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The Stranger Beside Me Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends.

Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast. Ann Rule, who kept in constant contact with Bundy throughout the investigation, tells his story as no other person can, capturing the essence of his magnetic power, unholy compulsion, and demonic double life.

Available for the first time on audio, this shocking true story is an unforgettable listening experience. In an emotional reading, Rule tells us about Ted Bundy - the man she thought she really knew...the stranger beside her.

©2008 Ann Rule (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"As dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at midnight." (The New York Times)

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    Julia 10-20-14
    Julia 10-20-14 Member Since 2015

    British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.

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    "May I introduce you to Ted Bundy?"
    What did you love best about The Stranger Beside Me?

    I felt that I met Ted Bundy. That I could have liked the person that he showed the world. As for his evil side I would only meet him armed with an AK47 and forty US Marines!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ann Rule, having known Ted, had a fondness for the 'good Ted'. Ted was younger than Ann and perhaps he let her see the vulnerable side that made her want to 'Mother' him. He in turn was tall, well built and protective towards Ann. I think that made him show her his 'Big Brother' side.
    It must have seemed so eerie when Ann was reporting on a serial killer only to find that it was her friend of several years. A man who knew where she lived and knew that she was a single Mother with teenage daughters who wore their hair long dark hair with a center part. A very fashion forward look of the '70s plus a favored look of Ted Bundy's.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Had to be Ted Bundy because of his two personalities.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The updated version over the original and Ann's feelings about the outcome. I was just surprised that Ann Rule did not visit Ted towards the end of his life.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you have read the original volume this updated version is GOLDEN. Treat yourself to a good read as this is the quintessential true crime serial killer classic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pita Miami 08-11-14
    Pita Miami 08-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

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    "Rule and Bundy, who knew?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stranger Beside Me to be better than the print version?

    Probably. Although I did not read the print version I believe true crime books benefit from a good narration.


    Would you recommend The Stranger Beside Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to anybody interested in true crime in general and Ted Bundy in particular. For anybody who decides to try the true crime genre Anne Rule is a no fail option. I am not a hard core true crime reader but have a taste for it once in a while and Anne Rule has never fail me.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had never listened to anything by this narrator before. She was excellent here.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Ted Bundy and Anne Rule: Unlikely buddies"


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    Lorri New Albany, IN, United States 08-29-13
    Lorri New Albany, IN, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Worth the listen."
    If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the listen.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There was too much time given to legal proceedings and too many "final" chapters.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite. I thought she did good job giving different voice characterizations.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't say I was "moved," but more "astounded" that Bundy could accomplish the massacre at the sorority house in a 15 minute time span without anyone being the wiser.


    Any additional comments?

    It took so long for Rule to realize that Bundy was a killer. She sympathized with him far too long and it's hard to believe she couldn't see through him. But then again, I've never been (and hope never to be) in such a horrendous situation.

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    Amazon Customer topeka, KS, United States 05-11-12
    Amazon Customer topeka, KS, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "good book"
    Where does The Stranger Beside Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is a good book. for true crime fans. kept my interest until the very end


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    Chris 08-30-16
    Chris 08-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitive."
    If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

    Definitive, gripping, amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Ann Rule wrote the definitive work on Ted Bundy, and her insights into Ted Bundy, the person, were amazing. This was one of those books I found myself listening to any time I had a few moments, which is not typical for me. Absolutely, I would recommend this to anyone.

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    Deborah Killion, writer and CEO of Small Town Global Technologies 08-16-16 Member Since 2015

    Audible.com and Kindle author; former teacher and counselor, now full-time writer and entrepreneur; degrees in Media/Radio-TV and Psychology

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes; Great details about the events surrounding the story of Ted Bundy, man and monster.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stranger Beside Me?

    The summary was interesting, though I did not agree with all of her conclusions.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Well done. Sounds similar to the author.


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

    Yes, but it was too long to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    As an author myself and being familiar with this story myself, I think that Anne Rule recounts the years of acquaintance she had with Ted Bundy well and recalls both the man and the monster in his informative book. I already knew much about this story due to my studies of him in graduate school for Psychology. But it was enlightening to hear her version in more detail in the audiobook. However, she was not correct about everything. Pornography was a major cause of Ted Bundy's behavior and a factor in his early and later life that cannot be denied. Statistics show this is true and that there is a strong link between the use and addiction of pornographic materials and a person's tendency to commit violent crimes. I have corresponded with Dr. James Dobson over the years and he has been extremely instrumental in trying to enlighten people on this evil. People who truly understand the process of desensitization understand this better. Ted tried to explain this to Dr. Dobson and his listeners in the final interview. There is a gradual process of being drawn into evil fantasies and some reach a point where watching it is not enough. Despite her amazing insight in other areas of this man's life, she missed some important points, including the fact that Ted not only mentioned the negative effect pornography had on his mind, but that every single violent criminal he knew in prison were also addicted to pornography! This should tell us something. It wasn't just Ted. Also, I don't think you can profile serial killers in the neat, exact way that Rule wanted to in her book. While we know there are common denominators, some are just nice clean-cut handsome people like Ted, who have two sides. And the evil just finally wins out. I do believe, however, in the end, that he realized what had brought him to this place in his life and wanted to leave something behind that we could all learn from. I just hope we listened.

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    MATT MARTIN LAKE CHARLES, LA USA 08-09-16
    MATT MARTIN LAKE CHARLES, LA USA 08-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book "

    An extremely captivating book regardless of your level of knowledge on Bundy and his crimes.

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    Wes 07-12-16
    Wes 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "detailed and solid"

    I enjoyed the story and the performance. this book did an excellent job of detailing the Bundy murders and trials, I recommend it to anyone interested in Bundy.

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    Serendipity 07-10-16
    Serendipity 07-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "unbelievably shocking"

    before listening to this story... my idea of evil was child's play... Ted Bundy was truly evil personified.

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    Anja Contra Costa County, CA 07-07-16
    Anja Contra Costa County, CA 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Gripping story, slightly annoying narrator"

    Title says it all. Story is riveting, but the narrator mispronounces or over pronounces words sometimes, which bugs the crap out of me.

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