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Summary

Intelligent. Articulate. Evil. Killer.

Two journalists with unprecedented direct access speak to Ted Bundy and those closest to him - friends and family. 

What follows is a candid and chilling full account of the life and crimes of the most notorious serial killer in history.  

What Bundy had to say in more than 150 hours of face-to-face interviews is as relevant today as it was at the time.

©2020 Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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very insightful book

goes into details about not just about Bundy's murder but about his life shocking yes but brilliantly wrote and a good to listen to while I'm working

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A better book than most.

I have read many books on serial killers, and most of them are pretty much the same. I found this one to be more in depth, and told me things I didn't hear of before. Very wellnarrated.

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Fantastic!

This book is really good, absolutely recommend it!
The narrator is PERFECT. Five star performance.

Only a few small issues;
I noticed in a couple of places that lines were repeated, but it's literally just a few times

Also, there's a few small issues I had with the writing - at times the author is telling a story about something happening and then suddenly jumps years later to the courtroom and how this event was described during Ted's conviction. It's jarring when it happens but its not too often. Also, there are a LOT of names to keep up with, which isn't the writer's fault, it can just be a bit confusing at times.

Overall though, this was amazing, really enjoyable. It is shocking and grizzly in places, but also funny and utterly astonishing at times.

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By far the best Ted Bundy book out there!!

This book is not for the faint of heart. It doesn't pull any punches. It's direct and to the point.
It's shows Bundy for the monster that he was, sometimes going into graphic details of the injuries he inflicted on his poor victims.
Brilliant written and superbly read.

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Lacks storytelling

This is a decent overview of Bundy's known crimes, but the book is just a string of facts with the odd catty comment thrown in. Could have done with some better storytelling.

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Fascinating

Ted Bundy is the seriel killer we all dream to be like. Great book with great insight to Teds life

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  • 26-08-20

Some annoying narration issues, but fantastic book

OK; So if you are familiar with this story, you will appreciate the insight and first hand information that Hugh and Stephen have on Ted, which gives them an incredibly unique perspective on him, and the murders.

I also purchased Conversations with a Killer, and the audiobook of the same name; both of which are based on the Bundy interview tapes that Hugh and Stephen collected through hundreds of hours of interviews with Bundy while he was on Death Row in Florida. (Also made into a fantastic Netflix documentary).

Most of that is in this book, as well as a very comprehensive history of Ted, and his life and crimes, interspersed with some of the information from Ted and the Death Row interviews- extremely fascinating, and compelling. Very well written, and I would highly recommend.

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I am a full time working Artist, so I listen to audiobooks constantly while I work, and some things can start to grate after awhile. Narration can make or break an audiobook experience. For the most part the narrator is very competent, but there are a few things that I really had to will myself to overcome.

First, as a native Oregonian born and raised, anybody from the Northwest will tell you that it is absolutely maddening when people can't pronounce the state name. Throughout the whole book the narrator refers to Oregon as OR-EE-GONE. It might seem like nitpicking, but it should be pretty common knowledge at this point- if it's your job to narrate for a living, getting basic pronunciations of major state names correct seems like not a lot to ask. And since a lot of this centers around Oregon and the NW, it comes up a lot. And he always gets it wrong.

He also gets a number of the victims names wrong. Denise Naslund (one of Ted's victims) he pronounces as Denise NASH-LUND. Again, it's a basic pronunciation, and it seems kind of disrespectful that he can't get her name right. He also mispronounces Lisa Levy's name throughout the whole book. Some basic research, or a cursory listen from an editor and these things would be very easily fixed.

It's obnoxious.

There are a couple other things, but I'll leave well enough alone.

FANTASTIC book, definitely worth a buy.

Just prepared to be extremely annoyed if you're from Oregon.

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  • Leslie M.
  • 08-10-20

Well-researched and compelling

This is perhaps the best of all the Ted Bundy books. It contains original research and interviews, and provides a thorough overview of Bundy's life and crimes, without undue sensationalism and gore. The narration is perfect—perfectly clear, but not overly dramatic, and the narrator has a pleasant baritone. Even if you've read other Bundy books, this one is worth your time, in my opinion.

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  • Thomas Leinbach
  • 26-03-21

Great Book

14 words is not enough to give a good review. Change it back please.

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  • Kirwan Fox
  • 05-03-21

Very in-depth and personal account

Great book, and beautifully written. I read some negative comments about the narration. There were a few mispronounced words but I thought the narrator's style and interpretation were excellent overall.

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  • Miked9746
  • 22-09-20

Good overall

Definitely a good book. Had information that I hadn't heard all in one place before, so that was nice. The narrator was ok, someone's it drives me crazy when the narrator tries to mimic the accent of the characters in the book.

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  • ww2 freak
  • 27-08-20

excellent

really enjoyed this book well worth the read thought it was more detailed then the stranger besides me

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  • Siobhan Ricci
  • 20-06-21

Great but the Netflix show is just as good

This Ted Bundy biography is probably the best one, but if you’ve watched the Netflix Bundy doc, this book only adds so much. That’s because the conversations between Bundy and these writers, namely the tapes they recorded, are the centerpiece of both the book and doc. There’s greater detail in this account, which is why I got it, but you don’t walk away with any more answers about why Ted did what he did. It’s a shocking story that still intrigues people to this day. Great book

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  • Joy
  • 09-06-21

Not a "fluff" book

The authors actually have substance to this book unlike some authors that just try to capitalize on Ted Bundy. The authors actually found new material rather than just trying to sensationalize common knowledge of the case. Some have criticized the narrator's pronunciation of Oregon. Those critics obviously have not traveled throughout this country because his pronunciation is consistent with the regional dialect of the great lakes region. My favorite part was when Bundy was quoted as saying, "He had his Colt Python out and he was waving it at me!"

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  • ryan davis
  • 23-02-21

Wow! Amazing!

Just...wow! Any true crime follower wants to know when and how Bundy took and what he did to his victims. Now you have it. In his own words.
Brilliant narration. Brilliant Journalism. 5stars across the board.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-21

Well researched, well written, well read

A well researched, thoughtful and overall pretty decent attempt at understanding a serial killer’s mind can be found in “Ted Bundy - The Only Living Witness” by Michaud and Aynesworth. Here the authors not only explore the circumstances and the trial(s), but interview witnesses, family members, medical experts, (etc), and spend considerable time with the killer listening to his words and drawing supported inferences from his (sometimes roundabout) testimony. The authors see Ted for the monster he is, but still take the time to ask why.