[Download] The Stranger Beside Me By Ann Rule

The Stranger Beside Me

By: Ann Rule
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Length: 18 hours
Release date: Feb 21, 2012
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (528 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)
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THE DEFINITIVE WORK OF AMERICAN TRUE CRIME FROM "AMERICA'S BEST TRUE-CRIME WRITER" (Kirkus Reviews)

Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy's death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer -- the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew -- Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle.
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70 Responses to “[Download] The Stranger Beside Me By Ann Rule”

  1. Christiana Gaiters

    This book left me terrified.
    An excellent read. Eventhough there were many details, the in-depth story telling painted a complex portrait of one of the most infamous serial killers in history.

  2. Melida Haga

    No one loves Ann Rule like Ann Rule
    I wouldn’t say skip this one entirely but it definitely could have been better. The premise is almost unbelievable – a struggling crime writer discovers that she is the lifelong friend of one the most notorious serial killers in history. Except – I got the feeling that she milked a rather brief friendship in time. I won’t spoil things for you – but this suspicion kept eating away at me making me enjoy the story less and less as she went on. Another habit that I found unappealing was her tendency to focus on herself. I personally don’t care anything about Ann Rule – that’s not why I was reading the book. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard when she made sure to insert random facts and information about her life – completely unrelated to the story. I may be harsh – but I believe the relationship was misrepresented by her to gain fame. Positive note – the narrator was great.

  3. Breana Roggensack

    Sucks you in
    This true story sucks you in, especially if you don’t know the whole story. Bundy

  4. Tony Weyand

    Excellent
    This played out excellent, like a mini movie in my head. I enjoyed this book.

  5. Bobby Morang

    Interesting Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

  6. Lashon Dalhart

    the unreliable narrator
    While the author has stated she worked in journalism, as a psychologist and as a police officer she is incredibly myopic. there seems to be little to no sympathy for the multiple women killed and hours spent talking about “poor ted’s feelings”.

    it was hard to manage finishing this book once I realized that the author herself has a weak moral compass and her liking someone is more than the brutal murder of scores of women. in her story, she comes off sexist and dismissive it was grotesque.

  7. Delphia Mcabee

    True insight of a monster
    loved the writing, very honest and fair depiction a terrible monster . I have read and listened to this book many times and continue to learn from it. I appreciate the detail, and the way the gruesome details were not exploited as they have been from others . Thank you for your continued attention to truth and your unbiased story telling,

  8. Brenda

    What a unique experience the author had!
    I’ve read a lot of true crime books and this one was one of the very best. To be friends with one of the worst serial killers and not know it for a long time would be, for a writer, both interesting and terrifying. I thought the author did a great job in writing this book.

  9. Ward Magin

    Terrifying and Shocking
    Ann has a way with bringing a story to light. She can lift the victims in a way that makes you feel like they were your neighbors, your friends, your family. But she has a way of making the killers seem that way as well.
    A perfect murderer, intelligent and cunning, Bundy swept the nation with his killing spree from Washington to Florida. To this day there isn’t an accurate body count, and now that he’s gone, there may never be.
    As her first official novel, Stranger Beside Me casts an eerie shadow on our beloved author as she narrates her friendship with one of the worst killers of the 20th century.
    I couldn’t imagine having to admit that one of my best friends was a mass murderer and a psychopath.
    This book isn’t just about Bundy and his slayings, though they do go into incredible detail, it’s also about one woman’s struggle to see the devil in the angel she thought she knew.
    Her journey was long, exhausting, and disappointing, but she weaves her tale so wonderfully that it seems as if you were right there with her throughout the ordeal.

    This book is a MUST READ for ALL Ann Rule fans. Again, as I’ve said before, it’s a must read for all of those who reside in the Pacific North West.

  10. Paige

    What a monster.
    The book was pretty well written but I think there was just too much to cover. I didn’t realize Ted Bundy had so many victims. I had a hard time keeping them all straight which is extremely sad. Overall informative.

  11. Kaitlyn Keto

    Interesting, well written tale from cover to cover
    Absolutely loved it! I’ve always loved true crime books and documentaries and Ann Rule wrote an incredible story that really sucked me in from the beginning. I couldn’t even stop listening to it! It went by way too quickly, the extra 4 hour update was great. Definitely recommend to anyone interested in serial killers. The narrator was pleasant to listen to as well!

  12. Customer

    Great Book
    I enjoyed Ann Rules story of how she b became friends with one of the most notorious serial killers in US history. The book described how articulate and charismatic Ted Bundy was, this description made you understand how and was able to become such good friends with Ted. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the thought process and change in life of a serial killer and hell anyone you least expect could be a monster.

  13. Ryann M.

    Truly disappointing
    This book is so beloved, I genuinely feel bad for disliking it. I’m a huge true crime fan and was pretty excited to finally check this off my list. I really enjoy Ann Rule’s other work, but I found this book suffers from two major flaws: Rule’s first hand interactions with Bundy lead her to writing far too much of herself into the book and it doesn’t enhance the story as much as it grinds it to a halt. My second issue is pacing. There are sections which seem to just go on forever without taking the listener anywhere. I can forgive a lot in true crime books, but I can’t forgive being bored. I made it about halfway before I finally called it quits.
    I still love Ann Rule and clearly most readers loved this book, but I just didn’t find it very engaging at all.

  14. jcj

    excellent story
    I found myself creeped out at times, really upset at the author for how gullible she is.
    Also, so upset by the multiple times she uses the “R” word.

  15. Young Nabarowsky

    Solidly meh.
    I know everyone loves this book and I feel kind of embarrassed for being so bored by it. It’s not a bad book. It’s just a different kind of true crime than what I prefer. I like to get to know the victims and the criminals. I prefer works like those of Jack Olsen which include detailed nuanced pictures of the victims, their families, and the criminals and their families. This book is largely about Ann Rule. I should have expected this; it does have the word “me” in the title, after all. The portraits of the victims are two-dimensional at best. They’re just names at worst. This book is part memoir, part true crime and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not my thing. The narrator bored me too. She seems kind of disinterested and removed. There’s little modulation in her reading and I found myself having a hard time paying attention. I listened to 75% of the book and felt so indifferent about it that I just gave up.

  16. Tammara Wertheimer

    Awesome and Amazing insight.
    Loved this listen, I listened to it twice. Constant jaw dropping moments. Narrator did awesome as well. Will listen to this many more times. 2 thumbs up! RIP to all victims.

  17. Lazaro Enriguez

    Like LOTR, Interesting plot, but too many endings
    This was a great story, and so interesting to hear it from Rule’s perspective. HOWEVER, it felt like it concluded too many times – as soon as you thought the story was over, it just kept going. I was so fatigued, I never listened to the last hour.

  18. Stacey Bennett

    Just OK.
    I had always heard that this book was a classic of true crime. I am by no means an aficionado of the genre but I thought this was a rather boring book. It read a bit like a text book and had no real narrative flow.

  19. Sophie

    Meh
    It was okay. I don’t know what about it in particular I didn’t like.
    I kinda felt like a lot of the stuff she said was reaching for a deeper connection to him and how she was different to him and that made her special. Idk. Something. It was interesting enough but I probably wouldn’t listen to it again.

  20. Claud Delisa

    Embarrassingly terrible narration
    What would have made The Stranger Beside Me better?

  21. SLinder

    very suspenseful
    the narrator mispronounced a lot of the locations. But other than that it was a fantastic read / listen.

  22. Jenifer Pinkard

    Rule and Bundy, who knew?
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stranger Beside Me to be better than the print version?

  23. Hugo Fishbein

    great viewpoint
    he definitely show characteristics of an extraordinary man. but he use those great blessings and characteristics for evil in this world.

  24. Mandi Brent

    compelling
    One of the best true crime novels I’ve come across. Rule’s unique perspective was so unexpected. I’m just amazed I haven’t stumbled across this book before now.

  25. Estelle Dillenbeck

    Tedious
    I wanted to love this book because it offers Rule’s unique perspective of having known Ted Bundy, as well as having covered the crimes as they happened. However, I kept finding myself thinking, “How much longer????” My frustration may have also had to do with the narrator, but I really have to wonder why this book would span 18 hours and 31 seconds — even with the updates and epilogue.

  26. Santa Schrock

    Classic True Crime
    This book is fascinating! Ted Bundy is such a studied serial killer and, while I thought I knew a lot about him before I read this, this book was super eye opening and creepy. This book documents Bundy’s crimes in detail without being overly garish, has awesome accounts of the (very few) victims who survived, and left me wanting to research more about Bundy once I finished the book. I recommend this book to all of my true crime loving friends who mostly listen to podcasts or watch forensic shows – it’s a great introductory crime book, particularly because the author knew Bundy. Definitely worth a credit!

    P.S. I recommend this book all the time but rated it four stars because, as awesome as this book is, sometimes it gets a little sluggish / bogged down with Rule’s introspection. She’s an incredible true crime writer but is occasionally a little off putting. That could have been the narrator, though!

  27. Oralia P.

    Excellent & Compelling True Crime Story
    I really loved the narrator for this book. She tells the story in a way that is soothing. Perfect for this story about a horrific serial killer.

    The author is a really good writer and her personal relationship with Ted Bundy makes this a very interesting book. It feels very honest and I think that is important for this particular story. It didn’t feel exploitive at all. If you are interested in True Crime I highly recommend this book.

  28. Damian Hebrard

    Terrible Narrator Performance
    Would you try another book from Ann Rule and/or Lorelei King?

  29. Jason Apicella

    TSBM
    Read this book years ago—mesmerizing. “Read” it again now as a book club pick—still as captivating. Highly recommend especially now as true crime shows, podcasts, etc are so prevalent and movies about Ted Bundy are in the works. Will probably listen to it again in the near future.

  30. Gina1956

    Riveting story
    I couldn’t stop listening once I started this book.
    At times I felt sad for Ted Bundy even though he was a monster.

  31. Silvia Distad

    Addicting to listen to
    This book made me emotional and anxious all in one. Beautifully written & wonderful narrator.

  32. Brendan Zebel

    ehhh……not horrible.
    Rule feels bad for Ted Bundy?……really??…..”I’m sorry, Ted. These are not my words” while a radio station dj is happy that he is finally going to get his karma?…..I don’t care if it was my own son. If he admits to murdering up to 100+ women, there is no sympathy at all. She has some f’d up priorities.

  33. Amber Jackson

    Wonderfully told from and interesting perspective
    I greatly enjoyed this book by Ann Rule, her unique perspective and relationship with Ted Bundy made for a dynamic story telling element. Her ability to intermingle her life and Ted’s as his crimes were being committed lended to an unneasiness that permeates every interaction that she has with Ted.

  34. Vivian G.

    May I introduce you to Ted Bundy?
    What did you love best about The Stranger Beside Me?

  35. Buster O.

    Personal Bond Unbroken
    Very well written account of personal bond to Ted Bundy, crimes he committed and the years leading up to his execution. if there were ever a book with unlimited details of a serial killer, this one is it.

  36. Yaeko Brasch

    Good book, need a better narrator
    I didn’t care for her mispronouncing most of the cities in Washington, not to mention several other common words. That distracted from the book, but the story was really well written.

  37. Anjelica Cousens

    Worth the listen.
    If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

  38. Haydee Menjivar

    a good one for any true crime fan
    a very interesting story of what it’s like to have a serial killer in your world. would you notice them or would they fool you too?!

  39. Howard Holleyman

    Very compelling true crime story, good narration
    If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

  40. Annalee Boatright

    Great narrator, so-so writer
    It’s really disturbing to hear Mrs. Rule call full-grown women “girls,” while referring to her friend Bundy as a “man.” Her disrespect for these women is consistent, even when they are pregnant and in all cases far more mature than her friend Bundy. Does Mrs. Rule believe that belittling her friends’ victims will soften him as a beast in our eyes? Or is she just a misogynist like her friend Ted? In any event, Mrs. Rule’s bias makes it necessary to find a better book on the beast, Bundy.

  41. Everett Petrini

    Interesting and Engaging
    I find that if a book keeps me wanting to do my regular chores, or take car rides so I can listen to the audio book it is a good book. It was interesting till the very end.

  42. Larry

    Creepy insight into the mind of Ted
    Finished pretty fast. Very interesting and detailed story. The book was released before Bundy was executed but there are updates that take the story to its final conclusion.

  43. Irvin Debem

    Loved the story but audio has issues
    When listening to audio you can hear her taking deep breaths. Which was super annoying. If you are wearing earphones, there is background noises as well, which I kept rewinding it because I thought it was something or someone in the room,nope it was just the way it was recorded.

  44. Kareen Ero

    riveting!
    this story is gripping. I didn’t like the narrator at first but I got over her and then she got better. after we learn that ted bundy commits over 100 murders and is sentenced to death in Florida we are reminded of what a joke it is- – ted buddy gets married and has a baby while in prison while Taxpayers spend $3 million dollars of tax payer money…then they kill him. just an amazing story in s lot of ways…

  45. Eryn Marugg

    Great book for anyone that’s interested in, well… Ted Bundy!
    Quite the story. Imagine being really close with someone and then they end up being Ted Bundy? Well-written with immense attention to detail and little judgement.

  46. Luisa

    Wow
    This book started off slow, at points I thought I would not get through its entirety. But closer towards the middle it seemed to pick up. I mean WOW, I began having nightmares, checking my for twice and looking over my shoulders excessively after and during this book. Recommend it to any one that looks thrillers but most of all, those who follow stories such as this one.

  47. Debi Clear

    No doubt, Ted Bundy was a MONSTER
    Would you try another book from Ann Rule and/or Lorelei King?

  48. Shathadute

    Good but drawn out.
    Good story and obviously interesting perspective but way overlong and the last two tacked on post original publication chapters drag on needlessly. We get it, you had conflicted feelings about Ted.

  49. Craig Hellenbrand

    Shocking and Tragic
    I was only a child when Ted Bundy operated his reign of terror. I didn’t really know that much about him. I found the details of his life to be interesting and disgusting all at the same time. I can see why the author was torn by her relationship with a man that she knew as kind and an all American boy, who turned out to be such a horrible, deranged individual. It is mind boggling that the two entities could exist within one man.

  50. Colton Deigado

    I can’t believe
    I’d never read this. As a catch up, it is very, very good. I worried that this unabridged edition would quickly bog down, be stuffed with dull “he said, Isaid” but It read well and time skimmedquickly.

  51. Karine Lipner

    Great narration; plodding storytelling
    If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

  52. Shellie Ratledge

    Wow!! A really amazing book!
    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. That’s putting it mildly. I was entranced by it! I like true crime books, but I stay away from subjects that are too gruesome and scary, like the murders of Ted Bundy.
    I worried this book would give me nightmares. However, Ann Rule does not fill her book with gory details. Instead Ann tells the shocking and fascinating story of life in the years of his murders and trials, and of her relationship and correspondence with him. The book is updated to reflect all the changes in his legal situation.

    There is a lot of heart in this book. Ann Rule writes it with such compassion and true emotion. It’s incredibly well written!! I can’t say that enough. Instead of coming away with nightmares, I was able to view the horror and tragedy of Ted Bundy from an unusual and fascinating perspective. Rule stays away from the sensationalism that you might expect from a “serial killer” expose. She has written an unbelievably compelling story. It was really interesting to read (hear) her shifting of thoughts and emotions regarding Bundy and his crimes, as she battled with the realization that he may have used her just like he used the other women in his life. Oh it is just a really good book.

    I highly recommend this. It is a book that will stay in my thoughts for a long time to come. And I will continue to read Ann Rule. This isn’t my first if her books, but I think this is her best that I’ve read so far!!

    Great Narration.

  53. Queen Knill

    A staple for any true crime fan
    I’ve wanted to read this book for a while, and I’m glad I finally got the opportunity to listen to it. Any true crime “fan” will enjoy this. This story is told with such unique perspective it’s absolutely chilling.

  54. Dave Wydler

    Definite favorite for Ted Bundy readers!
    I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book. What a great perspective from someone who actually knew the monster. Very interesting and offers a different view from other books out there.

  55. Otis Harpole

    Captivating and terrifying!
    This story is extemely well done. It is factual and bone chilling! I highly recommend!

  56. Salina C.

    I will never sleep again, or give my kid freedom
    What a bone chilling and nerve racking book. I never knew the whole story of Bundy (being born the year he was killed) but I will never be able to look at a stranger the same way again. I have been in so many of these circumstances where having been born I’m my parents time I could have been any one of those girls. My children will most definitely never receive the freedom I did. How my mom lived through these times and was able to allow me and my sister roam around Florida alone, I have no idea.

  57. S. Smail

    Fantastic Narrator!
    I read multiple reviews that said how awful the narrator was for this book, and I nearly turned away but had been convinced by the high overall rating the book had. I’m glad I ended up doing that. I’m not sure why those people thought the narrator did a bad job. Okay, her male voices sound a little silly sometimes, but the variation in her female voices is great. Her overall narration is very good too.

    I’m not big on writing reviews because let’s be honest, I’m not very good at putting my thoughts into words. But at the very least I wanted to make sure to do my part to assure people that this lady knows what she’s doing. I’ll let people smarter than I am review the book itself. (Which is good by the way. One of Ann Rule’s best.)

  58. Reese B

    Awesome Narrator
    Lorelei King did such a great job with varying her voice as she switched between characters. Her performance made the book even more captivating.

  59. Loura Falcione

    chilling
    inside the head of Teddy a very good booke to listen to if you dare.

  60. Romona Abascal

    Learned a lot!
    This was an excellent book and a great way to learn more about Ted Bundy. I knew quite a bit but there was so much more I did not know. I appreciated the several epilogues to get caught up completely. Glad I bought this one!

  61. Larry Canori

    Tallahassee
    Great story and performance. The only thing that bothered me was the way she says tallahassssee.

  62. Annie H.

    Left cold
    I was riveted by this book. But could not avoid feelings of wondering why and how other than greed the author would have played along so long with the games of the anti-hero.

    As a cynic I feel she knew the minute she mentioned him to the investigators that she knew exactly who she was dealing with. And the afterwords and addendum do not do a lot to put her on the right side of this narrative.

    The right side being the one that wished that an undetermined number of women might still be alive if she had let law enforcement sort out her suspicions.

    A little disgusted with myself for hearing this out. But a hell of a book.

    As a seattle native the pronunciations of the narrator were terrible.

  63. Nickolas Boylen

    Chilling Story -Very Good Performance
    This is an incredible story that I have trouble describing. It’s chilling, pitiful, sickening and sad for everyone who is involved, yet interesting enough to want to know who this Ted Bundy really was and how he was able to get quite a following of women. I remember growing up in Miami in the 70’s and hearing about Ted Bundy and the murders that took place in northern Florida (Tallahassee), only to move to Utah in the 80’s and continue hearing about the ties he had there too. Lorelei King did a very good job narrating the story in an expressive way that made me feel at times that she actually was Ann Rule. I gave this book an overall rating of 4 stars because it was very good. I will likely listen to this story again.

  64. Freddie V.

    Worst narrator ever
    It was torture to listen to Lorelei King, the narrator. Here’s a tip, Lorelei: Don’t do voices! The All of her male voices are the same – authoritative, smug and loud. All of the women are wimpy, soft-spoken and stupidly breathy. It is very sexist. Please someone else narrate this book!

  65. Margert P.

    Compelling
    Ann Rule gives a chilling account of not just Ted Bundy; the serial killer, but Ted Bundy; the friend. Before the world knew of Bundy, Rule gives insight of a person we all know…. possibly the person inside of us. It’s a fantastically told story of one of America’s most unlikely serial sadists. Brilliantly narrated, it’s a must listen

  66. Valentin Belloma

    Absolutely amazing book
    Some of the reviews almost made me not purchase this book, but I’m so glad I did!! It’s worth the listen, trust me!

  67. Kindra E.

    great book and read aloud excellently!
    really enjoyed this book. I thought the reader did an amazing job. loved all the different voices!

  68. Demetra Broadstreet

    good book
    Where does The Stranger Beside Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  69. Brenton Kluge

    Worst narration ever!
    Love Ann Rule, love this book, but listing to the voice of this narrator just about did me in. The voices she TRIES to make are horrific . All the men sound like McGruff the Dog and all the women sound like helpless weak idiots! If the book wasn’t so well written I would have stopped listening after chapter 2. Ugh. P.S. I was forced to give the narrator a single star but she really gets a minus 1

  70. Mac Neiss

    Very interesting to listen to, well performed!
    I found this book very interesting because Ann Rule writes from 3 perspectives: Friend, Cop & True Crime novelist. Loved it!

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