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.
Probably the fact that the author narrated the book.
laugh and cry. After he was put in such an awful situation, he still made the most of his time there.
Very insightful book... I'm glad he told his story
Yes. Amazing story and beautiful writing. What a mind!
Damien's commitment to his spiritual growth.
His accent and his honesty.
This was a great listen and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to learn more about the West Memphis 3 and see the documentaries produced about this case.
My only complaint about the performance is that Damien's voice is a little monotonous, and his pronunciation of the words "huge" and "human" got on my nerves. "Yooman" for example.
That said, considering he spent most of his adult life in prison, and wasn't a good student in high school, he is an excellent writer with a gift for words.