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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

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

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    Brenda 10-23-12
    Brenda 10-23-12

    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.

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    "What a unique experience the author had!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 10-22-13
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Audio-addict!!

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    "Wow!! A really amazing book!"

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. That's putting it mildly. I was entranced by it! I like true crime books, but I stay away from subjects that are too gruesome and scary, like the murders of Ted Bundy.
    I worried this book would give me nightmares. However, Ann Rule does not fill her book with gory details. Instead Ann tells the shocking and fascinating story of life in the years of his murders and trials, and of her relationship and correspondence with him. The book is updated to reflect all the changes in his legal situation.

    There is a lot of heart in this book. Ann Rule writes it with such compassion and true emotion. It's incredibly well written!! I can't say that enough. Instead of coming away with nightmares, I was able to view the horror and tragedy of Ted Bundy from an unusual and fascinating perspective. Rule stays away from the sensationalism that you might expect from a "serial killer" expose. She has written an unbelievably compelling story. It was really interesting to read (hear) her shifting of thoughts and emotions regarding Bundy and his crimes, as she battled with the realization that he may have used her just like he used the other women in his life. Oh it is just a really good book.

    I highly recommend this. It is a book that will stay in my thoughts for a long time to come. And I will continue to read Ann Rule. This isn't my first if her books, but I think this is her best that I've read so far!!

    Great Narration.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica CHRISTIANA, TN, United States 03-10-14
    Jessica CHRISTIANA, TN, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Material, Wrong Narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Book yes, narrator no.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei King’s performances?

    No


    Was The Stranger Beside Me worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great writer, I love Ann Rule but did not care for this narrator. It was very monatone.

    0 of 0 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

    Photowine

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shelby CURRIE, NC, United States 07-09-13
    shelby CURRIE, NC, United States 07-09-13
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    "HAPPY FAN"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES,BECAUSE ANN RULE IS THE BEST WRITER ABOUT TRUE CRIME


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

    WHEN MS.RULE FIND OUT TED BUNDY WAS ONE OF HER CO-WORKERS


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

    SHE DID WELL WITH THEM ALL


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

    YES AND WISH I COULD HAVE


    Any additional comments?

    I GUESS YOU COULD SAY I AM ONE OF ANN RULE'S NUMBER ONE FANS

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G-Force 11-12-12
    G-Force 11-12-12

    Serving God For His Glory!

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    "A lot of place names are mispronounced"
    If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting so far, but Willamette Valley, Burien, Washington and Lake Samamish are mispronounced repeatedly and that was irritating.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei King?

    Someone who pronounces local places correctly.


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    mary 07-31-12
    mary 07-31-12
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    "Keeps you wanting to know more"
    If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, scarey, sad


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Knowing Ann new him so personally


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

    only one I have read so far


    If you could give The Stranger Beside Me a new subtitle, what would it be?



    I don't have one


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    frank minot, ND, United States 06-19-12
    frank minot, ND, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "interesting!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was hard to follow, at certain points it sounded like a boring lecture.


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

    The start of the book,during his crime spree and the moments towards his execution


    Which scene was your favorite?

    moments toward his execution


    Could you see The Stranger Beside Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    im assuming it all ready has, but the modern version could be made into a TV movie on lifetime starring the Rock as Ted and Jenifier love Hewitt as Ann Rule


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    malisa topeka, KS, United States 05-11-12
    malisa topeka, KS, United States 05-11-12
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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


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gordo The Game Enthusiast Sherman Oaks, CA United States 12-14-14
    Gordo The Game Enthusiast Sherman Oaks, CA United States 12-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I'd rather Siri read the book to me"
    Would you try another book from Ann Rule and/or Lorelei King?

    Ann Rule - maybe.

    Lorelei King - NEVER. That was the worst narration I've ever heard. It's unbearable really. I'm a third into it and I don't think I'll make it through.

    I'm new to audible books, but if they are all like this, I'm changing careers and becoming an audiobook narrator because apparently anyone can do it. Anyone.


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

    I don't know - that time when Lorelei King bored me to death?...which was always.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not talking like a robot would be a start. Really, anyone else in the world reading this would make it better. Anyone. Or anything. HAL 9000 has more personality. Seriously. I'm not kidding.


    Did The Stranger Beside Me inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to pursue a career in narration. I'd be horrible...really dreadful...and I'd be a googleplex times better than Lorelei.


    Any additional comments?

    Did I mention Lorelei King is terrible?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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