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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • B Rose
  • Ivins, UT USA
  • 12-09-14

Very good book on Zodiak

Where does Zodiac rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Maybe 7/8on a scale of 1-10.

What other book might you compare Zodiac to and why?

None. This is a different book because of the code cracking.

Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

Sam for sure.

If you could give Zodiac a new subtitle, what would it be?

Wouldn't.

Any additional comments?

This book maybe better in print because it's a little hard to follow all the coding the detectives unravelled. Have the print would be easier to follow. Still a very good listen and I highly recommend it! The narrator did a great job!

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  • Traci
  • VERNON, NJ, United States
  • 10-17-14

Detailed account

I like true crime books and found this was a good choice. Because the story is left open ended I was less satisfied by reading about this particular case. For the most part I found this book very interesting, however it lost steam towards the end. It gave detailed accounts of each murder and the mystery of the killer was intriguing. I would recommend this book if you want to learn about the zodiac killer.

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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.

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WAY better than the movie

Couldn't stop listening (once I got through the first hour or so of nothing by non-stop facts) to this book. The story is well laid out considering all the facts and different story line and it is apparent very quickly how obsessed the author is with this case. You'll want to watch the movie while you listen and immediately after finishing it. WORTH THE LISTEN

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An interesting walk through the crimes

I really enjoyed this book. It was very factual and well written by someone who actually lived the events. I only wish it was longer.

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Fascinating Story, Flawed Conclusions

Would you try another book from Robert Graysmith and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

Perhaps, it would depend on the subject matter. Graysmith was obviously passionate about the material and did thorough research into the subject.

What did you like best about this story?

The amount of research and fact checking that went into the writing of this book. Graysmith did an admirable job covering the history of the Zodiac case. Although there is some doubt regarding his conclusions, and whether they are correct, he was able to defend his theory and provide concrete evidence as to why he came to those conclusions.

What aspect of Stefan Rudnicki’s performance would you have changed?

In parts of the narration, he could have slowed down a bit. He did not do a bad job, but a certain points he rushed through the telling and didn't't give the reader time to digest.

Was Zodiac worth the listening time?

Yes. I was captivated from start to finish and did not want to stop listening. The details provided painted a vivid mental picture.

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  • Oak Lawn, IL, United States
  • 10-01-13

Immersive Account, Excellent Narration

I've always been fascinated by the story of the Zodiac and Graysmith's book lives up to its reputation as the definitive account of the notorious killer. His attention to detail is impressive and disturbing. You understand as the book moves along that solving this case was an obsession that consumed Graysmith.

The narration should be given some credit as well. The speaker has a dark tone of voice throughout that gives the story the disturbing yet clinical delivery it deserves. He gives specific voices very subtle changes in rhythm, so it never gets too melodramatic. Whenever he reads the actual letters from the Zodiac, he gives it the slow and detached delivery you would expect someone to give if they were reading it aloud. It makes it appropriate, but creepy.

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Chilling Read

What did you like best about Zodiac? What did you like least?

The author did a great job making me feel as if I traveled back in time to San Francisco during the murders.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that even though a suspect was never formally put in jail for this, there seemed to be some justice was given.

Did Stefan Rudnicki do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, it was easy to tell the difference between the characters.

Was Zodiac worth the listening time?

Yes

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  • Peter
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 03-26-13

learn to draw & catch killers

ok.. so he is a cartoonist.. not a natural story teller.. but this is one hefty tale.. so for a person who is not a writter.. but was there in the midst of now historic mystery.. twas a grand effort.. for a book with no definative ending..tis quite satisfying

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  • eric
  • Mars, The Solar System, the Milky Way
  • 03-12-13

Haunting. Don't hesitate, get it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, absolutely, in fact I have recommended it to several friends. It almost wants to make you start researching the story try to locate this guy. You might think that you know the story, but you dont.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zodiac?

Well, the most memorable part was the ending because it leaves you hanging. And there is no ending. I hope this isn't a spoiler for anyone, but this killer is either still out there or has died and we may never know who he is. That is memorable in a bad way for me.

What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They couldnt have picked a better performer for the book. His voice brings the right amount of edge to this book. His voice makes parts of the book a little scary.

If you could give Zodiac a new subtitle, what would it be?

maybe: "Why it still matters"

Any additional comments?

It is easy to listed to this book and make statements about it as if it was recently written, which is not a correct analysis of this book. In this book, Mr. Graysmith published his recollections of what was happening and how the whole story panned out the way it did. You can take out all the evidence that no longer matters because of recent findings, but it is important to learn why the detectives did what they did. Get the book, if you are a fan of the genre you will enjoy it.