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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (255 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ethan Brown Narrator: James Avery Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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