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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kellerman Narrator: Alexander Adams Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Delaware Series Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9780307576729
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Alex Delaware is back! And in Jonathan Kellerman's riveting and ingenious new novel, Monster, he faces one of the most grisly and baffling mysteries of his career: How can a nonfunctional psychotic locked up in a supposedly secure institution for homicidal madmen predict brutal murders in the outside world? Delaware and his friend and partner Detective Milo Sturgis must penetrate this enigma in order to stop the horrific killings.

A marginal actor is found dead in a car trunk, sawn in half. Months later, a psychologist at a hospital for the criminally insane is discovered murdered and mutilated in a tantalizingly similar way. When reports of an inmate's incoherent ramblings begin to make frightening sense as predictions of yet more slayings, Delaware and Sturgis are drawn into a web of family secrets, vengeance, and manipulation--both inside the asylum and on the streets of L.A., where death, drugs, and sex are marketed as commodities. The climactic discovery they make as they race to prevent more killings gives fresh and terrifying meaning to the concept of monstrosity.

With Monster's incomparably deft characterizations and dazzlingly dark plot twists, Jonathan Kellerman further enhances his literary position as master of the psychological thriller. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/30/2014

    " Jonathan Kellerman novels are my guilty pleasure, and this one was no exception. While it isn't his best book, it was still a good read for a car ride. It follows the Kellerman style very closely. It kept my attention, and I thought the story was easy enough to follow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2014

    " a standout in the little-discussed (but i suspect well-known) genre "books on familial bookshelf that can be reached without getting up off the couch post-turkey on a lazy thanksgiving weekend." how do i know it stood out, since it was clearly inhaled in a mere 5 tryptophan-hazed hours? because when i had finished and FINALLY went to pee, i had to open the shower curtain to make sure there wasn't a psychopathic killer in there. perfect. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2014

    " This just didn't settle well with me. Having a ten month old daughter myself the scene describing the Monster's atrocities got to me more than normal. Maybe I've reached a point in life where I just can't get into slasher type novels, even if they do have a psychological undertone. But even if that scene hadn't gotten to me it's a pretty crappily written book. Not sure there's much at all that was good about it now that I'm trying to think of something. Oh well...gave it a shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/20/2014

    " Ok...a female psychologist in her thirties tires of her career in academia and chooses to work in a forensic institution east of Los Angeles. About six months into her job she turns up dead. Seriously, this is the plot. I kid you not. Meanwhile I'm still reading and working. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyanemi | 1/18/2014

    " Listening on the way to work. This one is good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 1/15/2014

    " Another great twist and turn with Milo and Alex! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burgendya | 1/11/2014

    " Another Jonathan Kellerman excellent crime sloving tale. I never lost base of the story. It was a quick, thrilling read. So I give it 2 thumbs up. =)~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/10/2014

    " A little freaky, but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlene Elliott-mclean | 1/7/2014

    " Although I read it a couple years ago the story line was still fresh in my mind. It shows what "monsters" the human mind can create. It also tells us that although a person is retarded there is a possibility that they can be good and gentle citizens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/31/2013

    " Very scary, keeps you on your toes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/22/2013

    " Fun read ~ a bit twisted though...just like his other Alex Delaware books. He is a very good descriptive writer with knowledge of psychology to make his characters very believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/13/2013

    " Monster (Alex Delaware) by Jonathan Kellerman (2000) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 12/12/2013

    " Read this some time ago as all of this series so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 11/30/2013

    " I worked out at least half of the solution very early in the book. And it was something both Milo and Alex should have noticed as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Herman | 10/29/2013

    " vivid insight into the life and happenings of a mental institution. Characters well described physically and mentally. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/17/2013

    " I like Milo and Alex; I like this series. It's important to read them in order because of the relationships with the other characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helene | 6/16/2013

    " Typical Jonathan Kellerman novel: predictable. A good read for the beach or long trip. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Staci | 6/2/2013

    " I must be sleeping while I think I'm reading because I just can't connect the dots on this one until Kellerman spells it out for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 4/29/2013

    " Excellent descriptions and thrilling plot, slightly predictable for frequent mystery readers but overall very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Bard | 2/27/2013

    " Solid detective novel from the Alex Delaware series. Sometimes a bit of a heavy touch with the psychology bits, which are enjoyable but quite well sign posted! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nomanisan | 12/8/2012

    " As always with Kellerman, well-written, quick, suspenseful, and with twists that I didn't precisely figure out before they were revealed, so altogether a good, enjoyable read. 3 stars just mean that, though I really enjoyed the book, it's not great "literature." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandie | 11/23/2012

    " This was my first Jonathan Kellerman book and the one that got me hooked. I loved the sick twisted gory of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Walter | 11/16/2012

    " A psychological hard to believe thriller. Just realistic enough to hold my interest. Sometimes, too much detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 11/10/2012

    " This book was interesting and a pretty fast read. I actually kept the book in the bathroom and read it there. LOL! I know you want to borrow my copy now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/27/2012

    " Awesome Alex Delaware novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 4/18/2012

    " I am a huge fan so maybe I am one reason the books keep coming. I love the different twists he puts into these books, not to heavy or gruesome but just enough to keep you interested. I loved it. It was different & I always love how Milo & Alex interaxt. Keep them coming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosanne | 1/21/2012

    " Had a real hard time getting through this Kellerman book. I usually like all Alex Delaware novels but this one had too many pages of information and no dialogue. I like dialogue :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samara | 10/25/2011

    " A balanced train ride of thrill and eerie trepidation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Cooksey | 10/6/2011

    " Although it was more straightforward than I expected, I enjoyed this book. More of a profiling study than a true thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 8/12/2011

    " For me, this was not one of Jonathan Kellerman's best. He did do a good job of leading you in one direction, thinking you have the mystery solved and springing the real solution in another direction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/29/2011

    " Sadly, Kellerman has gone the way of the formulaic. While still compelling, this was nowhere near the level of suspense his early Alex Delaware novels had. I'm hopeful that "Deception" will return some of that old tension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 4/12/2011

    " Dead couple embrace.
    Abandoned, half-built mansion.
    Motive mystery.

    Two different crimes.
    How do they tie together?
    Who connects the two? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 2/27/2011

    " The book started out interesting and then just lost my interest in the middle. Just couldn't finish. I do want to know about the couple that was murdered, but just can't finish to get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/24/2011

    " I love Alex Delaware books, but I found this one to be just a bit convoluted. There were a few too many sub-plots going on, and it made it hard to follow the story at times.
    It was still an enjoyable read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cornmaven | 2/17/2011

    " The duo of Delaware and Sturgis are a great pair. I am surprised they haven't made a movie out of this series yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/16/2011

    " Alex Delaware appeared to have more of a bit part in this novel. I enjoyed the book, but it is not up to other Kellerman novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 1/16/2011

    " I like Kellerman's books a lot. But he writes a simple story that barely keeps your interest. Not his normal high level work. He has written many better books and mysteries. Still his main characters Milo and Alex are always fun to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 1/8/2011

    " Couple found dead in flagrante. Complex plot involving Swiss/Austrian Architect, and revenge killings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn J. | 1/7/2011

    " Good plotting. Milo's character keeps getting stronger and more interesting and so do the cops who work with him. But it seems that Alex is slipping further into the background. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 12/18/2010

    " Reads exactly like an episode of CSI. Interesting enough story but the writing style was unusual and the terminology was very specialized, which made it a bit of a challenging read. I wouldn't recommend this book, but I don't feel like I wasted my time reading it either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 12/5/2010

    " Good book . Not so much blood and gore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 james | 12/4/2010

    " This is another fine police procedural featuring psychologist Alex Delaware and his buddy Detective Milo Sturgis. This book's plot takes many twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 11/24/2010

    " The watchman at a large unfinished mansion finds a pair of bodies inside the house. Alex goes with Milo to analyze the scene. First they need to find the name of the female victim and why they are there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heinlec | 11/10/2010

    " Readable, but not as interesting as all the earlier Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis novels. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman, he coauthored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. He and Faye live in California, New Mexico, and New York.

About the Narrator

Alexander Adams was named by AudioFile as one of the Best Voices of the Century and now includes him in their annual Golden Voices roundup of top narration talent. He has recorded over 500 audiobooks. To date he has won eighteen of AudioFile‘s coveted Earphone Awards and one Audie Award.