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neyar smith

Atlanta, US | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
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  • 52 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Life After Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Damien Echols
    • Narrated By Damien Echols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The definitive memoir by Damien Echols of the "West Memphis Three", who was falsely convicted of committing three murders. Hear this unforgettable account of his 18 years on death row.

    Courtney says: "A compelling story-worthwhile listen."
    "Always was a big supporter of Damien E and the WM3"
    What disappointed you about Life After Death?

    The writing was just so patronizing. Seemed like every sentence was stretched to add vocabulary that just seemed fake and overly "cool". Everything was eye rollingly exaggerated (not the story, the writing). Over used adjectives to the point I turned it off. Clearly needed a writer to come on and co write this with him.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was ok and read it in his voice but it was hard to follow at times as his accent and tone just felt too soft. Not a knock here just my experience.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you are a loyal fan of Damiens you will like this book. If you buy this blindly I can't see anyone enjoying it for it's own merit as a story.

    Any additional comments?

    I followed and supported Damien for a very long time. I donated to the site to help his cause, but the way he's acted since getting out of prison has just turned a lot of us off. He only seems to have time for the famous and seems to have turned on Jason for wanting to tell his story as well. He comes off as a selfish kid who thinks only he was the wm3. Jason has every right to claim some of the light cast on this case as he ultimately went to jail for Damien and refused a plea deal to get out of jail for Damien and now because he's involved in a movie about the case Damien turns on him? So many came together to support the WM3 but now many have started to doubt Damiens sincerity as he has turned into Mr. Hollywood. It's a shame. I gave this book a chance hoping Damien could give me some sincerity and make me believe in him again. He failed.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated By Ryan Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."

    Book Mogul says: "Trust me, it's worth the listen, and I'm not lying"
    "Factual & educational but very boring & repetitive"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wanted a more "Catch Me If You Can" type adventure and this was more of a very thorough education of a niche media and it's broader reach. While I was overwhelmed with how much information and homework Ryan did I was bored with it after a few chapters. It was very repetitive basically saying the same things over and over just with a different twist. This book though should be essential reading for any journalism student. As an average Joe though this book barely kept my attention.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Seemed a bit contrived. I have no doubts that this guy is still working in the same ways as he always has.

    What three words best describe Ryan Holiday’s performance?

    His audio was well done and he delivered the book well. Good move on his part to record it himself.

    Do you think Trust Me, I'm Lying needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think Ryan could indeed write more journalistic history books sure but this particular book doesn't need a follow up. In fact it was already twice as long as it needed to be.

    Any additional comments?

    If you're a journalist or journalism student I would recommend this book highly. If you're looking for anything else I would pass.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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