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The End of Normal Audiobook

The End of Normal

An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through - and survived - both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy. In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew and the tragic and final loss of her husband.
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An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through - and survived - both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy.

When the news of Bernard Madoff 's Ponzi scheme broke, Americans were shocked and outraged, perhaps none more so than the unsuspecting members of his own family. After learning that their father's legendarily successful wealth management company was "all just one big lie", Mark and Andrew Madoff turned their father in and cut off all communication with both parents.

Mark and his wife, Stephanie, strove to make a fresh start for the sake of their two young children, but Mark could not overcome his sense of betrayal and shame - he and other family members were sued for $200 million in October of 2009. He hung himself on the two-year anniversary of his father's arrest. Left to raise her children as a single mother, Stephanie wrote this memoir to give them a sense of who their father really was, defend his innocence, and put her personal statement on record once and for all.

In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark on Nantucket, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew, adjusting to life with a man she hardly recognized anymore, and the tragic and final loss of her husband.

©2011 Stephanie Madoff Mack (P)2011 Penguin

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    Thomas Memphis, TN, United States 10-24-11
    Thomas Memphis, TN, United States 10-24-11
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    "The second Madoff ripoff"

    Very few facts about Bernie & his scam: check. Self-obsessed artsy gadabout: check. Wicked ex-wife: check. Disfunctional wimpy husband: check. Most adorable children ever: check.
    In this indulgent "memoir" Stephanie Whoever discovers "Mr. Right" complete with fishing gear just as she's about to pass the big 3-0. When her candycane world comes shattering down, blame Bernie & Ruth, but throw enough morsels to say you "tried" to understand. Try to draw sympathy by telling every agonizing moment you and your husband spent together---especially with the "wicked ex-wife witch & kids" interfering at every opportunity. Sorry, Steph, but plenty of people don't have $100 to spend, let alone have to ask permission. Well, I guess we'll see her & Oprah together next. Hey, maybe she'll score a car.

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    Denver Girl 09-24-15
    Denver Girl 09-24-15
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    "You don't know what you don't know"

    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.

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    james Gulf Stream, FL, United States 06-11-15
    james Gulf Stream, FL, United States 06-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Stephanie Madoff Mack and/or Stephanie Madoff Mack?

    NO


    What was most disappointing about Stephanie Madoff Mack’s story?

    It was all about her.... And her life was boring!!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Couldn't have because the material was all about her life, which is not interesting


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The End of Normal?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lizbit 05-29-15
    Lizbit 05-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 04-18-14
    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting and Informative"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of Normal the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The End of Normal to and why?

    not sure.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Madoff Mack – was your favorite?

    Stephanie and her husband.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    How greed destroys!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 09-06-13
    kathleen KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about The End of Normal?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Normal?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A love story turned into a tragic death.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States 04-20-12
    Virginia OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Eye Opening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Normal to be better than the print version?

    Audio all the way


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie ... her strength


    What about Stephanie Madoff Mack’s performance did you like?

    Her emotion in her voice. You could feel her strength as well.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Marie Calgary, AB, Canada 04-16-12
    Marie Calgary, AB, Canada 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Normal to be better than the print version?

    There is nothing better than to hear the author read her own story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Living with greed and its effect on mental health.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 03-13-12
    Mary 03-13-12

    Mary

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    "probably biased but fascinating listen"

    The truth of the Madoff story will not be known for decades. Stephanie Madoff Mack tells a personal and very difficult tale from her own perspective and experience. I enjoyed listening to this book and feel very badly for all the people whose lives have been so very damaged by the actions of Bernie Madoff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen ROSCOMMON, MI, United States 02-21-12
    Karen ROSCOMMON, MI, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Karen of Northern Michigan

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    "Mixed feelings"

    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..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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