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Killer by Nature

An Audible Original Drama
By: Jan Smith
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Are we born evil, or do we have evil thrust upon us? This is the eternal question of nature vs nurture at the centre of Killer by Nature, a brand-new psychological thriller from Audible Originals.

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder - a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders...as someone out there will stop at nothing to complete Dinklage's work.

Fully dramatized, with an immersive SFX soundscape, Killer by Nature features an all-star cast, including Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge), Rob-James Collier (Downton Abbey), Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Angela Griffin (Cutting It) and Will Mellor (No Offence).

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  • River
  • 02-03-2019

glad it was free, sad I used a free credit.

I felt like I was listening to a tv show. I tried to get into it because I'm waiting for my next month credit to hit, but I kept finding myself lost. It was not an enjoyable audiobook.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • justin schweig
  • 04-02-2019

Deleted it halfway through...

I downloaded this because it was free. Halfway though I couldn't listen anymore. The story rapidly jumps from one scene to another, sometimes spending just a few seconds with only a few sentences on one topic. The music thats supposed to signal a scene change gets really loud at times after the words have been quiet and I have to turn my radio down. And they spend a lot of time not really talking about much. Its like they took a play, shortened every scene, and then made it into an audiobook.

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  • Mausie21
  • 22-02-2019

Absolutely Awful

I have to say the idea of this story was good, but the delivery was terrible. Think of turning on your TV and never looking up at the screen. That is what it felt like to listen to this story. There were a lot characters, the plot was confusing, and there were so many predictable stereotypes.
Overall, I am very disappointed with this one.

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  • Sharon
  • 04-02-2019

Too much music in background

This book is difficult to listen to because of the distracting and unnecessary background sounds and music. I finally gave up. It was tedious.

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  • PA Person
  • 02-02-2019

Too Hard to Follow

This is not the first time I've tried an Audible selection with sound effects taking the place of words. I can't follow these stories because they rely so heavily on sound effects and I find myself misinterpreting the sound or having to rewind again and again to determine what the sound is meant to be. It is also hard to keep the voices of the characters straight. They are not always identified by name and I am supposed to be able to know who is speaking by the voice alone.

I ended up being as confused at the end of the story as I was at the beginning because I missed so much that I was supposed to pick up from sound rather than words.

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  • Brian
  • 04-02-2019

Ugh too many sound effects

The story might be good, but there are WAY too many sound effects and long pauses that take away from the story

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  • J. Howard
  • 13-03-2019

Hard to Listen To for Many Reasons

I really wanted to like this, but I struggled to get through it and finally quit. The performances are fine (not outstanding, not bad), but the production is very frustrating. Sometimes there are sound effects and it feels like there is something happening visually that the listener isn't privy to, which is annoying. And there are a lot of voices and abrupt shifts between scenes that make it difficult to track what's happening or who is even in the scene. And there's a lot of annoying sounds of nothingness, like people walking around, or someone waking up from a dream. Also, at the beginning of each episode, they go through the entire introductory sequence again. It seemed like a decent story, just couldn't make it through the awful production.

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  • Christy D.
  • 12-05-2018

Wow! Loved it!

I listen to a lot of dramatizations on Audible and this is one of the best. It's an emotional roller coaster....it made me laugh, cry and everything in between. It kept me engaged the entire time with twists and turns in the plot.
I do feel a narrator would have kept it clearer when switching between scenes and characters but being so engaged you can figure it out.
This is a definite listen for anyone who likes suspense and drama.

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  • DLR
  • 04-02-2019

Exellent production!

I loved this audible thriller. The sound effects, the music, the children chants far in the background, and the performers added to the scary, suspenseful mood. It feels like a radio drama of decades ago, but with superior sound.

Voices were great, and the plot and characters catches the listener (me) from the start. Surprise twists made it even more interesting.

I would love to listen more like this one.

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  • Azalea
  • 03-02-2019

Captivating and immersive thriller!

I loved this style of performance. It was easy for me to follow and I didn't have any trouble interpreting what the scenes were about or who was talking. There were many interesting characters and tons of exciting things happening. It was never slow, and there were events taking place at the end of every "episode" to push the storyline forward. The performances were really good! My boyfriend joined me listening to it halfway through and he got pulled in as well. I hope they make more programs like this. 4 hours is a really great length of time for something like this. If they made a sequel I would buy it. I actually started listening to this because I had a migraine and couldn't stare at a screen to watch a movie. With all the cool sound effects it felt like I was watching a movie. It really helped me to feel better. I actually would prefer more of these than just one author narrator reading. I felt engaged with this program, and usually my mind just wanders hearing the same voice drone on in a traditional audiobook. If you like the shows Dexter, Hannibal, The Killing, Law and Order, Mindhunter, etc, you might like this too.

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  • Nigel
  • 30-11-2017

A good solid psychological thriller

Kept my attention all the way through - the performance of the cast, pace of story and the overall production are excellent. Though there were a few parts I was a bit unsure of; more ‘would that really happen’, than being confused by it.

Overall ‘Killer by Nature’ is a good - but not spectacular - solid psychological thriller. [Split into 10 episodes, each ranging between 24-32 minutes in length.]


I’m glad Audible appear to be increasingly devoting more and more time + energy producing their own audio-dramas, such as this release, and hope they continue to do so. For me this makes it easier to justify being a member.

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  • Avril
  • 11-12-2017

Good story, but oh the interruptions

This is very well acted and the story quite exciting, but the bursts of background music and the treatment as a serial with announcements about the next chapter are really irritating.

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  • Flappy Paddles
  • 22-12-2017

nothing wonderful but listenable. predictable.

It's not a bad listen but it was a little predictable and not wonderfully exciting. Bit of a disappointment. annoying music which repeated about 50 times throughout.

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  • Jools
  • 30-11-2017

Enjoyable

A really good listen with excellent actors BUT the music very annoying would prefer more script less music slowing it all down.

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  • Simon
  • 30-11-2017

Audible Nurturing Enjoyable Drama

Killer by Nature is fairly short but this high quality cast pack in a very enjoyable story which is well paced and gives the main characters some depth despite the brevity. It is dramatically souped up with some background music and lots of special effects. The effects overall were very well done though at times they almost seemed like padding rather than value add. I'm erring on the side of them providing a real-time feel to it rather than padding but I'm sure opinions will vary.

The story itself is largely fairly standard UK domestic thriller fayre but it does delve well into the nature vs nurture debate in all of its strands. It has decent twists and turns and I thought the main characters came across as well drawn and individual brought to life with quality voice acting and of course those sound effects.

In all I'm very happy that I got good value for my credit. I enjoy the occasional audio drama to supplement my staple diet of audiobooks and this one cuts the mustard.

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  • alan
  • 18-01-2018

great

well worth listening to gòod story. well acted out.would really recomend this book. hope they do another buckley one soon

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  • Andy
  • 11-01-2018

Excellent! Gripping storyline, well performed

Highly recommended. Gripping storyline with loads of twists. Well performed, great cast well. Well worth downloading

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  • Lucy
  • 12-12-2017

Really Good!

Really enjoyable and gripping story. The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was the annoying music intervals, totally pointless.

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  • Sharon
  • 08-10-2018

Not Good

unfortunately very hard to understand who is who with same voices for different characters sorry Will Mellor didn't pull it off in this

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  • Mrs Gee
  • 10-01-2018

Loved it all the way through! Hope theres a sequel

What made the experience of listening to Killer by Nature the most enjoyable?

Liked the cast of all the characters. Flowed very well.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the story - kept me gripped all the way through.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Was all good

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

Would have loved to have listened to it all in one go!!

Any additional comments?

Loved this drama. The cast were brilliant and kept you gripped all the way through. I really hope they do a sequel to this. If you love any murder mystery on TV you will love this drama.

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