©1976 Robert Graysmith; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Provocative....Bizarre....Graysmith's taut narrative brings the horror back with jolt upon jolt." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Will fascinate true-crime readers." (Library Journal)
College English teacher who loves classical literature, neurology/psychology and can't stand pop crud like Twilight & Fifty Shades of Grey.
delivers a chilling account of one of the creepiest uncaught criminals in the annals of American serial killers. This is as hypnotic as Stewart's MANHUNT: THE TWELVE DAY SEARCH FOR LINCOLN'S KILLER, as captivating as Capote's IN COLD BLOOD and as creepy as Nabokov's LOLITA. Riviting detail with a nonetheless bare-bones style of narrative. Read it with the lights on.
Never made it to the end of this one. I think I went in expecting something akin to "In Cold Blood". It's not. As some of the other reviews state, the book is CHOCK FULL of details, but they're not details I am interested in: victim was found 10' 6" from the passenger side door; victim was wearing a yellow metal class ring. It's like a dreary recitation of a police report. If you're a Zodiac enthusiast, this may be the book for you, but I guess I am not. Any attempts to ratchet up the suspense or create drama seem sort of clumsy, and are completely ineffectual. In the end, the book did not hold my attention. Three stars because the book is what it says it is... but nothing more.
How a book without surprises can be so utterly fascinating is a mystery. Well-researched, well-written, told from innovative and interesting perspectives, and full of details that paint the most vivid pictures, Zodiac ranks up there with the best reportage in the American language. Stefan Rudnicki's beautiful voice enhance an already devastatingly intense listening experience.
The book lacked emotion and so did Stefan's reading. Not sure which affected the other more, but the book mostly reads like someone reading the facts of the police reports. Sure, there isn't much insight on the killer's thoughts and actions (outside of the times of the killings) since he was never caught, but that shouldn't have stopped Graysmith from being able to set the scene a little better and present the crimes as shocking as they really were.
I listened to this whilst on a 15 hour drive across the country. I found it interesting and very well read. I did find myself getting names mixed up and found some parts, mostly in the middle, to be a little hard to follow. That said, and whilst knowing the 'ending', I do recommend this title.
"Zodiac" is compelling and kept me on the edge of my car seat. I found myself grabbing my ipod and listening while I was doing housework, exercising, and anytime I had the opportunity. I was dissapointed to reach the end. If you are a true crime buff like me, this is a necessary listen. The story is thorough and dripping with detail. The narrator's voice is perfect for the content of this book. In between listening I couldnt help but do my own research on the Zodiac killer because my curiousty was so stricken. I recommend the (unabridged) version only because all the details that are in that version are necessary to understand the nature of this serial killer.
I'm a huge true crime fan, but couldn't get more than a third through this book. Large portions are just police reports being read aloud.
I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!
I enjoy gritty true crime narratives and histories. This was excellent. It is rich in detail and the narration was fantastic. Well worth a listen to anyone who enjoys the genre.
When its a true crime novel & the author is describing how a murder victim feels right before they are killed it ruins all credibility, how would he know, did the victims ghost tell him??!
Cut this out & focus on facts!
anything by Ann Rule
Narration was fine
anything the author couldnt have possibly known, emotions, exact movements of deceased...
Terrible author, should've stuck to drawing cartoons, good thing he focused on a interesting subject or he would've never been published.
I saw the Zodiac movie a while ago and decided to give this a listen to fill in any gaps. I'm actually related to the people that solved the first code! This book expands on a lot of interesting detail.
If you're in the mood for a real life murder mystery this is a good one.
Only downside, the narrator sounds like the Zodiac.
"Interesting companion to the FIlm"
This is a well narrated and interesting book. While it can be a hard listen sometimes due to the graphic violence, it is well written, clearly structured and a well researched investigation to the history of the zodiac killer.
I picked it up after watching the 2007 movie based on the same book and found it to be both an interesting companion and standalone investigation to the killer.
Well worth a listen if you find true crime interesting.
The investigation into the potential suspects at the end of the book is very well written and even with a few leaps of faith, still feels like a fair exploration of potential suspects.
It is very well narrated, good pace and with an element of compassion.
It was a harrowing listen on occasions, but the author did, as far as possible, maintain a professional detachment in terms of exploring theories even though he was closely involved in the case.
Some of the detail was a bit too much, it was like a police report maybe. But overall interesting.
"'Zodiac' - almost gets 12 stars"
A solid, interesting, investigation of the infamous unidentified murderer. It is necessary, because of the type of work it is, to concentrate upon it rather fully or one loses the thread of evidence. Not, therefore a light listen but it is gripping and I looked forward to the next session each time I hung up my headphones for the day. As is inevitable with this type of true crime, there cannot be the truly satisfying conclusion of - say - a novel but the author presents his case(s) clearly.
It is well and appropriately read and the Mr. Rudnicki, the reader, even manages to endear himself enough to compensate for the author's more than occasional self-congratulation that might otherwise have been a little grating.
Did not realise how many peoples lives this man affected . A must read for any serial killer enthusiasts. Well done
"Excellent if you prefer a lot of fiction mixed in"
Yes, I have actually listened to this book many times, over the years since 2007.
Not at all.
Excellent performance, no issues. His voice is commanding, clear and very easy to listen to.
Yes because it got me properly interested in the case many years ago.
It must be stated that this book is almost a work of fiction. Don't get me wrong, a lot of work went into it by Graysmith, and it is compelling at times, but unfortunately there are many things in it, that he just makes up and are not in any way actual case facts, far too many to list here. Just be aware of this and don't go into it thinking this is the Zodiac killer case 101.
Though terrifying and chilling, I was mesmerized from the first chapter. I just had to find out what happened next. Every detail of the murders is there, every clue covered... you can play along as detective and see if you agree with the authors conclusions. Zodiac was never caught, which is the scariest part of all...
Very well written and narrated. Often the narrator puts me off but this was a goodie. Bizarre case - a recent epilogue would be a plus
"good informative book. frustrating ending."
great fact based narrative of the killer around the bay area of San Francisco during late 60s to 80s. I enjoyed it. my missus loved it
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