The 15 Best True-Crime Audiobooks Are Guaranteed to Give You Chills

Time to binge.

Updated 10/28/19

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From podcasts hosted by investigative journalists to documentaries that shed light on unsolved crimes, delve into the dark world of murder and mystery by listening to a true crime audiobook.

Spanning a chilling investigation into an elusive rapist-turned-murderer to a mesmerizing memoir in which a true crime addict reveals the real-life ramifications of his obsession with the macabre, these stories are too gripping to not download right now. Now, put down that psychological thriller and grab your headphones—here are 15 true crime audiobooks to binge-stream stat.

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Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth

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Narrated By: Ron Stallworth

Length: 5 hours and 50 minutes

In this true-crime memoir, Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in Colorado Springs Police Department history, recounts his experience infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan with the help of his white colleagues. PSA: Listen to Black Klansman before you see the major motion picture by the same name.

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

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Narrated By: Gabra Zackman
Length: 9 hours and 45 minutes

The highly anticipated I'll Be Gone in the Dark delves into the investigation of the mysterious Golden State Killer. He's the elusive rapist-turned-murderer who terrorized California in the '80s and '90s.

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Mindhunter by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker

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Narrated By: Richard M. Davidson
Length: 15 hours and 14 minutes

Mindhunter offers a behind-the-scenes look into John E. Douglas's 25-year career in the FBI's Investigative Support Unit. The detective, known for using psychological profiling to get into the minds of serial killers and criminals, was also the subject of the Netflix original series by the same name.  

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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

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Narrated By: Will Damron
Length: 11 hours and 36 minutes

In Bad Blood, Will Dameron narrates John Carreyrou's unraveling of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of blood test company Theranos. She was deemed the "female Steve Jobs" by Silicon Valley—until she was revealed as a fraud, that is. Described as "a riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron," this audiobook is a must-listen.

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Bind, Torture, Kill by Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter, L. Kelly, and Hurst Laviana

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Narrated By: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 11 hours and 6 minutes

This audiobook brings to life the book written by four award-winning journalists who covered the notorious BTK serial killer case for over 20 years. Bind, Kill, Torture will have you riveted until the very last second, even if you already know how the story ends. 

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True Crime Addict by James Renner

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Narrated By: James Renner
Length: 6 hours and 44 minutes

Written and narrated by James Renner, True Crime Addict is a memoir in which Renner chronicles his obsessive investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray, and the ramifications that the fixation has had on his life. Murray was a college student who went missing after a car crash in rural New Hampshire in 2004 and has never been found.

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Lost Girls by Robert Kolker

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Narrated By: Sean Pratt
Length: 11 hours and 10 minutes

In this true crime audiobook, narrator Sean Pratt recounts award-winning journalist Robert Kolker's reporting on the search for a serial killer who's still at large on Long Island. Lost Girls boasts unsolved murder and internet prostitution, but don't mistake it for a fictional thriller—it's a true story.

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You Think You Know Me by Ryan Green

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Narrated By: Steve White
Length: 3 hours and 42 minutes

You Think You Know Me tells the exceedingly strange yet true story of serial killer Herb Baumeister and the horror at Fox Hollow Farm. No one will ever know for sure what happened, but this audiobook represents best-selling author Ryan Green's findings after what was discovered in the wake of Baumeister's suicide.

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The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes

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Narrated By: Pete Cross
Length: 15 hours and 2 minutes

The Michigan Murders recounts the compelling story of how a young Eastern Michigan University student turned serial killer eluded the police and terrorized southeastern Michigan for two years in the 1960s. He was an all-American type, studying elementary education.

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Adnan's Story by Rabia Chaudry

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Narrated By: Rabia Chaudry
Length: 14 hours and 31 minutes

With 4.8 stars and over 4,988 reviews, Adnan's Story is one of the highest-rated true crime audiobooks on Audible. Fans of true crime podcasts will recognize Adnan's name from Serial, Sarah Koenig's compulsively listenable series about the supposed murderer. Adnan's Story picks up where Serial leaves off, delving into previously undisclosed details about the case.

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The Girl on the Velvet Swing by Simon Baatz

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Narrated By: Christine Lakin
Length: 10 hours and 24 minutes

We don't want to give too much away about The Girl on the Velvet Swing, but it's about the events that ensued after a rape took place in the early 20th century. You're going to have to trust us when we tell you that this gripping, fascinating audiobook is well worth a listen.

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Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

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Narrated By: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
Length: 9 hours and 4 minutes

Compelling and utterly devastating, Killers of the Flower Moon is a work of narrative nonfiction that exposes "one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history," as the description aptly puts it. Consider this required listening on a chapter in American history that you didn't learn in school.

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The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

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Narrated By: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 8 hours and 4 minutes

Unlike the other true crime audiobooks here, The Feather Thief does not involve murder. Instead, it's a gripping tale about one of the biggest heists of the century in which an obsessive hobbyist pilfers one of the most important collections of birds in natural history—and walks free. You won't be able to stop listening.

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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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Narrated By: Scott Brick
Length: 14 hours and 27 minutes

Don't miss out on Truman Capote's investigative journalism masterpiece In Cold Blood. In 1959, a family was murdered, but there was no apparent motive. Can Capote figure out what happened?

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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

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Narrated By: Scott Brick
Length: 14 hours and 58 minutes

Delve into the dark side of Chicago's 1893 Word's Fair in The Devil in the White City, which is based on real events. As it turns out, the fair was the ideal breeding ground for a serial killer.

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