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Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans | [Ethan Brown]

Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans

They looked like a slightly mischievous version of the all-American couple: a handsome army veteran and his gorgeous artist girlfriend. Zackery Bowen, after completing his tour of Iraq, came home to New Orleans, and in two weeks before Hurricane Katrina, he met Addie Hall. Their improvised, hard-partying endurance during and after the storm inspired news outlets around the world to feature the couple as the personification of the indomitable spirit of New Orleans. But beneath the surface, trouble was brewing.
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Publisher's Summary

They looked like a slightly mischievous version of the all-American couple: a handsome army veteran and his gorgeous artist girlfriend. Zackery Bowen, after completing his tour of Iraq, came home to New Orleans, and in two weeks before Hurricane Katrina, he met Addie Hall. Their improvised, hard-partying endurance during and after the storm inspired news outlets around the world to feature the couple as the personification of the indomitable spirit of New Orleans.

But Addie had a long history of abuse that colored her world and everyone who entered it. And Zackery fell for Addie completely, until his personal demons, unleashed in the desert of Iraq, combined with hers in a perfect storm of violence that shocked evn rough-and-tumble New Orleans.

©2009 Ethan Brown; (P)2009 Phoenix

What the Critics Say

"Heartbreaking." (Publishers Weekly)
"Brown creates a riveting portrait of a gruesome crime while detailing the heart of a city in distress. A grim...story delivered with skill and verve." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Robin Chicago, IL, United States 08-08-10
    Robin Chicago, IL, United States 08-08-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Avoid this one!"

    The description of this audio book drew me in. After listening for about an hour, though, I thoroughly regretted my purchase. This story would perhpas be worthy of a seven-to-ten page magazine article; the author has spun it out into a whole book by adding tedious background factoids and glorified parentheticals that are irrelevant to the storyline and do not move it along at all.

    There's not much of a story here to start with. The reader is not particularly good. Save your money and/or Audible member credit for something better.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-17-10
    Amy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Not really interesting"

    The whole story is told in the introduction, and the details of the book don't really add much of interest. The reader reads with too much expression, as though he's reading to children, or giving a sermon. At the end are three hours of the story of New Orleans, but I'm not going to listen to all of it. Enough already.

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    Beth Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 08-25-13
    Beth Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2002
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is such a compelling one, I didn't need the author's opinion on the state of society and politics in the wake if Katrina.


    What could Ethan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tell more about Addie, and less opinion.


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