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)
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.
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!!
Book yes, narrator no.
Great writer, I love Ann Rule but did not care for this narrator. It was very monatone.
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.
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
Interesting so far, but Willamette Valley, Burien, Washington and Lake Samamish are mispronounced repeatedly and that was irritating.
Someone who pronounces local places correctly.
Intense, scarey, sad
Knowing Ann new him so personally
only one I have read so far
I don't have one
It was hard to follow, at certain points it sounded like a boring lecture.
The start of the book,during his crime spree and the moments towards his execution
moments toward his execution
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
this is a good book. for true crime fans. kept my interest until the very end
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.
I don't know - that time when Lorelei King bored me to death?...which was always.
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.
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.
Did I mention Lorelei King is terrible?
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