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Summary

New York, 1896: Reporter John Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend, psychiatrist Laszlo Kreizler, a brilliant pioneer in the new and much-maligned study of society's "alienated" mentally ill. At the river, Moore and Kreizler view the horribly mutilated body of a young male prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. Supervised by the police commissioner, the newsman and his "alienist" mentor embark on a revolutionary attempt to identify the killer by assembling his psychological profile. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before...and will kill again.

©1994 Caleb Carr, All Rights Reserved (P)1994 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved

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interesting read

excellent narration good book overall can't wait to watch the tv adaptation of story interesting characters and storyline

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Brilliantly done!

An old fashioned detective mystery that is well written and engrossing. The story transports you straight back in time, giving a truly atmospheric feeling. I loved the characters who are well rounded. Can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Michael
  • 31-08-12

Great listen. Unfortunately it is abridged.

I really enjoyed the book. I really wish that it was not abridged. The story was too condensed for me. I wanted to luxuriate in the prose.

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  • Harvey
  • 05-12-12

Good as far as it went

Would you listen to The Alienist again? Why?

No. A good enough story, but not sufficient for a second listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously the heroine.

What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

Yes, well done

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

no

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-06-07

Scary....

Fairly raw murder descriptions, but accurate historical detail, thanks to Mr. Carr's historical background. Plot gets you engaged, and you like the main character despite his faults. Good mystery!

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  • Gail Drago
  • 31-07-16

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The Alienist by Caleb Carr revolves around a wealthy crime reporter for the New York Times in 1899 and his search for a savage murderer. Teamed with a renowned psychiatrist (in those days called an "alienist"), the pair uses psychological theory with deductive reasoning to tract the serial killer who preys on poverty-stricken young boys, victimized by powerful forces--club and hotel owners who control the city's dark world of prostitution.

Although not one of my favorite crime reads, the novel does give a sense of New York during the Victorian era with its presence of governmental corruption. It also highlights the gradual acceptance of criminal profiling as a vital police tool.

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  • Gabriel P.
  • 12-04-18

The TV Series was better

The first time where the TV series is better written than the book, abominable adaptation, never again will I purchase an abridge book...

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  • Rick
  • 31-01-18

Malevolent Mystery

In the sordid underworld of child prostitution in late 19th-century New York, a psychotic killer is hunting and killing on the rooftops of the city, and his victims are immigrant children. This seamless abridgment makes for a fast-paced mystery populated by period characters, including the real Theodore Roosevelt as police commissioner, and read by the incomparable Edward Herrmann.

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  • Robert J. Mcgrath
  • 24-12-12

One of the best period suspense/detective stories.

What made the experience of listening to The Alienist the most enjoyable?

Great period descriptions and characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Its a long story that builds but characters keep the story going.

What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Since he's been in many period movies his narration fits easily.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Great Cast of detectives drive a period horror and suspense story.

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  • Kristi Marie
  • 28-03-18

Wow

So wow'd by this tale! Can't wait to start the series now. Loved hearing Edward Herrmann.

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  • G. Wales
  • 31-01-18

great narrator with fascinating story

can't wait to watch the TV series...hope they do the book justice. the mind of men is fascinating.

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  • K. Meadows
  • 30-01-18

The Alienist

This book was excellent, and I can't wait to venture into the next esposide of the Narrative book.