Out of all the audio books available this is most likely singlehandedly one of the very best you will find. Read by the author, the accounts give a vivid tale of the true life story this man experienced. It is amazing to think he was not a professional author beforehand, but just a regular man who went through a very irregular time in his life. I listened to the full 10 hour book in one sitting, and after listening to it I am taken back by the accounts. Though I'd like a part Two , to hear more about his adjustment to life after prison, I give this audiobook an A++++. Thank you Damien Echols...you are a beautiful, amazing man.
Damien is only 3 days younger than me, I'm also from the South and was a metal head as a kid. I've always felt a bond to his struggles and railroading. I've followed the case the day the news broke of the murders. Since then I've followed every bit of media and progress. Until I read this book I only knew Damien as a victim; now I see him for who he really is... A strong willed man that is constantly in search of learning and growing. His innocence attracted so many supporters and their dedication (along with his iron willed fortitude) finally brought the freedom he, Jason and Jessie so much deserved.
I absolutely love audible! I read constantly and there is nothing better than finding a new series to follow. I'm a syfy/fant kinda gal.
This book was a very easy read and was very well written. I highly enjoyed this story and am in awe of someone who survived and maintained such grace and peace against such tragedy and injustice.
This is a great listen even if you are not familiar with the WM3. Very well written and Echols did a great job as narrator. Would highly recommend.
Ruination. Devastation. Hope.
Damien Echols, of course.
I was so impressed by Damien's stark intelligence and his wisdom in such hopeless circumstances. It seemed to me that from childhood he never had a chance to escape the binds of his backwoods upbringing and then barely an adult (at 18 years old), he is sent to Death Row for a crime he did not commit. That such a thing could happen - and continues to happen - is so horrifying and beyond comprehension - and he lived this nightmare.
Damien maintained his dignity no matter how many people tried to rob him of it. He never once pitied himself and asked "why me?" and that strength of character he showed made me so proud of him.
Damien Echols story and the story of the West Memphis 3 will haunt me the rest of my life, even though they are now, thankfully out.
Damien Echols' narration was faultless. His rich, Delta accent was mesmerising and beautiful and really made the book a pleasure to listen to.
The entire book moved me, but hearing the way Damien describes his wife and his love for her really moved me and made delighted me that he had that in his life.
I remember when I first watched the documentary Paradise Lost (this was before the WM3 were released from prison) I could not stop thinking about it. I couldn't sleep, thinking about the horror of their situation. I signed all the petitions and shared all their articles and documents with the public to do what I could to get people's attention, but really, I just felt so damn helpless. Listening to this book broke my heart all over again, though of course Damien, Jason and Jessie are all out of prison. What has been done to them will never be reversed and that still bothers me. I just hope that these men can live the lives they want to live and feel free now that they are out of prison.
I not only loved it but I listen to it 4 times and look forward to the fifth. Damien Echols is a startling example of so very many things but how to pull strength from within to me one of the biggest for most people who listen to this book. it's almost a god damn self help book I swear it's great.
It was a pleasure to hear Damien read this himself. I could not put it down. I completed it in one day. He effortlessly goes back and forth from his unique (to most) childhood and what it was like for him in prison. You will be so impressed w his writing style. Hard to describe b/c this is like nothing else you will read. Just take a chance. Enjoy.
If you are looking for a documentary on the murders this is not it. This book is about the life and struggles of the author. It is very good if that's your thing.