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Inside the Mind of BTK

The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
Written by: John Douglas, Johnny Dodd
Narrated by: Jason Klav
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

What the critics say

"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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Great book

With the Rader diary entries, public knowledge, and Douglas’ interviews, you get information about the crimes and motivation in unheard of detail.

If you have an interest in serial killers or true crime, this is absolutely a must own.

The narrator mispronounces more than a few words but they are fairly far between and it didn’t ruin the book.

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Worst narrator Ever!!!

Another great book from John Douglas. If you’ve enjoyed his books before, then you’ll enjoy this one too.
But...beware- worst Narrator Ever!
Constantly mispronounces common words, slow and dull voice and horrible dictation. I found myself repeatedly yelling at the narrator out of frustration.
John Douglas’s books are great and so is this one but I won’t listen to this idiot narrator butcher his words again.

Inside the Mind of BTK - 5 Stars
Narrator - go back to grammar school...you need it!!!!!!

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Great Book with Terrible Narration

This book is very interesting, unfortunately the narration does it a severe disservice. The narrator's habit of saying "Quanteeco" instead of "Quantico" is like nails on a chalkboard.

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Decent content, decent book.. although..

First thing- Manson and Speck aren’t serial killers- the first is just manipulative and the second is a mass murderer.
Second thing- the narrator annoys the crap out of me- if you’re going to narrate something, learn the terms and how to pronounce them. It’s not ‘Quan-tee-co’ and it’s not ‘Garrit’ .. I’m sure there are other examples.
Other than that, another good John Douglas book

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Opulent or OPAL-ANT? Don't ask Jason Klav

It's an interesting book. I could have enjoyed it as much as Mindhunter had they not decided to hire the kid in high school who breaks into a cold sweat when the teacher calls on him to read aloud. This Narrator is the worst I've ever heard. His mispronunciation of several words is distracting. I found myself waiting for the cringe and wondering how this guy even got this job. The words he actually can pronounce, he reads in a robotic tone with weird pauses that you will recognize as someone who is barely literate. I would never listen to anything by this narrator again.

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So choppy I could barely understand.

It could somehow just be my audio file/phone, but I've redownloaded the file multiple times and the problem is still there. The beginning of nearly every sentence is cut off so you don't hear part of or the entire first word, so you're left to put together sentences. It is irritating especially because the details of this story are important to follow and it makes it very difficult when you aren't even completely sure about what you are hearing because the word is cut off.

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That was a WILD ride

First I have to echo the other reviewer who pointed this out: it's crazy how much the narrator says "Quan-tee-coo" and no one corrected him before it went out? Quantico. lol.

Part 1 was a little dry, but part 2 was a wild ride from start to finish, very graphic, and pretty traumatizing. A lot of interesting facts I didn't know before. Good listen. If you can get around the weird narrator.

Some of it does repeat from previous books.

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Great book, lousy reading

John Douglas' books are consistent and interesting, but the person performing this audiobook is pretty bad. You don't realize how frequently a book about the FBI mentions Quantico until you get a narrator who doesn't know how to pronounce it and calls it Quan-TEE-ko. Kind of painful.

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  • Chris
  • 2012-12-13

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
  • 2012-03-15

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.

37 of 38 people found this review helpful

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  • Leslie
  • 2011-08-30

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
  • 2011-11-19

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.

53 of 55 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2010-02-05

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.

41 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • Tammy
  • 2012-05-23

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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon L. Divis
  • 2012-03-29

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.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Evan
  • 2010-09-18

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
  • 2011-02-02

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
  • 2018-10-19

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful