The End of Normal

  • by Stephanie Madoff Mack
  • Narrated by Stephanie Madoff Mack
  • 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Thomas

Somewhat interesting, but dreadful narration

Unfortunately, the author chose to narrate the book. Her voice is nasal and annoying.

I will give the author credit for not making herself a heroine. She comes across as a very difficult person who behaves selfishly many times.

The book presents a skewed view on the exposure of Bernie Madoff. This author flatly says that the two sons exposed their father, but other accounts I have read of the affair have described the investigation differently.

One does develop a sympathy for Mark Madoff and the sad end to his life, but other than gaining insight into the what propelled him to take his own life, the book does not add much information to what is already known. Most everyone in it, including the author, appear to be rather shallow, mean, and materialistic.
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- Curatina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio