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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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    Janet 01-16-15
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    "very interesting."

    very good. Mr Ridniki is one of my favorite narators. I will listen to whatever he natates. that the book was very good is a plus.

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-09-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good book on Zodiak"
    Where does Zodiac rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Maybe 7/8on a scale of 1-10.


    What other book might you compare Zodiac to and why?

    None. This is a different book because of the code cracking.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    Sam for sure.


    If you could give Zodiac a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Wouldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    This book maybe better in print because it's a little hard to follow all the coding the detectives unravelled. Have the print would be easier to follow. Still a very good listen and I highly recommend it! The narrator did a great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Traci VERNON, NJ, United States 10-17-14
    Traci VERNON, NJ, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Detailed account"

    I like true crime books and found this was a good choice. Because the story is left open ended I was less satisfied by reading about this particular case. For the most part I found this book very interesting, however it lost steam towards the end. It gave detailed accounts of each murder and the mystery of the killer was intriguing. I would recommend this book if you want to learn about the zodiac killer.

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    Christopher 04-05-14
    Christopher 04-05-14 Member Since 2014

    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

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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14 Member Since 2014

    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 10-01-13
    AngelGirlrn 10-01-13
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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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    B Oak Lawn, IL, United States 10-01-13
    B Oak Lawn, IL, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Immersive Account, Excellent Narration"

    I've always been fascinated by the story of the Zodiac and Graysmith's book lives up to its reputation as the definitive account of the notorious killer. His attention to detail is impressive and disturbing. You understand as the book moves along that solving this case was an obsession that consumed Graysmith.

    The narration should be given some credit as well. The speaker has a dark tone of voice throughout that gives the story the disturbing yet clinical delivery it deserves. He gives specific voices very subtle changes in rhythm, so it never gets too melodramatic. Whenever he reads the actual letters from the Zodiac, he gives it the slow and detached delivery you would expect someone to give if they were reading it aloud. It makes it appropriate, but creepy.

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    Victor 09-13-13
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    "Chilling Read"
    What did you like best about Zodiac? What did you like least?

    The author did a great job making me feel as if I traveled back in time to San Francisco during the murders.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that even though a suspect was never formally put in jail for this, there seemed to be some justice was given.


    Did Stefan Rudnicki do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, it was easy to tell the difference between the characters.


    Was Zodiac worth the listening time?

    Yes


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    Peter Sydney, Australia 03-26-13
    Peter Sydney, Australia 03-26-13
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    "learn to draw & catch killers"

    ok.. so he is a cartoonist.. not a natural story teller.. but this is one hefty tale.. so for a person who is not a writter.. but was there in the midst of now historic mystery.. twas a grand effort.. for a book with no definative ending..tis quite satisfying

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    eric Mars, The Solar System, the Milky Way 03-12-13
    eric Mars, The Solar System, the Milky Way 03-12-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Haunting. Don't hesitate, get it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely, in fact I have recommended it to several friends. It almost wants to make you start researching the story try to locate this guy. You might think that you know the story, but you dont.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zodiac?

    Well, the most memorable part was the ending because it leaves you hanging. And there is no ending. I hope this isn't a spoiler for anyone, but this killer is either still out there or has died and we may never know who he is. That is memorable in a bad way for me.


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

    They couldnt have picked a better performer for the book. His voice brings the right amount of edge to this book. His voice makes parts of the book a little scary.


    If you could give Zodiac a new subtitle, what would it be?

    maybe: "Why it still matters"


    Any additional comments?

    It is easy to listed to this book and make statements about it as if it was recently written, which is not a correct analysis of this book. In this book, Mr. Graysmith published his recollections of what was happening and how the whole story panned out the way it did. You can take out all the evidence that no longer matters because of recent findings, but it is important to learn why the detectives did what they did. Get the book, if you are a fan of the genre you will enjoy it.

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  • John
    Crook, United Kingdom
    5/31/11
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    "Terrifying!"

    I found this a really hard book to read but it was great as an audiobook and very accessible. Full of mystery, intrigue and really terrifying that the man was never caught. Great download.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    south shields, tyne & wear, United Kingdom
    11/23/09
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    "Detailed & thrilling"

    One of the great unsolved crimes of the 20th century examined in startling detail by robert graysmith and read with the appropriate gravity by Stefan Rudnicki. I was gripped from beginning to end and since the facts in such a labyrinthine case case can escape you after just one listen you'll find yourself returning to this audiobook again & again. The best true crime book i've ever read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Slough, United Kingdom
    1/1/12
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    "A review of two halves"

    I was really torn after listening to this between 3 or 4 stars.

    It sets it's tone out from the start as it opens with dramatic creepy music at would comfortably suit a hollywood horror film. With this i felt divided, part of me found it a creepy prelude of the things to come but part of me felt like it was sensationalising criminal acts for entertainment. Which in a way I guess it was.

    I downloaded this after watching the great david fincher film, and yes i do appreciate i'm probably being a little hypocritical here as that film was mass market entertainment. The book is in depth, a little too much i thought, to the point of padding out the length though i wasn't convinved by the narrator as felt he hammed it up a bit personally.

    All in all a good listen but a little on the light side though a good accompaniement to the zodiac film. Interesting but feels a little light on content.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • JT
    UK
    12/18/14
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    "Excellent if you prefer a lot of fiction mixed in"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have actually listened to this book many times, over the years since 2007.


    Has Zodiac put you off other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent performance, no issues. His voice is commanding, clear and very easy to listen to.


    Was Zodiac worth the listening time?

    Yes because it got me properly interested in the case many years ago.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • john
    Winterslow, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Thorough"

    Whilst the title music is lurid, as noted above, this is a thorough examination and condensation of the known facts.

    It contains a good balance of opinion and conjecture to cope with the ultimate open-endedness of the case.

    A mystery tackled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barry Jellye
    Perth Scotland
    12/23/12
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    "Stars align"

    Zodiac was a classic who done it without the answer it kept me riveted through out and gave me my own insight into who from the list of suspects suited my profile of one of the worlds most elusive killers

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny
    UK
    8/23/15
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    "Pretty good"

    Some of the detail was a bit too much, it was like a police report maybe. But overall interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. B. Horwood
    UK
    5/19/15
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    "'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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    2/5/15
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    "Thrilling"

    Did not realise how many peoples lives this man affected . A must read for any serial killer enthusiasts. Well done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharron
    South Normanton, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "Mesmerizing..."

    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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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