We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (844 )
5 star
 (287)
4 star
 (320)
3 star
 (176)
2 star
 (33)
1 star
 (28)
Overall
4.0 (536 )
5 star
 (216)
4 star
 (186)
3 star
 (92)
2 star
 (24)
1 star
 (18)
Story
4.1 (535 )
5 star
 (207)
4 star
 (204)
3 star
 (92)
2 star
 (18)
1 star
 (14)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-09-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-09-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    72
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    143
    140
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Traci VERNON, NJ, United States 10-17-14
    Traci VERNON, NJ, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    63
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christopher 04-05-14
    Christopher 04-05-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    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!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    84
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    125
    111
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    18
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AngelGirlrn 10-01-13
    AngelGirlrn 10-01-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    B Oak Lawn, IL, United States 10-01-13
    B Oak Lawn, IL, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Victor 09-13-13
    Victor 09-13-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    51
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Peter Sydney, Australia 03-26-13
    Peter Sydney, Australia 03-26-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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

    .

    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    328
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    keith newark, OH, United States 03-04-13
    keith newark, OH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The truth is chilling"
    If you could sum up Zodiac in three words, what would they be?

    bone chilling truth


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Zodiac he was lucky enough to not get caught.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the murder investigations were the best


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    To know that this person was able to escape justice scares me to death.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is written and told so well I would advise anyone to try this book I think they
    would be frightened and enjoy the book at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.