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
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
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.
I think anyone in the LDS "church" would enjoy this one sided depiction of both Jody and Travis.
I will listen to anything that does not have a foundation created by a mad Freemason, Joseph Smith. My Uncle is at the top of this cult and the majority of my family mormons. I I will listen to any book that is not glorifying a religion that makes a mockery of Christ and women.
Scene? I was just glad the booked touched on the fact that Travis used Jody as a sex toy even though he was an elder and witness to her temple baptism. He was using her in a disgusting manner, and no one points this out.
No redeeming qualities, no.
I have to ask why there were not more questions on Arias capability to pull off a crime that called for brute strength? How can the author presume to speak for the dead? And why paint someone as a saint when they were clearly not? Had Travis practiced the abstinence he preached he would have never captured the attention of someone so mentally ill and would be alive today. Never underestimate obsession, and when writing a book don't demonize one party. This book was a one sided,character assassination with little to no factual evidence.
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++++
The entire book and characters were perfect .. I loved the Jodi and Juan Martinez
She is incredibly talented and a perfect narrator ..
I plan on listening to the entire book again..
Awesome book, but I could not stand listening to the narrator. The narrator would try to do male and female voices of different ages each time they'd read a quote, until finally I just couldn't take having that in my ear anymore. Other than that, the book is great!
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
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