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Talking With Psychopaths and Savages

Beyond Evil
Narrated by: Colin Mace
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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Summary

"I wrapped duct tape around her mouth and her nose and watched her suffocate to death...then I went back to work." (Former Colonel David Russell Williams of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 2010)

Sunday Times best-selling author Christopher Berry-Dee is back with a companion volume that delves even deeper into the savage world of psychopaths and their hideous crimes. This time, however, he combines sections on killers whom he has known, interviewed or corresponded with, with studies of psychopathic serial killers from the past, including Peter Kürten, the 'Düsseldorf Monster'; John Christie, responsible for the killings at 10 Rillington Place; and Neville Heath, a ladykiller in every sense of the word.

The result is a chilling narrative that sets the forensic examination of killers and their crimes within the context of murder in the 20th and 21st centuries, an examination of the evil mind set against the insoluble problem of identifying psychopaths who kill. 

This is not a book for the squeamish, but it is undeniably fascinating in its portrayal of just what one human being will do to others - while all too often moving among us unnoticed and unhindered. If their crimes seem as incomprehensible as they are horrific, it is undeniably true that the world's most savage killers may be much closer than we think.... 

©2019 Christopher Berry-Dee (P)2019 Bonnier Books Ltd

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the definition of 'vanity piece'! dont bother!!

This is absolute drivel and nonsense regurgitated in a less interesting way than previously told in the authors other title ‘talking with serial killers’ which, if you’ve read/listened to this, I’d stop there as that’s all you’re going to get from this author worth entertaining.

This book is the very definition of ‘vanity piece’ and the author comes across here as the real-life Frederick Chilton of ‘silence of the Lambs’ fame (not a compliment!)

Colin Mace is on top form as usual here though!

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fantastic

great narrator ,what an interesting book , so insightful, live the different accents ,liked tone and pace good for me

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Very good

A very interesting book. Made all the better by the brilliant narrations from Colin Mace.

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Gruesome and fanasanting

Although not a comfortable subject, I was fanasanted with these minds. The conclusion makes you realise we walk among the most dangerous people.

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Terrible...

Awful, sensationalised drivel, with a good handful of populist political ranting on top.

Poorly written, he spends the first 5 chapters telling you 'what the book is going to do' but never actually doing much of it.

The writer/narrators decision to imitate the accent of a member of the Singapore police, beautifully conveyed just how tacky the whole tone is. I persevered for another 10mins after that, shouldn't have bothered.

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worst book I've heard .

worst book I've heard, give it a miss unless you like a headache. total waste of my time .

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Perfect listening if this is your thing

loved it esp. as a retired police officer and aware of some of these cases. only downside I would say was the authors betrayal of various accents make and female. But worth a listen.

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Rubbish

I had to give up half way through!! there were NO conversations with psychopaths just details of their crimes, I was convinced he was confused at some points as constantly referring to serial killers (not all psychopaths are serial killers!!) Shameless plugs for his other book throughout. Awful narration with the silly accents. Chapters were unnecessarily long, particularly Kurten, where he kept referring to all of the conflicting reports. Do not recommend at all.

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Ok

Didn't finish it. I found the plugs for his other books quite irritating. Also being so flippant about the hideous murders and rapes was disrespectful. How would the author feel if it was one of his relatives?

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just an 8 hour advertising for all his other books

loves the sound of his own voice. also mentions every book he's ever written before

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  • Lara Weinheimer
  • 11-09-19

Rambling and self-congratulatory

Maybe I've been spoiled with quite a few really good true crime books. Regardless, this isn't one of these. To begin with, the book doesn't really get going until Chapter 7. Prior to this, the author rambles around to no point whatsoever. I honestly feel like either the author has no ability to think strategically or just rambles to increase the page count. Once the author gets going on the narrative, he does more or less settle down to tell various stories of serial killers. However, I found a lot of this quite annoying. First, the author repeatedly pats himself on the back for knowing and talking to various serial killers. He's so very proud of his ability to talk to these people and get them to tell him the truth. The author really does see himself as the serial killer whisperer. Throughout, the author has to put in his opinion of why a killer did this or that without much evidence to support his claims. The author comes off as so smug that it gets irritating. I honestly just wanted the stories and not the author's ramblings on why what he believes is correct, or telling me that I need to hang on, because the next part is gruesome. Oh, and as an added note, he plugged his other books many times in each chapter. In the end, I would suggest not wasting your money and time on this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-19

Very boring

This book promises evil stories about the worst humanity has produced, and a look into what makes them tick. The author talking about how brave he was to be in a the same room as some of these killer got old. Also it was controlled/ prison where he met them. Two hours in and I gave up. I hope audible gives me my credit back.

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  • dyesun
  • 09-09-19

Loved it!

Best one yet! Love the narration! Gory and a bit funny too! You won't be disappointed!