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Stranger Beside Me | [Ann Rule]

Stranger Beside Me

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 bestselling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends.
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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 35 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.

©1992 Ann Rule (P)1992 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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    D. Blaskie Coldwater, Michigan 08-28-10
    D. Blaskie Coldwater, Michigan 08-28-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Painful at best"

    Someone HAS to be honest with a writer who decides to narrate their own books. Not everyone is cut out to be a narrator and as good an author as Ann Rule is, she is absolutely NOT a narrator! I read this book quite a while ago and really enjoyed it, but listening to the abridged version read by Ann was painful. Save your money and buy the book, you will enjoy it so much more!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Delana Lawrence, KS, United States 08-28-10
    Delana Lawrence, KS, United States 08-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Five stars if only it were unabridged!"

    This is a fascinating look at Ted Bundy through the eyes of someone who knew him, as she says, about as well as anyone could. Ann Rule's narration is saved only by the fact that she's Ann Rule, but the story is fascinating, as she had a very unique perspective on this prolific serial killer. I am sad that it was abridged, but I'm still glad I got it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Martin NH 08-23-14
    Martin NH 08-23-14 Member Since 2013

    I like Finance books and True Crime stories. It's kind of funny, since some people may say that the two are one in the same.

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    "A Chilling Close-Up into the Life & Mind of Bundy"
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    A must read for today's generation. As gruesome and dark as his life and crimes were, I think it's especially important for young girls/women to see that a man's outside can be a cleverly designed ruse for the evil intentions that lie within. I showed my 14 year old daughter a video interview of Ted Bundy and asked her "What do you think of this guy?" She responded "He looks like a really nice guy". I then told her the truth. Hopefully this will make her think twice before trusting a guy based solely on his looks and personality. Ann Rule is a great true-crime writer, and this is probably her best work. The fact that she coincidentally weaved herself into one of true-crime's most fascinating stories, makes this a must read.

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    Danya Boulder, CO, United States 07-04-13
    Danya Boulder, CO, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wish I had bought the unabridged version"
    Where does Stranger Beside Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was pretty decent


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely, Ann rule never ceases to amaze me


    What does Ann Rule bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A much more personal account


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Ted Bundy's story is pretty intense


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    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 01-19-12
    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2010

    I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.

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    "Fascinating!"
    Would you listen to Stranger Beside Me again? Why?

    Yes. To actually be introduced to the


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I knew the outcome but Ann Rules's skillful writing kept me hoping for a different ending...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Ann shares that if , as many believe,Ted took lives, he also saved them.


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

    Yes! But I also wanted it to last as long as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Please do an unabridged version! I had to go out and buy the full book, but if audible offered an unabridged version, I'd be first in line to buy it!

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