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The End of Normal Audiobook

The End of Normal

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Betsy 05-29-15
    Betsy 05-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A story from the heart that shows there are two sides to every story, and both side should be heard."

    An interesting story and look into the Madoff scandal from a new perspective. It was nice to hear the "other side" of the story that wasn't really covered by the media at large.

    Stephanie's story is in turns funny, sweet, and heart breaking. Her strength throughout the book is obvious and admirable. Hearing Stephanie's words, in her own voice, brought home what she felt even more than seeing them on the page.

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    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 04-18-14
    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting and Informative"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of Normal the most enjoyable?

    Just the fact that it was very interesting. She gave a lot of insight as to what the family was all about and how much his children were hurt by his actions. I really felt bad for her husband and how her and her children were treated by his mother.


    What other book might you compare The End of Normal to and why?

    not sure.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Madoff Mack – was your favorite?

    Stephanie and her husband.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    How greed destroys!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen Encinitas, CA 09-06-13
    kathleen Encinitas, CA 09-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about The End of Normal?

    I appreciated Stephanie's ability to be real and to not hold back details, nor emotion, when sharing her story. I'm grateful she narrated it, because I feel it made it more authentic and interesting. I was always eager to listen to more and was never bored.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Normal?

    This most powerful moment in the book was when she revealed the details of her trip to Disney World with her daughter, on the day of her husband's death.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A love story turned into a tragic death.


    Any additional comments?

    This has been one of my favorite audible books, because it is REAL life, which is something I appreciate in a book and an author. Thank you Stephanie for your courage in sharing your story.

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    Michael Chester, MD, United States 05-10-12
    Michael Chester, MD, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    Would you listen to The End of Normal again? Why?

    I would listen again as the story Stephanie tells is very fascinating. Unfortunately, her children will pay the price for their father's business choices and his suicide.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Normal?

    The description of Mark Madoff's suicide was chilling.


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

    She seems very honest and her emotions really come through in her story telling.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Stephanie Madoff well as she raises her children on her own and tries to put this awful tragedy in her past.

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    Virginia 04-20-12
    Virginia 04-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Eye Opening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Normal to be better than the print version?

    Audio all the way


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie ... her strength


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

    Her emotion in her voice. You could feel her strength as well.


    Any additional comments?

    What happen to the children in this family is a travesty let alone what Madoff did to the country. Stephanie did good writing & reading this.

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    Marie Calgary, AB, Canada 04-16-12
    Marie Calgary, AB, Canada 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Normal to be better than the print version?

    There is nothing better than to hear the author read her own story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Living with greed and its effect on mental health.


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    Mary 03-13-12
    Mary 03-13-12

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    "probably biased but fascinating listen"

    The truth of the Madoff story will not be known for decades. Stephanie Madoff Mack tells a personal and very difficult tale from her own perspective and experience. I enjoyed listening to this book and feel very badly for all the people whose lives have been so very damaged by the actions of Bernie Madoff.

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    Suellen Brisbane, Australia 02-12-12
    Suellen Brisbane, Australia 02-12-12
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    "The End of Normal....... Seriously !"

    Actually enjoyed listening however there was NEVER anything "normal" about their life in the first place. Married into unbelievable wealth and supposed love, questionable. Agree with another reviewer, husband truly a wimp. Life is stranger than fiction really fits the bill with this one. Shallow & spoilt, therapists featured endlessly, often laughable. When the going gets tough this family implodes, making this an epic case of money is the root of all evil. Found it all amusing, more like the end of prestige, wealth and a whole lot of lies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Watertown, WI, United States 02-07-12
    Anne Watertown, WI, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent read!"
    Would you listen to The End of Normal again? Why?

    Probably not but I would definitely recommend it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Normal?

    The description of Stephanie's life before and after the Madoff scandel.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Madoff Mack’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Shattered Life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    12-22-11
    12-22-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "Fascinated by Bernie Madoff."
    What did you like best about The End of Normal? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed learning more about B.Madoff and his family. An inside look into the family.<br/><br/>What a pity the husband took his own life....if only he had waited...it would have got better and he could have moved on. If he was innocent, people would have understood, and he could have made a great life for himself but without all the rich trappings.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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