Exposed

  • by Jane Velez-Mitchell
  • Narrated by Elizabeth White
  • 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Siri sounds smoother than this!

This is not cool Audible! I could have just used the narration feature on my Kindle and not wasted my money on this! I heard Elizabeth White's narration before and it's fine but this is total bull!
Bad business.
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- A. Aguilar

Great Narrator, Untrustworthy Writer

I read/listen to a lot of true crime, or a certain type of it, anyway. I'm drawn to the genre not for the prurient aspects, but because the extremes of human behavior and thought fascinate me. Good true crime manages to retain a certain impartiality while still delving into the personalities, motivations, and flaws of the killer and other characters in a way that feels "inside." I won't say it's sympathetic, exactly, but my favorite true crime writers seem to have a desire to understand, and that brings humanity to the work.

I wanted to find a book about the Arias case, and chose this one over one written by the prosecutor because I thought an outsider perspective would put forth a less biased portrait of the killer than the law enforcement view would.

I was wrong. At first I wondered if the writer might be a relative of the victim, her tone was so bitter right from page one. In pretty much the first paragraph, she says, "She has earned her reputation as a pathological liar." Well, I remember the case, and I remember that Arias made up some whoppers in her attempt to first proclaim her innocence and later explain her actions. But does that make her a pathological liar? Pathological liars lie irrespective of social pressures or avoidance of consequences. Arias lied, like so many criminals do, because she was in trouble, because she was obsessed with the man she ended up killing, etc. etc.. I know she's a hard girl to like, considering her open courting of the media, but here the liar accusation is used simply to throw large, sharp stones at Arias. That tone continues throughout, as the writer follows the familiar path of painting Arias as the manipulative man-eating lioness to Travis' innocent lamb. It's hard for me to put any real trust in a writer who seems to be holding her nose in disgust toward her subject throughout. She doesn't even try to get inside the head of Jodi Arias.

At least, she doesn't try to until she calls in Dr. Drew. When she introduces the celebrity therapist near the end of the book, the writer gushes over him as if he were a venerated psychological authority instead of the ill-informed and ethically challenged internist he actually is. He "diagnoses" Jodi by talking to some of his psychologist friends about her without ever having met her, then goes off on a diatribe that makes it seems like all bipolar sufferers are a breath away from homicide. This is the expert opinion this writer seeks.

I'm not defending Jodi Arias, not at all. But I don't think it's so unreasonable to expect a writer to maintain some writerly distance on the one hand and to explore the flawed human being she's writing about on the other. Without that, there's no reason to read a book about a case as well documented in the press as this one. A good true crime book reveals something that's alternately relatable and deplorable. A bad one - and I'd put this in that category - doesn't reveal anything I didn't already read in the paper.

On a positive note, kudos to the narrator, who made it tolerable.
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- Mary F.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-20-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio