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Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias | [Jane Velez-Mitchell]

Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Along the way, startling details emerged about the Mormon couple's relationship, and soon graphic stories of their lurid sexual encounters and jealousy-driven blowouts revealed a dark side to their life together. These revelations launched a trial filled with sex and deception but also raised substantial questions about Arias' deceit, as people from across the country struggled to understand the bizarre world of Jodi Arias.

Now, award-winning broadcast journalist and best-selling author Jane Velez-Mitchell, a veteran of some of the most storied court cases in recent memory, goes behind the scenes of the trial and into the mind of a killer. Using insider accounts from friends who knew Travis and Jodi, Velez-Mitchell turns her sharply-focused lens on Arias and offers her seasoned perspective on the case's most pressing questions. Separating fact from fiction, she reports on the bizarre and explicit stories that have both shocked and fascinated the American public - from Jodi's romantic history before meeting Travis, to their torrid sex life together, to the complicated role their Mormon faith played in the relationships demise. With unbridled access to the evidence and the case's key players, Velez-Mitchell unearths Jodi's contentious life with those closest to her, examining the paranoid and erratic behavior behind each relationship and illustrating the disturbing pattern of a murderer in the making.

Complete with photos from the case and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s fresh insights on the crime, Exposed takes readers behind closed bedroom doors to uncover the truth behind the secret and sordid life of Jodi Arias.

©2013 Eastwind Enterprises, Inc. (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 03-12-15
    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2006

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    "Interesting chronicle of a horrific crime"

    The jury has decided Jodi Arias is guilty of the murder of Travis Alexander. The background of Jodi and Travis's relationship, Jodi's previous relationships and her ever evolving story was interesting. the descriptions of the trial were fascinating.

    All this being said, within minutes of starting the book the total bias to one side became evident and carried through to the last. Ms. Velez-Mitchell seemed to spend the entire book telling me why her opinion was the only correct one rather than just conveying what would have otherwise been a compelling story

    I wont be reading her other book. On the other hand, Elizabeth Whites performance was very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Bentleigh, Australia 10-10-14
    Amazon Customer East Bentleigh, Australia 10-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Biased view of Jodi Arias"
    Would you try another book from Jane Velez-Mitchell and/or Elizabeth White?

    No


    Has Exposed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very biased portrail of the Jodi Arias case. The author is infatuated by the prosecution and give scant time the to defence. I had not heard of the this case prior to reading this book and I still have not learned a great deal about it other then what people wore in court each day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    XEVEN Houston, TX, United States 01-18-14
    XEVEN Houston, TX, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2007

    I have over 500 books in my library

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    What disappointed you about Exposed?

    This is for surely one of the worst books I have ever bought
    Any good who done it book should be neutral on delivery and let the reader decide for themselves. For the intense hatred the author feels for the defendant.. It's amazing as she has doubtless made a fortune by using Jodi's name in her book?!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Also interesting how amazon asks useless questions that doesn't even apply to the book review.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I would hate to see what a 13 hour book looks like physically.WOW must be as big as an encyclopedia. Way too long should have been abridged .... That is if it was actually worth buying and reading which it certainly wasn't!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Exposed?

    Again this so called author was way too biased for my taste.. I mean there are only two people that know the true facts of the case.For someone to profit from anothers misery and misfortune is as sick and sad as it gets


    Any additional comments?

    only gave it one star because you have to
    Picture perfect by Shanna Hogan was much better
    Even the youtube clips were better than this book

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Grandma 10-14-13
    Grandma 10-14-13 Member Since 2015

    Grandma

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    "Nothing new in this book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you didn't follow the trial, this would be a good read. If you followed the trial, this is just a summary of the murder case and court coverage.


    What could Jane Velez-Mitchell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Done some more background research on Jodi Arias. There has to be some "family secrets" out there that formed her twisted personality.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing


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

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    Basically this book was an HLN summary of their trial coverage.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 09-03-13
    Tracy 09-03-13 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Intriguing!"

    Jane Velez-Mitchell may not be my pick as a TV journalist, but she writes an amazing nonfiction book. The author represents both parties fairly, new details I had not heard following the trial were very compelling. If you were intrigued by the Jodi Arias trial, you will enjoy this read. Still sends shivers down my spine...

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 10-17-13
    Paul Bangkok, Thailand 10-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "More Tabloid Than Literary"

    The sordid crime and lurid sexual details described in this work would have been more suitable for a piece in Vanity Fair, where one might distractedly read it while waiting for a dental appointment. At its essence, the book describes the murder of a young man by his habitually distrustful girlfriend, an occurrence barely noticed in our modern world. Excursions into the the family history and psychological profile of Jodi Arias, as well as that of her victim - Travis Alexander - were confusing distractions that further obscured the point of this work.

    The author seemed to rely on a rehash of publicly available documents and evidence produced at trial in a beleaguered effort to sensationalize a routine homicide caused by a relationship gone bad. Interestingly, and in the author's preface to the work, Ms. Velez-Mitchel displayed an unseemly personal distaste for Ms. Arias that seemed unprofessional and out-of-place.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Sydney, Australia 09-09-13
    John Sydney, Australia 09-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible! perfectly balanced and detailed"
    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
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    Yvonne Moreno Texas 06-07-15
    Yvonne Moreno Texas 06-07-15

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    "One of the best True Crime stories"

    JVM gives insight in the madness of Jodi Arias. One of the best books I've read on Arias. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Matterson Auckland, New Zealand 04-12-15
    Rebecca Matterson Auckland, New Zealand 04-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great content.."

    Great content.. But the narrator's voice was so robotic that it was hard to listen. Recommend the book.

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 03-14-14
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Difficult Tale..."

    Shakespeare tells us that life is a "tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing..." One could replace "idiot" with "compulsive liar" and pretty much sum up anything that ever came from the mouth of Jodi Arias. This is not the best book on a killer psychopath you are ever going to read (try Graysmith's Zodiac or Graeber's The Good Nurse), but Velaz does the best she can with this "tale told by a liar" and I simply didn't have all the complaints some of the other reviewers had. Sure, there is some bias. There is bound to be in a book like this, but it is hard to write a book about someone who misrepresents next to everything and not have to make some personal interpretation of the alleged "facts." At least Valez doesn't break her arm patting herself on the back like Amirante does in his book on Gacy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • M. E. Keenan Lindsey
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    "Biased 'journalism'"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are interested in the story and no other book is available.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jane Velez-Mitchell before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first one. I really expect more unbiased reporting from a so called 'journalist'.


    What three words best describe Elizabeth White’s voice?

    A cynical drawl


    Could you see Exposed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    It has already. A dreadful, sensational production about enlightening as this book.


    Any additional comments?

    A Foreward by 'Nancy Grace' should have told me everything. Her coverage of the trial is appalling. I don't need her opinions on every peice of evidence, very biased opinion, I may add. I am quite capable of coming to my own conclusions. She is constantly pointing out the saintly qualities of the victim and the evilness of the perpetrator, and of the families involved. It is annoying. The interesting parts of such murder cases are the grey areas.To paint everything so black and white is tabloid journalism following a 'perceived' populist
    viewpoint, hardly insightful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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