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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 (236 ratings)

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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.

©2008 John Douglas and Johnny Dodd (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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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interesting reading.

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

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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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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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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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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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Brilliant book, poor narration.

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

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Great story - wish I hadn’t got the audio book

I find John Douglas absolutely fascinating and this story is so well told. We all know the case well, but this story gave me information i had never heard before. Really intense and exciting book.

But I wish I’d just bought the paperback. I have just finished it and gone straight to reviews. I don’t know if anyone else felt this way as I am notoriously hard to please, but I thought that the narration was absolutely AWFUL.
The guy that reads this sounds like a teenager with a below-average reading ability who has been told to read his homework out in front of a classroom. He seems to either really emphasise each individual word as if he’s trying to think how he has to pronounce it first, or he slurs and mumbles and blurs words together.
Worst of all, he says “Liberry” instead of “Library”. The word is written right in front of you, dude.
To be fair, he mispronounces a lot of words..

So he was quite distracting and ruined it for me a bit, but this book is well worth READING!

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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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  • 19-10-19

Awful Narration

This is a fascinating and gripping story ruined by terible narration. I held off buying this because of the poor reviews and they weren't wrong.

The narrator can't even read properly!!!

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Inside the ego of John Douglas

This should be called Inside the ego of John Douglas. It's important to note that Douglas had little to do with this case except some cursory interactions with the Wichita PD back in the 70s. He also made a suggestion to them that they should use n affable cop (which he dubbed a "supercop" for some reason) to communicate with the killer which did ultimately prove to be good advice. But wow Douglas doesn't let you forget it throughout the text. This book contains nothing that is insightful or new in relation to the thought process of the BTK killer - just tons of information about each case that you are more than likely aware of if you are interested in reading a book about Dennis Radar. I accept the author is a highly-regarded criminal profiler and one of the founding fathers of the science and hence the reason why I was expecting something more than a rehash of the facts of each case peppered with little vignettes of Douglas' own life as he remembers how great he was back in the olden days. Not only is this book badly written but the narration is awful. This is an audiobook. I do not understand why people go to the trouble of producing a narrated version of a book and then get a non-professional to narrate the thing. If you are into listening to 12 hours 40 minutes of stuff you already knew narrated by a 19 year old whose voice sounds like he's on the verge of crying because he's late for class then this is the book for you. If on the other hand you want to read a cogent, well written treatment on the psychology behind Dennis Radar's depravity that encompesses the greater (and more interesting questions) of what drives these men then run for the hills because you won't get it here. All that said, I would still say Douglas has some good books well worth reading but this was really disapointing.

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  • Chris
  • 13-12-12

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
  • 15-03-12

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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  • Leslie
  • 30-08-11

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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  • monique
  • 19-11-11

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
  • 05-02-10

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
  • 23-05-12

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
  • 29-03-12

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
  • 18-09-10

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.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • emily shellhaas
  • 02-02-11

Again, good book, BAD reader

Like all of John Douglas's true crime books, this is a fascinating read. Alas, narrator Jason Klav's personal vocabulary isnt up to the task. Its not just technical terms he mangles, but seemingly any word thats not used in everyday conversation. (Example: demolished building are "razed", pronounced like "raised". Klav's pronunciation is "razzed".) The truly amazing thing is that the producer didnt catch it and make him re-record those sections.
Still I recommend the book.... and that you try to take Klav's numerous bobbles as unintentional comedy, lightening some very dark material.

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  • Sadie
  • 19-10-18

Terrible narrator.

I love John Douglas. I've read everything I can find and I've never been disappointed. My review has nothing to do surg him and everything to do with the narrator. How do you not know basic pronunciation? How did this slip by in post-production? You're narrating a book from a former FBI agent...and you can't pronounce Quantico??? There were so many mistakes that I've fought to finish this book. Were it not for my interest in profiling and forensic psychology, I'd be gone. Seriously, they need to re-record this thing. They need to slap some duct tape on this narrators mouth and prevent him from ruining any future recordings. Yikes.

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