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Dramatic and dark, with an immersive—and dare we say killer SFX soundscape that will have you checking the windows and bolting the doors at night—Killer by Nature is a gripping psychological thriller that puts you on the trail of a psychopath. Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge) and Rob James-Collier (Downton Abbey) head an all-star cast from the UK that includes Thomas Turgoos Dramatic and dark, with an immersive—and dare we say killer SFX soundscape that will have you checking the windows and bolting the doors at night—Killer by Nature is a gripping psychological thriller that puts you on the trail of a psychopath. Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge) and Rob James-Collier (Downton Abbey) head an all-star cast from the UK that includes Thomas Turgoose (This Is England ‘90), Angela Griffin (Cutting It), and Will Mellor (No Offence). In this Audible Original production by Jan Smith, Kelly is utterly convincing and riveting as Dr. Diane Buckley, the forensic psychologist sent to interview Alfred Dinklage, The Playground Killer. She is well-matched by the unnerving performance of James-Collier as a serial killer—the man can make nursery rhymes sound sinister and creepy. It’s up to Buckley to figure out if she is dealing with a serial killer who can seemingly walk through prison walls or a copycat determined to carry out Dinklage’s violent legacy. Not only must Buckley navigate the crime scenes, and correctly read the clues concealed there, but to learn the truth she also must enter the twisted and terrifying mind of Dinklage, and wonder if serial killers are born or made. Please note this contains violence and adult content and language. ©2017 Audible, Ltd (P)2017 Audible, Ltd


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Dramatic and dark, with an immersive—and dare we say killer SFX soundscape that will have you checking the windows and bolting the doors at night—Killer by Nature is a gripping psychological thriller that puts you on the trail of a psychopath. Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge) and Rob James-Collier (Downton Abbey) head an all-star cast from the UK that includes Thomas Turgoos Dramatic and dark, with an immersive—and dare we say killer SFX soundscape that will have you checking the windows and bolting the doors at night—Killer by Nature is a gripping psychological thriller that puts you on the trail of a psychopath. Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge) and Rob James-Collier (Downton Abbey) head an all-star cast from the UK that includes Thomas Turgoose (This Is England ‘90), Angela Griffin (Cutting It), and Will Mellor (No Offence). In this Audible Original production by Jan Smith, Kelly is utterly convincing and riveting as Dr. Diane Buckley, the forensic psychologist sent to interview Alfred Dinklage, The Playground Killer. She is well-matched by the unnerving performance of James-Collier as a serial killer—the man can make nursery rhymes sound sinister and creepy. It’s up to Buckley to figure out if she is dealing with a serial killer who can seemingly walk through prison walls or a copycat determined to carry out Dinklage’s violent legacy. Not only must Buckley navigate the crime scenes, and correctly read the clues concealed there, but to learn the truth she also must enter the twisted and terrifying mind of Dinklage, and wonder if serial killers are born or made. Please note this contains violence and adult content and language. ©2017 Audible, Ltd (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

30 review for Killer by Nature (an Audible Original Audiobook)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Audiobook narrated by Katherine Kelly, Rob James Collier and a full cast. 4h 32 minutes 02 seconds Chosen as one of my Audible original selections for the month of February, I was completely sold on this ten episode thriller. Katherine Kelly (Becky, Cornation Street) and Rob James Collier (Barrow, Downton Abbey) were absolutely captivating. The whole cast was awesome and even though one could probably argue with me that this shouldn't be considered as one of my 2019 reading challenge books. Si Audiobook narrated by Katherine Kelly, Rob James Collier and a full cast. 4h 32 minutes 02 seconds Chosen as one of my Audible original selections for the month of February, I was completely sold on this ten episode thriller. Katherine Kelly (Becky, Cornation Street) and Rob James Collier (Barrow, Downton Abbey) were absolutely captivating. The whole cast was awesome and even though one could probably argue with me that this shouldn't be considered as one of my 2019 reading challenge books. Since I have almost completed my challenge and it's only the first week of March, I am not too concerned. The ending left me with a cliffhanger and I sure am hoping that there is going to be a sequel!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tania

    3.5 rounded up to 4 stars because this was soooo much fun!!! Killer by Nature was another audible freebie for February, a fully dramatized production with an amazing cast of narrators. As every one has said this definitely feels like watching a TV show. I thoroughly enjoyed all the different accents. James Collier Smith was brilliantly creepy as Alfred Dinklage. Make no mistake, there story is filled with cliches and the music between episodes are oh so very cheesy, but I thought it made this 4. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars because this was soooo much fun!!! Killer by Nature was another audible freebie for February, a fully dramatized production with an amazing cast of narrators. As every one has said this definitely feels like watching a TV show. I thoroughly enjoyed all the different accents. James Collier Smith was brilliantly creepy as Alfred Dinklage. Make no mistake, there story is filled with cliches and the music between episodes are oh so very cheesy, but I thought it made this 4.5 hour experience even more entertaining. I highly recommend that you get this free download from audible if you are a member.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Valene Hill

    This audible book was AWESOME!!! First, this plays out like a TV show. There are many characters, so it's not just a person reading a book. It has sound effects and all. I loved it. I imagined what each character looked like and what it looked like at the location that they were in. They story is excellent, but the ending left you wanting more. It is a drama and that's exactly how it plays out and there is a surprise at every turn. It does not end how you think that it will. I hate when I know t This audible book was AWESOME!!! First, this plays out like a TV show. There are many characters, so it's not just a person reading a book. It has sound effects and all. I loved it. I imagined what each character looked like and what it looked like at the location that they were in. They story is excellent, but the ending left you wanting more. It is a drama and that's exactly how it plays out and there is a surprise at every turn. It does not end how you think that it will. I hate when I know the way a book or audio book is going to gvo and with this I had no idea. It was very exciting. I loved this and I hope that there is another one in the works to follow this onde.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sonja Arlow

    3.5 stars The production value of this Audible Original reminded me of the radio dramas I used to listen to as a kid. A full cast of narrators, sound effects and eerie nursery rhymes that does justice to the phrase “theatre of the mind” This was solid entertainment, even if it isn't the kind of story that will stick with me for very long. Recommended

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen Bernardini

    I just can't. So, this was an audible original. One of those freebies at the beginning of the month. The premise seemed promising. You know, a serial killer murder-mystery. It's dramatized. Normally, this is a good thing.Not this time. There's so much background hub-bub going on that it's hard to pay attention to the voices. And the voice acting? Some of those actors sound exactly the same, which leads to major confusion. Also, you're listening away and then all of a sudden there's a break in wi I just can't. So, this was an audible original. One of those freebies at the beginning of the month. The premise seemed promising. You know, a serial killer murder-mystery. It's dramatized. Normally, this is a good thing.Not this time. There's so much background hub-bub going on that it's hard to pay attention to the voices. And the voice acting? Some of those actors sound exactly the same, which leads to major confusion. Also, you're listening away and then all of a sudden there's a break in with what you're listening to. KILLER BY NATURE. AUDIBLE ORIGINAL. BLAH BLAH BLAH. I get it. This was probably a series that was put out but to have that still in this version is just plain obnoxious. The story. The story is boring. And the sub plot is boring. And the actors are boring. Did I mention it was boring? Oh, and it was boring. I listened to half of this and I just can't torture myself anymore. I don't care if this was free, do yourself a favor and skip it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dawn C

    This gave me so many angry feelings about moms, particularly my own so I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I could have for entirely personal reasons. Great performances, though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Bunnell

    One of the most stylistically produced audiobooks I've ever read, I picked this up as an Audible freebie for the month of February. Oh, love month, bring on the sociopathic killers. The story was compelling, and the format of having short "episodes" within the already short content worked well for me as I think it was supposed to sound like a podcast. I'm ancient and have never actually listened to a podcast, so this made me feel hip and happening. I also liked the "story within a story" recurri One of the most stylistically produced audiobooks I've ever read, I picked this up as an Audible freebie for the month of February. Oh, love month, bring on the sociopathic killers. The story was compelling, and the format of having short "episodes" within the already short content worked well for me as I think it was supposed to sound like a podcast. I'm ancient and have never actually listened to a podcast, so this made me feel hip and happening. I also liked the "story within a story" recurring feature of Wig Talk or whatever legal community talk show they would jump to, as the thought of somewhere in England there is a talk show just about legal issues is fascinating. I got lost with the plot of the main character's assistant, the one who left the file on the bus. He had some interactions with other people, but none of those were well-drawn enough for me to know what was going on and how it related to the main plot of the mystery of the copy-cat killers and the primary sub-plot of the main character's children, particularly her daughter. I loved that "guilt of the working mother" aspect of the plot with her daughter and what a shite she was to everyone at school. That subplot was awesome. Overall, very good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Olivia-Savannah Roach

    This was really good fun to listen to! I listened to it at 1.5 and it was pretty normal paced at that sped up speed. I really liked the casting and voicing for this one. It was like listening to a tv show and that kind of amazes me! I loved the inclusion of the podcast and all the sound effects included. It really had a haunting and creepy atmospheric feel to it and they managed to create that so well. Even though I was only listening I could easily visualise all the characters and the kind of d This was really good fun to listen to! I listened to it at 1.5 and it was pretty normal paced at that sped up speed. I really liked the casting and voicing for this one. It was like listening to a tv show and that kind of amazes me! I loved the inclusion of the podcast and all the sound effects included. It really had a haunting and creepy atmospheric feel to it and they managed to create that so well. Even though I was only listening I could easily visualise all the characters and the kind of dreary Britain setting they would have been in. I totally loved the sheer Britishness of the audiobook too. Those accents though! It felt like I was walking through England lol. I've been missing reading more British books so it really made me happy. The mystery itself isn't too mind blowing or anything. It /is/ a good enough plot and interested me well enough, but it wasn't amazing either. It was such a good listening experience though and one I would recommend x

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tay

    This was an interesting listen, but also a cliche in basically every way possible: (view spoiler)[ Specialist who has to be dragged back into helping the police because they're the best ? Check Parent who is never home because they're too involved in the investigation? Check Woman involved with police enforcement who faces sexist pig cops but *applause* shuts them down with her superior knowledge? Check Psychologist who doesn't recognize *shock* their own child is a psychopath? Check Woman wh This was an interesting listen, but also a cliche in basically every way possible: (view spoiler)[ Specialist who has to be dragged back into helping the police because they're the best ? Check Parent who is never home because they're too involved in the investigation? Check Woman involved with police enforcement who faces sexist pig cops but *applause* shuts them down with her superior knowledge? Check Psychologist who doesn't recognize *shock* their own child is a psychopath? Check Woman who is romantically involved with her male detective partner (but of course doesn't have any sort of *scoff* girly, romantic feelings towards him)? Check Serial killer who respects his psychologist (and includes them in their secret plot ) because they can "almost keep up"? Check A copy cat killer who is actually a *shock* part of the original crimes? Check (hide spoiler)] Over all, a good performance, an easy listen, but I could have used without all the tropes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Char

    3.5/5 stars!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Like other reviewers I got this from Audible in their free to members monthly (Feb 2019) give away. It was the only one offered that got reviews that made me want to hear it. This was a very unique style of narration, more like listening to a radio show. Each character had their own narrator. I liked that style, wouldn't want it for every book, but this was nice. Story was very good and looked forward to hear what was coming next.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    This was a free audiobook from Audible and while I didn’t hate the book, I definitely won’t listen to it twice. The story was good but the sound effects and music were distracting. Each chapter is announced by loud music; by the end of 3 hours, my nerves couldn’t take it and I found myself skipping ahead to avoid it. I wish I could have done the same through the footsteps sound effects. That was some strong ASMR, which is fingernails on a chalkboard to me. The serial killer reciting nursery rhym This was a free audiobook from Audible and while I didn’t hate the book, I definitely won’t listen to it twice. The story was good but the sound effects and music were distracting. Each chapter is announced by loud music; by the end of 3 hours, my nerves couldn’t take it and I found myself skipping ahead to avoid it. I wish I could have done the same through the footsteps sound effects. That was some strong ASMR, which is fingernails on a chalkboard to me. The serial killer reciting nursery rhymes in a singsong, whispery voice was supposed to be creepy but that trope is a tired bit of theater in thriller stories now. Instead of creepy, it was just lame. The ending gets one star all to itself because that honestly shocked me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    Killer by nature What makes a killer? Or are some people just born with those killer instincts. This was a full production following a killer hoping to catch him before he kills again. I liked the music it made it more suspenseful but at times i just wanted the story and less dooo dooo dooo. And since we follow the family that the killer is after there is alot of mundane commentary. I wanted more action less family quarrel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Turner

    Performances in this audible original were superb... story not so much. The music was cheesy and detracted from the overall vibe.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Harris

    The story had some moments but didn't have anything that really stood out as being unique or intriguing. I was a bit let down by the "enhanced" nature of the audio production. The sound effects and musical notes felt misplaced at times: dramatic music after someone leaves a voice mail saying "call me back, it's important!" felt forced. Some of the sound effects were distracting too. I think there was only one scene when suddenly you heard the person's footsteps clomping loudly in a hallway.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ernesto I. Ramirez

    The story is quite interesting and so are the parallels the parallels between Dr. Buckley's family and Dinklage. the Playground Killer. The personal drama is also not out of place. My true issue is that some of the accents are harder to get and quite similar voices and no narrator some scenes are confusing between identifying what is happening and those involved. Especially, there are some moments that would have been smoothed by the existence of a Narrator.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Cintron

    Interesting story but I miss the details a book gives. This story lacks details. You can’t see the crime scenes like with a novel. It’s like listening to a TV show.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aliaq8

    this was fun to listen to.. i didnt love the ending, but still was fun.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Since I generally require a physical copy of the book for reference to help me process a story if I try to listen to an audiobook, I thought I’d really challenge myself by listening to an audiobook that didn’t have a physical book available for me to follow along with. I chose this story because it was free although it did also sound interesting. This was very different than what I’d expected. It played out like a TV show that I was listening to without any visuals. I didn’t particularly like the Since I generally require a physical copy of the book for reference to help me process a story if I try to listen to an audiobook, I thought I’d really challenge myself by listening to an audiobook that didn’t have a physical book available for me to follow along with. I chose this story because it was free although it did also sound interesting. This was very different than what I’d expected. It played out like a TV show that I was listening to without any visuals. I didn’t particularly like the lack of a narrative, especially since it was a challenge to keep up with who the characters were and where the scenes were taking place. But it was pretty easy to process and I had no trouble finishing it in one day. The story, itself, seemed like a mediocre made for TV crime drama. Although the main premise seemed to embrace a tired storyline, there was some originality in a side story about the psychologist’s deeply disturbed daughter but the development of that story ended up being very disappointing. I didn’t think this was remotely suspenseful. The characters made really dumb choices. I think the killer was supposed to come off as creepy as he slowly recited nursery rhymes but he really just sounded ridiculous. The story was entertaining enough to get through but it was shamelessly predictable and quite cheesy. Had it been a physical book that I’d picked up to read, I’m not sure I would have seen it through. I hate to be so critical of any book but this was not good. At all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I enjoy these. It was a free monthly audiobook and I enjoy murder mysteries. It is a dramatic reading with a cast and it was really hard to follow the characters and the story for quite a bit. That is why it wasn't 5 stars. There were times it was like you are listening to the TV, you feel like there should be things you are seeing, but you cannot see them. And, some of the voices were hard to follow who was talking to know which character was which. The plot is great and there are some fun twist I enjoy these. It was a free monthly audiobook and I enjoy murder mysteries. It is a dramatic reading with a cast and it was really hard to follow the characters and the story for quite a bit. That is why it wasn't 5 stars. There were times it was like you are listening to the TV, you feel like there should be things you are seeing, but you cannot see them. And, some of the voices were hard to follow who was talking to know which character was which. The plot is great and there are some fun twists. I'd enjoy another one if this was a series. At 4 hours, it was a good listen while I am driving back and forth in my about 1/2 hour drives. You'd enjoy if you like a good crime thriller, with the psychology twist.

  21. 4 out of 5

    TheGeekyBlogger

    Listened for Fun (Audible ) Overall Rating: 3.00 Story Rating: 3.00 Character Rating: 3.00 Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating) Quick Thoughts: This was an OK thriller. I felt it could have been flushed out more but the performance was really well done. Overall, I won't relisten to it again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angela Oatham

    Great listen. I love these fully dramatised Audible productions they really bring listening to life.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tejas

    Hmm, nothing that lives up to the reviews. I don't see any plot or nail biting suspense (or may be I didn't get it) Either way, I give an extra star for the performance

  24. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Diaz

    I think the music was supposed to make it creepier but just made it super cheesy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Scott Hitchcock

    Audible original free book. Trying to be edgy it was distracting and hard to hear. The amped up melodrama wasn't believable and the stories boring.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rasheed

    The performance was great but the plot was kind of cliche . I felt like I could predict what was going to happen in every episode.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    This was one of the free audible originals that I chose last month. It did not capture my attention and had lots of weird sound effects that annoyed me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela H.

    1.5 Stars This is the first original audible I listened to. I enjoyed the narrative with the music and dramatization; however, I found the story to be too bland for me. I did not find the detailed content I was looking for. The music / sounds distracted me as much as I enjoyed it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    Well...those are things I definitely didn't expect. Wow.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Reading is my Escape

    Audience: Adult Format: Audiobook/Owned This was just okay. I didn't really like any of the characters and I didn't even hate the villain enough. The main character is a psychologist who doesn't seem to notice that her daughter has symptoms of psychopathy. I'm not giving anything away. If you've read any books or seen any movies about psychopaths, then you know how it goes: no emotions, no sympathy or empathy, hurting animals, etc. How does her mother not notice?? She's supposed to be so busy, b Audience: Adult Format: Audiobook/Owned This was just okay. I didn't really like any of the characters and I didn't even hate the villain enough. The main character is a psychologist who doesn't seem to notice that her daughter has symptoms of psychopathy. I'm not giving anything away. If you've read any books or seen any movies about psychopaths, then you know how it goes: no emotions, no sympathy or empathy, hurting animals, etc. How does her mother not notice?? She's supposed to be so busy, but even when the principal calls her in to talk about her daughter's behavior, she still doesn't see it. I found this part hard to believe. Then there's the killer (who is already in jail btw). When the doctor goes to see him, she gives him a test to see if he's a psychopath. Remember, this is the woman who can't even see it in her own daughter. The killer occasionally breaks into song - children's songs to be exact. It's a little creepy but more annoying than anything. I listened to the Alien Audible Originals and they are also performances. I liked the format in that case. But for this one, it didn't really seem to fit. Also, it was broken into episodes which was kind of jarring and involved a lot of music. The first time this happened, I thought the whole thing had started over because it also restates the title and author. At least it was fairly short. If I had to sum it up in one sentence: A watered down version of a Hannibal Lecter story.

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