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The Stranger Beside Me Audiobook

The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy

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Publisher's Summary

Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends.

Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast. Ann Rule, who kept in constant contact with Bundy throughout the investigation, tells his story as no other person can, capturing the essence of his magnetic power, unholy compulsion, and demonic double life.

Available for the first time on audio, this shocking true story is an unforgettable listening experience. In an emotional reading, Rule tells us about Ted Bundy - the man she thought she really knew...the stranger beside her.

©2008 Ann Rule (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"As dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at midnight." (The New York Times)

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    Phillip Arlington, TX 01-28-13
    Phillip Arlington, TX 01-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just OK."

    I had always heard that this book was a classic of true crime. I am by no means an aficionado of the genre but I thought this was a rather boring book. It read a bit like a text book and had no real narrative flow.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 10-22-13
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2010

    audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.

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    "Wow!! A really amazing book!"

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. That's putting it mildly. I was entranced by it! I like true crime books, but I stay away from subjects that are too gruesome and scary, like the murders of Ted Bundy.
    I worried this book would give me nightmares. However, Ann Rule does not fill her book with gory details. Instead Ann tells the shocking and fascinating story of life in the years of his murders and trials, and of her relationship and correspondence with him. The book is updated to reflect all the changes in his legal situation.

    There is a lot of heart in this book. Ann Rule writes it with such compassion and true emotion. It's incredibly well written!! I can't say that enough. Instead of coming away with nightmares, I was able to view the horror and tragedy of Ted Bundy from an unusual and fascinating perspective. Rule stays away from the sensationalism that you might expect from a "serial killer" expose. She has written an unbelievably compelling story. It was really interesting to read (hear) her shifting of thoughts and emotions regarding Bundy and his crimes, as she battled with the realization that he may have used her just like he used the other women in his life. Oh it is just a really good book.

    I highly recommend this. It is a book that will stay in my thoughts for a long time to come. And I will continue to read Ann Rule. This isn't my first if her books, but I think this is her best that I've read so far!!

    Great Narration.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Pat 05-23-13
    Pat 05-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Definite favorite for Ted Bundy readers!"

    I can't believe it took me so long to read this book. What a great perspective from someone who actually knew the monster. Very interesting and offers a different view from other books out there.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    tara Cheney, WA, United States 10-21-13
    tara Cheney, WA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrifying and Shocking"

    Ann has a way with bringing a story to light. She can lift the victims in a way that makes you feel like they were your neighbors, your friends, your family. But she has a way of making the killers seem that way as well.
    A perfect murderer, intelligent and cunning, Bundy swept the nation with his killing spree from Washington to Florida. To this day there isn't an accurate body count, and now that he's gone, there may never be.
    As her first official novel, Stranger Beside Me casts an eerie shadow on our beloved author as she narrates her friendship with one of the worst killers of the 20th century.
    I couldn't imagine having to admit that one of my best friends was a mass murderer and a psychopath.
    This book isn't just about Bundy and his slayings, though they do go into incredible detail, it's also about one woman's struggle to see the devil in the angel she thought she knew.
    Her journey was long, exhausting, and disappointing, but she weaves her tale so wonderfully that it seems as if you were right there with her throughout the ordeal.

    This book is a MUST READ for ALL Ann Rule fans. Again, as I've said before, it's a must read for all of those who reside in the Pacific North West.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Borger, TX, United States 06-20-12
    Stephanie Borger, TX, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible Narrator Performance"
    Would you try another book from Ann Rule and/or Lorelei King?

    From Ann Rule, but never Lorelei King.


    What didn???t you like about Lorelei King???s performance?

    Her attempt to "sound like" various characters was very, very annoying and detracted from the story.


    Was The Stranger Beside Me worth the listening time?

    Yes, though there were times I didn't think I could stand the narration another moment.


    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 03-23-17
    Bonnie 03-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "True insight of a monster"

    loved the writing, very honest and fair depiction a terrible monster . I have read and listened to this book many times and continue to learn from it. I appreciate the detail, and the way the gruesome details were not exploited as they have been from others . Thank you for your continued attention to truth and your unbiased story telling,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "riveting!"

    this story is gripping. I didn't like the narrator at first but I got over her and then she got better. after we learn that ted bundy commits over 100 murders and is sentenced to death in Florida we are reminded of what a joke it is- - ted buddy gets married and has a baby while in prison while Taxpayers spend $3 million dollars of tax payer money...then they kill him. just an amazing story in s lot of ways...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charli 03-10-16
    Charli 03-10-16

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    "Solidly meh."

    I know everyone loves this book and I feel kind of embarrassed for being so bored by it. It's not a bad book. It's just a different kind of true crime than what I prefer. I like to get to know the victims and the criminals. I prefer works like those of Jack Olsen which include detailed nuanced pictures of the victims, their families, and the criminals and their families. This book is largely about Ann Rule. I should have expected this; it does have the word "me" in the title, after all. The portraits of the victims are two-dimensional at best. They're just names at worst. This book is part memoir, part true crime and there's nothing wrong with that. It's just not my thing. The narrator bored me too. She seems kind of disinterested and removed. There's little modulation in her reading and I found myself having a hard time paying attention. I listened to 75% of the book and felt so indifferent about it that I just gave up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia 10-20-14
    Julia 10-20-14 Member Since 2016

    British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.

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    "May I introduce you to Ted Bundy?"
    What did you love best about The Stranger Beside Me?

    I felt that I met Ted Bundy. That I could have liked the person that he showed the world. As for his evil side I would only meet him armed with an AK47 and forty US Marines!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ann Rule, having known Ted, had a fondness for the 'good Ted'. Ted was younger than Ann and perhaps he let her see the vulnerable side that made her want to 'Mother' him. He in turn was tall, well built and protective towards Ann. I think that made him show her his 'Big Brother' side.
    It must have seemed so eerie when Ann was reporting on a serial killer only to find that it was her friend of several years. A man who knew where she lived and knew that she was a single Mother with teenage daughters who wore their hair long dark hair with a center part. A very fashion forward look of the '70s plus a favored look of Ted Bundy's.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Had to be Ted Bundy because of his two personalities.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The updated version over the original and Ann's feelings about the outcome. I was just surprised that Ann Rule did not visit Ted towards the end of his life.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you have read the original volume this updated version is GOLDEN. Treat yourself to a good read as this is the quintessential true crime serial killer classic.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pita Miami 08-11-14
    Pita Miami 08-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

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    "Rule and Bundy, who knew?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stranger Beside Me to be better than the print version?

    Probably. Although I did not read the print version I believe true crime books benefit from a good narration.


    Would you recommend The Stranger Beside Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to anybody interested in true crime in general and Ted Bundy in particular. For anybody who decides to try the true crime genre Anne Rule is a no fail option. I am not a hard core true crime reader but have a taste for it once in a while and Anne Rule has never fail me.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had never listened to anything by this narrator before. She was excellent here.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Ted Bundy and Anne Rule: Unlikely buddies"


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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