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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"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)
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.
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..
If you like reading books by people who really love themselves, this is for you. Otherwise avoid.
"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.
"The narration is atrocious!"
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
The book contains copious amounts of information. There was no single
Mr. Klav should seek another line of work. He should also give back the money he was paid for this book.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"Great all around!"
John Douglas, as is always the case, writes a well-documented, factual case. Johnny Dodd's writing is also appreciated.
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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