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The Stranger Beside Me Audiobook

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

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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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    Julia 10-20-14
    Julia 10-20-14 Member Since 2016

    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 Listener Since 2007

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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
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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


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    ana 02-17-17
    ana 02-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    loved it, listened attentively, such great writing! very interest from a close friend of ted

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    Amazon Customer Minnesota 02-14-17
    Amazon Customer Minnesota 02-14-17 Member Since 2014

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    "well written but narrator not as much"

    book is well written overall but the narrator left much to be desired. For example, she read street addresses with cardinal directions as "en-eee" instead of "northeast." Mispronounced words as well. Not the best performance.

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    megan 02-14-17
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    "Tedious. Not well written. Few if any insights."

    Horribly written. Dragged on. Was not anything more than a regurgitation of newspaper stories. Few, if any insights.

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    Kristen H. Calabasas, CA 01-26-17
    Kristen H. Calabasas, CA 01-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from Ann Rule and/or Lorelei King?

    I was not happy with the narrator of this book so much that I stopped listening in chapter 1. Something about her voice and the way she read the book made me want to fall asleep which is not good since I listen to books to and from work in the car.


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    happycamper 01-21-17
    happycamper 01-21-17
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    "Captivating!"

    I was swept up by the book and mesmerized by Ann's telling the story in her own voice. I couldn't stop listening until the ending brought closure to all who suffered in the wake of the evil Ted Bundy. Great listen!!

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    Chelsea Tisdale 12-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    I abstained from researching Bundy until I had finished this book, and I was not disappointed. Rule fully captured the two distinct faces of the infamous killer and from that image, created a fascinating story.

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