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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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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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    MKE Family 09-10-13
    MKE Family 09-10-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Interesting"

    I have been following this case so I have been following the author's show on HLN. However, I did learn some new things in this book.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debi Hays, KS, United States 09-14-13
    Debi Hays, KS, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally Captivating !!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Exposed to be better than the print version?

    This book is amazing.. I literally could not stop listening.. Jane did an incredible job of making the listener/reader feel as though you really knew both Jodi and Travis.. The narrator is perfect for this book.. her voice inflection and tones keep you on the edge of your seat.. At times it's like the characters are actually speaking.. A++++


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The entire book and characters were perfect .. I loved the Jodi and Juan Martinez


    What does Elizabeth White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is incredibly talented and a perfect narrator ..


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

    Absolutely !!


    Any additional comments?

    I plan on listening to the entire book again..

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-13-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating subject but I have complaints."

    I wanted to hear Jodi’s voice. And I did not like hearing some parts twice.

    This is an audiobook. And I really wanted to hear Jodi’s voice for at least some of the quotes. She was recorded during police interviews. She was recorded in TV and reporter interviews. And most of the trial was broadcast live on TV. She was on the stand for many days. I wanted to hear her tone of voice, emotions, and sarcasm. Instead I got the nice sounding narrator. Hearing Jodi’s voice would have made this “the best” for an audiobook.

    In the physical book there are pictures. There are none for the audiobook. Other audiobooks have pdf files that can be downloaded for pictures. Not here. So that is a mark against it. I went to Google Images to see pictures. One of them was Jodi giving the finger to someone in the courtroom. I kept waiting to hear about that in the book, but it wasn’t mentioned. Bummer.

    The title is misleading. Other reviewers who watched the trial and news coverage say there is nothing in this book that they did not already know. So the words “secret life” is not accurate for many people.

    In this book, the author jumps back and forth between the past and the time starting after the crime and during the trial. That was ok except for some repetitive parts. I did not like hearing things twice, the past story and then later the same thing in the trial. It needed editing.

    As to subject matter: Jodi’s story would make any book good (unusual, different, fantastical). She’s a stalker. She tells lies that are outrageous and unbelievable. Graphic details of sex acts are described during the trial causing courtroom watchers to squirm and be uncomfortable. I felt sorry for some witnesses who had to discuss their sex life in detail on the stand. One event was hearing a sexually explicit taped phone call between Jodi and her victim. That should have been in the audiobook, not the narrator’s voice.

    One thought I took from this: people who seem normal can turn into something scary. Ugh.

    Genre: nonfiction crime

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    jari lake oswego 09-04-14
    jari lake oswego 09-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "It's nothing new"
    Would you listen to Exposed again? Why?

    Yes, because it's still a salacious story, no matter how many times I hear it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Some of Travis's early life.
    Travis's dating history.


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

    sure


    Any additional comments?

    Doesn't offer much new information for anyone familiar with the story/trial. If not familiar it would be very interesting. Well written and a great story. Doesn't sound like it could even
    be true, but it is and crazy at that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Thornwood, NY, United States 05-16-14
    Amazon Customer Thornwood, NY, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, Bad narrater"
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    I did not follow the case in the news so i thought i would buy the audio book. Was very informative but the narrator was very annoying in her halting voice. The author was very biased but that is understandable being that this case was no way a "whodunit".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 09-10-14
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    "Thanks for making this showing her TRUE COLORS!"
    Where does Exposed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was Amazing! I highly recommend. I listened numerous times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the book showed Arias' true colors and wasn't supporting her, it proved how crazy she was like we didn't know already but, yes I feel this book was very supportive for the Alexander Family.


    What about Elizabeth White’s performance did you like?

    It was very emotional and clear as day.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me sad but very excited to see justice served.


    Any additional comments?

    no..

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Who_Knew Portland, OR 07-31-14
    Who_Knew Portland, OR 07-31-14

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    "I was positively surprised how well written it is."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yep. It's a good read.


    Would you recommend Exposed to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's a well written and factual account of a murderer who proves to remain unrepentant, and still so full of what are quite obviously lies about the innocent life she ended with 29 stabs, a gunshot to the brain. And, as if she needed to kill her victim a third time, she slit her lover's throat.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She mispronounced names often. Names like Jeanine DeMarte. This pronounced; DE MARTEE. The narrator pronounced it like so: DE MART. That proved to be annoying.


    If you could give Exposed a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Exposed, the continuing saga of one of America's most hateful murdering sociopaths.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so happily surprised upon listening to this book, because frankly, I really can't stand Ms Jane Velez Mitchell. I find her yelling and over the top sensationalism to be nearly unwatchable. However, this book is one that I will listen to again, and probably, again. I'll do this because it's well written, the facts are told in a most unbiased manner, and she puts in just enough behind the scenes information to keep the book readable and/or listen - able. JVM did a good job on this book, to my delighted surprise. Buy it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    natalie PLEASANT HILL, OH, United States 02-14-14
    natalie PLEASANT HILL, OH, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narration was great in this book. I liked the storyline but it dragged on and seemed to repeat itself when going over the trials.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jane Velez-Mitchell? Why or why not?

    Jane velez is very knowledgeable and has accurate and up to date information from her work on HLN.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sarah east balmain, Australia 01-22-14
    sarah east balmain, Australia 01-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Gripping"
    Would you listen to Exposed again? Why?

    A really interesting insight, well researched and well narrated. It gives equal time to events before and after the murder, so good on background and not just about the court case.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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