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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

Critic Reviews

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

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damn!

very detailed. great book all around. epilogues were amazing. Lorelei king did this book justice

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Interesting story about a horrible man

My mom read this book years ago. She loved it and she has become a huge fan of Ann Rule since. Seeing that Lorelei King narrated this book (there are also copies with the author reading, which was what my library had), I decided I needed to try it.

This was a really great listen. I learned a lot more about Ted Bundy. Lorelei King did a great job with the narration. I'm sure this was a hard book to narrate. There are a couple of times in the book where the author lists the victims, their ages and whether they were alive or dead. That had to be hard.

The funny thing about this book, it is a combination memoir and documentary. The author knew Ted before there was even a search for the killer. She was investigating this book and even told Ted she was before he was a suspect. She includes a lot about how she feels and how those feelings change over the many years. If you're at all interested in true crime stories, I highly recommend this book.

I got this audio from Audible. There were a few places where the audio was messed up. Like when you get a CD from the library and the CD is a little damaged, which I found odd for an Audible recording. Other than that, I really loved this audio.

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Loved it

I loved everything about this book. It was very detailed. I could feel Ann’s emotional torment for her friend. I felt like she left nothing unturned. It was really good insight into Teds life.

I usually don’t do audio but because it was such a big book it would’ve took me longer due to my home and work life. I got to listen to it at work and in the car and still be a mom once I got home. I

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Definitive Book on Ted Bundy

This book is descriptive and insightful, it might as well be called the Ted Bundy Encyclopedia. It creates a multi dimensional view of Ted Bundy; not your typical "he is evil incarnate" stereotype. You can actually feel the pity that Ann Rule had for Ted Bundy. He was a demon who deserved the punishment he got (and more), but so very different from the average murderer too. Only issue I have with the book is that it drags at times and I started to get bored near the end.

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A Close-Up & Very Personal Look at Ted Bundy

This is the book I've been looking for, that actually gets into the details of what Ted did & how he was as a friend. This book clears up the details of how he escaped (twice) from Prison & what he did to his victims when alone with them!!

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GREAT "book"!

Awesome "book"! Unfortunately there are a couple spots in the audio where the recording glitches out. I don't think it's for very long, but you probably miss a few words.
other than that the whole thing was a very interesting "read."

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A Whole New Perspective

It is interesting to see it from an unbiased perspective. It's a pretty good book. My only complaint is that there are moments where the author focuses more on herself then the main character.

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  • Mike
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 11-09-17

Scary and True

This book is so well written and narrated superbly. To say Ted Bundy is a monster is too mild. Glad the world is rid of this creep. Wanted to lock up my daughter after reading this. What is so shocking is that women were still corresponding with this killer thinking they could change him. The stupidity amazes me. Oh the gullibility is astonishing.

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Astounding!

Thrilling, informative, well written and an all around fantastic story! A must read for any true crime enthusiast.

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amazing that this guy existed

these ttpe of people are all around us. if you see something say something.