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Twisted

Narrated by: Phil Gigante
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Summary

The psychologist with a troubled past...

Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital, overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve, home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable. His newest patient, Donny Ray Smith, is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear. But during his first encounter with Donny, Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.

The killer with a secret...

Donny Ray knows things about Christopher - things he couldn't have possibly learned at Loveland. As the psychologist delves deeper into the mysterious patient's case, Christopher's life whirls out of control. The contours of his mind are rapidly losing shape, and his grasp on reality is slipping even faster. Is he going mad, or is that what Donny Ray wants him to think?

The terror that binds them...

In this taut psychological thriller from Andrew E. Kaufman, best-selling author of The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted, a tormented man must face his fear and enter the mind of a killer to find the truth...even if it costs him his sanity.

©2015 Andrew E. Kaufman (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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What a 'twister' of a plot! Kudos to Kaufman!

I found this audio book VERY entertaining, deeply engrossing and an ending I didn't quite expect (at all!) when I started listening to it.

The story flowed well and without spoiling the plot, even the parts that jumped in and out were well thought out and well written. The method used throughout the book to describe the protagonist's journey were fascinating and massively heart wrenching/scary.

Performance was very good, however a few places felt a bit lacking, but I'm being picky.

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Not as expected, but ok in it's own way....<br />

Not as good as I tht it would be from other reviews. Finished but not sure I can recommend...

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If you're reading this run for the hills!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator who did better impersonations and voices such as Kate Mulgrew, Michael Carman or Will Patton. That's as far as the narrator goes anyway.

What could Andrew E. Kaufman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not use ridiculous similies "it was like swimming through crocheted sweaters" and that actually isn't the worst of them. This book is only worth listening to if in doing so you teach kids not to write like this.

What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante’s performance?

Monotone deep voice initially, high pitched impersonation of females sounded like a comedian's impression. Very lack lustre and just made an awful book worse!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Twisted?

Scenes when he speaks to his child, we understand he loves him that's apparent first off but the indulgent conversations he has with him later on in the book simply aren't justified. This guy starts off talking to a "six/seven" year old in language you would deem appropriate, by the end the kid is responding like an adult in order to progress the story. It's just ridiculous.

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I was so disappointed by this book, I thought it sounded awesome and it had rave reviews on goodreads (which has now gone in the favourites bin!) it's not twisty if you are used to dealing with surprise endings books and films. TBH it's seven hours of "oh i wonder if he is insane" followed by a remainder of "i've lost the will to live, i don't care if i am right or not" I will not put spoilers on here but I am just saying this is a guaranteed returned credit book

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Not for me

I could not get involved at all. I really struggled to get to the end. The story ok the narrator ok but I just couldn't engage with the main character.

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  • A. Sines
  • 28-04-15

you must ride this rollercoaster

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I love novels that take me on a mind-bending ride. Saying that, it is easy for me to notice the clues left by the author in books like this determine the “reality” the character has fallen into. Sometimes, they become so mundanely predictable, that by reading the last few pages, I know the story.

Twisted is so not one of those.

I wanted to know every single detail of the mind-trip on which Dr. Kellan finds himself. I mean, there’s recognition of a murderer transferred to his psych ward, for crying out loud. What is up with that?

The characters of Chris, his wife and son are so developed as to transport me into the mind of Chris and welcome the wildness. Especially when people start disappearing.

Excellent narration kept me listening all through a day of work and made the drudgery of everyday life simply fall by the wayside as I mulled over where the end would take me.

Twisted is definitely a recommended listen.

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  • Deborah
  • 07-05-15

Mind Blowing!

What did you love best about Twisted?

There was nothing to not love. The entire book was a mind blowing roller coaster ride that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Any additional comments?

A MUST READ!

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  • MJ_EPI
  • 28-10-15

Disturbing yet engaging

This was one of the more disturbing books I've read or listened to in a long time. It took me for a ride that I wanted to get off but couldn't stand the thought of not knowing what happened. I would recommend this as a great "listen on the way to/from work" book though be prepared to be late for a meeting because you just have to finish that chapter as you sit in the parking lot.

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  • Denise M. Schulz
  • 07-05-15

Good narration

The narrator was good. It was a
A good "story" but not as suspenseful and exciting as I anticipated. Not bad

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  • nona
  • 04-04-19

just. wow. this was great!

you're missing out if you miss this one. there is some pretty graphic stuff in here, if you have a weak stomach, well, it may not be for you. the twists and turns and the ending make it a worthwhile read

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  • optimusm07
  • 24-12-18

Intense perspective.

Narrator was great! I definitely wanted more, to understand the timeframe a bit better. I'm not sure I was able to grasp that... but it was quite intense on a 'mind F*ck' level! My heart ached for those around Chris... Before this book, I could've never guessed or imagined what people experience when their mind is stronger than they're sanity.

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  • greygurl
  • 11-12-18

Tedious

This is the most tedious book I have ever read and listened to. I’m flabbergasted by the positive reviews, and find this is only more proof that kindle unlimited reviews are bogus. For hours of reading this, I’m thinking that a plot line will HAVE to be introduced at some point. There has to be more than incoherent ramblings from a man having a psychotic break. But there is nothing more. this isn’t even a story ABOUT a man having a psychotic break. It’s the actual psychotic break. It’s only ramblings, no story. Nothing more. Nothing less.

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  • WF
  • 22-11-18

Stupid

This is the worst book I have listened to in a very long time. I hung in there thinking a corner would turn and it would make sense. Never happened. The story was flawed. It was like a drama queen....drama, drama, drama...with no substance whatsoever. The narrator was wonderful and probably the reason I was able to persevere.

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  • Heather
  • 14-11-18

Weird

This book was just weird and really hard to follow. Lots of twists and turns that lead no where.

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  • Schmoopyslove
  • 21-10-18

Just awful in my opinion

It started out good, within four or six chapters it turned into story telling. Do you realize the difference of being told a story and listening to a story? If you do you’ll realize you are being told, he went here, I went there, I felt scared, I am confused etc.
A good book uses active adverbs and adjectives so you can live the story. This turned into, what felt to me, “ see spot run, see Jane, run spot run”.
The last 2/3 of the book were hardly any dialogue. I got disinterested. It just kept repeating phrases of confusion, fear, etc.
I think: if I can say this without sounding condescending, I felt like I was reading a 7th grade book.
I like some B movies because they deliberately don’t take themselves seriously. I don’t like B books because I just don’t feel involved. I didn’t care what happened to the main character and I should have. Books rated below B, which I feel this one is, feel like someone is telling you about a story THEY read.
I hope my review helps.
I try to review constructively and not just say a book sucks. Someone might find this enjoyable. I found it sophomoric.

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