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The End of Normal

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An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through - and survived - both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy.

When the news of Bernard Madoff 's Ponzi scheme broke, Americans were shocked and outraged, perhaps none more so than the unsuspecting members of his own family. After learning that their father's legendarily successful wealth management company was "all just one big lie", Mark and Andrew Madoff turned their father in and cut off all communication with both parents.

Mark and his wife, Stephanie, strove to make a fresh start for the sake of their two young children, but Mark could not overcome his sense of betrayal and shame - he and other family members were sued for $200 million in October of 2009. He hung himself on the two-year anniversary of his father's arrest. Left to raise her children as a single mother, Stephanie wrote this memoir to give them a sense of who their father really was, defend his innocence, and put her personal statement on record once and for all.

In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark on Nantucket, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew, adjusting to life with a man she hardly recognized anymore, and the tragic and final loss of her husband.

©2011 Stephanie Madoff Mack (P)2011 Penguin

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    Thomas Memphis, TN, United States 10-24-11
    Thomas Memphis, TN, United States 10-24-11
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    "The second Madoff ripoff"

    Very few facts about Bernie & his scam: check. Self-obsessed artsy gadabout: check. Wicked ex-wife: check. Disfunctional wimpy husband: check. Most adorable children ever: check.
    In this indulgent "memoir" Stephanie Whoever discovers "Mr. Right" complete with fishing gear just as she's about to pass the big 3-0. When her candycane world comes shattering down, blame Bernie & Ruth, but throw enough morsels to say you "tried" to understand. Try to draw sympathy by telling every agonizing moment you and your husband spent together---especially with the "wicked ex-wife witch & kids" interfering at every opportunity. Sorry, Steph, but plenty of people don't have $100 to spend, let alone have to ask permission. Well, I guess we'll see her & Oprah together next. Hey, maybe she'll score a car.

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    Julia 08-17-17
    Julia 08-17-17 Member Since 2016

    British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.

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    "A Tale Of Total Dysfunction"

    Stephanie Madoff Mack's husband is recently departed. The Madoff business is destroyed and the family is a hot bed of hate. However there are still family parties, plenty of shopping plus trips to the theatre and spinning classes!

    If I was a member of the Madoff clan I would be furious as no-one came out looking good with the exception of this book's author. This family was filled with jealousy and anger before and after Bernie Madoff's downfall.

    This is not a memoir, more of a expose. I have absolutely no idea who was guiding this author but they did a poor job. WHO ON EARTH SUGGESTED THAT SHE SHOULD NARRATE THIS BOOK? Good grief, all I can so is "No, No, No".

    With that being said I do feel compassion for Stephanie Madoff Mack as her description of her husband's suicide is heartbreaking.

    In retrospect, and this is just a thought, perhaps this book would well be worth a second listen with a new narrator.



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    carolaird 06-25-17
    carolaird 06-25-17

    Carol Aird

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    "heartbreaking truth"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I picked up this book because I wanted to understand better what moves narcissistic characters like Trump and his family. What I found was somewhat different. Stephanie's story is very well written and beautifully narrated. From now on I'll avoid jumping to mob-style conclusions. (Although I did NOT change my mind about the Trumps...)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters came to life for me. What touched me most was the behavior of mama and papa Madoff, who could play the perfect parents and grandparents until their world collapsed and exposed the truth of their cruelty and indifference. Despite the airs they'd put on in good times, they remained unsophisticated and unable to grasp the horrors they were inflicting on their sons. The fact that Bernie Madoff had never had a real conversation with his sons was very telling of his simplicity, maybe his lack of mental capacity. Stephanie describes all those behaviors with such sharp eye for detail, I feel that I really know these people and could fall under their spell during the good times.


    What about Stephanie Madoff Mack’s performance did you like?

    No one else could read Stephanie's story better then herself. Sometimes choking on tears, the authenticity of her voice and words are touching.


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

    All of it, really. I could clearly see the characters moving in their world, first in luxury, then in ruins and horrors that could not have been invented.


    Any additional comments?

    All the best to you, Stephanie. You suffered greatly, but you found the way to be stronger. Thank you for sharing your heartbreaking story in such great detail. You deserve only happiness.

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    Amazon16 06-01-17
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    "Must read!!!"

    What an amazing, moving and heartbreaking story. Thank you Stephanie for sharing it with us!

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    terry crawford 03-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The worst"
    What would have made The End of Normal better?

    What a brat, I feel even worse for the poor guy having a criminal for a father and her for a wife. What makes it worse is that you have to listen to her as the narrator.


    What could Stephanie Madoff Mack have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have loved to hear about the story not about how she felt. I really did not care about her future step children's actions at her wedding.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice


    What character would you cut from The End of Normal?

    Stephanie


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointment would have loved to hear about the Madoff's not about Stephanie fighting with the ex wife.

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    Texas Girl Woodlands, Texas 03-19-17
    Texas Girl Woodlands, Texas 03-19-17

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    "Great book...did make me sad..."

    I thought this was very interesting and binged-listened to it in one day while I went on a walk,cleaned and more. I enjoyed hearing her perspective yet am devastated by the whole mess with Bernie. He ruined his life and his children's and his grandchildren's.

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    Amazon Customer 12-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good book"

    i laughed and cried tbroughout this book. i admire Stephanie Madoff Mack's tenacity and love she had for her husband Mark Madoff
    . The strength and love for her two children was inspirational as well.
    i was so glad that the author herself narrated it. it really is a must listen to.

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    J. C. Thailand 09-01-16
    J. C. Thailand 09-01-16 Member Since 2015

    I live in Thailand, and love to listen to audible.

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    "Riveting story of a family disaster"

    After Bernie Madoff became the most hated man in the world and by extension his sons were considered that too, the brothers created a rift between them when they should have stuck together. The narration was great as it was read by the author herself and she doesn't hesitate to reveal her feelings! Her husband is just as bad when it comes to dealing with a family crisis. He gave his mother an ultimatum either to divorce Madoff or he would never speak to her. The author handles her anger against her husband by smashing his iPhone. The author is very demanding in her life, but she wrote a good book!

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    K. Sanko California 05-15-16
    K. Sanko California 05-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Side We Don't See"

    No one, but Stephanie could have read this book. It was a true insight to what we don't see on the news reports and gossip columns. It was well written and well read. Thank you STEPHANIE for sharing your story.

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    Justine Sommers 09-24-15
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    "You don't know what you don't know"

    This is a very tragic story about what greed & dishonesty can do to your innocent family, friends, and trusting clients. Bernard Madoff is a horrible person. His poor son Mark. I feel so sorry for his wife Stephanie & her children. I never thought that his sons were innocent until I read this. The pain that man caused without remorse (still) is unfathomable! My heart goes out to Mark Madoff & his family. Tragic.

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