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Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Lorelei King Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781442353800
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Rule, “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews), her unforgettable classic account of the horrifying murders in the Pacific Northwest and her shock when she discovered her friend—Ted Bundy—was not only a suspect but also one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.

Meeting in 1971 at a Seattle crisis clinic, Ann Rule and Ted Bundy developed a friendship and correspondence that would span the rest of his life. Rule had no idea that when they went their separate ways, their paths would cross again under shocking circumstances.

The Stranger Beside Me is Rule’s compelling firsthand account of not just her relationship with Bundy, but also his life—from his complicated childhood to the media circus of his trials. Astonishing in its intimacy and with Rule’s clear-eyed prose, you can’t help but share in her growing horror at discovering that her friend was one of the most notorious American serial killers.

An unforgettable and haunting work of research, journalism, and personal memories, The Stranger Beside Me is “as dramatic and chilling as a bedroom window shattering at midnight” (The New York Times). 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

  • A Paris Review Selection

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  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 Teri | 4/10/2017

    " While I love this book and Ann Rule as a writer; I actually wish that The Only Living Witness by Hugh Aynesworth on Ted Bundy was available. I've never been able to find it as an audio book, so I guess it's never been made into one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lachelle | 2/17/2014

    " I was single and living in my own home alone when I read this book. Let's just say I had a hard time sleeping at night, especially when I didn't even own a bat under my bed for protection (in case it was needed). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattie | 2/12/2014

    " A classic of the true-crime genre. This book fascinated me and is responsible for my love of true crime books. It's genuinely creepy to think that any one of us could be sitting beside a serial killer and not have a clue! It taught me that you can never really know someone - you only think you do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miguelina | 2/4/2014

    " I really like the book, thought Ted Bundy was smart and crazy all at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/4/2014

    " I heard Ann Rule speak back in the 1980s. It was a most enjoyable time for me. THis is likely one of her best books. That makes sense because Ted Bundy was a coworker and a friend of hers. Ms. Rule is a meticulous research. She gets to her point, makes it, and moves on taking me with her. Bundy was a nasty, evil person. Ms. Rule is the opposite. I can only imagine her sense of betrayal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/2/2014

    " Ann Rule worked at a sucide hotline, of all places, with serial killer Ted Bundy before he began to kill women. She remained friends with him as a mysterious "Ted" began to abduct women in the Seattle area, and here she chronicles the Bundy persona all the way up through his execution. Gripping account of a unique perspective and definately worth a read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maya | 2/1/2014

    " I have been interested in the Ted Bundy murders since taking a Criminology course about the Psychology of Deviant Behavior which included a section on Psychopaths. The book didn't really give me the analytical perspective I was looking for and I found that Ann Rule talked too much about how much integrity she had throughout the case. I guess I would have liked the story to include very little detail about her life outside Ted Bundy and instead focus on his life - that's not to say there was much in there about her but even the small amount was something I wasn't interested in. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joyce | 1/29/2014

    " Someone take away Ann Rule's computer - puhlease. Her characters lack dimension and the victims are always beautiful. She actually makes you glad the victim get whacked - how is that possible? Oh, bad writing makes anything possible - Ann have you met Stephen King? you two should get together and birth one big bad book - instead of the several bad ones you create individually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/28/2014

    " Really chilling. This book haunted me for a week after I read it. Needless to say, I made sure all the windows were shut tight at night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 1/18/2014

    " You can read my thoughts here. (4.25/5) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 1/14/2014

    " One of the best true crime books I have ever read. It is kind of spooky that the author knew Ted Bundy and worked along side him before he went on his killing spree. It is a fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amandakgraves | 12/27/2013

    " I love true crime and Ann Rule does it best. This is about Ted Bundy...I know, I am demented, but I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/1/2013

    " Can you imagine volunteering at a crisis call centre and the person at the nearest desk to you is a notorious serial killer? I appreciate Rule's narrative style, and her dry wit. This book is worth reading, especially because it presents a perspective on Bundy unlike any other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisha | 11/11/2013

    " It got kinda long and repetitive. Thats all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/6/2013

    " You can generally tell how tabloid-y a true crime novel is going to be based on the intensity of its mass-market paperback ink smell. But c'mon, Ann Rule worked at a suicide hotline with Ted Bundy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 7/27/2013

    " 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 Tari | 2/16/2013

    " Ann Rule is the master of true crime and this one is her best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 12/7/2012

    " I adore the way Ann Rule tells her stories. I read this book when I was in college...living on the bottom floor of a dormitory... I was freaked out for a few months after finishing. You will understand once you pick this one up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 10/20/2012

    " It took me about 6 months to read this book because it scared the bejeezus out of me. If it wasn't on my ipad, I would have put it in the freezer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 9/6/2012

    " the life of this man was quite intriguing, but i felt the book itself was kinda slow-paced. i got tired of all the dang trial details and names of different detectives/policemen working on the case. incredible how long it takes to convict someone.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 8/27/2012

    " A note about my one star rating: This book was REALLY well written. No offense whatsoever to the author. I shouldn't have read it, though, particularly not while I was extremely pregnant with a little girl. Of all the books I have ever read, this one bothered me the very most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/7/2012

    " Another one of my interests, serial killers....this was written by Ann Rule, who actually KNEW Ted Bundy personally at one time...very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 4/26/2012

    " This was a crazy book and it freaked me out, but it was really good. The author was friends with Ted Bundy during his murderous years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaarin | 4/20/2012

    " So crazy that this is a true story. It's hard to get over the fact that a popular true crime author was friends with one of the most famous serial killers around. "

About the Author

Ann Rule (1931–2015) drew on her experience as a former policewoman to become one of America’s top true-crime writers. The author of over 1,000 articles and numerous books, she lectured widely to law-enforcement schools and agencies. She also served as a consultant to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. Her New York Times bestsellers include Every Breath You Take, Practice to Deceive, and Heart Full of Lies.

About the Narrator

Lorelei King is an award-winning narrator and an actress of stage, film, and television. She also works extensively in radio, including award-winning voiceover work. She has narrated more than eighty audiobooks, earning eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and twice winning the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.