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Hunted: The Zodiac Murders

The Zodiac Serial Killer, Volume 1
Narrated by: Mark Redfield
Series: The Zodiac Serial Killer, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Zodiac serial killer claimed the lives of at least five young victims between 1966 and 1974, and mocked the police with telephone calls, taunting letters, and encrypted messages. Thousands of men have been accused; nearly 2,500 have been investigated. Yet the Zodiac has never been identified. This painstakingly researched and meticulously detailed compendium to the Zodiac serial killer case by true crime author Mark Hewitt presents the crimes and their effect on a community, including the various sides of the many disputed issues within the case.

Hunted: The Zodiac Murders is the true story of America's greatest criminal mystery. This indispensable companion book is accessible to anyone interested in joining the pursuit, exploring a mystery, or witnessing the police response to an appalling crime spree. Book One, Hunted: The Zodiac Murders, tells the amazing true story of a serial killer on the loose. Book Two, Profiled, The Zodiac Examined (2017), examines the evidence and offers a careful, detailed profile of the killer based on the case facts. Book Three, Exposed: The Zodiac Revealed (2018) narrows down the lengthy list of suspects, and offers startling conclusions.

©2016 Mark Hewitt (P)2017 Mark Hewitt

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Lots of Great Info But....

This is the most researched Zodiac book I've ever read and now heard. The problem I have is the narrator's constantly saying "quotes", "end quotes". There's hundreds of quoted text in this book and for some reason the narrator decided to punctuate them all. Really gets annoying if you're listening for a good length of time. I know that's nitpicking but it really ruins the experience. Other than that good book.

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Quote end quote not that big of a deal

I was hesitant to get this audio book because of all the negative reviews about the reader saying "quote end quote" so much that it was distracting from the story. Although it was annoying when he did it, it wasn't throughout the entire book, and it wasn't really that big of a deal.

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Overall very good

I loved this book. The only draw back was narrator got a little boring halfway through. After that it will slide by quickly.

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Decent.....maybe.....

What did you like best about Hunted: The Zodiac Murders? What did you like least?

The depth of information this book has is very good.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something NOT by this author or narrator. Narrator is very monotone and the constant "quote" "unquote" that he says is just so incredibly annoying.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Redfield?

someone who doesn't say "quote....unquote"

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Encyclopedic

This book contains so much information that I think I could get a Ph.D. on the subject. It is excellent at presenting both sides of issues. It shows that shorter presentations on the subject have made some claims that aren’t necessarily true. The narrator’s matter of fact tone is perfect for the subject matter. People are ridiculous to complain about THE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT use of “quote” and “end quote.” However, I do take issue with some of his pronunciation. The word “similarly” is used MANY times, and he pronounces it “similarily”??? First day on the planet???

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The book is great...

...but the narration is average. There were numerous mispronunciations (to the point that the words weren’t actually the words they were meant to be). It wasn’t to do with regional pronunciation, either — I always allow for that. These were simply errors. It was very distracting to me, and detracted from the story. But if you can look past this, the author has done a very detailed and comprehensive job, and I discovered a lot about the Zodiac. Very interesting.

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Nothing new

Pretty much just a rehash of everything else I've read about the Zodiac murders. Narrator is not bad but needs a bit of inflection and to pause at commas and end of sentences. Still, an under dramatized reading is better than an overdramatized one.

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Fine book, distracting narration

I have never encountered a quote narrator end quote that uses the words quote quote, end quote end quote as much as this quote narrator end quote. It is very quote distracting end quote, and really diminished my quote enjoyment end quote of the book. There are a large number of quote quotes end quote in the book, so the quote problem end quote runs throughout the entire quote book end quote. Quote frustrating end quote.

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Excellent investigation into the 'Zodiac' evidence

Any additional comments?

If you're a true crime fan or closet sleuth, you've probably read Robert Graysmith's 'Zodiac' and like me considered it the undisputed history of facts. It remains probably the best introductory reference, however Mark Hewitt's 'Hunted- Zodiac Murders' offers a less sensationalized and more investigatory look at the evidence. There appears to be many other credible suspects to those crimes and many witnesses accounts actually differ than previously reported. This has left me questioning the official record of things.

Could it be that the crimes are actually unrelated and that the letters were used specifically to tie them together? This is not a point made in the book, but what it has lead me to believe. Obviously the 'zodiac writer' had intimate knowledge of the crimes, but who else would have access to this information- anyone in the police department. What would the motive be- serial killer at large = bigger law enforcement budgets, growing the department, constant\unending screen time on local + national news, instead of investigating numerous crimes\subjects, it's all combined into a crime they know they'll never solve. Think about it, the modus operandi + crime method + weapons used were different in every case.

Why was the Zodiac killer never discovered.... because there never was a Zodiac killer

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  • Jall
  • 02-11-19

Immense amount of detail, but one small flaw

Firstly, the good points. The narrator for this book is great. He has a wonderful American crime type voice, if you see what I mean. The kind of voice you would expect on crime series voiceovers, so I found him easy to listen to. I didn't think there was anything particular new regarding the murders in this book as such, but the detail is incredible. Right down to giving background/history of the places involved, the number plates of cars and the file references used for evidence that was received and dealt with by the police. It's good if you know nothing about the murders, but also if you are looking for additional detail if you are already familiar with the case. There is also information on some other murders and events which occurred at the time of the Zodiac killings, which I hadn't realised might have influenced the Zodiac in some way. However, this book had one thing that I really disliked, which is quite petty, but it happens rather a lot in the book and really started to irritate me. When anything in the book was in speechmarks, say like a number "1234", the narrator read it as quote 1 unquote, quote 2 unquote, quote 3 unquote, quote 4 unquote. This happens quite a bit in the book towards the end and I was getting to the point where I was seriously considering abandoning it, but I persevered! Also, there are two points where the lines in the book are repeated. You aren't going mad, he does do that.
Overall I would recommend it as an interesting and informative listen and I will probably download the second book in the series.

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  • Nigel Collier
  • 10-16-18

Comprehensive - sets up series well

Just before I submitted this review I checked its details on Audible and I'm glad I did because it made me see the book in different context. I originally wrote:

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Half a book

The writing is OK, the narration fine (apart from the literal endless "Quote...End Quote" statements for every single word encased in quote marks). But I was just left wondering why the book was written. It is a reasonably detailed but very dry summary of the facts of the crimes from the point of view of the authorities based seemingly on the case notes and witness starements, but nothing more. So we know about the crime scenes and the forensics down to the number of every evidence bag or SFPD report submitted, and we're treated to an entirely irrelevant history of the Presidio which reads like a Wikipedia entry, but we don't really get any human insight. We don't meaningfully get into the head of any of the major players - Zodiac or Taschi - there's no insightful analysis, no new hypotheses backed by novel interpretation of evidence, no profiling, no speculation at all about a likely suspect, nor even a summary of some of the more persuasive arguments from over 50 years' worth of research on the subject.
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Then I saw the book's subtitle: 'Book 1'. Sure enough this is a series, and book 2 moves onto profiling of the killer. So...had this been a single volume of the Zodiac murders I would rightly have been underwhelmed, but Hewitt's undertaking is obviously much larger in scope and I now look forward to him giving the same depth of treatment in the second volume.

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  • Emjay
  • 10-16-18

Great Listening

I have the books and audible versions and have found these series excellent. Highly recommended.