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John

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  • Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jane Velez-Mitchell
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    On June 9, 2008, the butchered body of Travis Alexander was found in his Mesa, Arizona, home. The grisly nature of his death made instant headlines: With 29 knife wounds, his throat slit, and a gunshot to the head, Travis was left to die. The prime suspect in the case was Alexander's ex-girlfriend, the attractive and soft-spoken Jodi Arias. Though Arias initially said that she was nowhere near the scene of crime, little about this case was as it seemed, and before long she had been caught lying to police. As the investigation progressed, her lies evolved multiple times before finally resting on an appalling claim: She had killed Travis in self-defense.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Biased view of Jodi Arias"
    "Incredible! perfectly balanced and detailed"
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    Would you listen to Exposed again? Why?

    I have and would, this is just so well executed that I have listened to it twice all ready


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This story is truly unique, there are so many twisted elements throughout. I find the structure of the narrative of this story compelling. Setting up the crime, then diving into the details and the history of Jodie, finishing with the case itself.

    Every chapter delivers intrigue and disgust at what happened.


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

    The chapter which talked about the recording that Jodie had taped of her and Travis. Its very sexual and graphic, and I had to see the courtroom tapes on youtube to hear the voices first hand. I was horrified to see the family having to endure this recording and listen to the sex talk of there dead son.


    Any additional comments?

    The writer is spot on and in depth and the narration is effortless, very easy to listen too. I like how the author tells it how it is, Jodie is a liar and a fraud, everything she says must be called into question.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Constance Hale
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Constance Hale, the best-selling author of Sin and Syntax, zooms in on the colorful world of verbs. Synthesizing the pedagogical and the popular, the scholarly and the scandalous, Hale combines the wit of Bill Bryson with the practical wisdom of William Zinsser. She marches through linguistic history to paint a layered picture of our language - from before it really existed to the quirky usages we see online today. She warns about habits to avoid and inspires with samples of brilliant writing.

    G. House Sr. says: "Chafe, curse, demolish, adore – I heart the book"
    "This is brutal to listen too!"
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    What did you like best about Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch? What did you like least?

    The content is great, I have really tried to get through the narration which is a real mission. The narration is the ONLY thing i dont like about this book, the monotone, nasal performance is just grating.

    I dont understand, with the amount of narrators in the world, how you can really go wrong. There must be a process of hearing the first samples and saying ok, does this narrators pitch, tone and even annunciation of words land on the ear with ease?

    There is pitch rises in strange places that just doesn't sit well, it just sounds like the narrator is trying to perform the reading in a slightly better tone than there natural tone. A narration should be transparent to a degree, but this is the only thing I could focus on


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch?

    The content is great, all good information that I could clearly use


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator would solve the problem of this book rather quickly


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I feel bad as this is my first review but I was so disappointed after waiting fro this on pre order. We really need a sample test to check for things like this in advanced. I would be interested to see if other find the narration annoying as well

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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