Karen of Northern Michigan
Listening to this story left me feeling very sorry for Mark Madoff getting to the point of such desperation that he took his own life and for Stephanies loss, as well as her childrens, but at the same time, left me wanting to say to Stephanie, "Oh boo hoo... You were left with an apartment, houses and more money to live on than you need..how many woman have had to start over with absolutely nothing?"
Having said that, it is an interesting story. If you've ever wondered about what it's like to live like a Madoff, this will give you a glimpse into that kind of lifestyle..
After listening to it, I really doubt that Mark, or his brother, knew what his father had done. I don't think they were a party to it and really just a victim like all Madoff's other victims. It's too bad he was judged and treated so harshly by the media and the public for what his father did.
Stephanie, on the other hand.. hmmmm....you know how some people just have that sound to their voice? Like they're part of the elite population? That's what her voice sounds like.. It annoyed me.. She comes from money, although, it doesn't sound like she was brought up filthy rich, but she obviously had more than the average American growing up.
She sounds very angry at Marks mother for standing by Bernie Madoff.. I found this disturbing.. She's a young woman who has decided that she knows more about life than her older mother in law.. Seems like a lot of young people these days think they have all the answers. But it isn't that simple. Ruth has been with Bernie since she was a young woman in her teens.. What Bernie did was horrible, but you can't tell Ruth to turn her feelings off just because you think she should be able to.. Stephanie just kind of seems like a person that can hold a grudge for a very long time, and will.
Having said that, I do feel sorry for Stephanie.. I wonder how much of her complaining about the situation helped to push Mark over the edge, but at the same time, I totally understand that sometimes life situations push you so far you become someone you don't want to be. And I wonder how much guilt she is living with knowing she could have maybe handled her anger a little differently, especially the last night of Marks life.. It kind of sounded like she expected Mark to make this all go away and resented him for getting her mixed up in it. She also seems to have put a lot of blame on Ruth for Marks suicide, thinking that if Ruth had left Bernie, Mark would not have been driven to do what he did... One has to think he still would have felt the same pressures and it probably would have ended the same way.
I guess I just came away feeling she's a bit of a spoiled rich girl..
No one, but Stephanie could have read this book. It was a true insight to what we don't see on the news reports and gossip columns. It was well written and well read. Thank you STEPHANIE for sharing your story.
This is a very tragic story about what greed & dishonesty can do to your innocent family, friends, and trusting clients. Bernard Madoff is a horrible person. His poor son Mark. I feel so sorry for his wife Stephanie & her children. I never thought that his sons were innocent until I read this. The pain that man caused without remorse (still) is unfathomable! My heart goes out to Mark Madoff & his family. Tragic.
It was all about her.... And her life was boring!!!
Couldn't have because the material was all about her life, which is not interesting
Needed to be a lot more about Bernie and Ruth and what they were actually like and how they behaved with family and friends. Instead it was about Stephanie trying desperately to make the reader believe her husband had nothing to do with the embezzlement scheme of Bernie's.
"A story from the heart that shows there are two sides to every story, and both side should be heard."
An interesting story and look into the Madoff scandal from a new perspective. It was nice to hear the "other side" of the story that wasn't really covered by the media at large.
Stephanie's story is in turns funny, sweet, and heart breaking. Her strength throughout the book is obvious and admirable. Hearing Stephanie's words, in her own voice, brought home what she felt even more than seeing them on the page.
Just the fact that it was very interesting. She gave a lot of insight as to what the family was all about and how much his children were hurt by his actions. I really felt bad for her husband and how her and her children were treated by his mother.
Stephanie and her husband.
How greed destroys!
I appreciated Stephanie's ability to be real and to not hold back details, nor emotion, when sharing her story. I'm grateful she narrated it, because I feel it made it more authentic and interesting. I was always eager to listen to more and was never bored.
This most powerful moment in the book was when she revealed the details of her trip to Disney World with her daughter, on the day of her husband's death.
A love story turned into a tragic death.
This has been one of my favorite audible books, because it is REAL life, which is something I appreciate in a book and an author. Thank you Stephanie for your courage in sharing your story.
I would listen again as the story Stephanie tells is very fascinating. Unfortunately, her children will pay the price for their father's business choices and his suicide.
The description of Mark Madoff's suicide was chilling.
She seems very honest and her emotions really come through in her story telling.
I wish Stephanie Madoff well as she raises her children on her own and tries to put this awful tragedy in her past.
Audio all the way
Stephanie ... her strength
Her emotion in her voice. You could feel her strength as well.
What happen to the children in this family is a travesty let alone what Madoff did to the country. Stephanie did good writing & reading this.
There is nothing better than to hear the author read her own story.
Living with greed and its effect on mental health.