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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5 3.40 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ethan Brown Narrator: James Avery Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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They looked like a slightly mischievous version of the all-American couple: a handsome army veteran and his gorgeous artist girlfriend. Zackery Bowen, after completing his tour of Iraq, came home to New Orleans, and in two weeks before Hurricane Katrina, he met Addie Hall. Their improvised, hard-partying endurance during and after the storm inspired news outlets around the world to feature the couple as the personification of the indomitable spirit of New Orleans.

But Addie had a long history of abuse that colored her world and everyone who entered it. And Zackery fell for Addie completely, until his personal demons, unleashed in the desert of Iraq, combined with hers in a perfect storm of violence that shocked evn rough-and-tumble New Orleans. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 2/9/2014

    " I wrote a long, quite possibly fabulous review of Shake the Devil Off and then accidentally deleted it. Basically what I wanted to say was that it was quite clear that Ethan Brown's sympathies were with Zachary Bowen, who strangled and dismembered girlfriend Addie Hall in 2006. We read of numerous interviews with Zack's family, friends, co-workers, and military colleagues but do not hear from anyone who knew Addie outside of the few years she spent in the French Quarter. Brown even travels out of the way to meet up with young men that Zack served with in Iraq. Yet we never hear from Addie's side of the story, other than a fleeting mention of some childhoold abuse. What we do hear of Addie is from her years in New Orleans - her quirky bike rides through the Quarter, moody arguments with friends, or how she and Zack refused to evacuate during Katrina and rode out the aftermath. Brown argues post traumatic stress disorder due to serving in Iraq and surviving Hurricane Katrina contributed to Zack's unstable state of mind when he murdered Addie. It seems Brown would like the reader to consider Zack a victim, but for me it was pretty obvious who the victim of this tradgedy was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/5/2014

    " An excellent read! I finished the whole thing in one sitting! The author did a really great job, and spent a couple of years interviewing people who were directly involved with the case. So, there's not much speculation, but instead, a wealth of first-hand accounts about this true, gruesome story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Mueller | 1/29/2014

    " Very atypical of a "true crime" read, Brown delves into some of the causes of the psychological breakdown of Veterans afflicted by PTSD. It is not presented as an excuse for the protagonist's actions, rather as a challenge (should be demand) for the VA to acknowledge, properly diagnose and treat PTSD. As it is now, VA counselors are encouraged to mis-diagnose or mis-label Vets and active duty Military with PTSD. PTSD plays a big part in the unconscionable suicide rate of returning Vets, contributes to failed marriages and other symptoms of not easily readjusting to civilian life. Brown also addresses the penchant for the Military and the VA to stigmatize active duty Military and Vets regarding self-reporting mental unease. Brown implicitly (sometimes explicitly) calls for a change. In retrospect, it is most fitting that I finished reading _Shake the Devil Off . . ._ on Veterans Day. Bless them all, and let us give them their due. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/15/2014

    " I liked this book, but it seems as if were three magazines articles bound together. A long article on the murder, a historic treatise on the military and PTSD's -- I particularly like how the name for it has changed over the years -- and a shorter memoir on how the author and his wife are adjusting to their life in New Orleans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/30/2013

    " Seems to draw itself out way longer than it should have. But I kept on cause I sure do love New Orleans!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ej cullen | 12/24/2013

    " A myriad cast of derelicts, all of whose self-created woes and tribulations are by the author blamed on Iraq and hurricanes. Sorry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/23/2013

    " This book was really good. I was expecting a story about a murder and this was so much more, it talked about the culture in New Orleans post Katrina, it talked about the war in Iraq and talked about the people involved and how they ended up where they did. I like to know the what and why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 10/24/2013

    " Pretty sure David Simon is spooling out a thinly disguised version of this as a plot point on Treme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clif Smith | 9/11/2013

    " Strange, gory murder, but a strong indictment of military policy on treating war traumas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 9/5/2013

    " The story of Zack & Addie is a hard one. The author did his research and in my opinion, gave a fair account of the struggles Zach suffered prior to the murder of Addie. A sad tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 8/9/2013

    " A really great book about a horrific New Orleans murder that shocked America - also a fascinating look at how we treat our vets and a wonderful history and in-depth look at New Orleans...one of my favorite places in the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salaryman63 | 3/11/2012

    " A very strange story-the madness that ensues is hard see coming. Brown seems to tie much of it to experiences endured in Iraq but it seems to be a stretch. Good read, especially if on vacation. Moves quickly and is well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 12/5/2011

    " This is as much an indictment of the handling of the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans and our soldiers back from war in the Middle East as it is a story about a murder. Interesting book, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 7/22/2011

    " I don't normally review anything but I really liked this book. Solid reporting and a great story with minimal focus on the gore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence | 6/2/2011

    " This was a description of New Orleans before and after Katrina and life in the military in Iraq as much as it was about the infamous murder where Zack strangled and dismembered his girlfriend, Addie. The author evokes sympathy for both the victim and her killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 3/27/2011

    " Tough subject matter but worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krys | 1/3/2011

    " That was a truely chilling story about a man that went completely off his rocker. Not only was that a very selfish thing for him to do by commiting suicide but chopping up his girlfriend to pieces was just disgusting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Pastor | 10/22/2010

    " Great read. The only issues I had were that the victim's history wasn't as thorough as I would've liked, and you could tell st points that the author was angling to blame Bush somehow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bella | 7/21/2010

    " An excellently researched book about a disturbing and troubled couple whose lives ended violently in post-Katrina New Orleans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 6/17/2010

    " Informative - PTSD is a horrible thing that a lot of people do not take seriously. This book explains that going to war, living through a hurricane that destroyed a city and drowning ones self in drugs and alcohol to ease the pain of it all never ends well. Sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justine | 6/2/2010

    " Not the best written book but has alot of interesting stories and information. Touches on post traumatic distress after Iraq war and surviving Katrina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/28/2010

    " I like true crime books, but this book had very little on the crime. Wasn't a "who done it" but had interesting things about the aftermath of Katrina and the life of a solider in and after the Iraq War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salaryman63 | 2/9/2010

    " A very strange story-the madness that ensues is hard see coming. Brown seems to tie much of it to experiences endured in Iraq but it seems to be a stretch. Good read, especially if on vacation. Moves quickly and is well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clif | 11/29/2009

    " Strange, gory murder, but a strong indictment of military policy on treating war traumas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 11/8/2009

    " This is as much an indictment of the handling of the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans and our soldiers back from war in the Middle East as it is a story about a murder. Interesting book, though. "

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About the Author

Ethan Brown is an investigative journalist, private investigator, and author of multiple books, including Shake the Devil Off, which was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the Washington Post.