16 Audiobooks for True Crime Fans

Posted by Marie on January 12, 2018


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Revealing your passion for true crime can get a little...awkward. Its macabre subjects don’t often make for polite dinner conversation. Not to mention the strange looks you get after launching into your latest theory about a wrongfully convicted suspect.

But macabreness aside, love for the true crime genre is stronger than ever—with a torrent of podcasts, documentaries, and of course, books being consumed at a ravenous rate.

It’s why Truman Capote's true crime novel, In Cold Blood made waves during its 1966 debut and continues to be regarded as a classic. It’s why The Devil in the White City is a perennial favorite on recommendation lists. It’s also why Killers of the Flower Moon was a 2017 National Book Award Finalist.

So go ahead and indulge, true crime aficionados. These 16 true crime audiobooks are guaranteed to give you thrills, chills, and spine-tingling excitement.

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What’s your favorite true crime title? Let us know in the comments!

For more inspiration, check out the Goodreads' audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.

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message 1: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa May just add some of these to my to-read list


message 2: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I am fascinated by this genre but don't read much of it. This one I read almost a decade ago and it still haunts me. Captivating. Frightening. Final Truth: The Autobiography of Mass Murderer/Serial Killer Pee-Wee Gaskins

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9...


message 3: by Sheryl (new)

Sheryl Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Devil in the White City are two of my favorites.


message 4: by Diane (new)

Diane Hess Bitter Harvest by Ann Rule


message 5: by Regina (new)

Regina Merwin Helter Skelter! Not only is it a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story intriguingly told, but it's sort of a creepy travelogue about some non-famous LA neighborhoods. I read it when I returned to the San Fernando Valley after college and was shocked that such diabolical evil existed right in my backyard when I was growing up.


message 6: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Bastian Great collection! For a more comical look at real convicts housed at the Colorado State Penitentiary, try Maximum Insecurity: A Doctor in the Supermax.


message 7: by Miki (new)

Miki Small Sacrifices, by Ann Rule


message 8: by Regina (new)

Regina Merwin Echoes in the Darkeness by Joseph Wambaugh! Diabolical scheme in an upper class educational setting. Haunting and creepy.

Also: Dance with the Devil by David Bagby. A thoughtful 1st person narrative of the events presented in the excellent documentary Dear Zachary. In this case I'd recommend seeing the film first as an overview, even though both the book and the movie are excellent.


message 9: by R.A. (new)

R.A. Douthitt Deliberate Stranger about Ted Bundy written by his friend. It is thrilling!!


message 10: by R.A. (new)

R.A. Douthitt Fatal Vision about the Green Beret Captain and surgeon who killed his entire family just to be rid of them.


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Regina wrote: "Helter Skelter! Not only is it a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story intriguingly told, but it's sort of a creepy travelogue about some non-famous LA neighborhoods. I read it when I returned to th..."

I LOVED Helter Skelter! One of my all time favorites


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