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4.00006293266205 out of 54.00006293266205 out of 54.00006293266205 out of 54.00006293266205 out of 54.00006293266205 out of 5 4.00 (15,890 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Ann Rule Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 1992 ISBN: 9780743546836
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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 bestselling 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “ As dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at midnight. ”

    New York Times

  • “A shattering story...carefully investigated, written with compassion but also with professional objectivity.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Overwhelming.”

    Houston Post

  • “Listeners will be spellbound and anxiously awaiting the next twist, when they are not double-locking their windows and doors.”

    Library Journal

  • “It's been twenty years since Rule first penned this chilling account. But the story…will still have readers reaching for their Xanax.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 7/23/2017

    " I bought this for my mom who is legally blind. This one of her favorite books when she could see. She has been looking for the audio version for a long time. She loves the story, and pretty much any true crime stories, and was happy to get it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Black | 2/18/2014

    " Briliant. Engaging. Ted Bundy was as fascinating as he was evil. Able to lure with his looks and kill with his ruthlessness. A part of the inspiration behind Silence of The Lambs no doubt. Using props and sympathy to lure his victims. Ann Rule is my favorite true crime author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe hawkins | 2/18/2014

    " everyone should read this book.I picked it up and couldn't put it down.What a life lesson also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lennie | 1/18/2014

    " This book made me a fan of true crime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sage Streck | 1/13/2014

    " Absolutely terrifying to think she had such a close relationship with a serial killer. This was the first Ann Rule book that I've ever read, and she's become one of my favorites. Very disturbing, but excellent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/13/2014

    " Loved it! If you like true crime, you have to read this. Ann Rule isn't just the author, she was Bundy's friend and coworker during the time he was secretly carrying out his heinous crimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad keil | 12/30/2013

    " Ted Bundy was scary. It is surprising that he was ever caught. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Lea | 12/14/2013

    " I can't believe that a guy can get away with this much stuff. Of course, before DNA technology made it so much easier to bust jerks like this, it was easier to get away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgia | 12/10/2013

    " I didn't find it that interesting. It was long winded court battle with minimal detail of the true crimes. Not much emotion at all portrayed from the victims of the crimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/23/2013

    " Riveting. I became hooked on Ann Rule's work after reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 11/14/2013

    " This was a really good book on the actions of Ted Bundy and his killings. It was interesting to learn that while investigating these murders Ann Rule was at one point actually working along side Ted Bundy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 6/18/2013

    " You never know who the person sitting next to you really is! I enjoy her views on these criminals! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyla | 6/11/2013

    " this book was very creepy, the fact that the author knew Ted Bundy made it even more intriguing , it is well written and gives good insight into the mind of a killer who on the outside seemed like the boy next door, made me want to lock my doors before bed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora aka Diva | 2/17/2013

    " Parts of this book are Very graphic. Not for the easily upset. Unfortunately the crimes described happened and there doesn't seem a way to clarify why Ted Bundy was considered so evil without telling his crimes as they were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 12/19/2012

    " Powerful, unbelievable and terrifying. Ann Rule does not disappoint. This book will change the way you think about strangers, friends, loved ones, coworkers. We know so little about one another but Ann Rule brings all of us closer together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen angelbuer | 10/22/2012

    " love love love! Great story of a firsthand account of personally knowing a serial killer. gives you a reminder that you don't always know the people around you as well as you may think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dara | 8/25/2012

    " The first 3/4 was very interesting but I lost interest in the end. Ann Rule writes about compelling topics but her writing can be weak at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.J. Sullivan | 8/21/2012

    " One of the two best true crime books ever written, IMO. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherre Thurman | 6/26/2012

    " Interesting how someone can act normal in some situations, yet be such a monster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erinlynnanthony | 3/21/2012

    " Great true crime book with first hand knowledge from the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiesha | 2/27/2012

    " The story of Ted Bundy...as if the book isn't dark and scary enough, to know that it happened so close to home 30 years ago makes me a more paranoid person. I'm not sure how I feel about reading true crime novels. It's an interesting and good read but a little morbid at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 6/26/2011

    " I could not put this book down. A very good book especially since Ann Rule worked with Ted Bundy and for years did not realize he was a serial killer. This book covers all of the years of Ted's murder spree, trial and execution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hebe | 6/23/2011

    " If you want to learn more about the serial killer Ted Bundy then this is one of the best books to turn to, written by a woman who knew him personally. You get a lot of insight into the murders, but also into Teds private life and behaviours. An amazing read for all True Crime fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/14/2011

    " Amazing true crime novel detailing not only the facts and life of Ted Bundy but also the writer assigned to the case of the 'Ted' murders, his friend Ann Rule. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/10/2011

    " An important book to read if only for the following reason : One finally understands that monsters come in all shapes and sizes.... Thank you Ann Rule, for a great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciara | 6/9/2011

    " Ann Rule is an amazing writer, i love to read true crime books. This book was so suspenceful, i couldn't put it down. Love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 6/9/2011

    " One of my favorite books by Ann Rule all about Ted Bundy and the murders he was responsible for. He worked in a crisis center along with the author so it is a very intriging book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 6/7/2011

    " I read this book years ago and found it fascinating, particularly since he operated quite close to where I live. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 5/30/2011

    " Started off quite slow, it wasn't until the second half of the book that I was drawn into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smallknight | 5/23/2011

    " I have a sick fascination with true crime novels and this is one of the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/15/2011

    " Very interesting. I have read some of her other books, and have enjoyed them....true crime stories, but written like a mystery. She actually worked along side of Ted Bundy in the 1970s, at an emergency help call center, and thought she knew him well. It did get a little long, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/6/2011

    " Fantastic Book! No other high profile true crime cases can be written from this point of view, all Ann's' skills of police work and working with him and becoming a writer came to a great book, so well done! "

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About the Author
Author Ann Rule

Ann Rule (1930 or 1931–2015) was a former Seattle policewoman and the author of more than two dozen New York Times bestsellers. Eight of her books have been made into movies for television, and she won the Peabody Award for her miniseries, Small Sacrifices. She also won two Anthony Awards and was nominated for an Edgar Award three times. Aside from being a writer, she was a certified instructor for police training seminars and lectured frequently to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic science organizations.