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
Good listen, ranking about in the middle of my audio library of books.
Having the author read her own book adds a level of emotion that wouldn't necessarily have been there with another reader. I could hear her emotions behind the words.
There were several very sad moments, one when her husband's body is found, another when Bernie told his sons about his fraud.
Living on the other side of the country, we did not get the intense press coverage of the scandal that the family did after the news of the fraud broke. The intensity of it was a surprise to me, and I felt the author's pain of having to live through it. The lack of honest communication in the Madoff family was also a revelation. All in all, a book worth listening to.
The insight into other people's lives and how you can live or be near to someone and not know the real them. Everyone is human, take away the money we are all the same.
Stephanie told it how it was, I was able to follow the story. So cruel that her husband and her children's father was taken from them that way, I really felt/feel for her and the kids.
I think she told it how it was/is. Not sure how she was able to read her life to us and not break down every few paragraphs. I can understand her need to clarify the issues and accusations.
yes, its so 'real life' take away the money - families have these interwoven blending issues all the time.
really enjoyed it. wouldn't be surprised if its made into a movie - but Stephanie and her family may have had enough public exposure.
I would like to know more of where, how Bernie's upbringing, childhood - I feel its a leopard's spots don't change they may fade a bit but never change...
I learned things about the Madoff Children that I never knew. It was a very easy listen and kept my interest through the entire book. I enjoyed it and it is worth a credit.
Found the book interesting, just need to get past Stephani's very high, shrill,whinny,piercing voice, it literally hurt my ears. I am very,very sorry for her loss but my opinion is that she is a spoilt,selfish immature young lady,but,did not deserve to be left to raise 2 young children alone. Mark must have been in so much pain to end his life like this and his father should be held accountable.
This story opens the other side of the Madoff scandal. We see how the media and rumor can present a compelling tale but half truths as fact. It's not just about hurt feelings but the consequences of Bernie Madoff's crimes plus everyday people judging without knowing the facts. Stephanie Madoff Mack gives us a view from her side of love, grief, family and challenges that will go on for the rest of her and the families lives. Her story pierces the heart.
This woman lost EVERYTHING. Yet, she held it together. To go from a life of private jets and total financial security into a life of uncertainty, very scary. Yet, she did not give up, ever.
It was well written and narrated too.
I LISTENED TO THIS ENTIRE BOOK OVER THE WEEKEND AND ENJOYED IT IMMENSLEY. IT WAS AN INTERESTING AND MOVING STORY TOLD EXCEPTIONALLY BY THE AUTHOR. VERY NICE JOB MISS STEPHANIE!! I WOULD PURCHASE AGAIN IF YOU WERE TO WRITE ANOTHER BOOK.
Some of this story was interesting and I do think that Stephanie has skills as a writer as well as a narrator. I understand why she would want to tell her side of the story, and that was interesting. I think she's had to deal with hell from the media and this is her opportunity to strike out and speak for herself and her husband. I considered the parts about the X wife and sister in-law to be fill and unnecessary pettiness and it didn't add anything to the story. She was cheated out of a happy life with a husband she loved by the sheer greed of others. I hope that after this book and the media frenzy that will follow her again, she will move on. Now that she has written a therapeutic book, she should move somewhere far away from NYC and build a new life.
While I am sorry that Bernie Madoff swindled numerous people out of billions of dollars, I grew weary of listening to Stephanie talk about how perfect her life was.Yes, she lost her husband to suicide, so do lots of people. Get over it and move on. You made the choice to marry into a screwed up family, now live with your decision, grow up and stop whining about it. I will never read or buy a book by Stephanie Madoff again. She is an ego-centric little girl who's sugar-daddy died and she is now at the mercy of her BIL for money. Accept your in-laws for who they are and either love them or leave them, but STOP WHINING.
At first I thought it might just be the author/narrator's annoying voice that ruined this story, but it's not -- it's the fact that the story is just, well, disgusting -- in so many ways -- Listening to Stephanie Madoff Mack re-enact her own whining over her wounded ego is probably the most disgusting thing of all...
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