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The Stranger Beside Me Audiobook

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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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

    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.

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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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    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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    Karen McCreless 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    I learned quite a few new details as a result of this book however at times I found myself wishing the narrator didn't sound so much like a robot. It made it difficult to finish the book. overall I appreciated the amount of detail and effort that went into showing various sides of the story. I will continue to read books by Ann Rule.

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    Debi Catamero JOHNSTON, RI, US 04-29-16
    Debi Catamero JOHNSTON, RI, US 04-29-16 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Ann RULES!"

    Great story, how ironic for a crime writer to unknowingly befriend, not just a serial killer, but one of the most notorious.

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    Ritchie Sanchez 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting"
    Would you listen to The Stranger Beside Me again? Why?

    I Would, I Might Have Missed Something The First Time.


    Any additional comments?

    I Had Always Wondered What Ted Bundy Would Have Been Like If I Met Him.Seems Kinda Creepy.

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    Odd 04-16-16
    Odd 04-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "too long"

    the book is forus ing too much on the writer and her experience, not on the subject (ted bundy ). Could have been good with better editing, maybe cut down to 2/3 of the length

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    almedia grant 04-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    Ann Rule scared the heck out of me. She made me realize you just never know how people really are in their minds. Her perspective as a friend of Ted's was really sad and haunting. I have never read a book as unique as this book. The narrator was not enjoyable to me with octave changes for both men and women. Annoying.

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    Abby 04-07-16
    Abby 04-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    I wasn't crazy about the narrator, but I learned more about Ted Bundy and I finished the audiobook.

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