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Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story: a Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder | [Shanna Hogan]

Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story: a Beautiful Photographer, Her Mormon Lover, and a Brutal Murder

Travis Alexander was a handsome, hard-working, practicing Mormon who lived in Mesa, Arizona. His good looks and easygoing manner made him popular with everyone, especially the ladies. So when he was found with a bullet wound in the face and his throat slashed, the brutal murder sent shock waves throughout his community. Who could have done something so sinister? But soon a suspect was singled out-Jodi Arias. A beautiful, aspiring photographer, Jodi had been in a long-distance relationship with Travis the year before.
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Travis Alexander was a handsome, hard-working, practicing Mormon who lived in Mesa, Arizona. His good looks and easygoing manner made him popular with everyone, especially the ladies. So when he was found with a bullet wound in the face and his throat slashed, the brutal murder sent shock waves throughout his community. Who could have done something so sinister?

But soon a suspect was singled out-Jodi Arias. A beautiful, aspiring photographer, Jodi had been in a long-distance relationship with Travis the year before. But Travis wasn't interested in a serious commitment; he was seeing several women during that time. When he broke up with her, that didn't stop Jodi from leaving California, moving to just a few miles away from Travis's home, and inserting herself into his daily life.

Investigators found one piece of startling evidence in Travis's home that implicated Jodi. But in a bizarre turn of events, Jodi would claim self-defense. Was she a victim - or a devious femme fatale?

©2013 Shanna Hogan (P)2013 Tantor

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    debmom23 05-18-14
    debmom23 05-18-14
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    "Oh Jodi!"
    What did you like best about Picture Perfect? What did you like least?

    The book included much information not heard on HLN, a little more info on the neurosis of Travis and Jodi's craziness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Picture Perfect?

    Most memorable was the beginning. explanations of how this craziness began.


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

    Yep


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 04-07-14
    Memyselfhjb Arnolds park, ia, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than HLN's book"
    If you could sum up Picture Perfect in three words, what would they be?

    Don't tease crazies


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well as this is true crime I can't say I liked anything best, however I did like this account better than HLN's Author Jane Mitchell.


    What three words best describe Emily Durante’s voice?

    Fifteen girlish okay


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope, just think if Travis would have followed his own lead being as though he was a " mormon elder" and sex before marriage is a no go he would be alive today. Jody Arias was treated like trash and thrown away and being as though she was crazy this was the outcome.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a detailed account of Arias's life for a better understanding of why she was so insane and more information on this case is general. This book is not nearly as bad as 50% of the reviews led me to believe, I followed the case and I think this book was pretty spot on, its the best book on this case out for now.

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    Adam 10-20-14
    Adam 10-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't know Siri now read books."
    What made the experience of listening to Picture Perfect the most enjoyable?

    The story was great. Well written and fast paced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Picture Perfect?

    The trial was fascinating, as was the defendants gradual change of story when she realized nobody believed her original story.


    What aspect of Emily Durante’s performance would you have changed?

    I prefer more theatrics when listening to this kind of story. Emily sounded pretty robotic and it took me some time to get over the fact this was going to be a rigid reading with little emotion in the reader's voice.


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    Rebecca Philip, SD, United States 09-14-13
    Rebecca Philip, SD, United States 09-14-13
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    "Picture imperfect."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is written as it played out in the media. Nothing was "news" for me however I noticed the book reports that Jodi attended Travis' funeral; when in fact she did not. She had only attended his memorial service. Second, I noticed Shannon Hogan referencing "the shower floor" when relating details of Travis' murder when in fact, "the bathroom floor" was accurate.


    Was Picture Perfect worth the listening time?

    No


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    Rachel 06-08-15
    Rachel 06-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Narration"

    The narration really helped get through some of the more factually heavy areas of this book, which I felt was a well-rounded assessment of the case with a great deal of relevant background information.

    Hogan didn't weigh in too heavily throughout, leaving her personal feelings on Arias to the conclusion - this, I feel, was a fantastic touch. She set the scene, presented the evidence and the provided anecdotes where they accompanied the narrative, and wrapped the story up very nearly. A great true crime read (and listen)!

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 05-28-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but not great"

    I'd never heard of it his story before listening to this book, so I had no idea what it was about. It was interesting, but nothing new in the way of psychopaths or murder. The narrator was okay, but not the best. It's an okay true crime if you like those.

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    Book Lover 01-30-15
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    "Not the Jodi Arias story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    While this may be a good recap of the Jody Arias / Travis Alexander relationship and his murder, how can it be the Jodi Arias story when the author never interviewed Jody or it appears anyone that knew her in her youth and early adulthood? I wanted to know more about how how Jodi ended up with such anger and emotional issues that she would kill someone. The title misleads what this book is about. Possible it should be called Picture Perfect The Travis Alexander story because much of the book was about Travis.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Durante?

    Narration was boring.


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    Kindle Customer 07-29-14 Member Since 2007

    Wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma. Avid reader with eclectic taste. Yarn artist in knitting and crochet. Love dogs, birds, flowers, books.

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    "Verdict Watch"

    A short TV news update on the status of the punishment phase in the Jodi Arias trial, as well as a few extra audiobook credits, led me to Picture Perfect. Having followed the trial and all its sex, lies, and audiotapes, and knowing the ending to this sad story has yet to be written, I was interested in seeing Shanna Hogan's take on it all. Ms. Hogan appeared often as a guest commentator on Jane Velez-Mitchell's show during HLNs wall to wall coverage of the trial.

    (JVM also published a book on the trial. Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias is a not-quite objective detailing of the life of the young murderess. I say that because the book reads like the unabridged version of JVMs on-air rants about Arias. Having said that, I am quick to add that I agree with most of what she wrote about Arias and I enjoyed the book.)

    Picture Perfect is well written. The mood of the book is not as dark and heavy as the terrible crime it tells of. I found that to be a good balance for me, as the reader/listener; it kept the story from becoming too horribly oppressive.

    The facts are in keeping with those brought out in the trial. I especially appreciated when the author put "meat to the bones," so to speak. This book obviously is more than a trial transcript. Not only does the author give us details about the two major players in the story, she also brings life to the secondary characters, the friends, co-workers, and family of Travis Alexander.

    The author elegantly side-stepped the all-too-obvious temptation to include details of the many, varied, and sometimes unusual sexual activities engaged in by Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander. Thank you, Shanna Hogan, for sparing us, your readers, from the explicit text messages and, particularly, the phone-sex tape.

    I found just one problem with Picture Perfect -- the non-ending. Yes, the jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first degree murder. Yes, the death penalty is on the table. And Arias has been sentenced to...? Nothing...yet. Court is scheduled for sometime in September, unless that changes, again!

    I can, on one hand understand why Ms. Hogan rushed to publish. I'm sure she wanted to avoid becoming just one more book about a love affair gone so wrong. On the other hand, had she waited for the last bang of the gavel and given us the rest of the story, her obvious talent would have elevated Picture Perfect above the rest that is sure to come.

    All in all, a good and easy listen. Well done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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