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
"As dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at midnight." (The New York Times)
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
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!
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.
Had to be Ted Bundy because of his two personalities.
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.
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.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
Probably. Although I did not read the print version I believe true crime books benefit from a good narration.
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.
I had never listened to anything by this narrator before. She was excellent here.
"Ted Bundy and Anne Rule: Unlikely buddies"
Worth the listen.
There was too much time given to legal proceedings and too many "final" chapters.
I didn't have a favorite. I thought she did good job giving different voice characterizations.
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.
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.
this is a good book. for true crime fans. kept my interest until the very end
Every penny she gains from this book is blood money! There is no way that she didn't follow and piece all of this information that led to Bundy. I refuse to continue reading this book due to the disgust I feel for the writer and Ted's wife. Meg should definitely should be in jail for knowing as much as she did.
The narrative of the 15 years that Bundy evolved from a regular guy to a notorious and infamous killer
This is an amazing book and contains so much detail. It's very interesting but a little overwhelming when trying to keep up with all the women's names and gets pretty boring towards the end of the book where Anne "updates" it. Until that point it was amazing.
I LOVED the way the story was told. Ann Rule did a fantastic job of mixing the story, timeline and emotions in this book.
Can't wait to read the next!
Definitive, gripping, amazing.
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.
Audible.com and Kindle author; former teacher and counselor, now full-time writer and entrepreneur; degrees in Media/Radio-TV and Psychology
Yes; Great details about the events surrounding the story of Ted Bundy, man and monster.
The summary was interesting, though I did not agree with all of her conclusions.
Well done. Sounds similar to the author.
Yes, but it was too long to do so.
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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