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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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    Zentaro Bellevue, WA, USA 05-19-06
    Zentaro Bellevue, WA, USA 05-19-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting"

    I hadn't really heard of Zodiac, perhaps it's not living in the US, or perhaps being younger than 30, but when I think of well-known serial killers this isn't a name I think of. So in that sense, the details in this book were all new to me.

    I thought this book was well written and well-read. I liked how the chapters alternated between chapters about victims, chapters about zodiac, and chapters about law enforcement. It made it very easy to follow the progression of the story.

    The book is well narrated and easy to listen to. Although this audio version is new, I think the actual book is relatively old, however this doesn't really matter, since I don't think there would have been any new developments since it was published.

    I can't speak for the accuracy of facts in this book, since I wouldn't know, but it seems plausible enough.

    Overall enjoyable if you have an interest in true-crime stories. I didn't find it particularly graphic (it's certainly not for kids) so you probably won't have nightmares for weeks after listening. The murder scenarios were described in some detail, but it wasn't gratuitous. But your mileage may vary.

    37 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    kiwimec Jakarta, Indonesia 08-04-07
    kiwimec Jakarta, Indonesia 08-04-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Gripping... and scary"

    I downloaded this after seeing the new Zodiac film with Jake Gyllenhaal. Unbelievably dense in detail and very well narrated, this is a chilling tale. 5 stars.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine Duluth, MN, USA 04-17-07
    Nadine Duluth, MN, USA 04-17-07
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    "Spine Chilling"

    The story of the Zodiac makes your skin prickle and you thank the Heavens that you are living in 2007. The narrator is the perfect voice for this story, he sounds like what someone like the Zodiac would be imagined to sound like. You will easily get sucked into the narration and almost belive the Zodiac himself is reading this story to you (and snickering all the way, enjoying how much he confounded the best minds in America for decades). Very worth your time and money to have this book in your audio library.

    10 of 11 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenji New York, NY, USA 06-27-07
    Kenji New York, NY, USA 06-27-07
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    "Great read"

    The movie pales in comparison to this wonderfully written book. While I've read that some of the material in this book have been debunked, it reads well, fast, and makes you a believer of some of the astonishing possibilities to the identity of Zodiac.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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.

    7 of 8 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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!

    5 of 6 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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
  • 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
  • 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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