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Zodiac Audiobook

Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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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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    AngelGirlrn 10-01-13
    AngelGirlrn 10-01-13
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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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    B Oak Lawn, IL, United States 10-01-13
    B Oak Lawn, IL, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "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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    Victor 09-13-13
    Victor 09-13-13
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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
    Peter Sydney, Australia 03-26-13
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    "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
    eric Mars, The Solar System, the Milky Way 03-12-13 Member Since 2016

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    "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.

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    keith newark, OH, United States 03-04-13
    keith newark, OH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "The truth is chilling"
    If you could sum up Zodiac in three words, what would they be?

    bone chilling truth


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Zodiac he was lucky enough to not get caught.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the murder investigations were the best


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

    To know that this person was able to escape justice scares me to death.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is written and told so well I would advise anyone to try this book I think they<br/>would be frightened and enjoy the book at the same time.

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    farmhouselady 11-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "the full story of the zodiac murders"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zodiac to be better than the print version?

    i never read the print version. i wouldnt go on to the audio version if i had. why would anyone do that, when there is a whole world of other books to explore?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zodiac?

    the memorable moments in this story are all to horrible to recall in detail.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    his performance did not detract from the book, that is important.


    Any additional comments?

    i had seen the movie about this, way back when, so i was interested in the fuller version of events. and that is what i got, in this book. in that way it was very interesting to me. i felt it was well researched and explained. perhaps not up to the standards of ann rule, but one cant have everything.

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    Carrie Independence, MO, United States 11-07-12
    Carrie Independence, MO, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Very boring and monotone"
    What would have made Zodiac better?

    Story was very hard to follow and narrator was so monotone. Could not make it passed the third chapter


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    George topeka, KS, United States 08-15-12
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    "I love the true crime stuff..."
    Would you listen to Zodiac again? Why?

    No. This is not a reflection of the story I just don't listen to books twice that often.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I think that the presentation of the narrative was pretty good. The narrators voice matched the subject matter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the part of the story where the zodiac got away from the cops after killing the guy in the taxi cab. CHILLING. This is a close second to the autopsy descripitions. :)


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

    GET THIS...IT REALLY HAPPENED!


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