Perfect Poison

  • by M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by J. Charles
  • 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Northampton, Massachusetts, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Kristen Gilbert was known as a hardworking, dedicated nurse - so why were her patients dying?So many emergencies and sudden deaths occurred while Kristen made her rounds on Ward C that her colleagues jokingly called her the "Angel of Death". Yet most people didn't suspect the horrifying truth behind the nickname: that Gilbert's polished façade concealed a scheming, manipulative liar and a homicidal, narcissistic sociopath.From August 1995 through February 1996, Gilbert dealt out wholesale death. Her victims were helpless patients who trusted her as a caregiver, only to learn too late that she was a killer, her weapon a drug capable of causing fatal heart attacks.She got away with murder until three of her fellow nurses could no longer ignore the proliferation of deadly "coincidences" on Gilbert's watch. Investigators believe Kristen Gilbert may have been responsible for as many as 40 deaths. As the law closed in, she struck back, faking suicide attempts, harassing witnesses, stalking her ex-boyfriend, and terrorizing the hospital with bomb threats. In March 2001, after being found guilty of four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, "Angel of Death" Kristen Gilbert was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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What the Critics Say

"A first-rate investigative examination." (Dr. Michael Baden, forensic pathologist and host of HBO's Autopsy series)
"Charles' precise reading takes listeners into Gilbert's paranoia." (AudioFile)

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Men are naive

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, good book about how we see what we want to see. Psychotic people come in all shapes, genders and sizes.


Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was the poisoned husband because, although he was naive, he loved his family more than his own life. Kind of stupid but who doesn't love a seemingly selfless victim.


Have you listened to any of J. Charles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes. This would be a great movie. You wouldn't believe it was true.


Any additional comments?

Listen to this book and maybe if you get sick every time you eat a meal at home, you might suspect foul play before you end up half dead. But that might sound paranoid. Bet this victim wishes he had been wiser to the psychopathic mind.

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- heather "Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️"

Fascinating and creepy

What did you love best about Perfect Poison?

Well written, hard to put down, intriguing look at a woman with a dangerous borderline personality disorder.


What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

The reader does just fine when simply narrating and oddly enough does well with the female character's voices. He does seem to go over the top when voicing some of the male characters. Why, for instance, does the DA sound like Ted Baxter from the old Mary Tyler Moore Show?


Any additional comments?

Still a great read especially if true crime stories fascinate you.

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- Galadriel "I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio