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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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    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 09-03-13
    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Grandma Seattle, WA 10-14-13
    Grandma Seattle, WA 10-14-13 Member Since 2013

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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Sydney, Australia 09-09-13
    John Sydney, Australia 09-09-13 Member Since 2011
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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 8 people found this review helpful
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    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 10-16-13
    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Mind reading author?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think anyone in the LDS "church" would enjoy this one sided depiction of both Jody and Travis.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualities, no.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Marcon 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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 09-10-14
    Michelle 09-10-14 Member Since 2014
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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 0 people found this review helpful
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    jari lake oswego 09-04-14
    jari lake oswego 09-04-14 Member Since 2014
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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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Portland, OR 07-31-14
    Robert 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 0 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 0 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 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

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