15 Best Audiobooks On True Crime (Bone Chilling)

True crime audiobooks stories are intriguing. They have layers and an element of mystery. The plot is gripping and keeps you on your toes guessing who could be guilty of crimes. True stories are based on heinous and notorious crimes and available in audiobooks. You can get a deep insight into the twisted human psyche listening to these intriguing stories which bring awe and have a shock element. You could chew over the complexities of the human mind and emotions which leads to crime. The stories listed here are gripping and spine-chilling and throw your wisdom in a new cosmos to explore the machinations of the twisted minds. 

1) Buried beneath the boarding house: spine-chilling true story of deception, exploitation, and murder

Buried Beneath the Boarding House: A Shocking True Story of Deception, Exploitation and Murder (True Crime)


Listen On: Audible
Run time: 3 hours 57 minutes
Narrator: Steve White
Genre: serial killer

About the audiobook: A chilling true story about Dorothea  Puente , an adorable old lady who was later charged for multiple murders and burying them beneath her boarding house.

Pros: Precise, unique insights cutting down unnecessary details.

Cons: Nothing much

Who can listen: True crime fans will find this story fascinating with unique insights and details of the crime.


2) Black Widow: True crime story of a giggling granny Nannie Doss

Black Widow: The True Story of Giggling Granny Nannie Doss


Listen On: Audible
Run time: 3 hours 42 minutes
Narrator: Steve White
Genre: serial killer

About the audiobook: This is the shocking story of the Nanny who came across as a sweet and a charitable lady to the world and has a darker and a sinister side. She has been charged to kill her husband, daughters, sisters, and other family members.

Pros: a chilling narrative with details of violence and abuse give an account of the sinister Nannie Doss hide beneath her sweet, charming, facade.

Cons: Disturbing description of violence and abuse can make you uncomfortable at times

Who can listen: crime true stories fans can  find this story spine-chilling with the details of the account of violence and abuse of Nannie Doss


3) If I can’t have you: Susan Powell

If I Can't Have You:: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children


Listen on: Audible
Run time: 10 hours 34 minutes
Narrator: Laural Merlington
Genre: Gorey, unsolved crime

About the audiobook: It is based on true incidents of Susan Powell who disappeared in 2009 while her husband and children were murdered. Her brother-in-law committed suicide and her father-in-law is in prison. This is an intriguing crime story with many strange twists and turns and keeps you glued and guessing. 

Pros: Based on a true story that is still on trial with alarming and shocking truths about the Powell family.

Cons: has uncomfortable scenarios and truth which might not be suitable for all audiences. 

Who should listen: Those who are intrigued by true crime stories and court trials should listen to this audiobook. It talks of psychopathy which goes unnoticed until crime surfaces within four walls of the family. 


4) Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit


Listen on: Audible
Run time: 15 hours 24 minutes
Narrator: Richard. M. Davidson
Genre: serial killers

About the audiobook: Those who are intrigued knowing challenging cases of serial killers which the F.B.I  handled this is the one to hop on to. These are true crime stories that have been investigated by the F.B.I detective who is known for his accurate psychological profiling in criminal cases. These are the chronicles of all the most popular and intriguing crime cases investigated by Agent John Douglas.  

Pros: Know how the mindset of serial killers, their habits, vulnerabilities, their mental and emotional states at the time of committing a crime. These chronicles are gripping and keep you glued till the end.

Cons: could have gruesome details not suitable for a sensitive audience

Who can listen: Those who find F.B.I investigations interesting. These are documented based on true incidents and stories and could have some spine chilling twists and turns. 


5) High Achiever: The incredible true story of one addict’s double life

High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict's Double Life


Listen on: Audible
Run time: 8 hours 53 minutes
Narrator: Tiffany Jenkins
Genre: addiction, humor

About the audiobook: A raw, brutally honest with some humor about the true story of Tiffany Jenkins. This is uncensored and harrowing of the author about how opiate addiction ravaged her life. It gives details of her prison life. It gives an account of what goes into her mind as an addict which led to a sense of urgency and desperate decisions. 

Pros: know the real journal and the incidents in the life of Tiffany Jenkins. An incredible true story with many twists and turns. A battle of stigma, hope, and inspiration through a series of felonies and addictions. Both, shocking and hilarious.

Cons: A lot of swearing and disturbing relations depicted.

Who can read: A story of redemption for anyone battling with life crises, dealing with addiction problems, and loves true crime stories. 


6) The stranger beside me: The shocking true story of serial killer Ted Bundy

The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy


Listen on: Audible
Run time: 18 hours 29 minutes
Narrator: Lorelei King
Genre: serial killer Ted Bundy

About the audiobook: This is one of the most realistic and detailed true stories of the serial killer Ted Bundy. It talks about a charmer who leads a double life. 

Pros: It gives a detailed account of human nature and its complexities and how Ted Bundy turned into a serial killer.

Cons: It has some disturbing details which speak of his horrific crimes. The narration lacks character psychology.

Who can listen: People who want to understand the investigative details and the making of Ted Bundy. 


7) Murder on Birchleaf Drive: True Story Of Michelle Young Murder Case

Murder on Birchleaf Drive: The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case


Listen On: Audible
Run time: 14 hours 24 minutes
Narrator: Eddie Frierson
Genre: True crime- murder

About the audiobook: True story about the Jason- Michelle murder case. Two people who lived like a wonderful couple and kids until the husband killed the pregnant wife. 

Pros:  Insightful legal information provided in this case. Psychology of the characters depicted clearly

Cons: A lot of legal jargon. The description in the last two chapters is disappointing

Who can listen: An intriguing murder trail with many interesting twists and turns. Anyone who finds true crime fascinating and gets an in-depth analysis of the human psyche. 


8) Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion


Listen on: Audible
Run time: 13 hours 16 minutes
Narrator: Marc Cashman
Genre: FBI agent crime of passion

About the audiobook: A true story of an FBI agent having an extramarital affair leading to murder. It navigates through the socio-economic climate in Kentucky which makes his extramarital affair with his informant a recipe for disaster. 


An intriguing tale of the crime of passion that keeps you glued till the end. It gives insights about all the characters involved in the case.

Cons: Has too many details and is too long. 

Who can listen: Those who love true crime stories will love the intricacies of this case. 


9) Helter Skelter: The true story of Mason Murders

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders


Listen On: Audible
Run time: 26 hours 29 minutes
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genre: Gorey murders

About the audiobook: Popular Hollywood director Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate and four others were brutally murdered by the Masons family. This happened shortly after Rosemary’s Baby was released. 

Pros: The reader can easily sew the incidents together which the LAPD ignored when the incidents occurred. It presents a lot of information about the Manson family after Sharon Tate’s murder. 

Cons: Has details of too many people

Who can listen: True crime series to binge on to those who are curious about the Mason family murders and its investigations.


10) Spilled Milk: Based on a true story

Spilled Milk: Based on a True Story


Listen On: Audible
Run time: 7 hours 43 minutes
Narrator: K.L Randis
Genre: battered childhood

About the audiobook: A disturbing tale of a shattered child and the abuse she has to go through and still live with her perpetrator because the legal system is broken.

Pros: Well written book about the physical and emotional abuse the child suffers from. It narrative depicts the tragedy which touches your soul deeply. A true story that empowers you as it talks of the bravery to battle all the odds.

Cons: Portrayal of incidents seemed to have created a dramatic effect

Who can listen: Recommended for anyone who wants to overcome abuse. Teenagers will find empowerment and solace dealing with abuse reading it.


11) You think you know me: True Story of Herb Baumeister

You Think You Know Me: The True Story of Herb Baumeister and the Horror at Fox Hollow Farm


Listen On: Audible
Run time: 3 hours 42 minutes
Narrator: Steve White
Genre: Grim murder

About the audiobook: The strange case of Herb Baumeister, a successful businessman in Indiana who visited gay bars when his wife and children were and vacation, killed and buried them on his farm. 

Pros: The narration is captivation and helps you understand the motive of Herb behind his killings.

Cons: Too much for you to speculate about the details rendered in the story. 

Who can listen: It gives a good insight into the case and lets you understand his mindset, his motivations, and intentions behind all these crimes. 


12) Gosnell: The untold story of America’s most prolific serial killer

Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer


Listen On: Audible
Run time: 11 hours 32 minutes
Narrator: Ann McElhinney
Genre: Gorey crime

About the audiobook: True story about a serial killer doctor whose murders were covered up by politicians and media.

Pros: Bewildering grizzly deads of the doctor with gripping narration.

Cons: You could be disgusted with the grotesque nature

Who can listen: It gives a horrifying account of the doctor who lived a double life. It is not recommended for young, impressionable minds. Adults who love true crime stories can pick this audiobook to get insights into the case. 


13)The reporter who knew too much: Mysterious Death of What’s My Line Tv Star Dorothy Kilgallen

The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen


Listen On: Audible
Run time: 10 hours 4 minutes
Narrator: Gabra Zacman
Genre: Murder mystery

About the audiobook: Talks about the life and mysterious death of popular TV icon Dorothy Kilgallen. 

Pros: It gives chilling insights about how she was silenced trying to dig the truth behind JFK assasination.

Cons: Slow and tiring narration.

Who can listen: JFK assassination conspiracy theories have intrigued people around the world. This is the murder mystery of the famous reporter who was digging deep into the truth behind JFK’s assasination.


14)The snapshot killer: The shocking true story of serial killer Christopher Wilder

The Snapshot Killer: The shocking true story of predator and serial killer Christopher Wilder - from Sydney's beaches to America's Most Wanted


Listen On: Audible
Run time: 10 hours 1 minute
Narrator: Micheal Carman
Genre: Serial killer

About the audiobook: This is the true story about the serial killer Christopher Wilder.  He started committing crimes since his teens and his criminal behavior escalated as he grew. This is the best selling book and has shocking details of his crimes. 

Pros: Detailed narrative about his crimes and mindset depicted with clarity

Cons: gruesome details not for the sensitive mind.

Who can listen: True crime stories are intriguing and can catch anybody’s attention because of the horrors of the human mind which makes them commit crimes. Anyone who likes true crime stories can listen to this audiobook.


15)Torture Mom: A shocking tale of confinement, mutilation, and Murder

Torture Mom: A Chilling True Story of Confinement, Mutilation and Murder (True Crime)


Listen On: Audible
Run time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Narrator: Steve White
Genre: abuse and violence

About the audiobook: True story about a foster mother who killed a teen girl named Syliva who come to temporarily live with her. It gives a detailed account of the planned torture and shocking details of the murder of the teen by the mother, her children, and the neighbors.

Pros: Impactful narrative which gives the gruesome account of how the teen was brutally tortured and murdered in the basement of their home.

Cons: Disturbing details, not for the faint-hearted.

Who can listen: True crime fans will be intrigued by this heart-wrenching story of crime and the chilling details of the plot.



True crime stories are not for the faint-hearted. They have chilling details and depict the sickness of human nature. Listed here are audiobooks on the best 15 true  crime stories with shocking details and insights into the mind of criminals as well as the victims. 

Last update on 2019-11-18 at 11:26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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