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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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    S. Smail Summerville, SC United States 07-27-14
    S. Smail Summerville, SC United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2017

    34. Married. Cats. Lizards. Disney. Ghostbusters. TMNT. Rifftrax. 20,000 Leagues. Nail polish. Fibro sufferer. Likes bees. A lot.

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    "Fantastic Narrator!"

    I read multiple reviews that said how awful the narrator was for this book, and I nearly turned away but had been convinced by the high overall rating the book had. I'm glad I ended up doing that. I'm not sure why those people thought the narrator did a bad job. Okay, her male voices sound a little silly sometimes, but the variation in her female voices is great. Her overall narration is very good too.

    I'm not big on writing reviews because let's be honest, I'm not very good at putting my thoughts into words. But at the very least I wanted to make sure to do my part to assure people that this lady knows what she's doing. I'll let people smarter than I am review the book itself. (Which is good by the way. One of Ann Rule's best.)

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 10-23-12
    Brenda 10-23-12

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "What a unique experience the author had!"

    I've read a lot of true crime books and this one was one of the very best. To be friends with one of the worst serial killers and not know it for a long time would be, for a writer, both interesting and terrifying. I thought the author did a great job in writing this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    matthew plymouth, in, United States 06-17-12
    matthew plymouth, in, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great narration; plodding storytelling"
    If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

    long and dry


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was great - I really appreciated her vocalization of the characters and her telling of the plot - it was just about the only thing that made it listenable. The story was long and drawn out, full of conjecture, and SLOW.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen beaverton, OR, United States 06-11-12
    Colleen beaverton, OR, United States 06-11-12
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    "Interesting Story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I believe it was Ann Rule's first book, so it is a little clumsy, but still an interesting story. I would like to see this rewritten now that she's honed her skills. There is so much more she could do to bring you into the moment. Some parts are a little too clinical and removed. She's added "chapters" over the years at the end, as time has gone by... again, a rewrite where she could incorporate that into the book would be better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about the "humane" side of Ted Bundy. So often we forget that people aren't black and white and he did some good things.


    What three words best describe Lorelei King’s voice?

    Unremarkable...which is good.


    Did The Stranger Beside Me inspire you to do anything?

    I wanted to see more and learn more about the victims so I did some research while listening.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not walk away understanding why he did what he did...which probably why it makes it such an interesting story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer topeka, KS, United States 05-11-12
    Amazon Customer topeka, KS, United States 05-11-12
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    "good book"
    Where does The Stranger Beside Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is a good book. for true crime fans. kept my interest until the very end


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri New Albany, IN, United States 08-29-13
    Lorri New Albany, IN, United States 08-29-13 Listener Since 2007

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    "Worth the listen."
    If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the listen.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There was too much time given to legal proceedings and too many "final" chapters.


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

    I didn't have a favorite. I thought she did good job giving different voice characterizations.


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

    I can't say I was "moved," but more "astounded" that Bundy could accomplish the massacre at the sorority house in a 15 minute time span without anyone being the wiser.


    Any additional comments?

    It took so long for Rule to realize that Bundy was a killer. She sympathized with him far too long and it's hard to believe she couldn't see through him. But then again, I've never been (and hope never to be) in such a horrendous situation.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    night owl 06-06-17
    night owl 06-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best of Ann Rule"

    Still the best coverage of the infamous Ted Bundy. The book does an excellent job of relating the crimes trials and punishment of Bundy.It also offers details of his life. Ann Rule doesn't pretend to understand why Bundy was the monster he became,but does offer some insight. Rule books are heads above other True Crime and this one is highly recommended.,despite so so narration.

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    Jake 05-26-17
    Jake 05-26-17 Member Since 2017

    Hoo yah!

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    "Terrifying"

    This book gave new insight to red bundy and I was horrified by the story.

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    Cathryn Perth, Australia 05-24-17
    Cathryn Perth, Australia 05-24-17 Member Since 2007
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    "A classic of the genre."

    Missing, beautiful girls who mattered - white, middle class college girls, and they had vanished. Who could be responsible? That was the story Rule set out to write. But when a suspect was arrested she knew him. And so began the scenario for one of the great crime books. The manipulative, charismatic Ted and the impossible, breathtaking crime he was accused of. Also there is a backdrop story of the girls themselves (often 2D cutouts in these books) made whole again. People with their own lives, hopes and dreams. A study in evil and the coward behind the charisma.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CaraE 05-22-17
    CaraE 05-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating"

    Excellent narration and brilliantly written. This is the first book I've listened to by Ann Rule but will definitely not be the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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