is a chilling and fascinating place to be, and there is no better guide to take us there than great American Mindhunter, John Douglas. This is a story of ordinary people and extraordinary evil - lock your doors, check your telephone lines, and read this book." (Linda Fairstein)
"An unforgettable portrait of a guy most of us are glad we never met." (Bloomberg.com)

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Narrator is not great

The story is interesting and the book is well written. The narrator seems to be doing a bad impression of Owen Wilson. Some of the words that are mispronounced during the reading make it hard to concentrate on the story. Elongating the word "a" constantly makes nearly every sentence halt. This book should be re-recorded.

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wow😮

Really a fantastic book, the book goes very in-depth and gives much insight into the twisted mind of Dennis Rader.

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Interesting read, not the best narration

The book was very interesting and covered all facets of BTK's crimes and backstory. However, the poor pronunciation of some words was a little distracting.

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A bit of a Bore

I'm sure the story is fascinating however the Narrator was frankly grinding. I found myself not even listening to the words. A bit disappointing.

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Excellent content, terrible narration

While John’s book is excellent, it is completely lost on me how the narrator was ever employed in this job. He makes the most basic of words seem foreign to him which tarnished the enjoyment of the content. Strongly recommend recording with a decent orator.

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Somewhat disappointing

A pretty disappointing book, based merely on writing style alone…
The content wasn’t anything that had been divulged by other sources before. Definitely *not* an exclusive!

The narration was absolutely abysmal! Right off the bat, he pronounces, “Quantico” as
Kwan-TEA-co !
The list of other pronunciation atrocities was so long, I cannot even be bothered listing it here… I mean, this guy is *meant* to be a
‘voice actor’ ! Part of the job description should be * Look up unfamiliar words to be comfortable pronouncing them correctly!
If you’ve heard two or more good podcasts on BTK - I’d give this a miss…

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Great, but a little jumpy

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.

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Fabulous

Amazing!
what a great re count on such a strNge and twisted person. ithank you.

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  • Leslie
  • 30-08-2011

Terrible narration

This is the worst narrator I've ever heard. There are so many mispronounced words. It's amazing the mistakes weren't corrected - he mispronounces Quantico over and over. Very annoying. It's a fascinating story, but the narrator reads it like he thinks it's unbearably boring.

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  • Chris
  • 13-12-2012

Poor narration

I find the subject matter to be very interesting and I enjoy learning about the inner workings of a criminal's mind; but -- the narrator for this story is getting on my last nerve.

How can the narrator not know the proper pronunciation of so many words.

Quantico, VA is being pronounced: "kwanteeko"

I could list several more but I'm not sure how to spell them out phonetically to describe it.

I'm hoping I can finish the book.

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  • Slam Bones
  • 15-03-2012

The narration is atrocious!

Where does Inside the Mind of BTK rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

The content was great, and if you can survive the narration, the book is really good. I would say it's in the top 25 audio-books I've listened to. I guess it says something if the content is good enough to -almost- neutralize the narrator? I don't know if I could/would tolerate another

What was one of the most memorable moments of Inside the Mind of BTK?

The book contains copious amounts of information. There was no single

What didn???t you like about Jason Klav???s performance?

Mr. Klav should seek another line of work. He should also give back the money he was paid for this book.

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  • monique
  • 19-11-2011

Unfortunate choice of narrator.

Excellent story--I've read everything by J. Douglas. However, this narrator has such a monotonous delivery, and he mispronounces even only moderately difficult words, suggesting he didn't do his homework first. Increasingly irritating, and I gave up.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-2010

Book Spoiled by Narrator

I have always found the books written by John Douglas an interesting look into the behavioral understanding of crime. The content of this book was good but I continually had to move past the rote reading and incorrect pronunciations of commonly known words (Quantico pronounced with the accent on the second syllable, library pronounced as libary etc.)I have been an audible customer for several years and have hundreds of books in my library. I will not buy another book read by the narrator.

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  • Tammy
  • 23-05-2012

Creepy

This book is very disturbing. I bite off more then I could chew when I decided to listen this. It gave me nightmares to think that someone could be this sick in the head. As for the narrator, He is the worse I've ever heard. He actually made the story boring. I had to put it down several times because I was so bored with the way Jason Klav seemed to run one boring sentence into the next. I will not ever listen to a book Jason Klav narrates again.

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  • Sharon L. Divis
  • 29-03-2012

Narrator needs a pronunciation dictionary....

This narrator was very distracting with his mispronunciation of words. It is not "modus operandee"; and it is a larynx; not a lairnyx; just to name a few.

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  • Evan
  • 18-09-2010

Simply cannot STAND the "narrator"

I should have heeded other reviewers who warned of this narrator, but I thought that I could suffer through a few butchered words, however moronic the effect. The problem, however, is not merely his tenuous grasp of basic cultural literacy, but that his voice is so monotonous, tedious and just plain... ineffectual...that his butchery of simple language are actually the few moments of slight interest.


At the risk of sounding cruel, I would be willing to wager that this is no professional narrator at all, but instead a college friend of the author who was in dire need of work. In fact, I see no evidence here on Audible.com that he has ever narrated anything else whatsoever.

Sorry, Mr. Klav, but you've wasted my time and money. Kindly leave the narration to professionals who can read.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy
  • 02-06-2011

Enthralling!

I skipped this a number of times due to the bad reviews here and the unjustified obsession with narrator. Whilst he isn't the best in the world, and does indeed mispronounce a couple of words, he's far from the worst I've heard! I should point out that the narration of the prologue is far worse than the rest of the book for some reason. Irrespective, if you're interested in the subject matter you should find this compelling. I am and I'm only half way through it! Be warned though, this book goes into incredible detail and some of it is a little disturbing in places ... Excellent book though.

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  • M. Allen
  • 06-09-2018

Don't worry too much about narrator criticism.

I avoided this one bc of all the comments about the narrator. He's not that bad, no idea why so many people are ranting about him. I guess it's herd mentality. He just sounds like Owen Wilson if he didn't graduate the 8th grade. Ok, the narrator mispronounces words that no one older than 10 should, I mean it's just ludicrous. Enviable, compartmentalize, Quantico, etc. This dude is paid to read and he simply can not. Still a decent listen, though.

The content is like Douglas's other works. Formulaic but professional. He has extremely rare and unique insights and intends to fully cash in, one book after another until the well dries up. I love true crime and appreciate his willingness to sell every memory in his brain. I've read most of his stuff and will probably at some point read it all although if I have to read about his coma one more time, eh who am I kidding? Of course I will (it's in every single thing he writes, probably includes it on a grocery shopping list) and it's worth it to read about his experiences.

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  • MRS
  • 10-02-2016

interesting reading.

worth a listen, narration was excellent. has given me nightmares though !! so listen with caution.

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  • Nr. C. Palmer
  • 26-03-2011

Fascinating story, let down by the narration

For the most part, this horrific story held my complete attention. BTK's defiance of all the comfortable cliches about what makes a serial killer - loner, history of abuse as a child etc. - gives you a genuine sense that anyone could be capable of terrifying violence. What lets this audiobook down is the occasional - but jarring - tendency of the narrator to mis-pronounce certain words. This mainly happens with place names or technical terms with which the narrator is clearly unfamiliar, but it is a shame that no one present for the recording took the time to correct him. It seems such a minor point, but in some cases the mispronunciations (I particularly recall 'Larry-Nix' for 'larynx') are almost funny, and that reaction is so at odds with the feelings produced by the story as a whole it detracts from the experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-2018

Horrible Narration

Literally the most boring narrator I have ever listened to. Sounded like he was reading to a 5 year old, which given the subject matter, made it all the worse.

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  • Christopher
  • 21-01-2012

Narrator is poor.

I largely agree with the other review. Content was interesting/riveting and terrifying, but the thing that stuck out for me was the narrator. I noticed a few of the mis-pronounciations, but frankly, I was surprised at how at 'un-regal' his voice was, compared to the others I've listened to. That's an opinion of course..

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  • 匿名
  • 07-09-2017

This book is not about BTK

Any additional comments?

This book is not about BTK it's about its egomaniac author. Couldn't get passed the first 4 chapters even though I was excited about the BTK story. Wasted time and money.

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  • Miss
  • 17-07-2018

Narrator completely ruins it!

I really wanted to know more about the BTK story and thought I would give this book a go after listening to the other true crime books. I have to say I lost focus very early on as the narrator had no character to his voice. They needed Philip Carlo or Robert Graysmith both brilliant narrators to bring this book to life. The story is interesting but I gave up halfway through and had to return as I couldn't listen to the narration.

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  • 匿名
  • 12-06-2019

Brilliant book, poor narration.

Brilliant book as always with John Douglas , poor narration that took a while to adjust to.

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  • Ross I Pettigrew
  • 09-05-2019

Great story, narration could be better

Great story. John Douglas really is the authority on BTK and the criminal psychology of serial killers. If you liked Netflix’s Mindhunter you’ll appreciate this book (Mindhunter is based on John Douglas and includes the BTK storyline. However, the narration is flat and peppered with weird mispronunciation of certain words which shouldn’t be a big deal but it is mildly irritating. Don’t let this put you off though - it’s a great book with unique insights.

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  • 匿名
  • 27-03-2019

Actor?

Writer puts a lot of emphasis on his self importance can get annoying when listening to for long periods.
Very monotone narrator, also mispronunciation of some words.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-03-2019

So mindnumbingly dull

I like to think I'm a bit of a true crime buff, I've read and watched and listened to tons of true crime stuff over the years. I was thoroughly disappointed with this. How can a topic such as the case of BTK be reduced to such monotony and teduim? The narrator is terrible. I genuinely tried to give this book a chance over 3 weeks I've listened to it a bit at a time. I've given up half way through. l will just read the rest instead !