Within the audiobook of The Trail of Ted Bundy: Digging Up the Untold Stories, you'll hear the voices - many for the first time - of some of Ted Bundy's friends as they bring to light the secrets of what is was like to know him while he was actively involved in murder. The stories of his victims are here as well, as told by their friends, including the information and anecdotes that didn't make it into the investigative files and are being published here for the first time. Two of the former detectives who worked with author Kevin Sullivan during the writing of his widely acclaimed book return to aid listeners in fully understanding Bundy's murderous career, its ripple-effect impact on those who came into contact with him in one way or another, and dispelling commonly held myths.
The Trail of Ted Bundy is a journey back in time, to when Ted Bundy was killing young women and girls in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. It's told by those who knew him, and you'll hear their revealing stories, many being voiced for the very first time. Friends of the victims are here as well, and they, too, share their insights about the victims, and some of what they tell here had been held back from the investigators, such was their commitment to their deceased friends. It's also the story of those who hunted Bundy, those who guarded him, and those who otherwise were parts of this strange case one way or another.
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"Despite the abundance of books available on Ted Bundy, holes remain in his story. Bundy expert Kevin Sullivan has done the painstaking work of filling some in and offering credible notions for those for which information might always be elusive. An important addition to true crime studies." (Katherine Ramsland, best-selling author of Psychopath and The Mind of a Murderer)
Kevin Sullivan's narration is excellent as always. However, the book feels like a loose connection of anecdotes connected by numerous references to the author's previous Bundy book. Disappointing.
"Ted Bundy 2.0"
This is a very good True Crime book. It is a follow up to another book about the Ted Bundy murders. It is great because it uncovers little known details for those who are well-versed in the history, but it is not necessary to know anything in order to follow the book.
This is a true story so my favorite character is a real person--Melissa Smith's little sister. She was frustrated by the lack of investigation into her sisters murder. She helped the only investigator by rounding up all the people on his list and bringing them to him. She filled up his waiting room. That is a productive use of frustration. Way to go kid.
Kevin Pierce has a great voice that is particularly suited to the True Crime genre. He gave an excellent performance as always.
Finding out the details behind why Lynette Culver (Bundy's 12 year old victim) was killed was very sad. It was also very well written.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair review.
"Not for Bundy Newbies"
This is an interesting addition to already existing Ted Bundy works. I will say it is not for newcomers to true crime. My suggestion for those listeners is to read a more comprehensive volume first and then come back and read the supplemental information in this audiobook. This book does not give a timeline, background, and detail of all of the killing that Ted Bundy was ultimately convicted of.
This work has added details about some victims, one victim is validated as a Bundy victim, and there is extra detail around the personality and mindset of Ted Bundy himself. It is intended to be a look into his psyche and the way his thought process worked at the time the murders were committed as well as a detailed analysis of his TWO escapes from jail.
Although I think this book is good, my one negative takeaway was that almost continuously throughout the author talks about his other, more lengthy book on Bundy. This was not only monotonous, after a while, it was distracting and then annoying.
Kevin Pierce is an excellent narrator and I always enjoy listening to him whether he's reading a novel or nonfiction!
I received this audiobook for free from Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
"Supplementary to a prior book"
Author Kevin Sullivan has previously written a history of Ted Bundy, going through Ted childhood, the murders and trial. Once that book was published more people who knew Bundy came out of the woodwork to talk to Sullivan, thus creating the need to update his book with the new information. Rather than update as a revised edition Sullivan has created this second book, a sequel of sorts, that updates and fills gaps. There are pros and cons of a new book vs just doing a revision (people who bought the first don't have to get a second updated copy) but for me it was an issue. It wasn't clear to me when I picked this book up that it was a supplement to another book, thus I came away a bit disappointed with the results.
Sullivan doesn't spend much time with details covered in the prior book, except when his new evidence and information need it covered. As such it is assumed that a lot of the players in the story - the detectives and possible victims - are known to the reader. The content is then small vignettes dispersed throughout Bundy's career, without a strong narrative flow between them.
Even with this being the case I was able to follow along and put together at least some idea of who Bundy was an how he operated. It is both scary and interesting.
Sullivan has clearly done some great research and presents a good understanding of Bundy and what made him tick. He deals with the conjecture and unknowns well.
I've now put Sullivan's other book into my "to read" list. But in the end I wish I read them in the correct order.
Narration by Kevin Pierce is solid. He's easy to understand and follow, with good pacing. He lends himself to reading non-fiction well and makes the book an enjoyable listen.
"Sullivan delivers again"
Good companion book to the Bundy Murders. Sullivan has an excellent writing style and Pierce is a superb narrator.
Well researched and well written. Very entertaining and chilling. Bundy was a very sick and twisted man.
Seriously, I had absolutely no idea that Ted Bundy had been that terrible or I guess I had just forgotten. one hell a story told here for sure.
"This was full of a lot of information"
the gentleman who wrote this game so much more information than I'd heard before I really enjoyed this book as a continuation of his last one I learned a lot more about some of the victims and their families
It's been a while since reading any detailed account of Bundy. I'm relieved the book was short as the story is disturbing.
The additional details provided, however, I should've listened to the first book.
This narrator is a great one for true crime books. No matter how bad the scenario is he is able to keep it together and make the presentation as a bystander.
A couple and I enjoy listening to him.
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"Learned new facts from the case"
Hearing about his life after he went to prison
He does a good job using his voice to differentiate between the characters
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