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The I-5 Killer

Written by: Ann Rule, Andy Stack
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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As a young man, Randall Woodfield had it all; he was a star athlete with good looks and was an award-winning student. Working in the swinging West Coast bar scene, he had more than his share of women. But he wanted more than just sex. An appetite for unspeakable violent acts led him to cruise the I-5 highway through California to Washington, leaving a trail of victims along the way. As the list of the dead grew, the police mobilized to stop a twisted killer who had 44 known deaths to his name.

©2014 Ann Rule (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Mami
  • 2018-01-12

Very interesting from beginning to end.

The narrator and content were excellent. No problem with skipping as some reviewers mentioned before.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Julia
  • 2017-09-18

Another 5 Star Winner from Ann Rule

Here we have another winner penned from the great late Ann Rule. It is one of her earlier works when she wrote under a pseudonym of Andy Stack. I thought this was brilliant. Loaded with relevant facts. Great build up lacking in fluff.

It is an horrendous story without a doubt. A serial killer without any heart whatsoever. His poor victims and every single detail of what he put them through . Listing it all down for us but in palatable form. Laurel Merlington gives a faultless performance.

If you love the genre you must enjoy Ann Rule. I think that this is one of her best.

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  • Cody Griffith
  • 2018-10-01

Anne Rule Rules

I love the cadence of the writing in this book.
The storyline is presented masterfully.
The narrator has a soothing voice that adds to the subject matter in the book.

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  • Geri
  • 2018-04-02

reality check

Would you consider the audio edition of The I-5 Killer to be better than the print version?

I did not read the printed version. I was under the impression that audio was the same. I will read the book later. I just finished the audio version. Enjoyed. It was heavy in thought.

What did you like best about this story?

I lived in the areas where this crime was commited

Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

This book was like receiving information from a news cast. She did well coming across and did well in her voices.

If you could give The I-5 Killer a new subtitle, what would it be?

none

Any additional comments?

None

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  • mandy
  • 2019-03-22

Slow to finish

Nice start, but the last half of the book seemed to drag on and on. I found it very anticlimactic.

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  • Ms.Bliss
  • 2017-12-15

Great book!

One of Ann Rule's better books, very thorough and intetesting! Worth a credit for sure and the narrator was great.

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  • Ml Thompson, Mdpa
  • 2019-03-06

loved it

Anne "Rules"! So happy to have a new book. Anne, you captured the pure evil in this book. Thank you for sharing the victim's voice with such respect!

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  • JET
  • Helper, UT, United States
  • 2017-08-11

Good Read (or Listen)

Where does The I-5 Killer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book, although not the best, was a very good true crime book.

Any additional comments?

Other reviewers complain that there are holes in the story. There were a couple of times I thought, "Hey, what happened to ...." or "Wait, where did that come from ..." But, overall, the story was easy to follow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-17

Ann Rule always delivers

In 2019, people (including myself) tend to love the quick, free hit of true crime horror they get with their favorite podcasts. True crime books of the past, however, particularly those by your Ann Rules and your Philip Carlos, give so much greater a picture that it’s basically day and night. Not to mention that these writers went thru the grizzly duty of interviewing the victims and the damned.
Like all of Ann Rules other books that I’ve read, The I-5 Killer is thorough, well organized, and chilling. I am glad, too, that true crime had a female writer at the time, because the huge number of women sexually assaulted in books written by men tend to be from the male gaze perspective, and slightly disrespectful in that way.

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  • Wilf H.
  • 2019-10-15

Narration kills the overall experience

Please don’t have the narrator impersonate people. She makes the victims sound brainless and the detectives sound like Neanderthals