The Profiler

  • by Pat Brown, Bob A. Andelman
  • Narrated by Pat Brown
  • 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1990, a young woman was strangled on a jogging path near the home of Pat Brown and her family. Brown suspected the young man who was renting a room in her house, and quickly uncovered strong evidence that pointed to him - but the police dismissed her as merely a housewife with an overactive imagination. It would be six years before her former boarder would be brought in for questioning, but the night Brown took action to solve the murder was the beginning of her life's work.
Pat Brown is now one of the nation's few female criminal profilers - a sleuth who assists police departments and victims' families by analyzing both physical and behavioral evidence to make the most scientific determination possible about who committed a crime. Brown has analyzed many dozens of seemingly hopeless cases and brought new investigative avenues to light.
In The Profiler, Brown opens her case files to take listeners behind the scenes of bizarre sex crimes, domestic murders, and mysterious deaths, going face-to-face with killers, rapists, and brutalized victims. It's a rare, up-close, first-person look at the real world of police and profilers as they investigate crimes - the good and bad, the cover-ups and the successes.

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What the Critics Say

"Pat Brown takes us into the very minds of cold-blooded killers. Most people can't comprehend the `why' behind murder. Pat, utilizing her background as one of the country's leading criminal profilers, coaches the reader as to how a killer thinks, reacts, and kills! Incredible!" (Nancy Grace, host of Nancy Grace on HLN)

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The Hero's Journey or Heroine's Journey

I loved the book on many different levels. It was interesting to find someone who followed their dream and opened up a completely new career for themselves. I don't know much about Pat Brown, but her story made me think of all those times that someone tries to correct a wrong or thinks about correcting a wrong, but she did it. She stood on her soap box and eventually made someone notice. I would like to get her other books. The only minor point about the book is that a professional reader might have been able to add more dimensionality with a professional reading.

But I loved the book
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- Clydene

An Interesting Point of View

Pat Brown learned to be a profiler "sorta" by acident. She had a boarder in her home who she linked to a murder and the police just didn't take her as seriously as she thought they should. In the opening of this book she tells that story. She takes the middle part of the book to tell how she became a profilier as a result. In concluding sections she reflects on different persons and personalitites she has profiled. concludes by reflecting on different persons she has profiled. I was particularly interested in her discussion of suiside.


This is an interesting enough book though I wish it had more depth. It is just a rather shallow approach to profiling and the reader doesn't get as much insight into the process or the clients or the patterns. I suppose that is my own opinion only, but I hoped for more learning from the book. We don't even really understand what drove her to get into the profiling field - other than frustration with the police.


The major problem with this book is the reading. The author does her own reading which is fine. However, there multiple places in the text where she stops, repeats herself correcting a reading error, and then proceeds. I have dozens and dozens of Audible books and I have never gotten a book with this many errors. If you can tolerate the reading (which isn't bad otherwise) and if you just are lookinjg for an interesting easy read - this book may be for you.
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- Roy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios