The Good Nurse

  • by Charles Graeber
  • Narrated by Will Collyer
  • 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed 'The Angel of Death' by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favourite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver.
Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history. Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Investigative journalist Charles Graeber's portrait of Cullen depicts a surprisingly intelligent and complicated young man whose promising career was overwhelmed by his compulsion to kill, and whose shy demeanor masked a twisted interior life hidden even to his family and friends.
Were it not for the hardboiled, unrelenting work of two former Newark homicide detectives racing to put together the pieces of Cullen's professional past, and a fellow nurse willing to put everything at risk, including her job and the safety of her children, there's no telling how many more lives could have been lost.
In the tradition of In Cold Blood, The Good Nurse does more than chronicle Cullen's deadly career and the breathless efforts to stop him; it paints an incredibly vivid portrait of madness and offers an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship and betrayal.


What the Critics Say

"A stunning book... It should and does bring to mind In Cold Blood... The Good Nurse succeeds in being about much more than Mr Cullen s murderous kinks...the eagerness of ambitious hospital administrators to cover up his misdeeds is revelatory. And the police investigation that brought him down is a thriller in every sense of that word." (New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Hard work but worth it

Is there anything you would change about this book?

should be written in action story style not a slow never ending drone

What other book might you compare The Good Nurse to, and why?

Never heard a book read so flat. So would not like to compare

What does Will Collyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

a droning mind sapping

Was The Good Nurse worth the listening time?

very good story, I should have read the book and would have finished days ago.

Any additional comments?

Will Collyer may be better on other books but held this one back

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- Tod Werewolf

thought provoking

Would you listen to The Good Nurse again? Why?

yes as i enjoyed it so much

What did you like best about this story?

the twists and turns of the story and the events that happened

What three words best describe Will Collyer’s voice?

i found his voice annoying

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

this was not my ususal genre of book I usually listen however reviews made me curious . I really enjoyed the story and can hardly believe that Charlie got away with it for so long what is it with these USA hospitals? i found the narrator annoying to listen to at times which kind of spoilt the story but not withstanding that it was a very good story which i enjoyed and would probably listen to again

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- Ms. Valerie B. Oneill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-10-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios