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The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy | [Ann Rule]

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

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.
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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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    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"


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer topeka, KS, United States 05-11-12
    Amazon Customer topeka, KS, United States 05-11-12
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    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


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trina M. Feldman Sedona, Arizona 06-07-15
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    "Gripping & Frightening"

    I couldn't stop listening. I hadn't paid much attention to the murders at the time they were committed. The prolonged length of time during which the murders occurred and the shocking level of pathology are disturbing.

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    "Interesting but not faultless"

    I found Ms Rule's narrative gripping but her prejudices are glaring at times. One need not ban something to condemn it or warn against it.
    Narrator was difficult to listen to.

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    Sara 06-03-15
    Sara 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    This story was informative and entertaining, it always kept me coming back for more. The narrator was an easy listen.

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    Rory 05-25-15
    Rory 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Phenomenal True Crime"

    The author's personal connection to Ted Bundy gives this account a fantastic level of authenticity. To me this story is on par with Capote's "In Cold Blood" and Bugliossi's "Helter Skelter". This book is a must for True Crime fans.

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    bryce metzger 05-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing story!"

    Great inside look into the life of Ted Bundy! Great detail and insight into the life and times of Bundy.

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    Rich United States 04-27-15
    Rich United States 04-27-15 Member Since 2009

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    "Bored to death"

    It was so boring with all the trial proceedings that I quit after the first hour.

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    Jarrod Morago 04-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good book"

    Read once already and liked it, the audio book takes it to another level. Liked it a lot.

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