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The I-5 Killer

Written by: Ann Rule,Andy Stack
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
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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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Great - Albeit Inconsistent- True Crime

This Ann Rule exposé was written early in her career when she wrote under the pseudonym Andy Stack. Although she had not yet fully developed her phenomenal understanding of the psychology of criminals, this book demonstrates nicely Rule's signature talent for weaving the elements of horrific crimes into a relatable, chilling narrative. By the midpoint of 'The I-5 Killer', the reader feels they have a solid understanding of Randall Brent Woodfield, his friends, his victims, and the investigators who spent tens of thousands of hours hunting a genuine monster. The chronicle is legitimately gripping. Unfortunately, the last third of the book falls into more of a direct "courtroom transcript" mode.. complete with word-for-word submitted court documents - it gets fairly dry - and surrenders some of the gains won by a heretofore well-paced, exemplary True Crime novel.

The narration from Laural Merlington is commendable. She injects gravitas into the reading and does impressive voice-acting. True, her tone and cadence are a little mechanical (I had to speed the playback rate to 1.10X to optimize the recording), but I would listen to Merlington's work again any day.

I rate this captivating audiobook 8.5 stars out of 10. It's worth your Credit.

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Dry

The narrator was very monotone which made the chapters following his capture even more dry.

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Bad narration

The story may be good, but the narration is so bad I can’t even tell.

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Dry but captivating

As a fan of Ann Rule books when I was young, this was my first audible version, while the narration was dry and somewhat robotic it didn’t distract from the telling insight into disturbing human behaviour.

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