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  • The Demon Next Door

  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (222 ratings)

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Summary

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough (Barbarians at the Gate, Public Enemies, Big Rich) recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer who had raped and mutilated six women, murdering three of them. Yet the town had denied all early signs of the radical evil that was growing within Corwin. What had led the local media to ignore his early rapes? Why had the local Presbyterian Church tried to shield him from prison? Why had local law enforcement been unable to solve and prosecute his murders as they continued? 

Burrough is widely admired as a master storyteller, and this chilling tale raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare. 

This title contains mature themes, including physical and sexual violence, that some listeners may find unsettling.

©2019 Bryan Burrough (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Nice

This is a good book, I really like this audible content. Nice, Fantastic Excellent story

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A Quick Listen

Not a great story but filled in 2 hours . Not very good . I wouldn’t bother if I had the chance again 👎🏼

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Nice

This is nice story . I really like this story. Very interesting and Excellent narration. Fantastic ...

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Interesting and just long enough.

This was a really well written read. It isn't too sensationalized and was kept grounded and didn't overstate anything.

Good job.

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Well read, but pretty tedious

The book is only 2.5 hours long however even this feels too long. It would have been better being a 20 minute youtube video with the highlights of what was in this book. Felt like a lot of stuff that didn't positively contribute to the story

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Short but worth a listen

Interesting - & rather harrowing story of Danny Corwin & his crimes. Maddening to learn that he was overlooked a few times when police were trying to solve his murders. It's quite a short book - but I felt the level of detail was actually pretty good. Definitely worth a listen for true crime fans

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Interesting

A succinct, informative account of a serial killer. It would have been easier to follow if the individual accounts of the events had been spoken by someone else or in a different 'voice' so as to distinguish between the different people as it was difficult to know who was speaking at times.

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Very average

Needed interviews from people involved rather than the narrator reading quotes. The Book seems to skim through things - not particularly detailed but maybe that’s a good thing - The world is a better place without this evil man - glad he was executed

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Very Informative

It feels disrespectful of me to describe a story like this as "brilliant" or "entertaining" so, with great respect to the author, narrator and families of the victims I believe this book to be very informative.
The human who carried out these killings is well described as 'the demon next door'.
At so many points in this book I gasped at the lack of penalty he received or the way it was described how it was probably the fault of the victims. Unfortunately this still happens today which also serves to make this book a cautionary tale.

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For lovers of lesser known true crime

This is a story of a relatively unknown but a horrific serial killer. The author mentioned a few times throughout his book that it is shocking how someone like this can fade in the background of the focus to understand truly evil people. There are many points which highlight the challenges of policing and investigation in the 20th century as well as many missed opportunities. As well as the horrific actions of Danny there are indications of his mental health and development in his childhood. Still I found him to be truly evil and his parents partially responsible for his behaviour and murder spree. This is an unknown but a good case review for those who like criminal psychology, forensics and true crime.

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  • Amanda Fredericks
  • 08-03-19

Odd narration choice

Story is fairly interesting and this was free through Audible. However, I would have preferred a narration voice more grave and less like a Pepperidge Farm commercial, given the content.

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  • Janice
  • 03-03-19

Great Book...wrong narrator

Narrator not appropriate this was a serial killer book read by a preschool teacher.. very disappointing

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  • LinZ
  • 02-03-19

Not sure how I feel about the narrator.

The story is intriguing, a murderer who is largely unknown and all but forgotten. I Googled him and the one and only website that mentions anything about the case, a few minutes before the writer mentioned said same website (that was a weird coincidence). Not sure how I feel about the narrator. He seemed a little too enthusiastic for the subject matter.

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  • Michele
  • 01-03-19

The author is right, I've never heard of this man.

This was a good short read on a violent serial killer. I would have like a bit more from the detectives, doctors and friends to fill the story in, but as you listen, you see that's the point. No one wanted to make any extra efforts to figure this out.

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  • niki
  • 12-03-19

off-putting narrator

a dark and gory tale read like a children's story. imagine bad news being read as if it was good news, or pleasantly surprising news. just a really bad mismatch of tone. does not do the story justice.

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  • Vmurphy
  • 02-03-19

Interesting, but not fascinating

The story was merely interesting, but not fascinating. However, the narrator was very good and was really the main reason it held my interest.

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  • Arianna
  • 02-03-19

I was going to listen going to sleep...Bad plan

Riveting true crime. I’m always interested in the why’s. While we will probably never know why serial killers do what they do. The author’s speculations and telling of this sad tale kept me wide awake start to finish.

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  • C. Talley
  • 08-03-19

Inappropriate Narrator

This narrator is happy to tell a terrifying tale. It's disrespectful to the families and gave me the creeps! I would skip this book!

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  • Bruce Lynn
  • 02-03-19

A Well Written Book About a Dark Subject

I have to compliment Bryan Burrough for his telling of this story. He strikes a pleasant balance between an unnecessarily long winded recitation and its’ antithesis ‘just the facts please’ telling of a story. Burrough’s like old movies avoids making this story more gruesome than is necessary to depict events. I have now added one of his books to my Audible wish list.

As a displaced Texan and Presbyterian this book was of particular interest. I can say after having been involved in unpleasant church politics the church’s machinations do not surprise me, which are not an indictment of Christianity or Presbyterian theology. I will not comment on the actions of various Texas law enforcement officers as there are really not enough facts presented in this difficult case.

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  • Lynn Norris
  • 04-03-19

Fascinating and Horrible Story. Expertly Narrated.

This is a fascinating and horrifying story reported by Bryan Burrough. I could truly see the small towns, the grisly scenes. The writing was expertly brought to life by narrator Steve White. His narration drew me in and enegaged me in this story so that I wanted to know more and find out what happened to the victims and this murderer I'd never before heard of. White didnt wallow in the gore, but nor did he shy away from telling the facts of what happened. I felt like he had written the book himself, he so truly captured the author's voice.

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