Book yes, narrator no.
Great writer, I love Ann Rule but did not care for this narrator. It was very monatone.
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
I struggled a lot with this book. There are parts that are totally riveting (the accounts of Bundy's killings, for example). I was much less enthralled with Rule's account of her struggle to come to terms with the Ted she knew and the Ted that was accused of all this killing. One could almost argue that she is being willfully ignorant just to draw out the "drama" in this book.
Lock my doors. Take a harder look at people.
I think that this book is an excellent case study for a class in crime writing. It is maddening at times, frightening at times, and repetitive at times. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, you want to shake this lady and tell her to stop making allowances for Bundy. Is she being willfully ignorant because it keeps her close to the story? Is she inflating her relationship with him to become a bigger part of the Bundy saga? It seems strange that she was not able to reach some of these conclusions sooner, but then again maybe that is hindsight talking. Recommended, but be prepared to be frustrated.
Rule produced the best of the Ted Bundy books. She was the one of those who, initially, thought that there had been a ghastly mistake. It was fascinating to watch as she came to the realization that the trusted companion, from a crisis center, was a monster. Rule held her emotions in check, when It must have made her skin crawl to remember her experiences. This book was the making of her career. It is the First but not the Last word on the Bundy Case. It does whet the appetite to read more.
YES,BECAUSE ANN RULE IS THE BEST WRITER ABOUT TRUE CRIME
WHEN MS.RULE FIND OUT TED BUNDY WAS ONE OF HER CO-WORKERS
SHE DID WELL WITH THEM ALL
YES AND WISH I COULD HAVE
I GUESS YOU COULD SAY I AM ONE OF ANN RULE'S NUMBER ONE FANS
I bought this book because it was mentioned several times in the book "Without a Conscience" by Robert D. Hare. While I found the story of Ted Bundy interesting, the effect he had on Ann Rule was as chilling as his murders.
Hour after hour I listened to the book waiting for the realization that Ann would finally come to about what a monster Ted Bundy was, but it never came.
Ann Rule, calmly and with almost the same callousness that Ted Bundy displayed in his life, reports on his murders and yet, she Ann, still talks about him as if her were a favored lover.
I can certainly understand protecting and supporting your friend until it is proven he is a monster, but at some point common decency should make you cringe in horror with the rest of the population at these atrocities.
This book makes the point of Dr Hare's book even more evident. When you deal with a psychopathic personality you can be taken in to the point of no return. The Stranger Beside Me" is the embodiment of that.
I can't believe it took me so long to read this book. What a great perspective from someone who actually knew the monster. Very interesting and offers a different view from other books out there.
Serving God For His Glory!
Interesting so far, but Willamette Valley, Burien, Washington and Lake Samamish are mispronounced repeatedly and that was irritating.
Someone who pronounces local places correctly.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I've read a lot of true crime books and this one was one of the very best. To be friends with one of the worst serial killers and not know it for a long time would be, for a writer, both interesting and terrifying. I thought the author did a great job in writing this book.
Avid reader turned listener.
This is my 3rd Ann Rule book, 1st being Dead By Sunset, and 2nd: Green River, Running Red. I say this one was "good". It's clear, like other reviewers have said, that this was her first book, but the relationship between her and Ted make for a more interesting story than had she not known the main character of what was to be her first book. I didn't find her vacillating feelings for Ted annoying, like some other reviewers did, nor did I think she exaggerated the extent of her relationship with Ted. I think it was all pretty appropriate.
There is definitely something lacking with this story, which I can't put my finger on, but I'd recommend it to an Ann Rule fan or someone looking to learn more about Ted Bundy and his crimes.
Intense, scarey, sad
Knowing Ann new him so personally
only one I have read so far
I don't have one