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Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer | [Robert Graysmith]

Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.
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Publisher's Summary

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder. His first victims were a teenage couple, stalked and shot dead in a lover's lane. After another slaying, he sent his first mocking note to authorities, promising he would kill again. The official tally of his victims was six. The real toll may have reached 50. He was never caught. Graysmith, who was on the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle at the time of the murders, gives this gripping account of Zodiac's reign of terror.

©1976 Robert Graysmith; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Provocative....Bizarre....Graysmith's taut narrative brings the horror back with jolt upon jolt." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Will fascinate true-crime readers." (Library Journal)

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    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 06-03-07
    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 06-03-07
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    "Interesting........"

    I remember the Zodiac killings but was a bit young to remember exactly the details. This book was very informative and chilled my spine. The reader was GREAT for this type of book, some nights I found I could not sleep thinking someone might be still out there, the Zodiac or someone just like him.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Delmar, NY USA 08-05-10
    Amazon Customer Delmar, NY USA 08-05-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Dare I say it, overly factual?"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 10-10-09
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 10-10-09 Member Since 2008

    College English teacher who loves classical literature, neurology/psychology and can't stand pop crud like Twilight & Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Eight Years Of Painstaking Research..."

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ron New York, NY, United States 11-13-09
    Ron New York, NY, United States 11-13-09 Member Since 2004
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    "It's a mystery"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Prospect, Australia 02-24-10
    Alex Prospect, Australia 02-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Recommended"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey lacey, WA, USA 11-09-09
    Lindsey lacey, WA, USA 11-09-09
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    "Great"

    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 08-13-13
    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 08-13-13 Member Since 2013

    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!

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    "A true crime classic"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher RACINE, WI, United States 04-05-14
    Christopher RACINE, WI, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "WAY better than the movie"

    Couldn't stop listening (once I got through the first hour or so of nothing by non-stop facts) to this book. The story is well laid out considering all the facts and different story line and it is apparent very quickly how obsessed the author is with this case. You'll want to watch the movie while you listen and immediately after finishing it. WORTH THE LISTEN

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "An interesting walk through the crimes"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was very factual and well written by someone who actually lived the events. I only wish it was longer.

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    AngelGirlrn Redlands, CA 10-01-13
    AngelGirlrn Redlands, CA 10-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating Story, Flawed Conclusions"
    Would you try another book from Robert Graysmith and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    Perhaps, it would depend on the subject matter. Graysmith was obviously passionate about the material and did thorough research into the subject.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount of research and fact checking that went into the writing of this book. Graysmith did an admirable job covering the history of the Zodiac case. Although there is some doubt regarding his conclusions, and whether they are correct, he was able to defend his theory and provide concrete evidence as to why he came to those conclusions.


    What aspect of Stefan Rudnicki’s performance would you have changed?

    In parts of the narration, he could have slowed down a bit. He did not do a bad job, but a certain points he rushed through the telling and didn't't give the reader time to digest.


    Was Zodiac worth the listening time?

    Yes. I was captivated from start to finish and did not want to stop listening. The details provided painted a vivid mental picture.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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