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Summary

A dramatic and compelling true-crime psychological thriller 

This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in US 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.

©2008 John Douglas and Johnny Dodd (P)2009 Tantor Media

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Great book

this was a great book, loved the way it was told and the detail it was told in

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Interesting book, but disappointingly narrated to the point of almost spoiling it. Mispronunciation frequent and monotonous tone.

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Good Story but DIABOLICAL Narration

I hope whoever narrated this NEVER works in voice acting again.

DO NOT waste your time on this audiobook. The story is great but the guy can’t even pronounce many basic words. It is no exaggeration to say that there is a mistake every couple of paragraphs.

Absolutely unbelievable that this got through any kind of editing or quality control process.

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Very Interesting - if you enjoy this type of thing.

As a hardened true crime vet, it’s hard to affect my sensibilities, but this deep dive in to the life of BTK had me grimacing and upset on multiple occasions. Be warned.

With that said, I’m not always a fan of John Douglas - I often find him to be too arrogant (although justifiably so) for my personal tastes, and often his books focus on everything he got right, and don’t mention the things he got wrong, of which I’m sure there are plenty.

This book mostly manages to avoid that, as he had been retired for 10 years by the time Rader was caught. There are multiple mentions of it being something he had predicted in 74, or 82, or 91 and so forth, but they are mostly forgivable. As the book focuses purely on BTK, and with access to his diaries, all the police records and numerous sources, there isn’t as much room for unproven speculation.

I would criticise the performance by Jason Klav. There are numerous mispronunciations that are mildly irritating, such as the repeated mistake on “Quantico”. That one is unforgivable in a true crime book. Non are so egregious that they completely spoil it though.

Not for the feint of heart; and a must listen for anyone with an interest in serial killers.

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Awful narration.

Don’t bother with the audio version of this book just buy the paperback and read it yourself.

The subject matter is so interesting but it’s difficult to concentrate on it because the narration is so bad.
He mispronounces words, Quantico becomes Qwanteeco, modus operandi is modus operandee and garrotte becomes garrot (like carrot with a ‘G’). The pace of it is also off-putting, it’s like listening to a school kid being forced to read Shakespeare in front of the entire class, like he just wants to get it over and done with.
In short, save your credit.

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Fantastic

I was gripped throughout, really well paced book and the narrators voice didn’t fight with the drama of the story at all. Would definitely recommend !

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Narration not too bad, story repetetive

Yes the narration does sound a little rushed, but play it at 90% speed and it is perfect. Other than that it's far from the worst I've heard with only the odd mispronounciation.
The story itself is interesting at first but then covers the same crimes repeatedly from different angles until you are thoroughly bored hearing about them.

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Poor narration

I often find John Douglas’ books quite arrogant, understandably so, but it can still be a bit grating when he is listing off his achievements and what he predicted but law enforcement failed to detect. Saying that, I enjoyed the book overall. The big letdown, however, was the narration, with frequent mispronunciation of words such as ‘Quantico’ which really irked me.

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Great

crazy insight into the life of an absolute nut case, would highly recommend....what a sick man.

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  • Rachel Lindahl
  • 21-10-20

Have re-read by Jonathan Groff

I was really interested to hear this and thought the story would surpass the narration. But I couldn’t finish it. This narrator can’t pronounce basic words.
Edit: Having tried again, the narrator isn't that bad. he has an accent, but I am actually enjoying the book now.

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  • SNAFU666
  • 19-08-20

WORST NARRATION EVER!

As usual the content and story of a John Douglas book is without compare when it comes to the true crime genre, but the narrating of this book is like having a kindergartener do it. Constant mispronounced words etc. Who narrates a book from a former FBI agent and can't pronounce Quantico? or Et cetera? Are you serious? those are just two of the many examples of the constant errors in the narrating. Not to mention it sounds like he narrated in in his bathroom. I recommend reading this book, but def not listening to it.

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  • Electrifiedme
  • 13-09-20

Horrible Narration

The content is great. I have it in paperback...should have just read it myself again. The man that narrates this box can't pronounce words correctly. Very irritating.

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  • Love2Listen
  • 08-09-20

the narrator...

ruined for me. i hate yo critizes people's hard work, but he really wasn't meant for this.

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  • Mars
  • 17-10-20

I want my credit back.

John Douglas doesn’t deserve this. This was the worst narration I’ve ever heard. I actually think Jason Klav recorded this himself in a basement somewhere without proper equipment.

I’m looking into getting my credit back.

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  • Jack Christensen
  • 29-09-20

narration

didn't get very far, the narrator's voice is just not very good and unenjoyable to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-21

Interesting but poorly written and badly read

Not much more than a detailed description of the crime scenes, a cursory glance through the killer’s journal, and one very short interview where the author mostly sneers at the killer (which is ok with me if he wants to do it, but not a great way to build rapport or get information). Not very much actual insight into what was going on in BTK’s mind or why this all happened - and no real attempt to find out. Bit of a shame, given the killer is alive and could be interviewed. Ok for what it is, and worth a listen as long as you can put up with the author’s ego, tendency to jump around, endless repetition and the reader’s annoying tendency to mispronounce words.

A better researched, more thoughtful and overall much better attempt at understanding a serial killer’s mind can be found in “Ted Bundy - The Only Living Witness” by Michaud and Aynesworth. Here the authors not only explore the circumstances and the trial(s), but interview witnesses, family members, medical experts, (etc.). More importantly, they spend considerable time with the killer questioning, listening to his words and drawing well-supported inferences from his (sometimes roundabout) testimony. The authors see Ted for the monster he is, but still take the time to ask why.

Oh, and the Ted Bundy one is available with a well-read audiobook.

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  • Iread
  • 09-11-20

The Narrator is terrible!!!

The content of this book was interesting, especially if one followed this case, and enjoy true crime, FBI profiling & other John Douglas books. There were several items I learned while listening, that I hadn’t known about the murders, the case, and the killer. It is chilling and graphic, but insightful as to the inner workings of a disgusting sociopath.

The narrator HAS to be the worst I’ve EVER heard on audible. He mispronounced SO many words!!! It was almost laughable to hear someone describe BTK’s poor grammar and spelling, when the narrator himself read like a second grader!! Mr. Douglas MUST be cringing, and deserved far better. The narrator couldn’t even pronounce Quantico! What an embarrassment!!! Jason Klav needs to be a silent reader from here on out!! PLEASE!!

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  • Stephanie Poor
  • 10-07-21

Buy the book, skip the audio version!

First, let me say, We love audible! The audio books are almost always the best quality. Unfortunately, this book is the rare exception. The book is interesting, so it’s worth a read. I have listened to numerous audio books through the years. As others have written, though, the narration is the worst I’ve ever heard. The narrators mispronunciation of words swings from comical to outright distracting. It’s a wonder that they allowed this audio to be released.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-21

Amazingly written, terribly narrated

Like all of Douglas’s novels, this one is thorough and wonderfully written. The narrator makes it intolerable. I got through about 4 chapters before I had to stop. The mispronunciation of words is rampant and he sounds like he’s reading each individual word with no care as to the sentence it’s a part of. You know when the class read aloud in high school? Remember the guy who, every single time he had to read, made everyone else groan because of the monotone and apparent failure to know how to pronounce any words? It’s that kid. Nothing against people who used to be or still are that kid, it’s just not the right person to cast to narrate such an intense and important book.

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