The Killer Within: In the Company of Monsters

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Philip Carlo

Narrated By: Kent Bateman

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2011

Duration: 10 hours 37 minutes


In researching his acclaimed true-crime books, Philip Carlo interviewed some of the most infamous criminals and killers of our times in prisons and on death rows throughout the country. He was able to forge trusting relationships with his subjects, enabling him to extract the facts behind their monstrous acts and identify what motivated them to commit their horrific crimes.

Carlo's investigative achievements are remarkable, but what wasn't known to his readers is that, while working on The Ice Man, he learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal illness that causes all of the muscles in the body to atrophy over time. Suddenly, after years of penetrating the minds of killers, Carlo found himself being pursued by the grim reaper. But rather than lying down and succumbing to the disease, Carlo continued to work, his books still getting published to both critical and commercial acclaim.

In The Killer Within, Carlo documents his difficult experiences with ALS and explains how he managed to continue writing prodigiously in the face of adversity. The Killer Within is a gripping, suspenseful page-turner that pulls the listener into the netherworld of Mafia bosses, Mafia hit men, and serial killers, as well as the hard realities of dealing with a fatal disease.

'An inspiring testament'to what the human mind can accomplish in the wake of devastating change. A brave psychological exploration of a writer's craft and terminal illness.''Kirkus Reviews


  • Bill T-M

    I find the shifting from descriptions of disease experience to reflections on criminal investigations somewhat jarring, not done as smoothly as I would have anticipated. Given the subject matter one expects a maudlin reading, but there is something exceptionally downbeat about the quality of narration. The rise and fall pitch is also a bit awkward. I can hear the high notes just fine, but when the narrator used his tapering low voice I rarely hear clearly what he is saying. My lack of higher rating mostly stems from this shortfall. A very depressing, although also informative, audiobook.

  • kk2again

    A must listen to. A refresher course. Easy listen. Bullet point style of presentation without being drivilish. Will rent again.

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