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  • In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilbert Rideau
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    After killing a woman in a moment of panic following a botched bank robbery, Rideau, denied a fair trial, was improperly sentenced to death at the age of 19. After more than a decade on death row, his sentence was amended to life imprisonment, and he became editor of the prison newsmagazine The Angolite, which under his leadership became an uncensored, daring, and crusading journal instrumental in reforming the violent prison and the corrupt Louisiana justice system.

    gifts4444you says: "Unbelievably enlightening one of my top 2 books!!!"
    "Rideau and Hoffman are BRILLANT!!"
    Overall

    A passionate autobiography that is both lyrical and understated in its portrayal of a life tragic, but redemptive, especially in Rideau's relentless quest for fairness, justice and humanity, and a justice system that is corrupt, prejudicial and maniacal. Hoffman's narration is exceptional, and as in all his other work, captures the spirit and essence of character, setting, tone, and mood.

    It is an extremely difficult task to give an unemotional yet realistic portrayal of Angola State Prison from 1960 to the present, as well as discuss the historical, societal and emotional aspects of murder and capital punishment from the point of view of one man, yet this writing and narration does all of this and more, transcending bias, class, race and law to show both the good and the evil that reside in a contradictory dichotomy in all men. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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