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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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    Eunice Harrodsburg, KY, United States 04-21-08
    Eunice Harrodsburg, KY, United States 04-21-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating!"

    Fact is way more fascinating than fiction! This book was a great listen. It was a well written narrative, and very well read. After listening, I rented the movie, but was sorely disappointed. The book is so much better...so much more opportunity to get to know the victims, detectives, and suspects. Just great!

    7 of 9 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 2011
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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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    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-23-15
    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Oblection, Your Honor!"

    Assumes facts not in evidence. I managed to get about halfway thru the first portion and just couldn't take it anymore. Considering this book is about a serial killer that was never caught, I find it hard to believe that this author could know what the killer was thinking or which way he turned on a street.

    He also has a tendency to over explain things which gives a feeling of being talked down to. In one part he describes someone being shot in the head buy listing the consecutive actions of a pistol after it is fired.

    It was in turn tedious and incredulous in it's assumptions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Kate S Shum East Brighton, Victoria Australia 02-20-15
    Ms Kate S Shum East Brighton, Victoria Australia 02-20-15
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    "Police reports read aloud"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Prospect, Australia 02-24-10
    Alex Prospect, Australia 02-24-10 Member Since 2013
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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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    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 04-19-14
    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not blown away by this account"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, and the answer is simple I recommend very few books and this one is just okay.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Graysmith? Why or why not?

    Sure he is decent enough.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yep narration was fine.


    Do you think Zodiac needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If the case ever gets closed, absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was okay, not bad not great but there.

    2 of 3 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 2015

    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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    Darren 02-25-15
    Darren 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Monotone reading for a monotone book"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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