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 Audiobook

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

Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer is now in Channels.
How to Listen
  • To access Channels, you'll need the latest version of the app.
  • iOS - Tap the Channels icon on the main menu.
    Android - Tap on the hamburger menu and select Channels
  • Tap on the channel to listen to Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer.
Unlimited listening to Channels is included with Audible membership. Learn more
Channels requires the latest version of the Audible app
for iOS or Android.
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 -

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 (1017 )
5 star
 (379)
4 star
 (376)
3 star
 (198)
2 star
 (35)
1 star
 (29)
Overall
4.1 (697 )
5 star
 (310)
4 star
 (231)
3 star
 (109)
2 star
 (29)
1 star
 (18)
Story
4.2 (696 )
5 star
 (303)
4 star
 (246)
3 star
 (113)
2 star
 (20)
1 star
 (14)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-23-15
    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2011

    kimber0711

    HELPFUL VOTES
    389
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    227
    44
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    177
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    william 01-21-15
    william 01-21-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Riveting!"

    Although I knew the outcome from the film, the volume of detail and coincidences made this one hard to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Janet 01-16-15
    Janet 01-16-15

    book hog

    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-09-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 12-09-14 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    121
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    159
    156
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    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
    71
    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
  •  
    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 04-19-14
    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    103
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    53
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christopher 04-05-14
    Christopher 04-05-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    10
    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
    122
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    127
    112
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    19
    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
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    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
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    6
    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

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.