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)
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
Real monsters are the scariest.
The personal involvement of the author reminds me a bit of the personal investment of the author in Helter Skelter.
The performance of the reader was spot on.
The psychothopy of Mr. Bundy and his sheer number off murders is simply terrifying and fascinating.
That the account came from someone who knew Ted Bundy on a personal level prior to the rise of his notoriety.
I'm not sure, but of all the true crime books I've read, Ted's story seems to be at the top of list for most boring.
Meh. I'm a commuter.
The reader Mispronounced so many things and says NE instead of northeast when referring to streets. Being from Seattle this was annoying. Otherwise well read. The story is Shocking but true and interesting to hear a different side from someone who knew him. An interesting look at our criminal justice system. Also a reminder for everyone especially young women to be alert and be cautious of strangers. My heart goes out to the families of the victims.
loved it. it gave a different insight into a serial killer, one that you rarely get to hear. In ways that makes serial killers even scarier since you see how normal they can seem. Having it on audio book makes it seem like Rule is telling the story to you personally.
My only squabble is that the narrator sometimes mis-pronounced Seattle area place names like Sammamish. If you don't know how Sammamish is supposed to be pronounced, you won't even notice.
the author really frustrated me by not giving more about the victims. she supported Bundy and that's sick this book was long and boring
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