• The Trail of Ted Bundy: Digging Up the Untold Stories

  • By: Kevin Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (237 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016, 2017 Kevin Sullivan (P)2016 WildBlue Press

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Ted Bundy 2.0

Where does The Trail of Ted Bundy: Digging Up the Untold Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

Kevin Pierce has a great voice that is particularly suited to the True Crime genre. He gave an excellent performance as always.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free in exchange for a fair review.

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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.

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Gritty, powerful and all too real!

This one was so poignant, powerful and all too real.
Getting into the mind of a serial killer is one thing, but having people who knew him, while he was actively involved in murder, come forward and recount hidden truths and past events is another.
Here we get the details of the investigation, that didn't make it to the case files, for the first time ever.
It was horrifying listening to his victims and friends tell their story and the role Ted Bundy played in their life.

This was gritty, real and compelling.
I absolutely enjoyed listening to this.
Kevin Pierce's narration was smooth and seamless.
A must listen, especially if you are a true crime fan like myself!

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More Tidbits For Bundyophiles . . .

Certain crime cases such as this one, draw people in to the point that they relish EVERY book they can get their hands on, hoping to learn even one new detail they hadn’t know about before - which of course (for me anyways) always makes it worthwhile.

The author tracks down and interviews *everyone* who ever had anything to do with Ted, and compiled this 2nd volume (in a series of 3) thus making this not really the best stand alone story for those NOT already familiar with all the basics of Teds murder sprees. So get/read the first book! THEN this one. If you HAVE read the first book - then be ready for a few more juicy little tidbits!

Glad to hear Kevin Pierce continuing with the narration in this second Bundy book... Wonderful when listening to both books back to back :)

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Sounded more like a promo for his other book.

I've always enjoyed books by this author but I really didn't get the reason for this book. While there was some new information about Bundy, for the most part I thought he basically stated information already given in his The Bundy Murders book. The constant references to to his previous book got old real fast.

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Absolutely credit worthy

This was a very informative book about Ted Bundy. It was very well written and very well narrated. I can not wait to read the Bundy murders and a stranger beside me. The author was very well researched and it came through in his novel. This book was provided to me free of charge by the author publisher or narrator for a honest review

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Returned

Sadly, I wasn't impressed. Every 10 to 15 minutes he referred to his first book. "You can find that in my best selling book..." Wasn't able to concentrate on the actual story because you weren't able to forget that he has another book.

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A summary of his other book.

While the author is an expert on Bundy, his previous book was perfectly sufficient and could have simply been updated with an extra chapter. Unfortunately this book mostly just summarizes The Bundy Murders (it is not recommended if you haven't read it) and the author mentions it so often that it becomes annoying very quickly. There is not much that is new or added as suggested, over all it was disappointing. The narrator was amazing as usual though.

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Don’t waste your money!

There is virtually nothing new in this book. It’s ridiculous that the author is so shamelessly publishing it and accepting royalties. I can count the new things I learned on one hand. So Bundy went to Denny’s regularly. Who cares? He also describes traveling to different murder sites and sadly imagining how such horrific acts could occur. Seriously, don’t waste your money. Thank goodness Audible allows returns.

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Sullivan delivers again

Good companion book to the Bundy Murders. Sullivan has an excellent writing style and Pierce is a superb narrator.

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  • Pee Popper Diddy Pop
  • 02-03-19

Fascinating

I like what I've heard of this author so far, this was the first book I listened to on here, i've purchased another Bundy book by Kevin Sullivan as well which I've nearly finished, I'll be looking into what else he's done, fascinating story, and brilliant delivery from the narrator

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  • PaulC6230
  • 04-30-21

Another Bundy Audiobook

This is the 3rd audiobook in a trilogy written by Kevin Sullivan. You do learn a bit more about Bundy which wasn’t in the other 2 audiobooks. The other 2 being Ted Bundy A Comprehensive History and 2nd one The Bundy Secrets.

The narration was spot on once again by Kevin Pierce who always delivers

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  • Kolchak
  • 01-09-17

The great white shark of serial killers

A perfect accompaniment to the Bundy murders this digs deeper into the story and the personal life and friends of Ted Bundy. II'm currently on my third time of listening looking forward to more from Kevin Sullivan. An excellently written book

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  • STEVE COLLINS
  • 12-31-16

Cracking read !!!

What a fantastically written book and well researched by THE authority on Ted Bundy ...Kevin goes into real detail about the ruses Bundy used to get his victims as well as tell the victims stories ..Brilliant

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  • Clare Hill
  • 04-21-16

Lacklustre

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-20

No untold stories here

Disappointed... there was nothing new it was all in the book only in the book it was more gruesome

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-19

fantastic

fantastic story and narrator also top research great book for Bundy freaks it's so informative love it.

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  • Andre Parker
  • 05-14-19

All his books are good

By now you should have read the other two so just get this - you won’t be disappointed. Way more information and very interesting